This was their mutual declaration of love.
DArtagnan was radiant with joy and pride. This secret which he possessed, this woman whom he lovedconfidence and love made him a giant.
But still there is another thing, said Madame Bonacieux.
What is that? asked DArtagnan, seeing that Madame Bonacieux hesitated to proceed.
You have, perhaps, no money?
Perhaps is too much, said DArtagnan, smiling.
Then, replied Madame Bonacieux, opening a cupboard and taking from it the very bag which half an hour before her husband had caressed so affectionately, take this bag.
The cardinals? cried DArtagnan, breaking into a loud laugh, he having heard, as may be remembered, thanks to his broken floor, every syllable of the conversation between the mercer and his wife.
The cardinals, replied Madame Bonacieux. You see it makes a very respectable appearance.
Zounds! cried DArtagnan, it will be a doubly amusing affair to save the queen with his Eminences money!
You are an amiable and charming young man! said Madame Bonacieux. Be assured you will not find her Majesty ungrateful.
Oh, I am already more than recompensed! cried DArtagnan. I love you; you permit me to tell you that I do; that is already more happiness than I dared to hope for.
Silence! said Madame Bonacieux, starting.
Some one is talking in the street.
It is the voice of
Of my husband! Oh yes, I recognized it!
DArtagnan ran to the door and pushed the bolt.
He shall not come in before I am gone, said he; and when I am gone, you can open the door for him.
But I ought to be gone too. And the disappearance of this money how am I to justify it if I am here?
You are right. We must go out.
Go out? How? He will see us if we go out.
Then you must come up into my room.
Ah, said Madame Bonacieux, you say that in a tone which terrifies me!
Madame Bonacieux pronounced these words with tears in her eyes. DArtagnan saw these tears, and much disturbed, softened, he threw himself at her feet.
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