Beaufort's marriage it was admitted that she had the most distinguished house in New York.
Beaufort's secret, people were agreed, was the way he carried things off.
Beaufort, then, had as usual appeared in her box just before the Jewel Song; and when, again as usual, she rose at the end of the third act, drew her opera cloak about her lovely shoulders, and disappeared, New York knew that meant that half an hour later the ball would begin.
The Beaufort house was one that New Yorkers were proud to show to foreigners, especially on the night of the annual ball.
He had left his overcoat with the silk-stockinged footmen (the stockings were one of Beaufort's few fatuities), had dawdled a while in the library hung with Spanish leather and furnished with Buhl and malachite, where a few men were chatting and putting on their dancing-gloves, and had finally joined the line of guests whom Mrs.
"So, my friend, it's your opinion that Monsieur de Beaufort will escape?"
He went away thoughtful and anxious and returned to his own room, where he summoned Bernouin and desired him to fetch thither in the morning the special guard he had placed over Monsieur de Beaufort and to awaken him whenever he should arrive.
During the whole five years in which the Duc de Beaufort had been in prison not a day had passed in which the cardinal had not felt a secret dread of his escape.
"Well, they say that Monsieur de Beaufort is going to escape from Vincennes, if he has not done so already."
de Beaufort, whose lightness or generous reflection had thrown an impediment in the way of the departure of a son, now his only joy.
de Beaufort looked the young man in the face, and read plainly, though his eyes were cast down, the fire of resolution before which everything must give way.
de Beaufort at Paris, and you will then do what will be proper for you to do.