Oriental pearls. They form a garter. I have vowed to wear them always
next my skin and never to take them off save when I have a bath. I
shall now ask you to examine them carefully and to be good enough to
get me eighteen more to match. Price? Well, I must leave that to you."
you known Henry as well as I did, you would at once realize the
awkwardness of the delicate situation in which he found himself when
the great lady, without more ado and with no more regard for his male
susceptibilities than if he had been an old and trusted family
physician, revealed to him the intimate jewels in situ.
there were pearls there," said Henry later, "I could only have had a
blurred vision of them, and I am sure I was better fitted to match the
dainty material of her fragrant des-sous when I left her. It was a cruel thing for her to do!"
I said wisely, "she did not mean to be cruel. She looked upon you as a
mere trader, something a little higher than a valet perhaps, but not
possessing the natural feelings of a man."
I got her the pearls," sighed Henry. "Those she wore must have
photographed themselves on my retina, for those I brought her proved a
perfect counterpart, and I managed to get even with her when I
presented my account. . . . Who do you think settled that?"
I did not know.
"Why, the Count, her husband, which you must admit was the strangest thing about it all, considering that we are in Paris."