The chief steward, a very stupid but cunning man who saw perfectly through the naive and intelligent count and played with him as with a toy, seeing the effect these prearranged receptions had on Pierre, pressed him still harder with proofs of the impossibility and above all the uselessness of freeing the serfs, who were quite happy as it was.
Pierre in his secret soul agreed with the steward that it would be difficult to imagine happier people, and that God only knew what would happen to them when they were free, but he insisted, though reluctantly, on what he thought right.
By this time Richard was master of the true state of the case, and, turning to the steward, he said reproach fully:
Hiram by this time had got on his feet again, and with out the reach of the steward, when he broke forth in violent appeals for vengeance.
No, excellency, no," returned the steward, with a sort of nervous trembling, which Monte Cristo, a connoisseur in all emotions, rightly attributed to great disquietude.
Monte Cristo wrote two or three notes, and, as he sealed the last, the steward appeared.
And, so saying, he strode to the pantry and tried to open the door but found it locked, whereat the Steward laughed and rattled his keys.
When the Steward saw what was done, he waxed mad with rage; and, as Little John stooped to look within the pantry, he seized him from behind by the nape of the neck, pinching him sorely and smiting him over the head with his keys till the yeoman's ears rang again.
Still, you are acting foolishly by running the chance," continued the Steward
, roughly; "and it is still more foolish of you to transform all those people from Oz into green ornaments.
I am a lowborn, miserable villain," declared the Chief Steward
One fella dog stop 'm along you," the steward
At this he turned upon the steward
and gave him such a rap that his back went nigh in two, and over went the fat fellow rolling on the floor.