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many piaces. At your age, that is not very pre- possessing! Well, leave me your recommenda- tions, and I â– will see. Now something else. "What can you do ? "

"I can do housework, sew, wait on table."

"Are you good at mending? "

"Yes, Madame."

' ' Do you know how to fatten poultry ? ' '

"No, Madame. That is not my business."

' ' Your business, my girl, ' ' declared the lady, severely, " is to do what your masters tell you to do. You must have a detestable character."

" Why, no, Madame. I am not at all inclined to talk back."

' < Naturally. You say so ; they all say so ; and they are not to be touched with a pair of tongs. Well, let me see, I believe I have already told you that the place, while not particularly hard, is of some importance. The servants rise at five o'clock."

< ' In winter too ? ' '

" In winter too. Yes, certainly. And why do you say : ' In winter too ' ? Is there less work to be done in winter? What a ridiculous question! , The chambermaid does the stairs, the salon, Mon- sieur's study, the chamber of course, and attends • to all the fires. The cook does the ante-chamber, the halls, and the dining-room. I am very par- ticular on the score of cleanliness. I cannot bear