de Chateau-Renaud, a handsome young man of thirty, gentleman all over, -- that is, with the figure of a Guiche
and the wit of a Mortemart, -- took Albert's hand.
I am called the Count de Guiche," continued the young man; "my father is the Marechal de Grammont; and now that you know who I am, do me the honor to inform me who you are.
I am the Viscount de Bragelonne," answered Raoul, blushing at being unable to name his father, as the Count de Guiche had done.
De Guiche might have been about eighteen years of age, but he was scarcely taller than Raoul, who was only fifteen.
By degrees, the fate of the unfortunate king interested his auditors so greatly, that the play languished even at the royal table, and the young king, with a pensive look and downcast eye, followed, without appearing to give any attention to it, the smallest details of this Odyssey, very picturesquely related by the Comte de Guiche.
The Comte de Guiche was silent: the king composed his countenance, and Mazarin exchanged looks with Anne of Austria, as if to thank her for her intervention.
By this time," resumed the Comte de Guiche, "the fortune of this unhappy prince is decided.
But Mazarin saw from the corner of his eye that a group was about to be formed in the corner of the room, and that the Duc d'Anjou, with the Comte de Guiche, and the Chevalier de Lorraine, prevented from talking aloud, might say, in a whisper, what it was not convenient should be said.
When he reached Guiche's residence, he was informed that Guiche was with Monsieur.
de Guiche issued, all radiant, also from that closet.
Then warmly to Guiche, who by degrees absorbed him, "My friend," said he, "I conceal nothing from you, who are the elected of my heart.
De Guiche contemplated for some time this unfortunate young man, half mad with despair, till there passed through his heart something like remorse at his own happiness.