The group about Mortemart immediately began discussing the murder of the Duc d'Enghien.
"The vicomte knew the duc personally," whispered Anna Pavlovna to of the guests.
It was an anecdote, then current, to the effect that the Duc d'Enghien had gone secretly to Paris to visit Mademoiselle George; that at her house he came upon Bonaparte, who also enjoyed the famous actress' favors, and that in his presence Napoleon happened to fall into one of the fainting fits to which he was subject, and was thus at the duc's mercy.
At the first table, the king's younger brother, Philip, Duc d'Anjou, was admiring his handsome face in the glass of a box.
But Mazarin saw from the corner of his eye that a group was about to be formed in the corner of the room, and that the Duc d'Anjou, with the Comte de Guiche, and the Chevalier de Lorraine, prevented from talking aloud, might say, in a whisper, what it was not convenient should be said.
"You are a charming friend," replied the Duc de Beaufort, who drank, and passed the goblet to his companion.
"I wished, monsieur le duc, to go with you to Gigelli."
"Pardon me, monsieur le duc," interrupted Raoul, "do not tell the king so, for it is not the king I wish to serve."
But Raoul, still firm and tranquil, replied: "Monsieur le duc, the objection you make I have already considered in my mind.
During the period that the Duc de Bassompierre passed in the Bastile -- where he remained for twelve long years -- when his companions, in their dreams of liberty, said to each other: "As for me, I shall go out of the prison at such a time," and another, at such and such a time, the duke used to answer, "As for me, gentlemen, I shall leave only when Monsieur du Tremblay leaves;" meaning that at the death of the cardinal Du Tremblay would certainly lose his place at the Bastile and De Bassompierre regain his at court.
Duc d'Harcourt, Fontrailles, and the others escaped; De Rieux was inclined to do likewise, but I told him they wouldn't look for us where we were.
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