66 IN A WINTER CITY,
" They have not known how to deal with her,"
he thought to himself; and he sat down and
played ecart^, and aUowed her to ^\in, though he
was one of the best players in Europe,
Fate had certainly been under the Incroyable
bonnet of Madame Mila. For dm'ing the evening
she suddenly recalled his vUla, and announced
her intention of coming to see it. In her Uttle
busy brain there was a clever notion that if she
only could get her cousin once drawn into what
the Due would caU a " petite faiblesse," she her¬
self would hear no more lectures about Maurice;
and lectures are always tfresome, especiaUy when
the lectm'er has lent you several thousands, that
it would be the height of inconvenience ever to be
reminded to repay.
A woman who has "petites faiblesses" is
usuaUy impatient with one who has none; the
one who has none is a kind of standing insolence.
Women corrupt more women than men do.
Lovelace does not hate chastity in women; but
Lady BeUaston does with all her might.
Pretty Madame Mila was too good-natm*ed
and also too shallow to hate anything; but if