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would have managed it at once with a conseil
de famille. Maurice, you are screwing the
top of that flacon on all wrong—do take more
care! She wiU repent horribly, but she don't
see it now. Of course if she had had to lose
the jewels they would have brought her to reason.
As it is she don't in the least realise the horrible
thing that she's done;—not in the least, not in
the least! And the idea of going to his villa
to-day! So unusual you know ;—so positively
improper! So utterly contrary to aU custom!
When I said to her, too, that she wouldn't
be able even to afford Worth, she laughed,
and answered, that she would have one dress
from him every year for old friendship's sake
for the Palestrina vintage balls, and that he
would be sure to embroider her the loveliest
Bacchic symbolisms and put the cone of the
thyrsus for buttons !—only fancy ! She could
actually jest about that! How miserable she
will be in three months when she has come back
to her senses ; and how miserable she wiU make
" Cliere comtesse," said the Due, taking up