This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... As he thus spoke, the haughty face of Master Olivier had relinquished its arrogant expression, and assumed a cringing air--the only change of which a courtier's features are susceptible. The king looked him full in the face. "I understand," said he dryly. "Master Olivier," he again began, after a brief pause, "Marshal de Boucicaut used to say, 'There are no gifts to be got but from the king, no fish to be caught but in the sea.' I perceive that you are of the same way of thinking as Monsieur de Boucicaut. Now listen to this. We have a good memory. In 68, we made you groom of our chamber; in 69, keeper of the castle of the bridge of St. Cloud, at a salary of one hundred livres tournois; you wanted them to be parisis. In November 73, by letters issued at Gergeaule, we appointed you keeper of the wood of Vincennes, in the room of Gilbert Acle, esquire; in 75, ranger of the forest of Rouvray-le-St. Cloud, in the room of Jacques le Maire; in 78, we were graciously pleased, by letters patent with double seal of green wax, to grant a yearly sum often livres parisis-to you and your wife, upon the Place aux Marchands, situate at the school of St. Germain; in 79, we made you ranger of the forest of Senart, in the room of poor Jehan Daiz; then captain of the castle of Loches, then governor of St. Quentin, then captain of the bridge of Meaulan, from which you have taken the style of count. Out of the fine of five sous paid by every barber who shaves on a holiday, three sous goto you, and we have your leavings. We have been pleased to change your name from le Mauvais, which accorded but too well with your mien. In 74 we granted you, to the great displeasure of our nobility, coat-armour of a thousand colours, which makes you a breast like a peacock's....
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