There is an exaggerated forceful woman, the vicomtesse de Fourchamps, who plays a sustained but obscure part in the intrigue.
On the terrace they found the vicomtesse and the Baron Giraud.
The vicomtesse replied that they had been guided hither by Mr. Jefferson to find a list of lodging-houses.
Indeed, the vicomtesse went to Lucille's room for the purpose.
"So the mystery of that woman is cleared at last," he said, and turned to the vicomtesse.
He turned from me disdainfully, petulantly, and addressed the vicomtesse once more.
Before the vicomtesse could prevent her she sprang from her chair, ran to the door, and was peering out into the darkness.
"Mr. Ritchie will keep this until the negotiations are finished," said the vicomtesse.
We resume our recital at the moment when the vicomtesse entered her husband's room, where he was lying on the couch.
The man was gray, but not on his account did the vicomtesse stay her speech.