It needed but that to add fresh fuel to the fiery mood of the prelate.
But the prelate had kept counsel, and meant to keep it; and he looked away again.
It certainly was a pretty situation, as the prelate remarked.
"A more sensible thought than the other," observed the prelate.
Narcisse must have felt the sting of the prelate's delicate sarcasm.
No doubt the prelate had good-naturedly offered to conduct them to the dome.
"No, no, you are not losing your time," replied the prelate.
"Really, really," repeated the prelate, quite amazed at so much innocence.
As always happens, however, the prelate was the only victim.
This was the climax of the prelate's favour, the apogee of his power.