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We went down to the dining room where I found a boy my age, cute as a button. His brown and naturally curly hair was shoulder length. He seemed to look down on me, which embarrassed me greatly, but during lunch he was sweet. I was so happy that a month felt like a day. One morning a shaken M. Mathieu came into the workroom. He was holding a letter in his hand. ‘‘I am summoned before the police chief to face M. ’’ My mother looked at the letter and turned pale. ’’ she said breaking into tears.
So he could ﬁnger us. ’’ M. Vincent And then I heard something fall in the water. I let myself drop to my knees in the corner of the door. I wrapped my head in my black apron so my white bonnet would not attract attention and . . I fainted. When I came to, I was in a large room lighted by at least ﬁve or six candles fastened to the wall. There were large vats with smoke rising from them, a ﬁre under each, steam ﬁlling the room like a cloud, and through the mist, moving shadows. ’’ ‘‘Why, there, on our laundry’s doorstep.
I shall get word to him, and you will leave tonight. ’’ We had barely started up the stairs when G showed up. We saw him pacing back and forth in front of the shop. Tired of not seeing anything, he entered and asked for the address of a woman who, according to what he had been told, worked in this house. M. Pomerais was on his guard. ’’ ‘‘Sir, I am looking for my wife. After ruining me and deceiving me, she stole my daughter. I would abandon this miserable woman if I had my child. ’’ M. Pomerais answered calmly, ‘‘All that does not amount to a name.