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" Why should I know them ? They wouldn't
please me," she would say to those who ventured
to remonstrate, and the answer was unanswer¬
"I can't think how you manage, Hilda, to keep
BO clear of people," said Madame Mila, envi¬
ously. " Now, / get inundated with hosts of the
"Because you cheapen yourself," said Lady
Hilda, very cooUy.
" I never could keep people off me," pursued
the Comtesse. " When Spiridion had the Em¬
bassy in London, it was just the same; I was
inundated ! It's good nature, I suppose. Cer¬
tainly, you haven't got too much of that."
Lady Hilda smiled ; she thought of those six
or eight thousands which had gone for Madame
MUa's losses at play,
" Good nature is a very indifferent sort of
quality," she answered. " It is compounded of
weakness, laziness, and vulgarity. GeneraUy
speaking, it is only a desire for popularity, and
there is nothing more vulgar than that."
"I don't see that it is vulgar at aU," said