"The 'mon' is one abbreviation of 'monsieur, but you put no little how do you say? period at the end of him; it goes now in English My Casimer Teblinski, and that is of the most charming address." Amy colored, but had her return shot ready. "Don't exult; that was only an oversight, not a deliberate deception like that you put upon me. It was very wrong and rude, and I shall not forgive it."
I can say nothing till released from my promise; but mademoiselle may rest assured that Casimer Teblinski is as good and brave a man as Stanislas Prakora." Helen's eyes sparkled, for in this reluctant reply she read confirmation of her suspicion, and thought that Amy would rejoice to learn that her lover was a hero.
"Yes, mademoiselle." "Then, Casimer Teblinski is his real name?" No answer. She turned sharply, and added, "For my cousin's sake, I must know the truth. Several curious coincidences make me strongly suspect that he is passing under an assumed name." Not a word said Hoffman, but looked on the ground, as motionless and expressionless as a statue.
Can you will to see it?" and he laid a little pink cocked-hat note on her lap, looking like a mischievous boy as he did so. "'Mon Casimer Teblinski; I see no joke;" and Amy was about to tear it up, when he caught it from destruction, and holding it out of reach, said, laughing wickedly,
The lad amuses me, and you can't deny you like to nurse sick heroes," was all the answer she got, as the major, with true masculine perversity, put his head out of the window and hailed Casimer as he was passing with a bow. "Here, Teblinski, my good fellow, don't desert us. We've always a spare seat for you, if you haven't pleasanter quarters."
"No, uncle; but you can easily ask Hoffman," replied Helen. "By the way, Karl, who was the Polish gentleman who came on with us?" asked the major a moment afterward, as the courier came in with newspapers. "Casimer Teblinski, sir." "A baron?" asked Amy, who was decidedly a young lady of one idea just then.
The suite of rooms I speak of were engaged to a party who are detained by sickness they are cheap, pleasant, and comfortable. A salon and four bed-rooms. I engaged them all, thinking that Teblinski might like a room there till he finds lodgings at Montreaux. We can enter at once, and I am sure the ladies will approve of the picturesque place."