"Penny!" said the ogre, chuckling in his goblin way. "C'est drôle, ça! That means two sous, n'est-ce pas?"
Jill couldn't be bothered explaining about Penelope, so she said yes.
"Ah, bien," said the ogre, fishing in his waistcoat pocket, "then I have a message for her. A pigeon brought it."
John gasped. "A pigeon brought it?" he said, his eyes shining. "A pigeon brought a message for Penny?"
From TWOPENCE COLOURED, Chapter 11, Market Day.