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After she had advanced about a hundred miles to the south

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"Madam, I must request you to believe how greatly I regret the task imposed upon me; but my duty and obedience to the king--"

After she had advanced about a hundred miles to the south

"Would enable you to strangle your nearest relative. All that is well known; but, in the name of all that is base, cowardly, and unmanly, could no one but be found to remind a distressed and afflicted woman that she has lost her only friend and support?"

After she had advanced about a hundred miles to the south

"Madam, I repeat, obedience--necessity--"

After she had advanced about a hundred miles to the south

"Madam, you outrage the king in my person."

"No, sir; I respect the king too highly to believe that there could ever be any relation between him and one who is too contemptible to remind me that he was but a few days back the most cringing of my servile slaves."

, boiling with rage, with an unsteady hand, unfolded and read, in a trembling voice, the following words:

"MADAME LA COMTESSE Du Barry,--For reasons, which have for their object the preservation of the tranquillity of my kingdom, and the prevention of any state secrets confided to you being promulgated, I send this order for your immediate removal to , accompanied by one female attendant only, and under the escort of the exempt who has the necessary orders. This measure is by no means intended to be either disagreeable or of long duration. I therefore pray God to have you in his holy keeping,

"That, madam," continued the duke, " is his majesty's pleasure, and you have nothing to do but to submit."

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