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33. Grimaud Speaks.
Grimaud was left alone with the executioner, who in a few moments opened his eyes.
"Help, help," he murmured; "oh, God! have I not a single friend in the world who will aid me either to live or to die?"
"Take courage," said Grimaud; "they are gone to find assistance."
"Who are you?" asked the wounded man, fixing his half opened eyes on Grimaud.
"An old acquaintance," replied Grimaud.
"You?" and the wounded man sought to recall the features of the person now before him.
"Under what circumstances did we meet?" he asked again.
"One night, twenty years ago, my master fetched you from Bethune and conducted you to Armentieres."
"I know you well now," said the executioner; "you were one of the four grooms."
"Where do you come from now?"
"I was passing by and drew up at this inn to rest my horse. They told me the executioner of Bethune was here and wounded, when you uttered two piercing cries. At the first we ran to the door and at the second forced it open."
"And the monk?" exclaimed the executioner, "did you see the monk?"
"The monk that was shut in with me."
"No, he was no longer here; he appears to have fled by the window. Was he the man that stabbed you?"
"Yes," said the executioner.
Grimaud moved as if to leave the room.
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