woman, a farmer's wife, full of respect for his Rev- erence, bowing and bending her old head and turn- ing up her eyes as if in the confessional; and he too had something of the same air, sitting sidewise, returning bow for bow, but with his mouth full, radiating forgiveness of sins from a full stomach.
Further on was our notary, Pierre Delavau, who was treating a brother lawyer to a good solid meal. The air was thick around them with talk of interest, money, politics, contracts — Roman re- publics, etc., for he Hkes to dabble in such things on a holiday, but in everyday life is a conservative loyal subject of the King.
My eye lighted presently on Perrin Le Queux, who caught sight of me at the same moment, and waved his glass towards me with the greatest cor- diality, — old fox, in his stiff starched blouse! I'll bet he saw me the moment I came in, but as he owes me the price of a fine carved oak chest for the last two years, he was conveniently short of sight. He jumped up and came over to our table.
" The best of luck ! " said he, holding out his bot- tle, and when I shook my head he still pressed it on me. " At least you will have a bite of dinner," he said, thinking of course I would refuse, having already dined, but I took him up at once. " So much to the good on my bill," thought I to myself.