"That is too much, for I hear that her friend has come to grief. Do not decline the order, but avoid taking fresh ones."
Van Klopen made a few mysterious signs in the margin of his ledger.
"On the 6th of this month the Countess de Mussidan gave us an order--a perfectly plain dress for her daughter. Her account is a very heavy one, and the Count has warned us that he will not pay it."
"Never mind that. Go on with the order, put press for payment."
"On the 7th a new customer came--Mademoiselle Flavia, the daughter of Martin Rigal, the banker."
When Paul heard this name, he could not repress a start, of which, however, Mascarin affected to take no notice.
"My good friend," said he, turning to Van Klopen, "I confide this young lady to you; give her your whole stock if she asks for it."
By the look of surprise which appeared upon the tailor's face, Paul could see that Mascarin was not prodigal of such recommendations.