Apart from that, it will be observed that the substantial reason for connecting the two men is simply that both were "valets."
If Louvois's letter of July 19 be read in connexion with the preceding correspondence it will be seen that ever since Fouquet's incarceration in 1665 Saint-Mars had had trouble over his valets.
A mink-infested footman waited outside; valets, butlers, database database object oriented relational vs second-men and maids came to attention.
These start with interior valets, up to our Prestige full valet.
Tikhon, like all good valets, instinctively knew the direction of his master's thoughts.