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and an old chambermaid, who, by pinching and general misbehavior, got together a small capital, established themselves as usurers in a disreputable quarter of Paris, and rapidly made a large fortune by lending money, mainly to prostitutes and house- servants. They struck it rich, indeed!

It was certainly true that Madame, in spite of her apparent elegance and her very pretty face, had queer manners and vulgar habits that were very disagreeable. The. dirty creature was fond of boiled beef, and bacon and cabbage ; and, like the cabmen, it was her delight to pour red wine into her soup. I was ashamed of her. Often, in her quarrels with Monsieur, her anger stirred the mud that still remained in the depths of her being, not yet thoroughly cleaned by her suddenly-acquired luxury, and brought up to her lips a filthy foam of words, — ah! words that I, who am not a lady, often regret having uttered. But there you are ! One does not imagine how many women there are, with angels' mouths, and starry eyes, and three- thousand-franc dresses, who, in their own houses, use coarse language, make filthy gestures, and are disgusting by their vulgarity, — in fact, strumpets of the lowest type.

Great ladies," said William, " are like the best sauces, — it is better not to know how they are made."

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