“It is because in the presence of their pupils they fear that some of their tarts or creams may turn out badly cooked.”
“Why, then they would be laughed at, and a master pastrycook must never be laughed at.”
“And what have master pastrycooks to do with us?”
“We ought, in our adventures, never to be defeated or give any one a chance to laugh at us.
In England, lately, we failed, we were beaten, and that is a blemish on our reputation.”
“By whom, then, were we beaten?” asked Porthos.