The Novels of Balzac, Volume 11

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Gebbie Publishing Company, Limited, 1900

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Page 385 - He laughed at his would-be patron. Then the statesman was more explicit; he bowed to the superiority of his ere-while counselor; he pledged himself to enable Marcas to remain in office, to be elected deputy; then he offered him. a high appointment, promising him that he, the speaker, would thenceforth be the subordinate of a man whose subaltern he was only worthy to be. He was in the newly- formed ministry, and he would not return to power unless Marcas had a post in proportion to his merit; he had...

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