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straight between his eyes

mth of feeling, I
apologize, and regret it.
“Nobly spoken!” the Commander pronounced. The General
put his hand on his heart and bowed. The game began.
As the poorest man of the two I had escaped the attentions
lavished by the ladies on Romayne. At the same time I was
obliged to pay for my dinner, by taking some part in the
proceedings of the evening. Small stakes were allowed,hermes scarf, I
found, at roulette; and,replica handbags, besides, the heavy chances in
favor of the table made it hardly worth while to run the
risk of cheating in this case. I placed myself next to the
least rascally-looking man in the company, and played
roulette.For a wonder, I was successful at the first
attempt. My neighbor handed me my winnings,hermes handbags. “I have lost
every farthing I possess,” he whispered to me, piteously,
“and I have a wife and children at home.” I lent the
poor wretch five francs. He smiled faintly as he looked at
the money. “It reminds me,” he said, “of my last
transaction, when I borrowed of that gentleman there, who
is betting on the General’s luck at the card table,hermes belt.
Beware of employing him as I did. What do you think I got
for my note of hand of four thousand francs? A hundred
bottles of champagne, fifty bottles of ink, fifty bottles
of blacking, three dozen handkerchiefs, two pictures by
unknown masters, two shawls, one hundred maps, and— five
francs.”We went on playing. My luck deserted me; I lost,
and lost, and lost again. From time to time I looked round
at the card table. The “deal” had fallen early to the
General, and it seemed to be indefinitely prolonged. A
heap of notes and gold (won mainly from Romayne, as I
afterward discovered) lay before him. As for my neighbor,
the unhappy possessor of the bottles of blacking, the
pictures by unknown masters, and the rest of it, he won,
and then rashly presumed on his good fortune. Deprived of
his last farthing, he retired into a corner of the room,hermes birkin,
and consoled himself with a cigar. I had just arisen, to
follow his example,hermes handbags, when a furious uproar burst out at the
card table.I saw Romayne spring up, and snatch the cards
out of the General’s hand. “You scoundrel!” he
shouted, “you are cheating!” The General started to
his feet in a fury. “You lie!” he cried,hermes bags. I attempted
to interfere, but Romayne had already seen the necessity
of controlling himself. “A gentleman doesn’t accept an
insult from a swindler,” he said,hermes birkin, coolly. “Accept this,
then!” the General answered — and spat on him. In an
instant Romayne knocked him down.The blow was dealt
straight between his eyes: he was a gross big-boned man,
and he fell heavily. For the time he was stunned. The
women ran, screaming, out of the room. The peaceable
Commander trembled from head to foot. Two of the men
present, who, to give them their due, were no cowards,
locked the doors. “You don’t go,hermes bags,” they said, “till
we see whether he recovers or not.” Cold water, assisted
by the landlady’s smelling salts, brought the General to
his senses after a while,hermes belt. He whispered something to one of
his friends, who immediately turned to me. “The General
challenges Mr. Romayne,” he said. “As one of his
seconds, I demand an appointment for to-morrow morning.�
� I refused to make any appointment unless the doors were
first unlocked, and we were left free to depart. “Our
carriage is waiting outside,” I added. “If it returns
to the hotel without us, there will be an inquiry.” This
latter consideration had its effect. On their side, the
doors were opened. On our side, the appointment was mad
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