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BtUl, and could no more help putting her tiny
finger into aU kinds of pasties, and maldng mis¬
chief in a kittenish way, than she could help
going on enamelling since she had once begun it,
laughed at him, teazed him, and told Inm, what
" But she isn't here, and he is ! " he gasped
feebly, in protest at what he had heard, gazing
over the motley crowd.
" What a goose you are;—as if that showed
anything! They can meet much better than in
this place," said Madame Mila, with a saucy
He turned on her with a heavy frown.
" Hang it, MUa ! you don't dare to mean------"
Madame MUa was frightened in an instant.
" Oh, dear, no ; of course not; only I do assure
you they've been always together ever since I've
been in FloraUa. I thought you knew------"
" Damn it, no ! " he muttered. " I beg your
pardon, I never see anything; I mean, I'm quite
sure there's nothing to see."
" Well, ask her," said Madame MUa: then she
added sweetly, "you know I'm so fond of dear