Although master of himself, Monte Cristo, scrutinized with irrepressible curiosity the magistrate whose salute he returned, and who, distrustful by habit, and especially incredulous as to social prodigies
, was much more dispised to look upon "the noble stranger," as Monte Cristo was already called, as an adventurer in search of new fields, or an escaped criminal, rather than as a prince of the Holy See, or a sultan of the Thousand and One Nights.
These mares were the death of him in the end, for when he went to the house of Jove's son, mighty Hercules, who performed such prodigies
of valour, Hercules to his shame killed him, though he was his guest, for he feared not heaven's vengeance, nor yet respected his own table which he had set before Iphitus, but killed him in spite of everything, and kept the mares himself.
I sent them to carry aid to King Charles and they performed prodigies
to save him; had it not been for an adverse destiny, that beloved monarch would this day have been among us.
She was pleased with her purchase, and she contemplated prodigies
in the way of results.
Mazarin will spend a few of the millions he has put away; our gentlemen will perform prodigies
of valor in their encounters with the proud Castilians, and many of them will return crowned with laurels, to be recrowned by us with myrtles.