"Yes, sir," replied the Burglar
. "I have two, but neither has been taken.
"My wife seems to think I am a burglar," he said, recklessly.
"But you can bet I'm a burglar; don't leave that out.
The Major patted him on the shoulder with a gesture almost peculiar to the soothing of a sick child, and said: "It was a burglar. Obviously it was a burglar."
"A burglar with a bad cold," observed Father Brown, "that might assist you to trace him in the neighbourhood."
"Yes, it was by their light and that of the lady's bedroom candle, that the burglars saw their way about."
These burglars made a considerable haul at Sydenham a fortnight ago.
"You must remember that we are dealing with a burglar who is a very peculiar fellow, and who appears to work on lines of his own.
"And now," said he, "it really would be a good thing that we should all go over the house together and make certain that this rather erratic burglar did not, after all, carry anything away with him."
"You haven't hit upon any reason for the sort of burglar
they think you were, ringing up the kind of man they know I am?"
I should like to give you something to eat--women always prepare midnight suppers for the burglars
they catch, at least they do in the magazine stories.
Not one of them had half the spunk of this or that burglar
he had known.
A moderate-sized safe stood in his bedroom, constructed so as to defy fire as well as burglars
; but Passepartout found neither arms nor hunting weapons anywhere; everything betrayed the most tranquil and peaceable habits.
Moreover, he was afraid of his wife, afraid of a policeman, afraid of physical violence, and lived in constant dread of burglars
. But the one thing he was not afraid of was wild animals of the most ferocious sorts, such as lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars.
For example, they are the thieves, burglars
, cutpurses, footpads, robbers of temples, man-stealers of the community; or if they are able to speak they turn informers, and bear false witness, and take bribes.