"You find us funny, Messire Marquis, do you not? A source of amusement. Is that not so? With our pretty clothes, and our convoluted circumlocutions-"
Mr Vandemar murmured, "I haven't got a circumlo..."
"-and perhaps we are funny."
Mr Croup raised one finger then, and waggled it at de Carabas. "But you must never imagine," he continued, "that just because something is funny, Messire Marquis, it is not dangerous."