Cross-Examination

--At what time did the 12.23 p.m. S-line bus proceeding in the direction of the Porte de Champerret arrive on that day?

--At 12.38 p.m.

--Were there many people on the aforesaid S bus?

--Bags of 'em.

--Did you particularly notice any of them?

--An individual who had a very long neck and a plait round his hat.

--Was his demeanor as singular as his attire and his anatomy?

--At the very beginning, no; it was normal, but in the end it proved to be that of a slightly hypotonic paranoiac cyclothymic in a state of hypergastric irritability.

--How did that become apparent?

--The individual in question interpellated the man next to him and asked him a question in a whining tone if he was not making a point of treading on his toes every time any passengers got on or off.

--Had this reproach any foundation?

--I've no idea.

--How did the incident terminate?

--By the precipitate flight of the young man who went to occupy a vacant seat.

--Was there any sequel to this incident?

--Less than two hours later.

--In what did this sequel consist?

-- In the reappearance of this person across my path.

-- Where and how did you see him again?

-- When I was passing the Cour de Rome in a bus.

--What was he doing there?

--He was being given some sartorial advice.

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