"With a dead man?" St. Germain replied, gibing at him.
"Barradas will spit you!" The other scoffed. "Go and order your coffin, and do not trouble me."
"I shall trouble you. If you did not know that he cheated, pay; and if you did know, fight."
"I know?" St. Germain retorted fiercely. "You madman! Do you mean to say that I knew that he cheated?"
"I mean what I say!" St. Mesmin returned stolidly. "You have won my money. You must return it. If you will not return it, you must fight."
I should have heard more, but at that moment the main door opened, and two or three gentlemen who had been with the King came out. Not wishing to be seen watching the brawl, I moved away and descended the stairs; and Varenne overtaking me a moment later, and entering on the Biron affair--of which I had just been discussing the latest developments with the King--I forgot St. Mesmin for the time, and only recalled him next morning when Saintonge, being announced, came into my room in a state of great excitement, and almost with his first sentence brought out his name.
"Barradas has not killed him then?" I said, reproaching myself in a degree for my forgetfulness.
"No! He, Barradas!" Saintonge answered.
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