There was no answer.
CHAPTER VII THE THEFT OF THE MOTOR-CARS
The night was very black; the rain pattered in their faces.
Again the millionaire bellowed: “Jean! Firmin! Firmin! Jean!”
No answer came out of the darkness, though his bellow echoed and re-echoed
among the out-buildings and stables away on the left.
He turned and looked at the Duke and said uneasily, “What on earth can they be doing?”
“I can’t conceive,” said the Duke. “I suppose we must go and hunt them out.”
“What! in this darkness, with these burglars about?” said the millionaire, starting back.
“If we don’t, nobody else will,” said the Duke. “And all the time that rascal Lupin is stealing 长沙桑拿都有什么服务 nearer and nearer your pictures. So buck up, and come along!”
He seized the reluctant millionaire by the arm and drew him down the steps. They took their way to the stables. A dim light shone from the open door of the motor-house. The Duke went into it first, and stopped short.
“Well, I’ll be hanged!” he cried,
Instead of three cars the motor-house held but one—the hundred horse-power Mercrac. It was a racing car,
with only two seats. On them sat two figures, Jean and Firmin.
“What are you sitting there for? You idle dogs!” bellowed the millionaire.
Neither of the men answered, nor did they stir. The light from the lamp gleamed on their fixed eyes, which stared at their infuriated master.
“What on earth is this?” said the Duke; and seizing the lamp which stood beside the car, he raised it so that its light fell on 长沙桑拿洗浴全攻略 the two figures. Then it was clear what had happened: they were trussed like two fowls, and gagged.
The Duke pulled a penknife from his pocket, opened the blade, stepped into the car and set Firmin free. Firmin coughed and spat and swore. The Duke cut the bonds of Jean.
“Well,” said the Duke, in a tone of cutting irony, “what new game is this? What have you been playing at?”
“It was those Charolais—those cursed Charolais!” growled Firmin.
“They came on us unawares from behind,” said Jean.
“They tied us up, and gagged us—the swine!” said Firmin.
“And 长沙桑拿休闲 then—they went off in the two cars,” said Jean.
“Went off in the two cars?” cried the millionaire, in blank stupefaction.
The Duke burst into a shout of laughter.