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PART VII. — The Protector. — Continued.
I. Insidious Counsels . . .• • .13

n. The Accuser -*

in. The Ex-Secretary of Pi:RE D'Aigrignt . 37

IV. Sympathy


V. Mistrust "*

VI. Explanations '^

VII. Revelations ^^

Vin. Pierre Simon 100

IX. The Indian in Paris 113

X. The Sleeping Apartment .... 125

XI. Doubts


Xn. The Letter 1*^

XIII. Adrienne and Djalma 161

XrV. Confidences and Counsels . . . 173

XV. La Mayeux's Journal 189

XVI. La Mayeux's Journal . . . . • 200

XVII. The Discovery 211

PART VIIL — The Factory.

XVni. The Gathering of the "Loups" . . 225

XIX. The "Maison Commune" .... 242



XX. The Secret 258

XXI. The Secret 265

XXII. Disclosures 277

XXni. The Attack 289

XXIV. The Loups and the D^vorans . . . 298

XXV. The Keturn 307

PART IX. — The Black Panther of Java.

XXVI. The Negotiator 321

XXVII. The Secret 334

XXVIII. The Confession 341

XXIX. Love . . . . . . . .352

XXX. Execution 362




"The Count entered" Frontispiece

"'You ARE CHOKING ME '" 75

♦"Your kindnesses remind me of my father'" . 150
" ' Help yourselves, friends ' " 239

"A DENSE mass of THE ASSAILANTS" . . . . 307

Vol. IV.

Part VII. — Continued




Adeiennb de Cardoville had been confined in the
house of Doctor Baleinier more strictly than ever since
the united nocturnal attempt of Agricola and Dagobert,
in which the soldier, though severely wounded, had con-
trived, thanks to the intrepidity of Agricola, aided by the
heroic Killjoy, to regain the little door of the convent
garden, and escape by the outer boulevard, with the

vounsr smith. . ,,

Four o'clock had struck, and Adrienne, since the pre-
ceding day, had been conducted into a chamber m the
second sto^y of the Blaison de Santi, where a grated
window, protected by an outside screen, only allowed
a feeble light to penetrate the apartment. ^

The young lady, since her conversation with J.a
Mayeux, expected to be delivered very speedily, through
the intervention of her friends ; but she experienced very
great uneasiness with respect to Agricola and Dagobert
Knowing actually nothing of the result of the struggle
which had taken place on the night in question, between
her would-be liberator and the people belonging to the



lunatic asylum and the convent, it was in vain she
inquired of her keepers ; they would not even reply to
her interrogatories.

These fresh incidents still more increased the bitter
resentment which Adrienne entertained against the Prin-
cesse de Saint-Dizier, the P^re d'Aigrigny, and their

The slight paleness of the lovely face of Mile, de
Cardoville, her beautiful eyes, which appeared some-
what wearied, betrayed her recent anguish. Seated
at a small table, with her head resting on one of her
hands, and half hidden in the long tresses of her golden
hair, she was turning over the leaves of a book, when
the door suddenly opened and M. Baleinier entered.

The doctor, a Jesuit of the " short gown," the docile
and passive instrument of the will of his Order, was not,
as we have said, but half in the confidence of Pdre
d'Aigrigny and the Princesse de Saint-Dizier. He was
ignorant of the purpose of Mile, de Cardoville's being
immured ; he was also ignorant of the abrupt change of
position which had taken place on the previous day
between P^re d'Aigrigny and Rodin, after the reading
of the will of Marius de Rennepont. The doctor had
only received on the previous evening an order from
Pere d'Aigrigny (then obeying the instructions of Rodin)
to shut up Mile, de Cardoville still more closely, and to
redouble his severity towards her ; and to endeavour, in
fact, to compel her (by what means we shall presently
show) to renounce her intention of prosecuting her
persecutors hereafter.

At the sight of the doctor Mile, de Cardoville could
not conceal the aversion and disdain with which this
man inspired her.

