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aphorisms. And, being all the same a very gallant man, he added, as he took me about the waist:

" A little girl like you is less flattering to a lover's vanity. But she is more serious, all the same."

I must say that Madame spent all her wrath and showered all her coarse words upon Monsieur; with us, I repeat, she was rather timid.

Moreover, amid the disorder of her house, amid all the reckless waste she tolerated, Madame showed queer streaks of avarice that were quite unexpected. She higgled with the cook over two sous spent for salad, economized in the matter of the servants* washing, raised objections to a bill of three francs, and did not rest until, after endless complaints and correspondence, and interminable negotiations, she had secured a refunding of fifteen centimes unwarrantably collected by an expressman for the transportation of a package. Every time she took a cab, there was a quarrel with the coach- man, to whom she gave no tip, and whom she even found a way of cheating. And yet she left her money about every-where, with her jewels and her . keys, on the mantels and on the furniture. She recklessly ruined her richest costumes and her finest linen, she suffered herself to be impudently robbed by dealers in articles of luxury, and accepted with out a frown the books of the old butler, as Mon- sieur, for that matter, accepted those of