But, don't be uneasy," he added, noticing that the count was beginning to breathe heavily and quickly which was always a sign of approaching anger.
"What a treasure that Dmitri is," added the count with a smile when the young man had departed.
"You, my little countess, are a notorious spendthrift," said the count, and having kissed his wife's hand he went back to his study.
"Monsieur Bertuccio," said the count, "you have procured me windows looking on the Piazza del Popolo, as I ordered you yesterday "
"Did I not tell you I wished for one?" replied the count, frowning.
"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."
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.
"Why, this is Count de Coude, of France." "If I am mistaken," said the accuser, "I shall gladly apologize; but before I do so first let monsieur le count explain the extra cards which I saw him drop into his side pocket."
The man who had accused De Coude, and the two others who had been playing, stood looking expectantly at the count. Several other passengers had drawn toward the scene of the altercation, and all awaited the denouement.
"My good Percival," remonstrated the Count. "What is your solid English sense thinking of?
"And why not," asked the Count, "when your meaning can be explained by anybody in two words?
Laura looked at the Count with her dislike for him appearing a little too plainly in her face.