He held her to him and muttered incoherencies until she gasped.
"No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.
"You don't mean that," she gasped in a quivering voice when at last she could speak.
"I am an officer of the Holy Inquisition; no one dare touch me," he gasped.
He went to the window and gasped in the mists of the sultry air ...