I am the King of Thieves, and I welcome you all to my summer palace.
This pretty little nest where we are all picnicking," went on the courier-brigand, with the same easy yet sinister smile, "is, together with some caves underneath it, known by the name of the Paradise of Thieves.
The King of Thieves was, however, continuing his address with the same kind of dangerous politeness.
I will not conceal from you that the document ends with certain legal phrases about the unpleasant things that may happen if the money is not paid; but meanwhile, ladies and gentlemen, let me assure you that I am comfortably off here for accommodation, wine and cigars, and bid you for the present a sportsman-like welcome to the luxuries of the Paradise of Thieves.
Harrogate's friends would be far likelier to fear for his fate if they thought the thieves were poor and desperate.
But even as the two short blades crossed and clashed the King of Thieves deliberately dropped his point and laughed.
Another order was given; there was a noise of dismounting, and a tall officer with cocked hat, a grey imperial, and a paper in his hand appeared in the gap that was the gate of the Paradise of Thieves.
He began by going round the premises, outside and in; the result of that investigation proving to him that no thieves had broken in upon us from outside, and that the robbery, consequently, must have been committed by some person in the house.
My good mistress, like the generous high-bred woman she was, refused to let us be treated like thieves.
Why, if the thieves didn't know their work better they would starve.
All the inhabitants of the immense town, the population of the whole country, and even the teeming millions struggling upon the planet, were with him - down to the very thieves and mendicants.