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many of his class, Berryer was It is not wonderful that the a man of feeling; he promised health of Latude gave way under to intercede for him with the the pressure of grief and dismarchioness, and in the mean appointment. M. Berryer came while, he endeavoured to make to console him, removed him him as comfortable as a man to the most comfortable apartcould be who was robbed of ment in the castle, and allowed his liberty. To make the time him to walk daily for two hours pass less heavily, he gave him in the garden. But he did not a comrade, a Jew, a man of conceal that the marchioness abilities, Abuzaglo by name, was inflexible; and in consewho was accused of being a quence of this, the captive, secret British agent. The two who felt a prophetic fear that captives soon became friends; he was destined to perpetual Abuzaglo had hopes of speedy imprisonment, resolved to make liberation through the influence an attempt to escape. Nearly of the Prince of Conti, and he nine months elapsed before he promised to obtain the exercise could find an opportunity to of that influence in behalf of carry his plan into effect. The his companion. Latude, on his moment at length arrived. One part, in case of his being first of his fellow-prisoners, an ecclereleased, bound himself to strain siastic, was frequently visited every nerve to rescue Abuzaglo. by an abbé; and this circum
Ever on the watch to catch stance he made the basis of his the conversation of the prison project. To succeed, it was ers, the jailors appear to have necessary for him to elude the obtained a knowledge of the vigilance of two turnkeys, who hopes and reciprocal engage- guarded him when he walked, ments of the friends. When and of four sentinels, who Latude had been four months watched the outer doors; and at the Bastile, three turnkeys this was no easy matter. Of entered, and said that an order the turnkeys, one often waited was come to set him free. Abu- in the garden while the other zagio embraced him, and con- went to fetch the prisoner. Lajured him to remember his tude began by accustoming the promise. But no sooner had second turnkey to see him hurry the joyful Latude crossed the down-stairs, and join the first threshold of his prison, than he in the garden. When the day was told that he was only going came on which he was deterto be removed to Vincennes. mined to take flight, he, as usual, Abuzaglo was liberated shortly passed rapidly down the stairs after ; but believing that Latude without exciting any suspicion, was free, and had broken his his keeper having no doubt that word to him, he ceased to take he should find him in the garan interest in his fate.
den. At the bottom was a
cacs, rich te casos boited, he romantically determined to to prereat be seccad terskey: throw himself upon the genefron gras tre a ar to tis; rosity of his persecutor. comanda Seccessful thus drew up,' says he, 'a memorial, far, be knocked at tèe gate which I addressed to the king. wana led out of the casie. I spoke in it of Madame de It was cpece, and with an Pompadour with respect, and appearance of much eagercess, of my fault towards her with te asked for the aste and was repentance. I entreated she answered tha: the sensieel bad would be satisfied with the not seen him. Our priest has punishment I had undergone ; been waiting for an in the or, if fourteen months' imprigarden more than two hours'; sonment had not expiated my exca.med Latude; I have otience, I ventured to implore been running after him in all the clemency of her I had directions to no purpose; bui, otiended, and threw myself on egad, he shall pay me for my the mercy of my sovereign. I running' He was allowed to concluded my memorial by nampass. He repeated the same ing the asylum I had chosen.' inquiry to the three other sen- To use such language was intinels, received similar answers, deed sounding the very base and at last found himself be strings of humility. yond his prison walis. Avoid This appeal of the sheep to ing as much as possible the the wolf was answered in a high road, he traversed the wolf-like manner. Latude was fields and vineyards, and finally arrested without delay, and imreached Paris, where he shut mured in the Bastile. It was a himself up in a retired lodging. part of the tactics of the prison
In the first moments of re- to inspire hopes, for the purpose covered liberty, the feelings of of adding the pain of disappointLatude were those of unmixed ment to the other sufferings of pleasure. They were, however, a prisoner. He was accordsoon alloyed by doubt, appre- ingly told that he was taken hension, and anxiety. What into custody merely to ascertain was he to do? whither was he i by what means he had escaped. to fly? To remain concealed He gave a candid account of was impossible, and even had the stratagem to which he had it been possible, would have resorted; but instead of being been only another kind of cap- set free, as he had foolishly extivity; to fly from the kingdom pected, he was thrown into a was nearly if not quite as diffi- dungeon, and subjected to the cult; and besides, he was re- harshest treatment. luctant to give up the gaieties of Again his compassionate e capital and his prospects of friend, the lieutenant of police, vancement. In this dilemma came to his relief. He could
not release him from his dun- his dungeon, scarcely hearing geon, but did all that lay in his the sound of a human voice. power to render it less weari- At last M. Berryer took upon some. He condoled with him; himself the responsibility of retried, but in vain, to soften his moving him to a better aparttormentor; and, as a loophole ment, and even allowing him in the vault admitted light to have the attendance of a enough to allow of reading, he servant. A young man, named ordered him to be supplied with Cochar, was found willing to books, pens, ink, and paper. undertake the monotonous and For six months these resources soul-depressing task of being enabled Latude to bear his fate domestic to a prisoner. He with some degree of fortitude. was gentle and sympathizing, His patience was then exhausted, and in so far was qualified for and he gave way to rage and his office; but he had miscaldespair, in the paroxysms of culated his own strength, and which he vented his angry feel the weight of the burden he ings in epigrams and satirical was to bear. He drooped, and verses. One of these composi- in a short time he was stretched tions, which is certainly not on the bed of mortal sickness. deficient in bitterness, he was Fresh air and liberty might have imprudent enough to write on saved him. Those, however, the margin of a book which had he could not obtain ; for it was been lent to him. Latude had a rule that the fate of any one taken the precaution to write who entered into the service of this in a feigned hand; but he a prisoner, became linked with was not aware that, whenever that of his master, and that he a prisoner returned a book, must not expect to quit the every page of it was carefully ex- Bastile till his employer was set amined. The jailors discovered at large. It was not till Cochar the epigram, and took the was expiring, that the jailors volume to John Lebel, the go- would so much as consent to vernor, who dutifully hastened remove him from the chamber to lay it before the marchioness. of Latude. Within three months Her fury was extreme. Sending from his entrance into the Basfor M. Berryer, she exclaimed tile he ceased to exist. to him, in a voice half-smothered Latude was inconsolable for with passion, 'See here ! learn the loss of the poor youth, who to know the man for whom had always endeavoured to comyou are so much interested, fort him, as long as he had and dare again to solicit my spirits to do so. To mitigate clemency!'
