L'argent des autres

I. Les hommes de paille

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Author: Emile Gaboriau
Published: 1875
Language: French
Wordcount: 94,164 / 325 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,401
Added to site: 2006.01.11
mnybks.net#: 11805
Origin: gutenberg.org
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qu'on l'appelât et il se tenait debout contre la porte du salon, plus pâle que la mort, et calme cependant.

--A quoi bon des explications, dit-il. Ma caisse est vide, toutes les apparences sont contre moi...

Sa femme s'était glissée jusqu'à lui, elle lui prenait la main.

--Le malheur est immense, murmurait-elle, mais non irréparable. Nous vendrons tout ce que nous possédons...

--N'avez-vous pas des amis, ne sommes-nous pas là? insistèrent les autres, M. Desclavettes, M. Desormeaux et M. Chapelain...

Doucement il écarta sa femme, et froidement:

--Que serait ce que nous avons possédé à nous tous? dit-il. Un grain de sable dans un abîme. Nous ne possédons plus rien, d'ailleurs, nous sommes ruinés.

D'un mouvement pareil, les autres se dressèrent, blêmes et les yeux étincelants.

--Ruinés!... s'écria M. Desormeaux, ruinés!... Et les quarante-cinq mille francs que je vous avais confiés!...

Il ne répondit pas.

--Et nos cent vingt mille francs! gémissaient M. et Mme Desclavettes.

--Et

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