La corde au cou

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Author: Emile Gaboriau
Published: 1873
Language: French
Wordcount: 169,981 / 585 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,581
Added to site: 2005.02.19
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erre donner l'alarme.

--Vous revenez du Valpinson? lui demanda M. Séneschal.

--Oui, répondit le paysan.

--Comment va le comte de Claudieuse?

--Il a repris connaissance.

--Qu'a dit le médecin?

--Qu'il s'en tirera probablement. Et moi je cours chez le pharmacien chercher des remèdes.

Pour mieux entendre, M. Galpin-Daveline, le juge d'instruction, se penchait hors de la voiture.

--La rumeur publique accuse-t-elle quelqu'un? demanda-t-il.

--Personne.

--Et l'incendie?

--On a de l'eau, répondit le paysan, mais pas de pompes, que voulez-vous qu'on fasse!... Et le vent qui redouble!... Ah! quel malheur, quel malheur!

Et il piqua des deux, pendant que M. Séneschal rouait de coups son pauvre cheval, lequel, sous ce traitement extraordinaire, loin d'avancer plus vite, se cabrait et faisait des bonds de côté.

C'est que l'excellent maire était exaspéré. C'est que ce crime lui paraissait comme un défi à son adresse et la plus cruelle injure qu'on pût faire à son administration.

--C

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