to believe, especially if he did not wish them to understand him.
“I have only retired for a time,” said he, laughing. “For a few months; at most for a year.”
“But there is no necessity for you to retire at all,” complained the general, “as far as I know.”
“I want to go and look after my country estates.
You advised me to do that yourself,” was the reply. “And then I wish to go abroad.”
After a few more expostulations, the conversation drifted into other channels, but the prince, who had been an attentive listener, thought all this excitement about so small a matter very curious.