I would die willingly for the king, but supposing I happened to be killed on account of Mazarin, as your nephew came near being to-day, there could be nothing in Paradise, however well placed I might be there, that could console me for it.
Well, well, Monsieur de Villequier," Mazarin interposed, "I shall make it my care the king hears of your loyalty.
He turned away and went off to his post, whistling a tune then popular among the party called the "Fronde," whilst Mazarin returned, in a pensive mood, toward the Palais Royal.
The name of D'Artagnan was not altogether new to Mazarin, who, although he did not arrive in France before the year
No; I only brought you here to ask you," returned Mazarin, smiling, "if you have taken any particular notice of our lieutenant of musketeers?
said Mazarin, with a grimace which he always made when spoken to about money.
rejoined Mazarin, impatiently, "it's about an hour since I asked you for that very thing, wooden-head that you are.
cried Mazarin, "does the poor prince flatter himself with that chimera?
And Mazarin drew from under his bolster the paper covered with figures, which he presented to the king, who turned away his eyes, his vexation was so deep.
Sire," replied Mazarin, in the same tone, "remember this proverb, which I give you as the expression of the soundest policy: `Rejoice at being poor when your neighbor is poor likewise.
If your majesty only fears that, you may be quite at ease," replied Mazarin, eagerly.
The brow of Mazarin again became clouded, and he grumbled a few words that the king could not catch.