By this vault the King might have escaped, for until three days before there had been a hole leading from it to the open air.
There was nothing, then, for the King to do but wait.
When the King, with his gentlemen, entered the armory he was still smarting from the humiliation of De Montfort's reproaches, and as he laid aside his surcoat and plumed hat to take the foils with De Fulm his eyes alighted on the master of fence, Sir Jules de Vac, who was advancing with the King's foil and helmet.
In charge of it was the lean, grizzled, leatherskinned Sir Jules de Vac, and it was he whom Henry commanded to face him in mimic combat with the foils, for the King wished to go with hammer and tongs at someone to vent his suppressed rage.
Then Baleka spoke: "I weep, mother of a king
, because this man, who is my brother, has come from him who is my lord and they son, to murder that which shall be born of me.
Hearing this, the King
glared at his Counselor with a furious expression and tugged at his own long white whiskers until he pulled them so hard that he yelled with pain.
But the most skillful physiognomists, those divers into the soul, on fixing their looks upon it, if it had been possible for a subject to sustain the glance of the king
, -- the most skillful physiognomists, we say, would never have been able to fathom the depths of that abyss of mildness.
took the club and urged his horse after the ball which he had thrown.
'I suspected,' said the King
, 'that Ring was not quite useless; never have I seen such a day's work.'
and Queen dismounted from their steeds, ascended the steps of the royal box, and seated themselves upon two thrones, decked with purple and gold trapping, upon a dais sheltered by striped canvas.
"He will have had the glory of having saved his king
," cried Winter.
"Who was fool enough to occasion this delay?" muttered the king
, between his teeth, as the chief magistrate was in the middle of a long address.