“Then the sufferings of others must afford you much joy, my friend,”
retorted Crevel with acrimony, “for you have come down with a face
that is positively beaming. Is Lisbeth likely to die? For your
daughter, they say, is her heiress. You are not like the same man. You
left this room looking like the Moor of Venice, and you come back with
the air of Saint-Preux!–I wish I could see Madame Marneffe’s face at
“Do you know that you are very uncivil?”
“A man who has won thirty francs of me in forty-five minutes cannot
look handsome in my eyes.”
“Ah, if you had but seen me seventeen years ago!” replied the clerk.
“You were so good-looking?” asked Crevel.
“That was my ruin; now, if I had been like you–I might be a mayor and