Faust and What FollowedOn the Saturday morning, on reaching their office, the joint managers found a letter from O. G. worded in these terms:
My dear Managers:`Look here, I'm getting sick of him, sick of him!' shouted Richard, bringing his fists down on his officetable.
Just then, Mercier, the acting-manager, entered.
`Lachcnel would like to see one of you gentlemen,' he said. `He says that his business is urgent and he seems quite upset.'
`Who's Lachcnel?' asked Richard.
`He's your stud-groom.'
`What do you mean? My stud-groom?'
`Yes, sir,' explained Mercier, `there are several grooms at the Opera and M. Lachcnel is at the head of them.'
`And what does this groom do?'
`He has the chief management of the stable.'
`Why, yours, sir, the stable of the Opera.'
`Is there a stable at the Opera? Upon my word, I didn't know. Where is it?'
`In the cellars, on the Rotunda side. It's a very important department; we have twelve horses.'
`Twelve horses! And what for, in Heaven's name?'
`Why, we want trained horses for the processions in the Juive, The Profeta and so on; horses `used to the boards.' It is the grooms' business to teach them. M. Lachcnel is very clever at it. He used to manage Franconi's stables.'
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