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LUCY, ISABEL, AND PIERRE 461

'I suppose, Pierre, they must be very low,' said Lucy, looking at him meditatively.

'Very low, Lucy ; very low, indeed.'

'Well, ten dollars, then.'

'Ten Banks of England, Lucy ! ' exclaimed Pierre. 'Why, Lucy, that were almost a quarter's income for some of the Apostles ! '

'Four dollars, Pierre.'

'I will tell thee now, Lucy—but first, how long does it take to complete one portrait ? '

'Two sittings ; and two mornings' work by myself, Pierre.'

'And let me see ; what are thy materials ? They are not very costly, I believe. 'Tis not like cutting glass,—thy tools must not be pointed with diamonds, Lucy ? '

'See, Pierre ! ' said Lucy, holding out her little palm, ' see ; this handful of charcoal, a bit of bread, a crayon or two, and a square of paper :—that is all.'

'Well, then, thou shalt charge one-seventy-five for a portrait.'

'Only one-seventy-five, Pierre ? '

'I am half afraid now we have set it far too high, Lucy. Thou must not be extravagant. Look : if thy terms were ten dollars, and thou didst crayon on trust ; then thou wouldst have plenty of sitters, but small returns. But if thou puttest thy terms right-down, and also sayest thou must have thy cash right-down too—don't start so at that cash—then not so many sitters to be sure, but more returns. Thou understandest.'

'It shall be just as thou say'st, Pierre.'

'Well, then, I will write a card for thee, stating thy terms ; and put it up conspicuously in thy room, so that every Apostle may know what he has to expect.'

'Thank thee, thank thee, cousin Pierre,' said Lucy, rising. ' I rejoice at thy pleasant and not entirely un--