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1869. Excerpt: ... W$t portrait in mp fllincle'g 2Dining;--ttom.
CHAPTER IV. A SUITOR UNDER THE OLD REGIME.; Madame De Malpeire was
quietly sipping her coffee, and fortunately took upon herself the
whole burthen of conversation. 'My dear love, ' she said, glancing
over her daughter's dress, ' I don't like you in that cotton gown
and those clumsy flat shoes; and why is your hair tied up quite at
the back of your head, and without any powder? It is very evident
that Mdlle. Boinet has had nothing to do with your toilet. You
really look a perfect fright ' 'Do I, mamma?' Mdlle. Malpeire said,
as she raised her eyes to the glass in which I had been
contemplating for the last quarter of an hour that beautiful fair
hair, fastened by a simple tortoise-shell comb, her blooming
colour, and the fineness of her slender waist, enclosed in a
corsage of blue and white print. Her eyes met mine in the
glass.-She instantly turned her head away, with a look not so much
of confusion as of annoyance. "' You must excuse my daughter's
deshabille Madame dc Malpeire added, addressing herself to me. 'She
did not know we should have company this evening, or she would have
dressed for supper. I wish she would take more pains about her
dress, but I cannot get her to attend to it. She pretends, foolish
child, that she cannot walk in high-heeled shoes.' ' ' Mademoiselle
may perhaps be right on that point.' I ventured to say. 'It must be
very difficult, Madame la Baronne, to keep one's balance with shoes
like yours.' 'Oh, not at all, ' she quickly replied; 'I assure you
it is all habit. I should not think of taking a step beyond my room
with my morocco slippers, and with these little shoes I can walk
very well.' She put out at the same time her tiny foot, encased in
a shoe of that absurd shape which only a...
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