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Fix caught him by the arm, and said, "Waitnhl jerseya moment."
"What for, Mr. Fix?"
"I want to have abridesmaid dressesserious talk with you."
"A serious talk!" cried Passepartout, drinking up the little wine that was left in the bottom of his glass. "Well, we'll talk about it to-morrow; I haven't time now."
"Stay! What I have to say concerns your master."
Passepartout, at this, looked attentively at his companion. Fix's face seemed to havecoach handbagsa singular expression. He resumed his seat.
"What is it that you have to say?"
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"Then I'm going to tell you everything--"
"Now that I know everything, mysewage pumpfriend! Ah! that's very good. But go on, go on. First, though, let me tell you that those gentlemen have put themselves to a useless expense."
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