"Those who bore the daggers were Dutchmen," said Ranuzi, apathetically; "they do not understand this sort of work. One must learn to handle the dagger in my fatherland."
"Have you learned?" said Giurgenow, sharply.
"I have learned a little of every thing. I am a dilettanti in all."
"But you are master in the art of love," said Belleville, smiling. "Much is said of your love-affairs, monsieur."
"Much is said that is untrue." said the Italian, quietly. "I love no intrigues--least of all, love intrigues; while you, sir, are known as a veritable Don Juan. I learn that you are fatally in love with the beautiful maid of honor of the Princess Henry."
"Ah, you mean the lovely Fraulein von Marshal," said Giurgenow; "I have also heard this, and I admire the taste and envy the good fortune of Belleville."
"It is, indeed, true," said Belleville; "the little one is pretty, and I divert myself by making love to her. It is our duty to teach these little Dutch girls, once for all, what true gallantry is."
"And is that your only reason for paying court to this beautiful girl?" said Giurgenow, frowningly.