From Pharaoh to Fella by Charles Frederic Moberly Bell (1888)

From Pharaoh to Fella 

From Pharaoh to Fella


It was in the early part of the year 1880, and in the bright courtyard of the Grand Hotel de Noailles, that they met. The Scribbler, an unmistakable Briton, was moodily inquiring of the waiter whether eggs in Marseilles were invariably laid addled and whether coal was the sole ingredient of black coffee when his eye caught that of another stranger regarding him with some curiosity. 

The grumblings ceased, and with an exclamation of "Sketcher, by Jove ! " the Scribbler sprang from his chair with enthusiasm. The terrified look of the waiter at this unusual form of insanity in an Englishman recalled the latter to a sense of his nationality, and falling back into his Anglo-Saxon shell, he said quietly, " How are you, Sketcher? " The man addressed was evidently no Englishman. The light-blue eyes, under straw-colored eyebrows, betrayed the Gothic basis as unmistakably as the light, lithe figure showed the admixture of the Latin — an unmistakable Frenchman with Burgundy in all his veins.


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