"Ah, very good," thought D'Artagnan; "but why Lebrun?"
No, Monsieur Lebrun has nothing to do with this part of it; the secret which concerns him is far more important than the other."
Lebrun, come in," said Aramis, opening a side-door with his right hand, and holding back D'Artagnan with his left.
Lebrun is not in want of the dresses you will make for himself, but of those you are making for the king."
But already Percerin, goaded by the idea that the king was to be told he stood in the way of a pleasant surprise, had offered Lebrun a chair, and proceeded to bring from a wardrobe four magnificent dresses, the fifth being still in the workmen's hands; and these masterpieces he successively fitted upon four lay figures, which, imported into France in the time of Concini, had been given to Percerin II.
"I think you have not quite got it, my dear Lebrun," he said; "your colors will deceive you, and on canvas we shall lack that exact resemblance which is absolutely requisite.
Nevertheless Lebrun went on copying the materials and ornaments with the closest fidelity - a process which Aramis watched with ill-concealed impatience.
"Oh, then," cried Lebrun, "I would answer for the effect."
Lebrun packed up his paints and brushes, Percerin put back the dresses into the closet, Aramis put his hand on his pocket to assure himself the patterns were secure, - and they all left the study.
He walked down the gallery and across the narrow "bridges" which connected the Lebrun cottages one with the other.
Madame Lebrun was bustling in and out, giving orders in a high key to a yard-boy whenever she got inside the house, and directions in an equally high voice to a dining-room servant whenever she got outside.
Pontellier, and young Robert Lebrun. When they reached the cottage, the two seated themselves with some appearance of fatigue upon the upper step of the porch, facing each other, each leaning against a supporting post.