M. Baleinier, on the contrary, always smiling, always
bland, approached Adrienne with perfect ease and self-
possession, and then stepped a few paces from her as if
to examine the young lady's features attentively; and



he then said, as if he had been satisfied with the
observation which he had made :

" Weil, well ! The terrible events of the night before
last have not had so bad an effect as I feared ; the air
better, the complexion is more settled, the gesture more
composed, the eyes are still too animated, but no longer
with that distressing lustre. You were going on so
well, — now the cure will be delayed, for the unfortu-
nate transaction of the night before last has excited you
more terribly than you yourself can believe ; but, luckily,
by great care, your restoration will not, I trust, be
thrown back for any indefinite period."

Although somewhat accustomed to the audacity of
the brother of the Order, Mile, de Cardoville could not
help saying, with a smile of bitter disdain :

"What a barefaced probity is yours, sir! What
effrontery in your zeal to gain your money fairly ! Never
for a moment without your mask, — always with the
trick, the falsehood on your lips. Really, if this dis-
graceful farce is as fatiguing to you as it is disgusting
and contemptible in my eyes, you are not half paid for
your labour."

" Alas ! " said the doctor, in an accent of regret ;
" always this distressing idea that you have no occasion
for our attentions, — that I am acting a farce when I
talk to you of the distressing state in which you were
when we were compelled to bring you here without your
consent. But, except this little proof of rebellious in-
sanity, your position is marvellously ameliorated ; you
are going on towards a perfect cure. Hereafter your
excellent heart will do me justice, and one day I shall
be appreciated as I ought to be."

" You are right, sir ! Yes, the day is at hand when
you will ' be appreciated as you ought to be ! ' " responded
Adrienne, with emphasis.

" Always that one fixed idea ! " said the doctor,
with a kind of commiseration. " Come, come, be



reasonable ! Think no more of such childish imagin-

" Give up my right and intention to appeal to the
tribunal for reparation to myself and retribution for you
and your accomplices ? Never, sir ! Oh, never ! "

" Very good ! " said the doctor, shrugging his shoul-
ders ; " once out of here, Dieu merci ! you will have
other things to think of, my charming enemy."

" You are generous enough to forget the wrong you
do ; but I, sir, have a better memory."

" Let us talk seriously. Have you really the idea of
applying to the tribunal ? " asked Doctor Baleinier, in a
serious tone.

" Yes, sir ! And you know what I decide upon I
decide upon with resolution."

" Well, then, I beg of you, I entreat you, not to
follow up that intention," added the doctor, in a most
emphatic tone ; " I ask it of you as a favour, and for the
sake of your own interest."

"I think, sir, that you are somewhat confounding
your interests with mine ! "

" Let us see now," said Doctor Baleinier, with assumed
impatience, and as if he was assured of convincing Mile.
de Cardoville, " now would you really have the mistaken
courage to plunge into despair two persons filled with
nobleness of heart and generosity of conduct ? "

" Only two ? The jest would be more complete if you
would say three. Yourself, sir, my aunt, and the Abb^
d'Aigrigny ; for these are, no doubt, the generous per-
sonages in whose name you invoke my pity."

" Really, mademoiselle, I did not allude to myself, or
your aunt, or the Abb^ d'Aigrigny?"

" To whom else, then, did you refer, sir ? " said Mile,
de Cardoville, with surprise.

" I referred to two poor devils who, no doubt, sent by
those you call your friends, obtained an entrance the
other night into the adjacent convent, and came from.



thence into this garden. The reports you heard were
shots fired at them."

" Alas ! I was afraid it was so ; and they refused to
tell me whether or not they were wounded," said Adri-
€nne, with painful emotion.

" One of them was wounded, though only slightly ; for
he contrived to keep on his legs and get away from the
persons who pursued him."

" Heaven be praised ! " exclaimed Mile, de Cardoville,
clasping her hands fervently.

" Nothing can be more praiseworthy than your joy on
learning that they have escaped ; but then by what
strange contradiction would you now set justice on their
heels ? That is a singular mode, really, to acknowledge
their devotion to your service ! "

" What do you mean, sir ? " inquired Mile, de Cardo-

" For if they are apprehended," continued Doctor
Baleinier, not appearing to notice the question, " as they
were unquestionably guilty of escalade with forcible
entry during the night, they will be assuredly sentenced
to the galleys."

" Heaven ! and for me ? "

" It would be for you, and, what is worse, through you,
that they would be thus sentenced."

" Through me, sir ? "

" Certainly, if you follow out your intentions of venge-
ance against your aunt and the Pere d'Aigrigny (I do
not think of myself, for I am quite protected) ; if, in a
word, you persist in your determination to appeal to the
law for having been unjustly immured in this house."

