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Nearly each night. ” “Were you looking forward to him the day gone by? ” She hesitated, considering what her replies could contain him in, short of in any respect expenses to guard Alain. “What distinction can it make? ” “You should have long past out to do your buying. ” “I don’t move correct into city. There’s a bit grocer at the nook of the road. ” “For the remainder of the time, you’re locked up right here? ” “I’m now not locked up. you recognize as a lot, simply because I opened the door to you. ” “He’s by no means talked of locking you up? ” “How did you bet? ” “He has performed so? ” “For one week. ” “Did the buddies detect? ” “Yes. ” “That’s why he gave you again the major? ” “I don’t comprehend. I don’t comprehend what you’re getting at. ” “Do you're keen on him? ” “Do you consider i might stay this type of lifestyles if I didn’t love him? ” “He grants cash? ” “When he can. ” “I idea he used to be wealthy. ” “Everybody thinks that, while he’s in precisely a similar place as a tender guy who has to invite for a bit cash from his father a week. all of them reside within the comparable apartment. ” “Why? ” “How may still i do know? ” “He might paintings. ” “That’s his company, isn’t it? For weeks on finish, his father leaves him with no funds. ” Maigret checked out the desk, the place there has been just some bread and a few butter. “Is that the location in the interim? ” She shrugged her shoulders. “What distinction does it make? I too, at one time, used to have notions approximately those who are imagined to be wealthy. It’s all at the outdoors! a wide apartment with not anything interior. They’re continuously squabbling to squeeze a little funds out of the outdated guy, and the shopkeepers occasionally wait months to receives a commission. ” “I proposal Alain’s spouse was once wealthy. ” “If she have been wealthy, she wouldn’t have married him. She imagined that he used to be. while she discovered on the contrary, she started to hate him. ” there has been a pretty lengthy silence. Maigret stuffed his pipe, slowly, dreamily. “What are you busy pondering now? ” she requested. “I’m considering that you just quite love him. ” “You’ve received there already! ” Her irony used to be sour. “What I’m wondering,” she endured, “is why by surprise everyone is opposed to him. I’ve learn the newspaper. It doesn’t say something convinced, yet i believe they’re suspecting him. simply now, on the window, I heard a few ladies conversing within the backyard, very loud, on objective, in order that I wouldn’t lose a observe of what they have been announcing. ” “What have been they announcing? ” “That the instant they began to search for a lunatic they wouldn’t need to move a long way to discover him. ” “I feel they’d heard the scenes that happened up on your room. ” “So what? ” She all of sudden turned virtually livid and received up from her chair: “Are you too, simply because he’s fallen in love with a lady like me and since he’s jealous of me, are you going to presume that he’s mad? ” Maigret acquired up in flip, attempted, so one can calm her, to place his hand on her shoulder, yet she driven him away in anger. “Say so, if that’s the way you see it. ” “It isn't really how I see it. ” “You imagine he’s mad. ” “Certainly now not simply because he loves you. ” “But he’s mad all of the comparable? ” “Until there’s facts on the contrary, I’ve no cause of coming to that end.

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