The Postiche baU came off, and was a brUUant
success. Madame MUa announced the next
morning when she got up that she had never
enjoyed anything better—^not even at the Tuil-
"And the hostess ?" said Lady HUda.
" I didn't even see her, thank goodness," said
Madame MUa, frankly. " I went late, you know,
and she'd been standing at the door four hours,
and had got tfred, and had gone off duty into the
crowd somewhere. Of course it wasn't my busi¬
ness to go and look for her."
" Of course not, but you brought off your
cotillon things ? "