“And has red hair?”
“That’s the man.”
“And looks a hypocrite?”
“You’ve hit it exactly.”
“And he is a
hypocrite! 长沙桑拿论坛enough to make one shudder! No doubt he can’长沙桑拿洗浴论坛交流 t pay his rent! A thief, my dears, a beggarly thief, who set fire to his own cellar, and who accused me of trying to steal from him, while it was he who cheated me, the villain, out of a piece of twenty-four sous. It’s lucky I turned up here! Well, well, we shall have some fun! Here’s another little business on your hands, and you will have to say where that wine has got to, my dear gossip Derues.”
“Derues!” cried twenty voices all at once.
“What! Derues who is in Prison?”
“Why, that’s Monsieur de Lamotte’s man.”
“The man who killed Madame de Lamotte?”
“The man who made away with her son?”
“A scoundrel, my dears, who accused me of stealing, an absolute monster!”
“It is just a little unfortunate,” said widow Masson, “that it isn’t the man. My tenant calls himself
Ducoudray. 长沙桑拿推荐 There’s his name on the register.”
“Confound it, that doesn’t look like it at all,” said the hawker: “now that’s a bore! Oh yes, I have a grudge against that thief, who accused me of stealing. I told him I should sell his history some day. When that happens, I’ll treat you all round.”
As a foretaste of the fulfilment of this promise, the company disposed of a second bottle of liqueur, and, becoming excited, they chattered at random for some time, but at length slowly dispersed, and the street relapsed into the silence of night. But, a few hours later, the inhabitants were surprised to see the two ends occupied by unknown people, while other sinister-looking persons patrolled it all night, as if keeping guard. The next morning a carriage escorted by police stopped at the widow Masson’s door. An officer of police got out and 长沙桑拿洗浴全套会所 entered a neighbouring house, whence he emerged 长沙桑拿水疗会所 a quarter of an hour later with Monsieur de Lamotte leaning on his arm. The officer demanded the key of the cellar which last December had been hired from the widow Masson by a person named Ducoudray, and went down to it with Monsieur de Lamotte and one of his subordinates.
The carriage standing at the door, the presence of the commissioner Mutel, the chatter of the previous evening, had naturally roused everybody’s imagination. But this excitement had to be kept for home use: the whole street was under arrest, and its inhabitants were forbidden to leave their houses. The windows, crammed with anxious faces, questioning each other, in the expectation of something wonderful, were a curious sight; and the ignorance in which they remained, these mysterious preparations, these orders silently 长沙桑拿中心 executed, doubled the curiosity, and 长沙桑拿洗浴会所排名 added a sort of terror: no one could see the persons who had accompanied the police officer; three men remained in the carriage, one guarded by the two others. When the heavy coach turned into the rue de la Mortellerie, this man had bent towards the closed window and asked—
“Where are we?”
And when they answered him, he said—
“I do not know this street; I was never in it.”
After saying this quite quietly, he asked—
“Why am I brought here?”
As no one replied, he resumed his look of indifference, and betrayed no emotion, neither when the carriage stopped nor when he saw Monsieur de Lamotte enter the widow Masson’s house.
The officer reappeared on the threshold, and ordered Derues to be brought in.