"Sometimes," said Sandorf. "It is easily arranged. He is a gentle creature, and Eva is very fond of him. She keeps slippers for him to put on, because he always gets his feet wet."
Miss Gregory stared. "Good Lord!" she said. "That little thing! I hope--I do hope--she won't get into any trouble through knowing this man."
"I hope not, too," replied Sandorf, and made a motion to resume the descent of the stairs.
He put Miss Gregory into her droschky and gave the name of her hotel to the cabman.
"Our dear Constantin shall be satisfied that we have treated you well," were his last words, as the istvostchik woke his skinny beast and started off.
"Our dear Constantin," said Miss Gregory to herself, looking back at the distorted figure standing by the curb, "is evidently a man with a past."
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