This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...caressing the hope of a crime. But while receiving their adieux, the pretty woman was murmuring between her teeth the mnemotechnic Terse of poor M. Domet: Kabichon, Lebrasseur, Chaisepie, and Mantoux. The duke was the last to depart. "What are you thinking of?" said he; "you are preoccupied." "I am thinking of Corfu." "Think of your friends in Paris." "Good-night, Monsieur le due. I believe that Le Tas has found you a domestic. She has yet to make the necessary inquiries; we will speak of it again one of these days." The next morning Le Tas took the cars to Corbcil. She took lodgings in the hotel de France, and walked the city until Sunday, visiting all the paper stores, buying flowers of all the gardeners, and scrutinizing the passers in all the public streets. On Sunday morning she lost the key of her travelling-bag. She went out in search of a locksmith, and found a little shop on the Essonne road, the master of which was blowing his forgo, despite the law of dominical rest. The sign bore the words: Mantoux Peu-df.-ciiance, Lochsmithing of all kinds done here. The locksmith was a small man, of from thirty to thirty-five, dark, well made, alive and awake. One did not need to look twice at him to divine to what sect he belonged; he was one of those who make Saturday their Sabbath. The love of gain sparkled in his little black eyes, and his nose resembled the beak of a bird of prey. Le Tas asked him to return with her to the hotel to force a lock. He acquitted himself like one who understood his business, and when it was finished Le Tas detained him still longer through the charms of her conversation. She began by asking him if he was satisfied with his business. He replied in the tone of a man disgusted with life. Nothing in his whole life had...
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