much cleverer than I am. What chance should I have against an old fox like the Lord of Asnois, if I may venture to say so? You who get the better of young and old, gentle and simple."
Nothing is so agreeable as to be praised for talents which we do not possess; so he fairly beamed as he answered, " Your tongue is long enough in all conscience, but now I should like to know what brought you here today? For I'll be bound you were after something."
" There now, what was I saying just this minute? You see through a man as if he were a pane of glass; like God Almighty, the heart has no secrets from your Lordship." Then of course I unpacked my two panels, and also something else I had brought, namely an Italian piece picked up at Mantua, representing Fortune on her wheel, which, through a mistake I am at a loss to account for, I claimed as my own. It did not excite much admira- tion. Then I showed a medallion of a girl's head, done by me, as the product of an Italian chisel, and it received a perfect ovation ! you never heard such ohs ! and ahs ! The Lord of Maillebois was particu- larly enthusiastic; he said he could detect in this admirable work the influence of a land twice blessed by Heaven, — by Jupiter and by Jesus Christ; and the Lord of Asnois ended by giving me thirty-