The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

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will first put on your hat and cloak, and come out with me."

She was naturally surprised. "Can you tell me your object in going out?" she asked. He owned what his object was unreservedly.

"I want, before all things," he said, "to satisfy your mind and mine, on the subject of Montbarry's death. I am going to take you to the doctor who attended him in his illness and to the consul who followed him to the grave." Her eyes rested on Henry gratefully. "Oh, how well you understand me!" she said. The manager joined them at the same moment, on his way up the stairs. Henry gave him the key of the room, and then called to the servants in the hall to have a gondola ready at the steps. "Are you leaving the hotel?" the manager asked. "In search of evidence," Henry whispered, pointing to the key. "If the authorities want me, I shall be back in an hour."


CHAPTER XXV.

THE day had advanced to evening. Lord Montbarry and the bridal party had gone to the Opera. Agnes alone, pleading the excuse of fatigue, remained at the hotel. Having kept up appearances by accompanying his friends to the theater, Henry Westwick slipped away after the first act, and joined Agnes in the drawing- room.

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