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great Contes de Mere d'Oie Quadrille to open
the Eoubleskoff baU next week ? "
" I shall never speak to either of them as long
as I Uve," said Madame Mila, stUl ruffling aUher
golden feathers in highest wrath. " As for the
quadrille—the Eoubleskoff must do as they can.
I do think Krunensberg has made Nina perfectly
odious; I never saw anybody so altered by a
man in my Ufe. WeU, there's one thing, it won't
last. His * affairs ' never do."
" It wiU last as long as her jewels do," said
" Oh, no, he can't be quite so bad as that."
" Foi d'honneur!—since he left the Sant' An-
selmo you have never seen her famUy diamonds
except in the Paris paste replica, which she tells
you she wears for safety, and because it is such a
bore to have to employ poUcemen in plain clothes
at the baUs------"
" Talk of poUcemen!" said Madame Mila,
" they say we're to have a caution sent us from
the Prefecture about our playing baccarat the
other night at the cafe—they say no gambUng is
aUowed in the city—the idea I "