her leisure, to lard her discourse with frequent allusions to his sayings and doings. She esteemed him hideously plain, and used to profess herself frightened almost into hysterics at the sound of his step or voice. A dark little man he certainly was; pungent and austere. Even to me he seemed a harsh apparition, with his close-shorn black head, his broad, sallow brow, his thin cheek, his wide and quivering nostril, his thorough glance and hurried bearing. Irritable he was; one heard that, as he apostrophized with vehemence the awkward squad under his orders. Sometimes he would break out on these raw amateur actresses with a passion of impatience at their falseness of conception, their coldness of emotion, their feebleness of delivery. " " he would cry; and then his voice rang through the premises like a trumpet; and when, mimicking it, came the small pipe of a Ginerva, a Mathilde, or a Blanche, one understood why a hollow groan of scorn, or a fear hiss of rage rewarded the tame echo.
"" I hear him thunder. " "
Vain resolve! And when he at last found it was vain, he suddenly broke the whole business down. Hitherto he had been teaching them a grand tragedy; he tore the tragedy in morsels, and came next day with a compact little comic trifle. To this they took more kindly; he presently knocked it all into their smooth round pates.
Mademoiselle St. Pierre always presided at M. Emanuel's lessons, and I was told that the polish of her manner, her seeming attention, her tact and grace, impressed that gentleman very favorably. She had, indeed, the art of pleasing, for a given time, whom she would; but the feeling would not last; in an hour it was dried like dew, vanished like gossamer.
The day preceding madame's fête was as much a holiday as the fête itself. It was devoted to clearing out, cleaning, arranging, and decorating the three school-rooms. All within doors was the gayest bustle; neither upstairs nor down could a quiet isolated person find rest for the sole of her foot; accordingly, for my part, I took refuge in the garden. The whole day did I wander or sit there alone, finding warmth in the