examination of the house, upset and rearranged bric-i-brac and furniture â– without reason, and went from one room to another -without knowing -why and as if she were mad. She trembled lest the cooks might not come, lest the florist might fail them, and lest the guests might not be placed at table in ac- cordance with strict etiquette. Monsieur followed her everywhere, clad only in pink silk drawers, approving here, criticising there.
" Now that I think about it again," said he, " what a queer idea that was of yours to order centauries for the table decoration! I assure you that blue becomes black in the light. And then, after all, centauries are nothing but simple corn- flowers. It will look as if we had been to the fields to gather corn-flowers."
" Oh ! corn-flowers ! how provoking you are ! ' '
"Yes, indeed, corn-flowers. And the corn- flower, as Kimberly said very truly the other even- ing at the Rothschilds, is not a society flower. Why not also corn poppies? "
" Let me alone," answered Madame. " You drive me crazy with all your stupid observations. A nice time to offer them, indeed ! ' '
But Monsieur was obstinate :
" All right, all right; you will see, you will see. Provided, my God, that everything goes off tolerably well, without too many accidents, without too manj delays. I did not know that to be society