e in good condition and my horse is eating his provender. Let's drink a glass: Long live joy, my pretty hostess! and good luck to the good cause!"
"Oh, helpful champion! If you gain my process I shall give you three florins. It would not be paying too much for the pleasure of seeing the scamp of a Simon the Hirsute brought to grief!"
"Agreed! If I gain your process you will give me three florins and a smacking kiss for good measure, if you like!... Agreed?"
"Oh, Sir, such things are not said."
"Well, then, I shall give you the smacking kiss, seeing the other plan embarrasses you. But by all the devils, your forehead remains troubled. Why so? You needed a champion, and heaven--as you said--sends you one who is impatient to sail into the thief, and yet your pretty forehead keeps its wrinkles!"
"I should be satisfied, and yet my heart is heavy. I want to tell you all about it."
"Have you, perchance, some other process, or some unfaithful lover? You may speak freely to me