But this must have been before his—let us say—nerves, went wrong, and caused him to preside at certain midnight dances ending with unspeakable rites, which—as far as I reluctantly gathered from what I heard at various times—were offered up to him—do you understand?
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She will preside over the meeting.
At a sign from the presiding judge, one of the court officers led her away,