"Too often, too often, my good fellow. Do you think that your nose and eyelids are not real telltales?"
"Do you not remember I told you that you had asthmatic symptoms? Why, the movement of your pectoral muscles shows that your lungs are affected."
"But I have been running, sir."
Mascarin broke in upon this conversation, which he considered frivolous. "If he is out of breath," remarked he, "it is because he has been endeavoring to repair a great act of carelessness that he has committed. Well, Beaumarchef, how did you get on?"
"All right, sir," returned he, with a look of triumph. "Good!"
"What are you talking about?" asked the doctor.
Mascarin gave his friend a meaning glance, and then, in a careless manner, replied, "Caroline Schimmel, a former servant of the Champdoce family, also patronizes our office. How did you find her, Beaumarchef?"
"Well, an idea occurred to me."