Fisc. Aha! I understand. Your fortune has raised your quality. So be it, Master Blaise. I rejoice at your good fortune, of which your children have just informed me. I congratulate you, and at the same time beg you to return to me the fifty francs which you have owed me for a month.
Blaise. Assuredly. I have nothing to say against that. You gave it to me; I received it; I owe it to you; I have given you my note for it, which you have only to keep carefully. Come from time to time to demand your due. I wont prevent you. Ill put you off. At the worst you come again. Ill put you off again, and thus, from date to date, our time will pass by properly. Thats the way these things are done.
Blaise. By no means. Put yourself in my place. Do you wish me to lose my reputation for the sake of fifty miserable francs? Are they worth the disadvantage of being looked on as a great fellow for paying? One must be reasonable. If it can be done without prejudice to my affairs, Ill give you the money with the greatest pleasure. I have it; here it is. I can let you have it as a loanthats good practise; but in paymentthat would never do.
Blaise (laughing and bridling up). Yes, true, thats not bad. You put it well. You must get on the right side of us great folks. I have, in fact, great virtues, and very comfortable virtues, since they cost me nothing. And, at the worst, I need not show them. There you have the whole business.