24 a haie-dresser's experience
mistress of Louis Quatorze. To these gardens my
lady had free access at all times.
It would be impossible for my feeble pen to de¬
scribe the beauty of the environs of the Palaces of Ver¬
sailles. The gravel walks, innumerable fountains,
jet-d:eaux, over-arching trees, and velvet lawns, are
only things I can name as existing there, without pos¬
sessing the power even to describe the emotions they
occasioned me; and beside, they have been so fre¬
quently pictured by less humble historians than my¬
self, that I can not presume to say more than that I
saw, admired, and enjoyed them through many a long
and idle day.
As I have said before, my lady \,u kind and in¬
dulgent to me at all times. Three days in the week
we were permitted to stroll through the palaces and
gardens; and if my little charge were living to-day,
her memory would be filled with bright visions of
those pleasant times. But, both mother and daughter
now sleep side by side, in Death's cold embrace.
Peace to their ashes!
I enjoyed nothing more, in visiting the parks and
other public places, than the splendid music, played
by bands employed at government expense, to amuse
and enliven the people. It was very pleasant to saun¬
ter about, and sit upon the rustic seats beneath the
trees, and be regaled by the inspiring sounds, as they
floated over the scene. Such hours as these, I fear,
will never come again: but, at least, they will ever
be pleasant memories.
It was curious to see and hear the people wonder
who I was, and what country or nation I had come
from, as I strolled through the parks, palaces and