Last night the Count left me early, and locked himself into his own room.
Somewhere high overhead, probably on the tower, I heard the voice of the Count calling in his harsh, metallic whisper.
Then I looked around for the Count, but with surprise and gladness, made a discovery.
Today is the date of my last letter, and the Count has taken steps to prove that it was genuine, for again I saw him leave the castle by the same window, and in my clothes.
Yes," returned Franz, finding that the count was coming to the point he wished.
Monsieur Bertuccio," said the count, "you have procured me windows looking on the Piazza del Popolo, as I ordered you yesterday "
Ah," continued the count, "be good enough to ask Pastrini if he has received the tavoletta, and if he can send us an account of the execution.
But, my dear count," said Albert, "we shall abuse your kindness.
Our dear countess was too clever with Vera," said the count
The play went on for some ten minutes after this, until the count won a considerable wager from him who had last joined the game, and then Tarzan saw the fellow back of the count's chair nod his head to his confederate.
Instantly the count and the two other players were upon their feet.
The count leaned across the table, and struck the man full in the mouth with his open palm, and then the others closed in between them.
With your kind permission," said the Count, "I will take my small family here--my poor-little-harmless-pretty-Mouseys, out for an airing along with us.
It is an important conversation, so far as I am concerned, for it has seriously disposed me to distrust the influence which Count Fosco has exercised over my thoughts and feelings, and to resist it for the future as resolutely as I can.
The Count good-humouredly took a stool many sizes too small for him, and balanced himself on it with his back against the side of the shed, which creaked and groaned under his weight.