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22. Saint Denis. (continued)
In recalling all he had been through, he foresaw all that Raoul might suffer; and the expression of the deep and tender compassion which throbbed in his heart was pictured in the moist eye with which he gazed on the young man.
At this moment Raoul awoke, without a cloud on his face without weariness or lassitude; his eyes were fixed on those of Athos and perhaps he comprehended all that passed in the heart of the man who was awaiting his awakening as a lover awaits the awakening of his mistress, for his glance, in return, had all the tenderness of love.
"You are there, sir?" he said, respectfully.
"Yes, Raoul," replied the count.
"And you did not awaken me?"
"I wished to leave you still to enjoy some moments of sleep, my child; you must be fatigued from yesterday."
"Oh, sir, how good you are!"
"How do you feel this morning?" he inquired.
"Perfectly well; quite rested, sir."
"You are still growing," Athos continued, with that charming and paternal interest felt by a grown man for a youth.
"Oh, sir, I beg your pardon!" exclaimed Raoul, ashamed of so much attention; "in an instant I shall be dressed."
Athos then called Olivain.
"Everything," said Olivain to Athos, "has been done according to your directions; the horses are waiting."
"And I was asleep," cried Raoul, "whilst you, sir, you had the kindness to attend to all these details. Truly, sir, you overwhelm me with benefits!"
"Therefore you love me a little, I hope," replied Athos, in a tone of emotion.
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