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Chapter 28
In Which It Is Proved That One Does Not Always Think of Everything
Great excitement prevailed when Rouletabille had finished. The court-room became
agitated with the murmurings of suppressed applause. Maitre Henri Robert called for an
adjournment of the trial and was supported in his motion by the public prosecutor
himself. The case was adjourned. The next day Monsieur Robert Darzac was released on
bail, while Daddy Jacques received the immediate benefit of a "no cause for action."
Search was everywhere made for Frederic Larsan, but in vain. Monsieur Darzac finally
escaped the awful calamity which, at one time, had threatened him. After a visit to
Mademoiselle Stangerson, he was led to hope that she might, by careful nursing, one day
recover her reason.
Rouletabille, naturally, became the "man of the hour." On leaving the Palais de Justice,
the crowd bore him aloft in triumph. The press of the whole world published his exploits
and his photograph. He, who had interviewed so many illustrious personages, had himself
become illustrious and was interviewed in his turn. I am glad to say that the enormous
success in no way turned his head.
We left Versailles together, after having dined at "The Dog That Smokes." In the train I
put a number of questions to him which, during our meal, had been on the tip of my
tongue, but which I had refrained from uttering, knowing he did not like to talk "shop"
while eating.
"My friend," I said, "that Larsan case is wonderful. It is worthy of you."
He begged me to say no more, and humorously pretended an anxiety for me should I give
way to silly praise of him because of a personal admiration for his ability.
"I'll come to the point, then," I said, not a little nettled. "I am still in the dark as to your
reason for going to America. When you left the Glandier you had found out, if I rightly
understand, all about Frederic Larsan; you had discovered the exact way he had
attempted the murder?"
"Quite so. And you," he said, turning the conversation, "did you suspect nothing?"
"It's incredible!"
"I don't see how I could have suspected anything. You took great pains to conceal your
thoughts from me. Had you already suspected Larsan when you sent for me to bring the