Monsieur Dax, the Chief of the Surete who, so far, had been listening and examining the room, at length deigned to open his lips:
"Did Mademoiselle give you any explanation,--did she tell you what her motive was?" asked Monsieur Dax.
"You'll certainly not find the motive there, Monsieur Dax," Monsieur Stangerson said with a cold smile.
"And we will find the stolen articles," said Monsieur Dax. "But what was in the cabinet?"
For every horse you see a belted knight hath herbergage in the town, for, as I learn, the men-at-arms and archers have already gone forward to Dax."
Now, with this fresh influx of noblemen and cavaliers, food and lodging were scarce to be had, and the prince was hurrying forward his forces to Dax in Gascony to relieve the overcrowding of his capital.