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He muttered. ' The judge raised his eyebrows. He considered the question for a moment, then he replied quietly : 'Yes, you might say Yee did. ’ Hoo's face had turned pale under the tan, his big frame sagged. ' he repeated. Noticing that the judge and Tao Gan were staring at him, he managed a smile and said: 'Shouldn't mind that silly jingle, of course. ’ He passed his hand over his face, which was moist with sweat. Judge Dee studied him for a brief while, pensively stroking his beard. Hoo had become a changed man.
Hoo had followed Judge Dee's gaze. 'Yes, hunting is my one and only hobby,' he said. 'My great-grandfather used this villa as a hunting lodge, you know. ' 'He was a great warrior, I heard,' the judge said. A pleased grin lit up Hoo's broad face. 'That he was, my lord! Splendid horseman, and a good general. He and the greatgrandfathers of Yee and old Mei kept the peace in these parts, in the midst of a free-for-all among the barons and the feudal warlords. Yes, the times have changed, by Heaven!
All right. ' As soon as the boy had left, Judge Dee told Tao Gan: 'Those two did come tonight, as proved by the ear-pendant. So that maid Cassia was apparently right when she said it probably was a tout who had killed Yee. The whip suggests that Yee wanted to beat the girl, and the tout would not stand for that. One is wont to despise those men, Tao Gan, and their profession is certainly not a very commendable one. But they too are human beings, and they often have a genuine affection for the women they protect.
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