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"Certainly," she answered. Then, with an air of one who did not
intentionally mean to create trouble, "He came lots of times. I
thought you knew."
The game of deception was up with Drouet. He did not try to
simulate indifference further.
"Did he spend the evenings here?" he asked.
"Sometimes. Sometimes they went out."
"In the evening?"
"Yes. You mustnít look so mad, though."
"Iím not," he said. "Did any one else see him?"
"Of course," said the girl, as if, after all, it were nothing in
"How long ago was this?"
"Just before you came back."
The drummer pinched his lip nervously.
"Donít say anything, will you?" he asked, giving the girlís arm a
"Certainly not," she returned. "I wouldnít worry over it."
"All right," he said, passing on, seriously brooding for once, and
yet not wholly unconscious of the fact that he was making a most
excellent impression upon the chambermaid.
"Iíll see her about that," he said to himself, passionately, feeling
that he had been unduly wronged. "Iíll find out, bíGeorge,
whether sheíll act that way or not."