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Chicot the Jester

Chapter 9
HOW THE ANGEL MADE A MISTAKE AND SPOKE TO CHICOT, THINKING IT WAS
THE KING.
The king and Chicot remained thus for some time. All at once the king jumped up in his
bed. Chicot woke at the noise.
"What is it?" asked he in a low voice.
"The breath on my face."
As he spoke, one of the wax lights went out, then the other, and the rest followed. Then
the lamp also went out, and the room was lighted only by the rays of the moon. At the
same moment they heard a hollow voice, saying, apparently from the end of the room,--
"Hardened sinner, art thou there?"
"Yes," said Henri, with chattering teeth.
"Oh!" thought Chicot, "that is a very hoarse voice to come from heaven; nevertheless, it
is dreadful."
"Do you hear?" asked the voice.
"Yes, and I am bowed down to the earth."
"Do you believe you obeyed me by all the exterior mummeries which you performed
yesterday, without your heart being touched?"
"Very well said," thought Chicot. He approached the king softly.
"Do you believe now?" asked the king, with clasped hands.
"Wait."
"What for?"
"Hush! leave your bed quietly, and let me get in."
"Why?"
"That the anger of the Lord may fall first on me."
 
 
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