done. In brief, M. Hewlett, you can go when you choose."
"M. Leroux," I answered, "I will say something to you for your own
sake, and Mme. d'Epernay's, that I would not deign to say to any other
man. She is as pure as the best woman in the land. I found her ,wandering in the street.
I saved her from the assault of your hired
ruffians. I tried to procure a room for her at the Merrimac, and when
they refused her, I gave up my own apartment to her and went away."
"But you went back!" he cried. "You went back, Hewlett!"
"I can tell you no more," I answered. "Do you believe what I have said
,He looked hard into my face.
"Yes," he said simply. "And it makes all the difference in the world
And at that moment, in spite of all, I felt something that was not far
from affection toward the man.
"Pere Antoine will marry you?" I asked. ,"Yes," he replied.
"And her father?"
"Is safe in the _chateau_, playing with his wheel and amassing a
fortune in his dreams."