"I speak, miss, of twenty years ago. He married-an English lady-and I was one of the trustees. His affairs, like the affairs of many other French gentlemen and French families, were entirely in hands. In a similar way I am, or I have been, trustee of one kind or other for scores of our customers. These are mere business relations, miss; there is no friendship in them, no particular interest, nothing like sentiment. I have passed from one to another, in the course of my business life, just as I pass from one of our customers to another in the course of my business day; in short, I have no feelings; I am a mere machine. To go on-"