"But, Baisemeaux, I can hardly believe what you tell me; besides, since the Bastile is capable of producing fifty thousand francs a year, why have you not tried to screw one hundred thousand out of it?"
"Whether the year be good or bad, there are fifty prisoners, who, on an average, bring you in a thousand francs a year each."
"Well, there is at once an income of fifty thousand francs; you have held the post three years, and must have received in that time one hundred and fifty thousand francs."
"Nor Louviere either: the result was, that I gave seventy-five thousand francs to Tremblay as his share."
Richard, of putting twenty-thousand francs in his pocket?"
Giry, "seeing that it was myself who put the twenty-thousand francs into M.
"You tell me there were twenty-thousand francs in the envelope which I put into M.
You put twenty-thousand francs in my pocket and I knew nothing either!
Had it come of the fact that, presuming too much on my good fortune, I had seemed to be intending to desert her (even as De Griers had done) when once I had given her the fifty thousand francs? But, on my honour, I had never cherished any such intention.
First of all I must have fifty thousand francs, and you shall give them to me at Frankfurt.
If I were to give you those fifty thousand francs, what should I have left for myself?"
Besides his fiction of an annuity, about which no one at the present time knew anything, the chevalier really had, therefore, a bona fide income of a thousand francs
. But in spite of this bettering of his circumstances, he made no change in his life, manners, or appearance, except that the red ribbon made a fine effect on his maroon-colored coat, and completed, so to speak, the physiognomy of a gentleman.