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"One should never complain of the stupidity of his masters, my little Celestine. It is the only guarantee of happiness that we servants have. The more stupid the masters, the more fortunate the servants. Go and get me the fine champagne."

Half stretched out in a rocking-chair, with legs cocked up and crossed, with the cigar in his mouth, and a bottle of old Martell within reach of his hand, he slowly and methodically unfolded the " Autorite," and said, with admirable good nature :

"You see, my little Celestine, one must be stronger than the people whom one serves. That is the whole secret. God knows whether Cassagnac is a terrible man. God knows whether his ideas suit me to a T, and whether I admire this tall devil. Well, do you know? I would not like to be his servant, — not for anything in the world. And what I say of Cassagnac I say also of Edgar. Re- member this, and try to profit by it. To serve in the houses of intelligent people who are ' on to us ' is to be duped, my little pet."

And, enjoying his cigar, he added, after a silence :

' ' When I think that there are servants who pass their lives in running down their masters, in annoy- ing them and threatening them ! What brutes ! When I think that there are some who would like to kill them! Kill them! And what