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she Avas at the head of the room, and a huge mirror
down at the farther end opposite to her showed her
OAvn reflection. She Avas in paradise!
' At last,' she thought to herself, ' at last they
haA'e done me justice !'
The azaleas AA'ere all cr'owded round underneath
her like so many kneeling courtiers, but they were
not taken out of their pots; they Avere only shrouded
in moss. They had no Sevres vases. And they
had ahvays thought so much of themselves and given
themselves such airs, for there is nothing so vain
as an azalea—except, indeed, a camellia—Avhich is
the most conceited flower in the world, though, to
do it justice, it is also the most industrious, for it is
busy getting ready its next winter buds whilst the
summer is still hot and broad on the land, which
is very wise and prudent in it and much to be com¬
Well, there Avas Rosa-indica at the head of the
room in the Sevres vase, and very proud and
triumphant she felt throned there, and the azaleas,
of course, Avere whispering enviously underneath her,
' Well, after all she was only Rosa Damascena not
so very long ago.'
Yes, they knew ! What a pity it Avas! They
knew she had once been Rosa Damascena and never
would wash it out of their mdnds—the tiresome,
spiteful, malignant creatures!
Even aloft in the vase, in all her glory, the rose