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Mathieu and Marianne had not yet put in an appearance. Ambroise, who was the grand master of the ceremonies that day, had made them promise to remain in their room, like sovereigns hidden from their people, until he should go to fetch them. He desired that they should appear in all solemnity. And when he made up his mind to summon them MBT shoes on sale , the whole nation being assembled together, he found his brother Benjamin on the threshold of the house defending the door like a bodyguard.