" Sir, I do not understand you — explain yourself! '*
said Adrienne, with increasing uneasiness.

" Why, child as you are," exclaimed the Jesuit of the
short robe, with an impressive tone, " do you think, then,
that when justice is once set on the track of an affair,
that its course can be checked and its power directed as



one will, and when one chooses ? When you leave this
abode, you will lodge your complaint against me and
your family. Is it not so ? Well, what will follow ?
Why, justice will take the affair up, obtain every infor-
mation, summon witnesses, and enter into all the most
minute investigations. What will then result? Why,
let this nocturnal escalade, which the superior of the
convent has a certain interest in keeping quiet for fear
of scandal, let this nocturnal attempt, I say, — which I,
for my part, do not desire to have brought before the
public, — be once openly divulged, and as there is mixed
up with it a very grave offence which incurs a disgrace-
ful punishment, why, justice will then take the initiative,
and set its agents on the pursuit of these offenders ; and
if, as is probable, they are still in Paris, detained by any
duties, or by their business, or under the idea that they
are in perfect security (which they may believe, thinking
that they have only acted on an honourable motive),
they will be found and arrested ; and who will have pro-
voked their apprehension ? Why you, yourself, by
deposing against us."

" Ah, sir, that would be horrible — it is impossible — "

" On the contrary, it would be very possible," said
M. Baleinier ; " and so, whilst I and the superior of the
convent, who, after all, have the only right to complain,
desire nothing but to keep this annoying affair perfectly
quiet, it is you — you, for whom these poor fellows
have risked the galleys — you who will hand them over
to justice."

Although Mile, de Cardo\alle was not completely the
dupe of the Jesuit of the short robe, she guessed that
the sentiments of clemency which he pretended to use
towards Dagobert and his son would be absolutely regu-
lated by the part she might take in prosecuting or
abandoning the legitimate vengeance which she desired
to obtain from the law.

In fact, Rodin, whose instructions the doctor followed,



although unconscious of it, was too cunning to say to
Mile, de Cardoville, " If you attempt any quest of justice^
Dagobert and his son shall be denounced," whilst they
could arrive at the same end by inspiring Adrienne with
such fears as to her two liberators as would turn her
from her purpose. Without being at all acquainted with
the real law of the case. Mile, de Cardoville had too
much good sense not to see that Dagobert and Agricola
might, indeed, be very greatly injured in consequence of
their nocturnal attempt, and thus be involved in most
terrible consequences.

Yet, when she reflected on all she had suffered in this
house, and turning over all the just resentments which
had accumulated in the depths of her heart, Adrienne
found it a bitter task to renounce the deep pleasure of
unmasking and exposing all the vile machinations in the
face of open day.

Doctor Baleinier looked at her, whom he believed his
dupe, with crafty attention, quite assured that he pene-
trated the cause of her silence and hesitation.

" But, sir," she resumed, without being able quite to
conceal her trouble, "admitting that I should be disposed,
from some motive or other, not to lodge any complaint,
or begin an action at law — to forget the evil that has
been heaped upon me, when shall I leave this house ? "
" I cannot answer that question, for I am unable to
decide on the period when you will be radically cured,"
said the doctor, with a benignant smile ; " you are on the
highroad thither, but — "

"Still this insolent and absurd farce," exclaimed
Mile, de Cardoville, indignantly interrupting the doctor.
" I ask you, and, if it be necessary, I beg of you to tell
me how much time longer I shall be immured in this
horrible abode ? For I am to quit it some day or other,
I suppose."

"Certainly — assuredly — I hope so," replied the
Jesuit of the short robe, with an air of apparent regret ;



" but I cannot say precisely when. Besides, I must tell
you frankly that every precaution has been taken to
prevent any repetition of such attempts as we had the
night before last. The most rigorous watch has been
established, in order that you may not have any commu-
nication out-of-doors ; and this is all done for your good,
and that your poor head may not be excited again so
dangerously — "

" Thus, then, sir," said Adrienne, almost affrighted,
" the days I have spent here may be considered as days
of liberty in comparison with those which are now in
store for me?"

" Your benefit is the first consideration," replied the
doctor, with an affectionate air.

