[She resumes her seat, takes
up the newspaper, and begins turning
over the leaves. Silence on both sides.
[Leaning on his elbows across the table, and looking at her teasingly.] Is the Frau Professor offended?
[Coldly, without looking up.] No, not at all.
[Visitors to the baths, most
of them ladies, begin to pass,
singly and in groups, through the park from the right, and
out to the left.
[Waiters bring refreshments
from the hotel, and go off behind
[The INSPECTOR, wearing gloves
and carrying a stick, comes from
his rounds in the park, meets visitors, bows politely, and
exchanges a few words with some of them.
[Advancing to PROFESSOR RUBEK’s table and politely taking off his hat.] I have the honour to wish you good morning, Mrs. Rubek.—Good morning, Professor Rubek.
Good morning, good morning Inspector.
[Addressing himself to MRS. RUBEK.] May I venture to ask if you have slept well?
Yes, thank you; excellently—for my part. I always sleep like a stone.
I am delighted to hear it. The first night in a strange place is often rather trying.—And the Professor—–?
Oh, my night’s rest is never much to boast of—especially of late.
[With a show of sympathy.] Oh—that is a pity. But after a few weeks’ stay at the Baths—you will quite get over that.
[Looking up at him.] Tell me, Inspector—are any of your patients in the habit of taking baths during the night?
[Astonished.] During the night? No, I have never heard of such a thing.
Have you not?
No, I don’t know of any one so ill as to require such treatment.
Well, at any rate there is some one who is in the habit of walking about the park by night?