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3. We Compare Notes
We followed the cortege with our eyes until it was swiftly lost to sight in the misty
wood; and the very sound of the hoofs and the wheels died away in the silent
night air.
Nothing remained to assure us that the adventure had not been an illusion of a
moment but the young lady, who just at that moment opened her eyes. I could
not see, for her face was turned from me, but she raised her head, evidently
looking about her, and I heard a very sweet voice ask complainingly, “Where is
Our good Madame Perrodon answered tenderly, and added some comfortable
I then heard her ask:
“Where am I? What is this place?” and after that she said, “I don’t see the
carriage; and Matska, where is she?”
Madame answered all her questions in so far as she understood them; and
gradually the young lady remembered how the misadventure came about, and
was glad to hear that no one in, or in attendance on, the carriage was hurt; and
on learning that her mamma had left her here, till her return in about three
months, she wept.
I was going to add my consolations to those of Madame Perrodon when
Mademoiselle De Lafontaine placed her hand upon my arm, saying:
“Don’t approach, one at a time is as much as she can at present converse with; a
very little excitement would possibly overpower her now.”
As soon as she is comfortably in bed, I thought, I will run up to her room and see
My father in the meantime had sent a servant on horseback for the physician,
who lived about two leagues away; and a bedroom was being prepared for the
young lady’s reception.
The stranger now rose, and leaning on Madame’s arm, walked slowly over the
drawbridge and into the castle gate.
In the hall, servants waited to receive her, and she was conducted forthwith to
her room. The room we usually sat in as our drawing-room is long, having four
windows, that looked over the moat and drawbridge, upon the forest scene I
have just described.
It is furnished in old carved oak, with large carved cabinets, and the chairs are
cushioned with crimson Utrecht velvet. The walls are covered with tapestry, and
surrounded with great gold frames, the figures being as large as life, in ancient
and very curious costume, and the subjects represented are hunting, hawking,
and generally festive. It is not too stately to be extremely comfortable; and here
we had our tea, for with his usual patriotic leanings he insisted that the national
beverage should make its appearance regularly with our coffee and chocolate.
We sat here this night, and with candles lighted, were talking over the adventure
of the evening.