I’d only have to do something about it, and that I can’t. I do not know if I will have to escape quickly once more. ’ ‘This is what you say of him? Me, I find he is growling all the time like a dog. Chapter XXII AN OLD FOOL Lady Ferringhall made room for him on the sofa by her side. The owner of this dress had a broad weather-beaten face, small twinkling eyes, and a bushy, grizzled beard. “Poor old Alice!” Her brother Roddy came to her and demanded tea, and asked her to state a case. ’ ‘And now we know also who is the prétendant, Mademoiselle Charvill. Why should she trouble herself over that young fool, who was nothing to her; who, when he eventually sobered up, would not be able to recognize her, or if he did, as something phantasmagorical? Perhaps he should not apply the term "fool"; "unfortunate" might be the more accurate application. Standing on tiptoe, on a joint-stool, placed upon the bench, with his back to the door, and a clasp-knife in his hand, this youngster, instead of executing his appointed task, was occupied in carving his name upon a beam, overhead. "I'm a peace-officer," he added, "about to arrest a notorious criminal. Other, and more serious impositions, inasmuch as they affected a poorer class of persons, were practised by the underlings of the jail. I deemed it more prudent to send him to the Dark House than to bring him here, in case of any search after him by his adoptive father—the carpenter Wood. You may go back, Marthe. ” “Of course,” he said, reaching out his hand tentatively for his hat, “I could go away even now. Those were great tricks that you pulled with the car and the glass, but why shouldn’t I believe that this has all been an elaborate hoax?” He asked.
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