A Thief in the Night
make the best escape he could. But the risk must have been enormous, and it
filled my glowing skin to think that he had not relied on me in vain.
As for his gleanings from such jewel-cases as were spending the Easter recess
in the strong-room of my bank, without going into rhapsodies or even particulars
on the point,) I may mention that they realized enough for me to join Raffles on
his deferred holiday in Scotland, besides enabling him to play more regularly for
Middlesex in the ensuing summer than had been the case for several seasons. In
fine, this particular exploit entirely justified itself in my eyes, in spite of the
superfluous (but invariable) secretiveness which I could seldom help resenting in
my heart I never thought less of it than in the present instance; and my one mild
reproach was on the subject of the phantom Crawshay.
"You let me think he was in the air again," I said. "But it wouldn't surprise me to
find that you had never heard of him since the day of his escape through your
"I never even thought of him, Bunny, until you came to see me the day before
yesterday, and put him into my head with your first words. The whole point was
to make you as genuinely anxious about the plate as you must have seemed all.
along the line."
"Of course I see your point," I rejoined; "but mine is that you labored it. You
needn't have written me a downright lie about the fellow."
"Nor did I, Bunny."
"Not about the 'prince of professors' being 'in the offing' when you left?"
"My dear Bunny, but so he was!" cried Raffles. "Time was when I was none too
pure an amateur. But after this I take leave to consider myself a professor of the
professors. And I should like to see one more capable of skippering their side!"