"Come, my daughter, come," continued Madame de Saint-Remy; "we will go and inform madame that at the very moment she is weeping for her husband, at the moment when we are all weeping for a master in this old castle of Blois, the abode of grief, there are people who amuse themselves with flirtations!"
it is there you are mistaken, madame," said Montalais, highly exasperated; "I am no longer a maid of honor, of madame's at least."
'You were flirting with her during the whole night,' said Madame Mantalini, apparently desirous to lead the conversation back to the point from which it had strayed.
'You were,' said Madame; 'I had my eye upon you all the time.'
Madame Reuter placed herself at the table opposite to me.
Madame Reuter looked more like a joyous, free-living old Flemish fermiere, or even a maitresse d'auberge, than a staid, grave, rigid directrice de pensionnat.
They turned into the wine-shop, which was closed (for it was midnight), and where Madame
Defarge immediately took her post at her desk, counted the small moneys that had been taken during her absence, examined the stock, went through the entries in the book, made other entries of her own, checked the serving man in every possible way, and finally dismissed him to bed.
"I shall do whatever they do at Paris, madame
, if I have the good fortune to find some one who will initiate me into the prevalent ideas of amusement."
"But that is not all, madame
. Oh, I am very presuming, I am aware.
"They have a still darker old house in the country Madame
de Cintre tells me, and there, during the summer this scheme must have been hatched."
Aubain had a fainting spell, and that evening all her friends, including the two Lormeaus, Madame
Lechaptois, the ladies Rochefeuille, Messieurs de Houppeville and Bourais, called on her and tendered their sympathy.
Granson, Mariette, Madame
du Coudrai, Madame
du Ronceret, and through them the whole town, remarked that Madame
du Bousquier entered the church WITH HER LEFT FOOT,--an omen all the more dreadful because the term Left was beginning to acquire a political meaning.