The Iron Pirate
I looked at him as at one who dreams dreams, but he did not flinch.
"You meet the man in Paris?" I went on.
"To-night I shall be with him," he answered; "within three days I win all or lose all: for his secret will be mine. If I fail, it is for you to follow up the thread which I have unravelled by three years' hard work----"
"What sort of person do you say he is?" I continued, and he replied--
"You shall see for yourself. Dare you risk coming with me--I meet him at eight o'clock?"
"Dare I risk!--pooh, there can't be much danger."
"There is every danger!--but, so, the girl is waking!"
It was true; Mary looked up suddenly as we thundered past the fortifications of Paris, and said, as people do say in such circumstances, "Why, I believe I've been asleep!" Roderick shook himself like a great bear, and asked if we had passed Chantilly; the Perfect Fool began h