The giant proves to be none other than a great American coal baron, the richest man in the world. The scene of the story shifts back and forth between Paris and Monte Carlo, as the giant and his family have found it more pleasant to live abroad than to stay at home and be at the mercy of those whom the giant has ruined financially.
g coin after coin from a small black bag. The girl in the blue veil was playing with two louis instead of one, gesticulating her orders to the croupier as to where they should be placed. The lad who had put his stake en plein was now playing it à cheval.
"Rien ne va plus!"
Paula started and looked at the young man across the table. He had put nothing down. He had evidently lost all he could afford. What she had won she should be obliged to keep. The obscure powers of chance had been true to their reputation, and had given the luck to those who had no need of it.
Her hand, with the glove full of gold, fell heavily at her side. Perhaps the unfortunate man had lost everything he possessed and would be driven to take his life, as she understood ruined gamblers generally were. She had a wild thought of asking her father to go and beg him to take his money back, when the victim's eyes wandered, apparently by accident, in her direction. For a fraction of a secon