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questioning faces of MM. de Grosjoyaux and Ledoux.
The doctor laid his hand on Valentin's wrist and sat looking at him.
He gave no sign and the two gentlemen came in, M. Ledoux having
first beckoned to some one outside. This was M. le cure,
who carried in his hand an object unknown to Newman, and covered
with a white napkin. M. le cure was short, round, and red:
he advanced, pulling off his little black cap to Newman,
and deposited his burden on the table; and then he sat down
in the best arm-chair, with his hands folded across his person.
The other gentlemen had exchanged glances which expressed
unanimity as to the timeliness of their presence.