“Speak, then, chevalier!” said the cardinal. “What do you want? Nothing ambiguous, if you please. Be clear, short and precise.”
“As for me,” replied Aramis, “I have in my pocket the very programme of the conditions which the deputation — of which I formed one — went yesterday to Saint Germain to impose on you. Let us consider first the ancient rights.
The demands in that programme must be granted.”
“We were almost agreed on those,” replied Mazarin; “let us pass on to private and personal stipulations.”
“You suppose, then, that there are some?” said Aramis, smiling.
“I do not suppose that you will all be quite so disinterested as Monsieur de la Fere,”