Emile Gaboriau, a contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle is considered one of the founders of the "detective novel". If you like the novels of Sherlock Holmes, you will like its French counterpart Mr. Lecocq.
As the miner, who sets fire to the fuse and seeks shelter from the coming explosion, so did Diana de Laurebourg return to her father's house after her visit to Daumon. During dinner it was impossible for her to utter a word, and it was with the greatest difficulty that she succeeded in swallowing a mouthful. Fortunately neither her father nor mother took any notice of her.