The Man in the Iron Mask
"Oh, God!" said Fouquet, "thou dost sometimes bear with such injustice on earth that I understand why there are wretches who doubt thy existence! Stay, M. d'Herblay!" and Fouquet, taking his pen, wrote a few rapid lines to his colleague Lyonne. (6.183)
"They are fond of these dodges," he said, with his mouth full; "they seize a man, some fine day, maintain him for ten years, and write to you, 'Watch this fellow well,' or 'Keep him very strictly.' And then, as soon as you are accustomed to look upon the prisoner as a dangerous man, all of a sudden, without cause or precedent, they write, 'Set him at liberty'; and add to their missive, 'Urgent.'" (7.85)
"He was my friend, Sire," replied Fouquet, nobly.
"An unfortunate circumstance for you," said the King, in a less generous tone of voice.
"Such friendship, Sire, had nothing dishonorable in it so long as I was ignorant of the crime."
"You should have foreseen it." (23.46 – 23.49)