Mile, de Cardoville, feeling the inutility of her indigna-
tion and despair, heaved a bitter sigh, and hid her face in
her hands.

At this instant rapid steps were heard without, and
one of the women keepers entered, after having knocked
at the door.

" Sir," she said, with a frightened look, " there are
two gentlemen down-stairs who demand to see you and
this young lady."

Adrienne raised her head ; her eyes were bathed in tears.

" What are the names of these persons ? " inquired
Doctor Baleinier, greatly astonished.

" One of them told me," answered the keeper, " to say
to monsieur the doctor that he was a magistrate, and
had come here to execute a judicial duty concerning
Mile, de Cardoville."

" A magistrate ! " exclaimed the Jesuit of the short
robe, becoming purple, and unable to repress his surprise
and disquietude.

" Oh, Heaven be praised ! " exclaimed Adrienne, rising
quickly, and her face beaming with hope through her
tears. " My friends have been warned, and the hour of
justice is at hand."



" Beg these persons to come up-stairs," said Doctor
Baleinier to the keeper, after a moment's reflection.

Then, with his countenance more and more moved
and troubled, the Jesuit of the short robe went towards
Adrienne with a severe and almost threatening look,
which contrasted strangely with his habitual placidity
and hypocritical smile, and said, in a low tone :

" Take care, mademoiselle, do not congratulate your-
self too soon."

" I do not fear you now ! " replied Mile, de Cardoville,
with her eye lighted up and radiant with hope. " M. de
Montbron, no doubt, has returned to Paris, and has been
informed ; it is he who is accompanied by the magistrate,
and he comes to free me ! "

Then Adrienne added, in a tone of bitter irony :

" I pity you, sir, — you and your friends."

" Mademoiselle," exclaimed M. Baleinier, unable to
conceal his increasing trepidation, " I repeat, take
care, remember what I have said to you, — your com-
plaint will necessarily include, you understand neces-
sarily, the revelation of all that transpired the other
night; take care, the fate, the honour of the soldier
and his son are in your hands, — reflect, they have
the galleys before them."

" Oh, I am not your dupe, sir ; you threaten me
covertly; have the courage to tell me that if I com-
plain to this magistrate you will instantly denounce the
soldier and his son."

" I repeat that, if you commence your complaint,
those persons are utterly lost," replied the lay Jesuit,
in ambiguous terms.

A good deal disturbed by the real danger which there
might be in the threats of the doctor, Adrienne ex-
claimed :

" But, then, sir, if this magistrate interrogates me, do
you think I will utter a falsehood ? "

" You will reply, and tell the truth. Besides," said



M. Baleinier, in rapid tones, in the hope of achieving
his purpose ; " you will reply that you were in such an
excited state of mind for some days that it was thought
advisable, for your health's sake, to conduct you hither
without apprising you, but that now you are infinitely
better, and are fully convinced of the utility of the pre-
cautions that were taken for your benefit. I will confirm
all this ; for, after all, it is the truth."

" Never ! " exclaimed Mile, de Cardoville, indignantly.
" I will never be the accomplice of so infamous a false-
hood. I will never so degrade myself as to justify the
indignities under which I suffered so painfully."

" Here is the magistrate," said Doctor Baleinier, hear-
ing a noise outside the door, " and now, take care — "

The door opened at this moment ; and, to the utter
astonishment of the doctor, Rodin appeared, accom-
panied by a man dressed in black, and of a lofty and
stern demeanour.

Rodin, for the sake of working out his plans, and
from the deepest motives of prudence (which we shall
reveal hereafter), far from informing P^re d'Aigrigny
and the doctor of his unexpected visit, which he in-
tended to pay at the Maison de SantS, attended by a
magistrate, had, on the contrary, on the previous even-
ing, as we know, given an order to Doctor Baleinier to
confine Mile, de Cardoville still more strictly.

We must imagine the increase of the doctor's aston-
ishment when he saw the officer of justice, whose unex-
pected presence and imposing aspect already greatly
disquieted him, when he saw him enter, accompanied
by Rodin, the humble and obscure secretary of the Abb^

As they entered the door, Rodin, still meanly dressed,
had, with a gesture at once compassionate and respect-
ful, pointed out Mile, de Cardoville to the magistrate.
Then, whilst the latter, who could not repress a move-
ment of admiration at the sight of Adrienne's exceeding



beauty, seemed to examine her with as much surprise as
interest, the Jesuit humbly retired a few paces into the
background. ,

Doctor Baleinier, in perfect amaze, and hopmg to
make Rodin understand him, made several signs of
intelligence to him, endeavouring to interrogate him
as to the unexpected arrival of the magistrate.

