Thank you Gentlemen for your kind words. I see you were just as shocked as myself, although it really should not come as a surprise. Gaston has used up all his 9 lives long time ago. What gets me is the pure skill with which Dagonet took Voscadeaux out. I wouldn’t be able to time a half roll like that even if I tried.

"Take the cylinder out of my kidneys,
The connecting rod out of my brain, my brain,
From out of my arse take the camshaft,
And assemble the engine again."