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get one of the very old titles; and they wiU make
no difficulty about reUgion; they were Jumpers
or Shakers or something themselves; he might
send her to the Sacre Coeur for a year or two,"
" If he be gone to be shot, what use would the
Spiffier dot be ? " said Lady Hilda, with coolest
calm, as on a subject not even of most remote
interest, and she went on glazing a corner of the
draperies of her St. Ursula with carmine.
" The marriage was proposed to him, I know,"
continued Madame MUa, unheeded. " The
Featherleighs undertook it, but he refused point
'olank, 'Je ne me vends pas,' was aU he said. It
was very rude, and really that Uttle Spiffler might
be made something of; those very tiny creatm'es
never look vulgar, and are so easy to dress; as it
is, I dare say Furstenberg wiU take her, if Nina
wiU let bim ; it is on the tapis, and DeUa Eocca
won't come back alive, I suppose—isn't it a hare¬
brained thing to do?—there are gendarmes to
look after the brigands, but it seems he has some
fancy because they were his own people that suf¬
fered—but no doubt he told you aU about it, a»
you and he are such friends."