MONSIEUR DUMAS AND HIS BEASTS 111
' You know that little boy, an Auvergnat, who comes
here with his monkey asking for pennies. If I were you,
sir, I would buy that monkey.'
' And why that monkey rather than another ?'
' He has been so well educated and is so gentle. He
has a cap with a feather, and he takes it off when you give
him a nut or a bit of sugar.'
' Can he do anything else? ' ' He can fight a duel.' 'Is that all?'
' No, he can also catch fleas on his master.' ' But, Michel, do you think that that youth would part with so useful an animal ?'