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Chapter 41: In Which the Squirrel Falls, - the Adder Flies.
It was two o'clock in the afternoon. The king, full of impatience, went to his cabinet on the terrace, and kept opening the door of the corridor, to see what his secretaries were doing. M. Colbert, seated in the same place M. de Saint-Aignan had so long occupied in the morning, was chatting in a low voice with M. de Brienne. The king opened the door suddenly, and addressed them. "What is it you are saying?"
"We were speaking of the first sitting of the States," said M. de Brienne, rising.
"Very well," replied the king, and returned to his room.
Five minutes after, the summons of the bell recalled Rose, whose hour it was.
"Have you finished your copies?" asked the king.
"Not yet, sire."
"See if M. d'Artagnan has returned."
"Not yet, sire."
"It is very strange," murmured the king. "Call M. Colbert."
Colbert entered; he had been expecting this all the morning.
"Monsieur Colbert," said the king, very sharply; "you must ascertain what has become of M. d'Artagnan."
Colbert in his calm voice replied, "Where does your majesty desire him to be sought for?"
"Eh! monsieur! do you not know on what I have sent him?" replied Louis, acrimoniously.
"Your majesty did not inform me."
"Monsieur, there are things that must be guessed; and you, above all, are apt to guess them."
"I might have been able to imagine, sire; but I do not presume to be positive."
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