Le dernier vivant

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Published: 1871
Language: French
Wordcount: 186,747 / 623 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 515
Added to site: 2006.06.04
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--Il y a la conscience, Monsieur, et sans elle la profession serait ravalée indéfiniment. Je n'ai pas à vous faire subir d'interrogatoire; murons la vie privée, mais la lettre a sept semaines de date: pourquoi ce temps perdu?

Au moment où j'allais répondre, il m'arrêta par un de ces regards coupants qui modifiaient si étrangement l'expression débonnaire de sa physionomie et reprit:

--Je vous prie de vouloir bien m'excuser et surtout me comprendre. La conscience implique la minutie dans la délicatesse. C'est la profession qui demande cela. Ma question a pour but de savoir si je puis me mêler de cette histoire sans contrevenir aux lois de la délicatesse la plus exagérée. Je suis un assez drôle de corps, hein? Je me flanquerais à l'eau pour ma conscience: c'est la profession.

--Votre conscience, répondis-je, sans trop montrer l'impatience qui décidém

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