"How silly you are!" said he. "What is there to be frightened at? He is only in a rage with his flunkies for having kept us waiting."
Zora sank negligently into an easy chair, and the gorgeously attired youth addressed the all-powerful Van Klopen.
"Well, have you invented a costume that will be worthy of Madame's charms?"
For a few moments Van Klopen appeared to be buried in profound meditation.
"Ah," said he, raising his hand with a grandiloquent gesture, "I have it; I can see it all in my mind's eye."
"What a man!" murmured Gaston in deep admiration.
"Listen," resumed the tailor, his eye flashing with the fire of genius. "First, a walking costume with a polonaise and a cape /a la pensionnaire/; bodice, sleeves, and underskirt of a brilliant chestnut----"
He might have continued in this strain for a long time, and Zora would not have heard a word, for she had caught sight of Paul, and in spite of all her audacity, she nearly fainted. She was so ill at ease, that young Gandelu at last perceived it; but not knowing the effect that the appearance of Paul would necessarily cause, and being also rather dull of comprehension he could not understand the reason for it.
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