The Percerin of that period was a Huguenot, like Ambrose Pare, and had been spared by the Queen of Navarre
, the beautiful Margot, as they used to write and say, too, in those days; because, in sooth, he was the only one who could make for her those wonderful riding-habits which she so loved to wear, seeing that they were marvelously well suited to hide certain anatomical defects, which the Queen of Navarre
used very studiously to conceal.
"You know, Master Cheneteau, the Hôtel de Navarre
, which belonged to Monsieur de Nemours?"
What elegant historian would neglect a striking opportunity for pointing out that his heroes did not foresee the history of the world, or even their own actions?--For example, that Henry of Navarre
, when a Protestant baby, little thought of being a Catholic monarch; or that Alfred the Great, when he measured his laborious nights with burning candles, had no idea of future gentlemen measuring their idle days with watches.
It is not enough that I have compelled all the knights of Navarre
, all the Leonese, all the Tartesians, all the Castilians, and finally all the knights of La Mancha, to confess thee the most beautiful in the world?"
sire, I have performed it for thirty years, and in all France and Navarre
there is not a man in better health than I am.
I have been hunting for it ever since the accession of His Majesty to the thrones of France and of Navarre
. Last night I succeeded!
Ladies answered back with historiettes that would almost have made Queen Margaret of Navarre
or even the great Elizabeth of England hide behind a handkerchief, but nobody hid here, but only laughed -- howled, you may say.
Nothing to do but hitch your rope ladder to the battlements, shin down it, break your leg in the moat -- because a rope ladder is nineteen foot too short, you know -- and there's your horses and your trusty vassles, and they scoop you up and fling you across a saddle, and away you go to your native Langudoc, or Navarre
, or wherever it is.
"I asked her whether, like Marguerite de Navarre
, she had their hearts embalmed and hung at her girdle.
Porthos made a thousand flourishes, asking Bicarat what o'clock it could be, and offering him his compliments upon his brother's having just obtained a company in the regiment of Navarre
; but, jest as he might, he gained nothing.
Blunt, the dear handsome man, has arrived from Navarre
three days ago or more.
I would sooner wrestle with the great bear of Navarre