However, we'll find him a billet where he can't possibly do any mischief."
"If you found him a billet where I should like to see him," Surgeon-Major Thomson observed bitterly, "he would never do any more mischief in this world!
The Prince looked narrowly at the superscription, and then at the seal, placed so as to secure the flex-silk with which the billet was surrounded, and which bore the impression of three fleurs-de-lis.
Recovering from the first effects of his surprise, he took Waldemar Fitzurse and De Bracy aside, and put the billet into their hands successively.
Planchet turned and returned the billet
. Then, accustomed to passive obedience, he jumped down from the terrace, ran toward the lane, and at the end of twenty paces met D'Artagnan, who, having seen all, was coming to him.
Lucie shuddered as he threw two more billets
into his basket, but it was impossible to be there while the wood-sawyer was at work, and not be in his sight.
In the present instance Miss Pinkerton's "billet
" was to the following effect:--
"You are two friends of mine who are in want of a billet
, and what could be more natural than that I should bring you both round to the managing director?"
"If I could only cut the thoughts out of me," he said to himself, "as I am going to cut the billets
out of this wood!" He attacked the bed-place with the ax, like a man who well knew the use of his instrument.
Didn't know anything about any of the billets
, but said that he was willing to learn.
[*] "With chalk in hand," "col gesso." This is one of the bons mots of Alexander VI, and refers to the ease with which Charles VIII seized Italy, implying that it was only necessary for him to send his quartermasters to chalk up the billets
for his soldiers to conquer the country.
If they regretted having to retreat, it was only because they had to leave billets
they had grown accustomed to, or some pretty young Polish lady.