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I listen to the recriminations of the merchants and the sailors, but. " "You can't overlook what they say. Thank you, Madame. " "I can bear up for just about half an hour," she said. She returned to the antechamber, where the Marquis de la Vallière informed her with malicious pleasure that Louvois had asked for her and then had gone to luncheon. Angélique checked her gesture of disappointment. It was just her luck. She was especially eager for an interview with the young Minister of War to ask him for a position at Court, and now thanks to her unexpected meeting with Colbert, who had done nothing but talk about maritime trade, she had missed her opportunity.

The family of Mortemart de Rochechouart was an impressive one. Angélique de Sancé, who knew all the genealogy of Poitou, was always impressed by the magnificence of the traditions that clung to that great house. Long ago Edward of England had married one of his daughters to a lord of Mortemart. The present Duc de Vivonne had the King and the Queen Mother as godparents. In the deep blue eyes of Madame de Montespan could be divined the proud and perhaps foolish motto of the family: Before the sea produced the earth The waves of Rochechouart had birth.

I won't deny that, but it's not a good way to establish factories and found an industry in a country. " Colbert gave her a not unappreciative look. "Devil take it, if I relied on . " He scratched his stubbly chin. " "Sir, my advice is subject to caution. I listen to the recriminations of the merchants and the sailors, but. " "You can't overlook what they say. Thank you, Madame. " "I can bear up for just about half an hour," she said. She returned to the antechamber, where the Marquis de la Vallière informed her with malicious pleasure that Louvois had asked for her and then had gone to luncheon.

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