too weak to hold his arm up for long. Was it Edd who reminded
Meanwhile Toto had called a waiter, and, flinging a ten-franc piece on the table, said haughtily: "Take your bill out of that." But Tantaine pushed the money back toward the lad, and, drawing another ten-franc piece from his pocket, gave it to the waiter.
This unexpected act of generosity put the lad in the best possible humor. "All the better for me," exclaimed he; "and now let us hunt up Caroline Schimmel."
"Is she here? I could not find her."
"Because you did not know where to look for her. She is at cards in the coffee-room. Come along, sir."
But Tantaine laid his hand upon the boy's arm.
"One moment," said he. "Did you tell the woman just what I ordered you to say?"
"I did not omit a single word."
"For five days," began the lad solemnly, "your Toto has been your Caroline's shadow. We have played cards until all sorts of hours, and I took care that she should always win. I confided to her that I had a jolly old uncle,--a man not without means, a widower, and crazy to be married again,--who had seen her and had fallen in love with her."