Another subject of surprise for Doctor Baleinier:
Rodin did not appear to recognise him, nor to under-
stand his expressive pantomime, but gazed at him m
affected wonder.

At length the doctor, out of all patience, redoubled
his mute interrogatories; and then, Rodin advancing
a step, stretched out his bent neck towards him, and
said, in a very loud voice : ^^

" What is it you want to say to me, M. le Docteur ? ^
At these words, which completely disconcerted Balei-
nier, and which broke the silence which had reigned for
some seconds, the magistrate turned around, and Rodin
added, with the most imperturbable sang-froid :

" Since we came in M. le Docteur has been making
all sorts of mysterious signs to me. I imagine that he
has something very particular to communicate to me ;
but, as I have no secrets, I beg he will be so good as
explain out loud what he means."

This reply, so embarrassing to Doctor Baleinier, pro-
nounced in an offensive tone, and accompaned by a look
of icy coldness, again plunged the doctor into astonish-
ment so great that for several moments he was wholly
unable to reply.

Unquestionably the magistrate was struck by this
fact, and the silence that followed, for he threw on
Doctor Baleinier a look of extreme severity.

Mile, de Cardoville, who had expected to see M. de
Montbron enter, remained also in a state of extreme




Doctor Baleinier, for a moment disconcerted bj the
unexpected presence of a magistrate, and the inexplica-
ble conduct of Rodin, soon resumed his sang-froid^ and
thus addressed his brother of the short robe :

"If I endeavoured to make myself understood by
signs, it was because, whilst desirous of showing my
respect for the silence which this gentlemen (and he
looked towards the magistrate) has kept since he en-
tered my house, I wished also to testify my surprise at
a visit with which I did not expect to be honoured."

" It is to this young lady that I am to explain the
motive of my silence, sir, whilst I will beg her to ex-
cuse me," replied the magistrate, and bowing slightly to
Adrienne, he continued to address her. " I have had
much before me, mademoiselle, in your name ; so very
serious a charge, that I could not help remaining for an
instant mute and observant in your presence, endeav-
ouring to read in your countenance, your attitude, if the
accusation deposed to in my presence was founded in
truth ; and I have now every reason to give the fullest
credit to it."

" May I then know, sir," inquired Doctor Baleinier, in
a tone, firm, but perfectly polite, " to whom I have the
honour of addressing myself ? "

" Sir, I am juge d' instruction ; and I came here to do
my duty in a matter to which my attention has been
seriously directed."



" Will you, sir, deign to explain yourself to me ? "
asked the doctor, with a bow.

" Sir," answered the magistrate, whose name was M.
de Gernande, a man about fifty years of age, of firm
mind and upright principles, and who knew perfectly
how to unite the austere duties of his office with the
most gentlemanly politeness, — " sir, you are accused of
having committed a very gross error, not to make use
of a more severe expression. As to the nature of this
error, I should rather prefer to believe that you, sir, one
of the princes of science, have been completely deceived
in your medical opinion, than suspect you of having
forgotten all that is most sacred in the exercise of a
profession which is almost sacerdotal — "

" When, sir, you have specified the facts," responded
the Jesuit of the short robe, with a certain hauteur, " it
will be easy for me to prove that my scientific con-
science, as as well as my conscience as an honest man,
is free from the slightest reproach."

" Mademoiselle," said M. de Gernande, addressing
Adrienne, " is it true that you were conducted to this
house by stratagem ? "

" Sir," exclaimed M. Baleinier, " allow me to observe
that the way in which you put that question reflects
painfully on me."

" Sir, it is to mademoiselle that I have the honour
now to address myself," replied M. de Gernande, sternly ;
" and I am the only judge of the suitability of my

Adrienne was about to reply in the affirmative to the
magistrate's question when an expressive look from Doc-
tor Baleinier reminded her that, perhaps, she should
thereby expose Dagobert and his son to a vindictive

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