The douanier gave us up as hopeless, with a resigned shrug of his shoulders.
"Nothing, no gendarme's helmet, no douanier's cap," whispered M. Ulrich.
This gift they have in common with the Primitives; and this the douanier possessed in an extraordinary degree.
That is what the great Primitives did, and what the douanier could not do always.
Nothing doing, and the douanier returns to his fishing off the jettys end.
With a little ingenuity and disingenuousness one might make a douanier of them.
From the latter, at any rate, the douanier needed no freeing.
I was equally polite on my part, inly resolving, that henceforward Austrian douanier should not lay finger on my note-book.
But the douanier, in trying to open my portmanteau, broke the lock, and then began a fearful cursing and swearing.
The wardrobe was voluminous; I exchanged a paternal glance with my charge as the douanier plunged his brown fists into it.