"But . . . I should not be astonished ... if it were "...
We are breathless.
" Monsieur Lanlaire. There, that is what I think, if you want to know, ' ' she concludes, with an expression of base and atrocious ferocity.
Several protest; others reserve judgment. I de- clare that Monsieur Lanlaire is incapable of such a crime, and I cry:
"He, Lord Jesus? Oh, the poor man! He would be too much afraid. ' '
But Rose, with still more hatred, insists :
"Incapable? Ta, ta, ta! And the little Jezu- reau? And Valentin's little girl? And the little Dougfere ? Do you remember them ? Incapable ? ' '
"It is not the same thing ; it is not the same thing."
In their hatred of Monsieur they do not, like Rose, go so far as to make a formal charge of murder. That he outrages little girls who consent to be outraged, â€” yes, that is possible. That he kills them, â€” that is scarcely credible. But Rose stormily insists. She froths at the mouth; she pounds the table with her soft, fat hands ; she cries, with excited gestures:
"Do I not tell you yes? I am sure of it."
Mme. Gouin, who has been listening in a dreamy fashion, finally declares, in her meaningless voice :
" Oh ! indeed, young women, in these ma