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t turned from a gentleman into a cad, then I haven’t changed,” said Martin freeing himself, “


and I’m glad of it.” She tossed her head and the laughter died from her face. “I don’t see


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“Very well,” said he, and raised his cap

and left her. In a few seconds he heard her call. “Martin!” He turned. “Yes?” “I’m anything you like to call me,” she said.

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as.” “Are you engaged?” “In a sort of a way,” said Corinna, gloomily. “I see,” said Martin. “You don’t see a little bit in the world, she retorted with a sudden laugh. “You’re utterly mystified.” “I’m not,” he declared stoutly. “Why on earth shouldn’t you have a love affair?” “I thought you insinuated that none of your ‘fellow men’ would l

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I’ve been feeling myself the happiest man. . . .” CHAPTER IV THERE is six o’clock strikin


g and those English have not yet arrived.” Thus spake Gaspard-Marie Bigourdin, l

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e that his person overlapped in all directions the Austrian bent-wood rocking-chair in which he was taking the cool of the evening. “They said they would come in time for dinner, mon oncle,” said Félise. She was a graceful slip of a girl, dark-eyed, refined of feature. Fortinbras with paternal fondness, if you remember, had likened her to the wild flowers from which Alpine honey was made. And indeed, she s

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sant girls of the district; but she wore the blouse and stuff skirt of the well-to-do bourgeoisie. “Six o’clock is already time for din

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they dine at eight or nine or any time that pleases them.” “In London and Paris they get up at midday and go to bed at dawn. They are

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understand. It is a bad beginning.” “I am longing to see them,” said Félise. “Don’t you see enough English? Ten years ago an Engli

shman at Brant?me was a curi

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ook at him. But now, with the automobile, they are as familiar in the eyes of the good Brant?mois as truffles.” By this simile Monsieur


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Bigourdin did not mean to convey the idea that the twelve hundred inhabitants of Brant?me were all gastronomic voluptuar

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ies. It is true that Brant?me battens on paté de foie gras; but it is the essence of its existence, seeing that Brant?m

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e makes it and sells it and with pigs and dogs hunts the truffles without which paté de foie gras would be a comestible

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ise. “That’s true,” replied Bigourdin, with a capacious smile, showing white strong teeth. “They are the first people—French or English, I shall have met who know my father.” “That’s true also,” said Bigourdin. “And they must be droll types like your excellent father

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himself. Tiens, let me see again what he says about them.” He searched his pockets, a process involving convulsions of his frame which made the rocking-chair creak. “It must be in my black jacket,” said he at last. “I’ll get it,” said Félise, and went into the

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house. Bigourdin rolled and lit a cigarette and gave himself up to comfortable reflection. The H?tel des Grottes was built on the slope of a rock and the loggia or verandah on which Bigourdin was taking his ease, hung over a miniature precipice. At the bottom ran the R

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iver Dronne encircling most of the old-world town and crossed here and there by flashing little bridges. Away to the northeast loomed the mountains of the Limousin where the river has its source. The tiny place slumbered in the slanting sunshine. The sight of Brant?me s

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tretched out below him was inseparable from Bigourdin’s earliest conception of the universe. In the H?tel des Grottes he had been born; there, save for a few years at Lyons whither he had been sent by his mother in order to widen his views on hotel keeping, he had spen

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t all his life, and there he sincerely hoped to die full of honour and good nourishment. Brant?me contented him. It belonged to him. It was so diminutive and compact that he could take the whole of it in at once. He was familiar with all the little tragedies and comedie

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s that enacted themselves beneath those red-tiled roofs. Did he walk down the Rue de Périgueux his hand went to his hat as often as that of the President of the Republic on his way to a review at Longchamps. He was a man of substance and consideration, and he was just

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forty years of age. And Félise adored him, and anticipated his commands. She returned with the letter. He glanced through it, reading portions aloud: “I am sending you a young couple whom I have taken to my heart. They are not relations, they are not married and the

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y are not lovers. They are Arcadians of the pavement, more innocent than doves, and of a ferocious English morality. She is a painter without patrons, he a professor without classes. They are also candidates for happiness performing their novitiate. Later they will take

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the vows.” “What does he mean? What vows?” “Perhaps they are pious people and are going to enter the convent,” Félise suggested. “I can see your father—anti-clerical that he is—interesting himself in little nuns and monks.” “Yet he and Monsieur le Curé

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are good friends.” “That is because Monsieur le Curé has much wisdom and no fear. He would have tried to convert Voltaire himself. . . . Let us continue——” “As they are poor and doing this out of obedience——” “Saprelotte!” he laughed, “they seem to have taken the th

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ree vows already!” He read on:“—— they do not desire the royal suite in your Excelsior Palace. Corinna Hastings has lived under the roofs in Paris, Martin Overshaw over a baker’s shop in a vague quarter of London. All the luxury they ask is to be allowed to wash themselves al


l over in cold water once a day.” “I wa

s sure you had not written to my father about the bathroom,” said Félise. She was right. But the omission was odd. For Bigourdin

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  • s you at dawn—I don’t know,” he
  • fetched up lamely. “It has been
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took inordinate pride in the newly install

ed bathroom and all the touring clubs of Europe and Editors of Guide Books had heard of it and he had offered it to the admiring ins

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e himself had visited it, and if he had only arrived girt with his tricolour sash, Bigourdin would have jumped in and demanded an in

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  • not been a too dull companion


augural ceremony. “I must have forgotten,?/p>

?said Bigourdin. “But no matter. They can have plenty of cold water. But if I am to feed them and lodge them and wash them for the

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  • nion,” he cried boyishly. “I had
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derisory price your father stipulates, they must learn that six o’clock is the hour of table d’h?te at the H?tel des Grottes. It is only people in automobiles who can turn the place upside down, and then they have to pay four francs for their dinner.” He rose mountainously, an


d, standing, displayed the figure of a vigorous, huge proportioned, upright man. On his face, large and ruddy, a small black moustache struck a startling note. His eyes were brown and kindly, his mouth too small and his chin had a deep cleft, which on a creature of lesser scale wou

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ld have been a pleasing dimple. “Allons d?ner,” said he. In the patriarchal fashion, now unfortunately becoming obsolete, Monsie


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ur Bigourdin dined with his guests. The salle-à-manger—off the loggia—was furnished with the long central table sacred to commerc


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ial travellers, and with a few side tables for other visitors. At one of these, in the corner between the service door and the dinin


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agmen, with anticipatory napkins stuck cornerwise in their collars, half rose from their chairs and bowed. “Bon soir, messieurs,” said Bigourdin, and he passed with Félise to his table. Euphémie, the cook, fat and damp, entered with the soup tureen, followed by a desperate-looking, crop-

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o be raimented in grease and grime. He served the soup;

first to the five commercial travellers,—and then to Bigourdin and Félise. On

Félise’s plate he left a great thumb-mark. She looked

at it with an expression of disgust. “Regarde, mon oncle.” Bigourdin alludin

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