The next thing is to bring a moll into the case by blowing the gaff." "But how, and what for?" "Do as I bid you; you will see." And Trompe-la-Mort briefly told the secret of the Nanterre murders, showing him how necessary it was to find a woman who would pretend to be Ginetta. Then he and la Pouraille, now in good spirits, went across to le Biffon.
"Quite right," said Jacques Collin, taking the three precious documents autograph letters on vellum paper, and still strongly scented. "Theodore did the Nanterre job." "Oh! it was he." "Don't talk. Time is precious. He wanted to give the proceeds to a little Corsican sparrow named Ginetta.
"Prudence and Paccard will do the job at la Gonore's; you and Ginetta who seems to be a smart hussy must manage the job at Godet's sister's place. "And so, as the first act in the farce, I can enable the public prosecutor to lay his hands on four hundred thousand francs stolen from the Crottats, and on the guilty parties. Then I shall seem to have shown up the Nanterre murderer.
"I have not been wasting my time here among the gilliflowers." "Let Ginetta, the Corsican girl, be found by to-morrow," Jacques Collin went on, smiling at his aunt. "I shall want some clue." "You can get it through Manon la Blonde," said Jacques. "Then we meet this evening," replied the aunt, "you are in such a deuce of a hurry. Is there a fat job on?"
"That duck of a girl no taller than a bundle of firewood, as slippery as an eel, and as nimble as a monkey got in at the top of the oven, and opened the front door. The dogs were well crammed with balls, and as dead as herrings. I settled the two women. Then when I got the swag, Ginetta locked the door and got out again by the oven."