Twenty Years After Chapter 88 Page 28

hundred thousand francs to any man soever who would deliver up the cardinal to them, dead or alive — if alive, in order to hang him; if dead, to deny him the rites of Christian burial!”

“Come,” said Anne, “‘tis reasonable, since you only ask from a queen the sixth of what the parliament has proposed;” and she signed an order for a hundred thousand francs.

“Now, then,” she said, “what next?”

“Madame, my friend Du Vallon is rich and has therefore nothing in the way of fortune to desire; but I think I remember that there was a question between him and Monsieur Mazarin as to making his estate a barony. Nay, it must have been a promise.