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CHAPTER IV. The next day, towards the afternoon, Frederic
Lemereier, somewhat breathless from the rapidity at which he had
ascended to so high an eminence, burst into Alain's chamber. "
Pr-r! mon cher; what superb exercise for the health, ? how it must
strengthen the muscles and expand the chest! After this, who should
shrink from scaling Mont Blanc 1 Well, well. I have been meditating
on your business ever since we parted; but I would fain know more
of its details. You shall confide them to me as we drive through
the Bois. My coupe is below, and the day is beautiful, ? come." To
the young marquis, the gayety, the heartiness of his college friend
were a cordial. How different from the dry counsels of the Count de
Vandemar! Hope, though vaguely, entered into his heart. Willingly
he accepted Frederic's invitation, and the young men were soon
rapidly borne along the Champs Elysees. As briefly as he could
Alain described the state of his affairs, the nature of his
mortgages, and the result of his interview with M. Gandrin.
Frederic listened attentively. " Then Gandrin has given you as yet
no answer? " " None; but I have a note from him this morning asking
me to call to-morrow." " After you have seen him, decide on
nothing, ? if he makes you any offer. Get back your abstract, or a
copyof it, and confide it to me. Gandrin ought to help you; he
transacts affairs in a large way. Belle clientele among the
millionnaires. But his clients expect fabulous profits, and so does
he. As for your principal mortgagee, Louvier, you know, of course,
who he is." " No; except that M. Hebert told me that he was very
rich." "Rich! I should think so: one of the Kings of Finance. Ah!
observe those young men on horseback." Alain looked forth and
recognized the two cavaliers whom he...
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