The Father's Death
NEXT day Goriot and Rastignac were all ready to move out of the boarding house and waited only on the pleasure of a removal man, when at about noon the rue Neuve-Sainte- Geneviève echoed with the sound of a carriage drawing up at the door of the Maison Vauquer. Madame de Nucingen stepped out and asked if her father was still there. When Sylvie replied that he was, she slowly climbed the stairs. Eugène was in his room, though his neighbour did not know that. In the course of breakfast he had asked Père Goriot to see to the removal of his effects, and said that they would meet again at the rue d'Artois at four o'clock. But while the old fellow had gone out to find porters, Eugène, after punctually answering his name at roll-call in the Law School, had come back, without anyone noticing, to settle up with Madame Vauquer. He did not want to leave this task to Goriot, who was no doubt fanatical enough to have paid for him as well. Their hostess had gone out, so Eugène went up to his room to see whether he had forgotten anything, and congratulated himself for thinking of it on finding in his table drawer the blank bill made out to Vautrin, which he had heedlessly tossed there the day he had paid off the debt. As his fire was unlit, he was about to tear the paper into shreds when he recognized Delphine's voice. He did not want to make a sound, and stopped to listen, never thinking she might have any secrets to hide from him. Then from the first words of the conversation between father and daughter he found himself too interested not to go on listening.
'Ah! Father,' she said, 'Please God that your idea of asking