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air to your face, than if it was dreffed out with pearls.
THE young girl liftened with a fubmiffive attention, holding her fattin purse by its ribband in her hand all the time "Tis a very fmall one, faid I, taking hold of the bottom of it-fhe held it towards me-and there is very little in it, my dear, faid I, but be but as good as thou art handfome, and heaven will fill it: I had a parcel of crowns in my hand to pay for Shakespeare; and as fhe had let go the purfe entirely, I put a single one in; and tying up the ribband in a bow-knot, returned it to her..
THE young girl made more a humble courtesy than a low one-'twas one of thofe quiet, thankful finkings, where the fpirit bows itself down-the body does no more than tell it. I never gave a girl a
crown in my life which gave me half the
My advice, my dear, would not have been worth a pin to you, faid I, if I had not given this a long with it: but now, when you fee the crown, you'll remember it-fo don't, my dear, lay it out in ribbands.
UPON my word, Sir, faid the girl, earneftly, I am incapable-in faying which, as is ufual in little bargains of honour, fhe gave me her hand-En verité, Monfieur, je mettrai cet argent apart, faid fhe.
WHEN a virtuous convention is made: betwixt man and woman, it fanctifies their most private walks: fo notwithstanding it was dusky, yet, as both our roads lay the fame way, we made no A 4. fcruple.
fcruple of walking along the Quai de Conti together.
SHE made me a fecond courtefy in fetting off, and before we got twenty yards from the door, as if she had not done enough before, fhe made a fort of alittle ftop to tell me again-fhe thanked me.
It was a fmall tribute, I told her, which I could not avoid paying virtue, and would not be mistaken in the perfon I had been rendering it to for the world -but I fee innocence, my dear, in your face and foul befal the man who ever lays a fnare in its way!
THE girl feemed affected fome way or other with what I faid-she gave a low figh-I found I was not empowered to inquire at all after it-fo faid nothing till I got to the corner of the Rue de Nevers, where we were to part.
-BUT is this the way, my dear, faid I, to the hotel de Modene? fhe told me it was-or, that I might go by the Rue de Gumeygaude, which was the next turn. -Then I'll go, my dear, by the Rue de Guineygaude, faid I, for two reasons; firft, I fhall please myself; and next, I shall give you the protection of my company on your way as far as I can. The. girl was fenfible I was civil,--and faid, fhe wifhed the hotel de Modene was in the Rue de St. Pierre----You live there? faid I.--She told me the was fille de chambre to Madame R****---Good God! faid I, 'tis the very lady for whom I have. brought a letter from Amiens---the girl told me that Madame R****, fhe believed, expected a stranger with a letter, and was impatient to fee him-fo I defired the girl to prefent my compliments to Madame R****, and fay, I would certainly wait upon her in the morning.
WE ftood ftill at the corner of the Rue de Nevers whilft this paffed---We then.ftopped a moment whilft she dif pofed of her Egarements du. Cœur, &c. more commodioufly than carrying them in her hand-they were two volumes; fo I held the fecond for her, whilft fhe put the first into her pocket; and then the held her pocket, and I put in the other after it..
"Tis fweet to feel by what fine-fpun threads our affections are drawn together.
WE fet off afresh, and as fhe took her. third step, the girl put her hand within my arm---I was juft bidding her---but she did it of herself with that undeliberating fimplicity, which fhewed it was out of her head that the had never feen me before. For my own part I felt the conviction of confanguinity so ftrongly, that I could not help turning half round to look