"His Majesty drew attention to the Grenadier division and to the march past," continued the general, "and it seems the ambassador took no notice and allowed himself to reply that: 'We in France pay no attention to such trifles!'
Dean started to reply, but she cut him off.
The staff officer joined in the colonel's appeals, but Bagration did not reply; he only gave an order to cease firing and re-form, so as to give room for the two approaching battalions.
Pierre was about to reply, but Prince Vasili interrupted him.
Before Dean could reply, the telephone rang for the third time, with a shrillness that startled them both.