20 A FRISKY MATRON
a seat. Allow me to introduce to you my friends
—Monsieur Porthos, Monsieur Aramis, Monsieur
Athos. Gentlemen, this is Monsieur Stranger, a
prince in his own country.'
Yussuff bowed to three middle-aged young men,
very well dressed, evidently Parisians by birth or
by adoption. Porthos was a rentier, Aramis was
a poet and painter, and in Athos Yussuff recognised
Monsieur de Tenaille, the gentlemanly cashier
whom he had met at the Credit Lyonnais.
Like all Frenchmen, these ' Trois Mousquetaires,'
as they loved to be called, possessed an air of per¬
fect courtesy Yussuff soon felt himself at home.
He began to learn Paris with rapidity; he was an
apt pupil, and his teachers were erudite. The
three Parisians were interested in Yussuff just
enough to show sympathetic natures. They were
going with the American to the Grand Opera, to
stay only until the ballet, and then to a reunion of
a character which possessed more than a tinge of
Bohcmianism. Yussuff was asked to join the party,
and readily agreed.