his grief, M. Berryer obtained Eighteen dreary months for him the society of a fellowpassed away, during which captive, who could scarcely fail Latude was strictly confined to to have a perfect communion
of feeling with him. This new Latude, on the contrary, with a associate, D'Alegre by name, sort of insane energy, and his was about his own age, full of mind immediately began to activity, spirit, and talent, and revolve projects of escape. The had committed the irremissible very idea of escaping would crime of offending the Mar- seem to be indicative of madchioness de Pompadour. Tak- ness. ing it for granted that she was "As we cast our eyes,' says reclaimable, though on what Latude, on the walls of the ground he did so it would be Bastile, which are above six difficult to discover, he had feet thick, four iron bars at written to her a letter, in which the windows, and as many in he apprized her of the public the chimney; and as we conhatred, and pointed out the sidered by how many armed means by which he thought she men the prison is guarded, the might remove it, and become height of the walls, and the an object of affection. For giv- trenches most commonly full of ing this advice, he had already water,-it seemed morally imspent three years within the possible for two prisoners imwalls of the Bastile. Yet his mured in a cell, and destitute woes were now only beginning of human assistance, to make The unfortunate D'Alegre had their escape. ample cause to lament his hav It was necessary to have ing forgotten the scriptural in- 1400 feet of cord, two ladders, junction, not to cast pearls one of wood, from twenty to before swine.
thirty feet in length, and anM. Berryer took the same other of rope 180; to remove warm interest in D'Alegre as in several iron bars from the chimLatude. He was indefatigable ney, and to bore a hole in one in his exertions to obtain their night through a wall many feet pardon ; and for a while he thick, at the distance of only flattered himself that he should fifteen feet from a sentinel. It succeed. At last, wearied by was necessary to create the his importunity, the marchioness articles I have mentioned to vowed that her vengeance should accomplish our escape, and we be perpetual, and she com- had no resource but our own manded him never again to hands. It was necessary to mention their names. He was conceal the wooden and the therefore obliged to communi- rope ladder of 250 steps, a foot cate to them the melancholy tid. long and an inch thick, and ings, that their chains could be several other prohibited parbroken only by her disgrace orticulars, in a prisoner's room; death. D'Alegre was almost though the officers, accompanied overwhelmed by the first shock by the turnkey, paid us a visit of this intelligence; it inspired many times a week, and hon
oured our persons with a strict much as move his chair, nor examination.
even cough, etc. He went to You must have been con mass on our days, descended fined in the Bastile to know the first, and returned up-stairs how wretches are treated there. after us. My mind being conFigure to yourself ten years stantly intent on my scheme of spent in a room without seeing escaping, I told my companion or speaking to the prisoner over that I had a mind to take a your head. Many times have view of the stranger's room at there been immured the hus our return from mass; and I deband, the wife, and a family of sired him to forward my wish, children, for a number of years, by putting his tweezer-case in his without either apprehending that handkerchief, and when we had a relation was near. You never regained the second story, to hear any news there; let the contrive, by pulling out his handking die, let the ministry be kerchief, that the tweezer-case totally changed, you are not should fall down the stairs to told a syllable of the matter. the greatest distance possible ; The officers, the surgeon, the and that he should desire the turnkeys, say nothing to you turnkey, who usually attended but “Good morning!” “Good us, to go and pick it up. This evening!" “Do you stand in was no sooner proposed than need of anything?"
done. Being foremost, I ran “There is a chapel, in which up without loss of time, drew is daily performed one mass, back the bolt, and opened the and on holidays and Sundays door. I examined the height three. In the chapel are five of the room, and found it could little closets ; the prisoner is not be above ten feet. I shut placed in one of these, when the door again, and had leisure the magistrate gives him leave to measure one, two, and three to be present at the celebration steps of the staircase; I counted of that ceremony; he is taken their number from that chamber back after the elevation, so that to ours, and discovered a differno priest ever views the face of ence of about five feet. As the a prisoner, and the latter never separation was not a stone arch, sees more than the back of the I readily perceived that it could priest. M. Berryer had granted not be five feet thick, and conme permission to hear mass on sequently must be double. Sundays and Wednesdays, and I then said to my companion, had allowed the same liberty to “Never despair ! With a little my companion. He had given patience and courage we may that leave also to the prisoner make our escape. Here is my who lodged above us. I had estimate: there is a drum beobserved that this prisoner never tween the room on the third made any noise; did not so storey and ours."