IN HIGH LIFE.
the passengers were either burnt or disfigured for life.
This determined me never again to deplore any disap¬
pointment too bitterly.
I saw more in France than Americans of the high¬
est position see generally. I had made up my mind
to confront every difficulty in sight-seeing, and I shall
never regret having done so, for it has given me many
a pleasant hour and thought since.
At the Countess M.'s I was very pleasantly situ¬
ated, but found it necessary, in the service of a fash¬
ionable lady and her daughters, to understand hair-
dressing ; so I improved the hours occupied by M'lle
M.'s music lessons by taking lessons in this art of one
of the beet hair-dressers in Paris.
Lady M. and her family had determined to go to
England, and I was to have gone with them, but their
time of leaving was so indefinite, and I became so
weary of my monotonous duties, that I concluded to
quit my place and learn the art of flower-making. In
this I succeeded pretty well, though I soon grew tired
of it, and thought I should like dress-making; but,
after a short trial, finding that did not suit me, I took
a notion to learn cooking, but soon gave that also up.
Nothing but hair-dressing pleased my fancy for any
length of time. With amusements, alms-giving, and
learning the fine arts I have mentioned, my money
was at length exhausted; and learning that M'lle M.
was ready to start for England, I made arrangements
to go with her, and, bidding farewell to La Belle
Fiance, started across the channel.