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The Elegant De Fronsac

The interesting scene in which de Fronsac was confronted by Péricat--each of the pair "assisted" by counsel--occurred in the cabinet of the juge d'instruction on the day after Théophile had been interrogated alone. His helpless avowal then that he had lied to an "honorable institution" had produced no feeling in his favor. Péricat was unrecognizable in the presence of the juge d'instruction. Never had an apache been heard to express more noble sentiments; nor did he once tap his nose. His language was as pure as a maiden's, his voice as soft. The more indignant and frenzied de Fronsac, the more gentle and villainous was Péricat. One person only knew the grim facts about de Fronsac--Mariette, the daughter of his concierge. In her he confided. And when his plight had grown so desperate that he changed his name and disappeared from Paris, only the devoted Mariette knew where he had gone.

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