You, my little countess, are a notorious spendthrift," said the count, and having kissed his wife's hand he went back to his study.
When Anna Mikhaylovna returned from Count Bezukhov's the money, all in clean notes, was lying ready under a handkerchief on the countess' little table, and Anna Mikhaylovna noticed that something was agitating her.
Ah," continued the count, "be good enough to ask Pastrini if he has received the tavoletta, and if he can send us an account of the execution.
But, my dear count," said Albert, "we shall abuse your kindness.
Yes," continued the count, "it was at first arranged in this way; but I think since yesterday some change has taken place in the order of the ceremony.
The mandaia* never fails, never trembles, never strikes thirty times ineffectually, like the soldier who beheaded the Count of Chalais, and to whose tender mercy Richelieu had doubtless recommended the sufferer.
The man who had accused De Coude, and the two others who had been playing, stood looking expectantly at the count.
And then, as the others still hesitated to do so: "Come, I shall do it myself if no other will," and he stepped forward toward the count.
The count went dead white, and then very slowly he withdrew his hand, and in it were three cards.
Laura looked at the Count with her dislike for him appearing a little too plainly in her face.
And if Count Fosco must divide murderers into classes, I think he has been very unfortunate in his choice of expressions.
My dear lady," said the Count, "those are admirable sentiments, and I have seen them stated at the tops of copy-books.