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(without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... "Dame; when one receives, the cash goes It's frightful." The
table was lighted by two hideous silver-plated candlesticks with
four branches, in which twinkled that economical candle called the
Aurore. The linen was resplendently white, and the old
thread-pattern plate was a paternal heritage, the fruit of a
purchase made during the Revolution by old Thuillier, and had
served in the quasi restaurant he had kept in his lodge, but which
was suppressed in 1816 in all the offices. Thus the fare harmonized
with the dining-room, with the house, and with the Thuilliers,
whose fate it was not to rise above their own style. The Minards,
the Collevilles, and la Peyrade exchanged a few smiles, which
communicated a satirical, but not expressed thought. They alone
knew of any superior luxury, and the Minards said plainly enough
that they had some afterthoughts in accepting such a dinner. La
Peyrade, who sat beside Flavie, whispered her: "You see they need
some one who can teach them how to live; you are eating what is
commonly called cag-mag, an old friend of mine. But these Minards;
what horrible cupidity Your daughter would be lost to you. These
parvenus have the vices of the great nobles of other days, without
their elegance. Their son, who has twelve thousand francs income,
can well find a family in the Potash set without dragging their
rake here on speculation. It is a pleasure to play upon such people
like as if they were a bass or a clarionet." Flavie listened with a
smile; she did not remove her foot when Theodose lightly pressed it
with his boot. As the dishes of the second course were being
removed, Minard, afraid that Phellion would forestall him, said to
Thuillier, very gravely: "My dear Thuillier, if I accepted your
dinner it was because I had an important comm...
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||246 x 189 x 14mm (L x W x T)
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