Faith, Madame! said Sir Andrew, seeing that Marguerite seemed desirous to call her surly host back again, I think wed better leave him alone. We shall not get anything more out of him, and we might arouse his suspicions. One never knows what spies may be lurking around these God-forsaken places.
What care I? she replied lightly, now I know that my husband is safe, and that I shall see him almost directly!
Hush! he said in genuine alarm, for she had talked quite loudly, in the fulness of her glee, the very walls have ears in France, these days.
He rose quickly from the table, and walked round the bare, squalid room, listening attentively at the door, through which Brogard had just disappeared, and whence only muttered oaths and shuffling footsteps could be heard. He also ran up the rickety steps that led to the attic, to assure himself that there were no spies of Chauvelins about the place.
Are we alone, Monsieur, my lacquey? said Marguerite, gaily, as the young man once more sat down beside her. May we talk?
As cautiously as possible! he entreated.
Faith, man! but you wear a glum face! As for me, I could dance with joy! Surely there is no longer any cause for fear. Our boat is on the beach, the Foam Crest not two miles out at sea, and my husband will be here, under this very roof, within the next half hour perhaps. Sure! there is naught to hinder us. Chauvelin and his gang have not yet arrived.
Nay, madam! that I fear we do not know.
What do you mean?
He was at Dover at the same time that we were.
Held up by the same storm, which kept us from starting.
Exactly. ButI did not speak of it before, for I feared to alarm youI saw him on the beach not five minutes before we embarked. At least, I swore to myself at the time that it was himself; he was disguised as a curè, so that Satan, his own guardian, would scarce have known him. But I heard him then, bargaining for a vessel to take him swiftly to Calais; and he must have set sail less than an hour after we did.
Marguerites face had quickly lost its look of joy. The terrible danger in which Percy stood, now that he was actually on French soil, became suddenly and horribly clear to her. Chauvelin was close upon his heels; here in Calais, the astute diplomatist was all-powerful; a word from him and Percy could be tracked and arrested and
Every drop of blood seemed to freeze in her veins; not even during the moments of her wildest anguish in England had she so completely realised the imminence of the peril in which her husband stood. Chauvelin had sworn to bring the Scarlet Pimpernel to the guillotine, and now the daring plotter, whose anonymity hitherto had been his safeguard, stood revealed through her own hand, to his most bitter, most relentless enemy.
Chauvelinwhen he waylaid Lord Tony and Sir Andrew Ffoulkes in the coffee-room of The Fishermans Resthad obtained possession of all the plans of this latest expedition. Armand St. Just, the Comte de Tournay and other fugitive royalists were to have met the Scarlet Pimpernelor rather, as it had been originally arranged, two of his emissarieson this day, the 2nd of October, at a place evidently known to the league, and vaguely alluded to as the Père Blanchards hut. Armand, whose connection with the Scarlet Pimpernel and disavowal of the brutal policy of the Reign of Terror was still unknown to
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