There lay the Count, but looking as if his youth had been half restored.
The Szgany and the Slovaks of whom the Count had spoken were coming.
During the meal, which was excellent, and admirably served, Franz looked repeatedly at Albert, in order to observe the impressions which he doubted not had been made on him by the words of their entertainer; but whether with his usual carelessness he had paid but little attention to him, whether the explanation of the Count of Monte Cristo with regard to duelling had satisfied him, or whether the events which Franz knew of had had their effect on him alone, he remarked that his companion did not pay the least regard to them, but on the contrary ate like a man who for the last four or five months had been condemned to partake of Italian cookery -- that is, the worst in the world.
You must excuse us, count," returned Franz, "but we have still much to do.
But I warn you, you will lose a very curious sight," returned the count.
Ah, yes" returned the count, "I know who he is, gentlemen; will you return to the salon?
Well," asked Franz, "what think you of the Count of Monte Cristo?
Sir Percival burst out laughing, so violently, so outrageously, that he quite startled us all--the Count more than any of us.
cried Count Fosco, looking after him gaily, "he is the victim of English spleen.
The Count stroked one of his white mice reflectively with his chubby little finger before he answered.
Sir Percival had recovered his equanimity, and had come back while we were listening to the Count.
But I don't see why Count Fosco should celebrate the victory of the criminal over Society with so much exultation, or why you, Sir Percival, should applaud him so loudly for doing it.