The Audacious

48 In Tabriz, also arrived Joseph Fabre with the rest of the French personnel carrying the gifts of the King of France to the King of Persia. They were received by Michel, whom they accepted as the new head of the diplomatic mission, therefore they handed over to him the gifts of the King of France. A few days later, Michel sent his secretary, Dubies, to Marie Petit, telling her that it would be beneficial for them all if they lived in the same residence and that her stay would be made comfortable. Not desiring to be isolated, Marie Petit agreed to move back, which she did the following day. For a few days afterwards, mutual respect and cordial behaviour were exchanged between her and Michel. However, she was soon to discover his lack of sound judgment and lustful looks at her. She rejected his