"I don't care who you were before, you're Billie now," rumor had it he'd said.
On the previous evening at the Lodge, he had heard that a rumor of his duel had reached the Emperor and that it would be wiser for him to leave Petersburg.
All that wasn't bad enough, but she had to drag up that old rumor – and I thought you believed it.
"I heard a rumor," Tamer said.
Some said the report that the Emperor was wounded was correct, others that it was not, and explained the false rumor that had spread by the fact that the Emperor's carriage had really galloped from the field of battle with the pale and terrified Ober-Hofmarschal Count Tolstoy, who had ridden out to the battlefield with others in the Emperor's suite.