A Thief in the Night
so soon and on such good terms with themselves. They had not got us; they
might have got something better worth having; and your phlegmatic attitude
suggested what. As luck would have it, the cases that I personally had collared
were the empty ones; the two prizes had fallen to you. Well, to allay my horrid
suspicion, I went and had another peep through the lighted venetians. And what
do you think I saw?"
I shook my head. I had no idea, nor was I very eager for enlightenment.
"The two poor people whom it was your own idea to despoil," quoth Raffles,
"prematurely gloating over these two pretty things?
He withdrew a hand from either pocket of his crumpled dinner-jacket, and
opened the pair under my nose. In one was a diamond tiara, and in the other a
necklace of fine emeralds set in clusters of brilliants.
"You must try to forgive me, Bunny," continued Raffles before I could speak. "I
don't say a word against what you did, or undid; in fact, now it's all. over, I am
rather glad to think that you did try to undo it. But, my dear fellow, we had both
risked life, limb, and liberty; and I had not your sentimental scruples. Why should
I go empty away? If you want to know the inner history of my second visit to that
good fellow's dressing-room, drive home for a fresh kit and meet me at the
Turkish bath in twenty minutes. I feel more than a little grubby, and we can have
our breakfast in the cooling gallery. Besides, after a whole night in your old
haunts, Bunny, it's only in order to wind up in Northumberland Avenue."