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The young girl listened with a fubmislive attention, holding her fattin purse by its ribband in her hand all the time "Tis a very small one, said I, taking hold of the bottom of it-she held it towards me--and there is very little in it, my dear, said I, but be but as good as thou art handsome, and heaven will fill it: I had a parcel of crowns in my hand to pay for Shakespeare; and as she had let go the purse 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 those quiet, thankful finkings, where the fpirit bows itself down the body does no more than tell it. I never gave a girl a

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crown in my life which gave me half the pleasure.

· My advice, my dear, would not have been worth a pin to you, said I, if I had not given this a long with it: but now, when you see the crown, you'll remem. ber it-fo don't; my dear, lay it out in ribbands.

UPON my wordy Sir, said the girl; earnestly, I am incapable-in saying, which, as is usual in little bargains of honour, the gave me her. hand-En. verité, Monsieur, je mettrai cet argent apart, said she.

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 same way, we made no ,

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scruple of walking along the Quai de Conti together.

She made me a second courtesy in seta ting off, and before we got twenty yards from the door, as if she had not done enough before, she made a fort of alittle ftop to tell me again--fhe thanked me.

It was a small tribute, I told her, which I could not avoid paying virtue, and would not be mistaken in the person 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 snare in its way!

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The girl seemed affected fome way or other with what I said 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.

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-But is this the way, my dear, said I, to the hotel de Modene? she told me it. was-or, that I might go by the Rue de Gutneygaude, which was the next turn. ---Then I'll go, my dear, by the Rue de Guineygaude, faid I, for two reasons; first, I shall please myself; and next, I shall give you the protection of my company on your way as

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The girl was sensible I was civil,----and faid, The wished the hotel de Modene was in the Rue de St. Pierre----You live there? faid I. She told me she was fille de charibre 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****, she believed, expected a stranger with a letter, and was impatient to see him fo I defired the-girl to present my compliments to Madame R****, and say, I would certainly wait upon her in the morning.

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We stood still at the corner of the Rue de Nevers whilft this passed--We then, ftopped a moment whilft she difposed of her Egarements. du. Ceur, &c. more commodiously than carrying them. in her hand--they were two volumes; fo I held the fecond for her, whilst the put the first into her pocket; and then the held her pocket, and I put in the Other after it.

"Tıs sweet to feel by what fine-fpun threads our affections are drawn together.

We set off afresh, and as she took her. third step, the girl put her hand within my arm-- I was just bidding her but the did it of herself with that undeliberating fimplicity, which shewed it was out of her head that she had never seen me bee fore. For my own part I felt the conviction of consanguinity so strongly, that I could not help turning half round to

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