"I say," repeated the agent, "that I am sent to you in connection with this same marriage."
Neither the doctor nor Florestan had exaggerated the violence of the Count's temper. Upon hearing his daughter's name and marriage mentioned by this man, his face grew crimson and his eyes gleamed with a lurid fire.
"Get out of this!" cried he, angrily.
But this was an order that Mascarin had no intention of obeying.
"I assure you that what I have to say is of the utmost importance," said he.
This speech put the finishing touch to the Count's fury.
"You won't go, won't you?" said he; and in spite of the pain that at the moment evidently oppressed him, he stepped to the bell, but was arrested by Mascarin, uttering in a warning voice the words,--
"Take care; if you ring that bell, you will regret it to the last day of your life."