Ten Years Later
Concord returned to its place amidst the tents. English and French rivaled each other in
their devotion and courteous attention to the illustrious travelers. The English forwarded
to the French baskets of flowers, of which they had made a plentiful provision to greet
the arrival of the young princess; the French in return invited the English to a supper,
which was to be given the next day. Congratulations were poured in upon the princess
everywhere during her journey. From the respect paid her on all sides, she seemed like
a queen; and from the adoration with which she was treated by two or three; she
appeared an object of worship. The queen-mother gave the French the most
affectionate reception. France was her native country, and she had suffered too much
unhappiness in England for England to have made her forget France. She taught her
daughter, then, by her own affection for it, that love for a country where they had both
been hospitably received, and where a brilliant future opened before them. After the
public entry was over, and the spectators in the streets had partially dispersed, and the
sound of the music and cheering of the crowd could be heard only in the distance; when
the night had closed in, wrapping with its star- covered mantle the sea, the harbor, the
town, and surrounding country, De Guiche, still excited by the great events of the day,
returned to his tent, and seated himself upon one of the stools with so profound an
expression of distress that Bragelonne kept his eyes fixed upon him, until he heard him
sigh, and then he approached him. The count had thrown himself back on his seat,
leaning his shoulders against the partition of the tent, and remained thus, his face
buried in his hands, with heaving chest and restless limbs.
"You are suffering?" asked Raoul.
"Bodily, I suppose?"
"This has indeed been a harassing day," continued the young man, his eyes fixed upon
"Yes; a night's rest will probably restore me."
"Shall I leave you?"
"No; I wish to talk to you."
"You shall not speak to me, Guiche, until you have first answered my questions."