Page 1 I Little George was making hills of sand in one of the walks; he took it up with both his hands, made it into a pyramid, and then put a chestnut leaf on the top, and his father, sitting on an iron chair was looking at him with concentrated and affectionate attention, and saw nobody but him in that small public garden which was full of people. All along the circular road other children were occupied in the same manner, or else were indulging in childish games, while nursemaids were walking two and two, with their bright cap ribbons floating behind them, and carrying something wrapped up in lace, on their arms, and little girls in short petticoats and bare legs were talking seriously together, during the intervals of trundling their hoops.
Auguste was twenty-seven and had twenty thousand francs a year; his father died while he was in the cradle, and his mother was taken away from him six years before our story opens.
Meanwhile, the ambition to wear a handsome uniform, and perhaps to earn a pair of epaulets, had led Auguste to enter the army.
The country was at peace; but a young man with a good education does not remain a private. Auguste, promoted to sub-lieutenant, delighted to listen to Bertrand, who had served as corporal of voltigeurs, and had been at Austerlitz, Eylau, and Friedland.
Bertrand was only forty-four: About this time, Auguste was sent with his regiment to Pampeluna, to which the French were laying siege. Bertrand found himself under the command of the young officer, who had been made a lieutenant.
But, the war at an end, Auguste quitted the military profession, and returned to Paris, to abandon himself afresh to his taste for pleasure.
He proposed to Bertrand to go with him; he readily obtained his discharge and accompanied Dalville, to whom he was sincerely attached, and whom he continued to call lieutenant, partly from habit and partly from choice.
Bertrand had a mother in Paris, very old and infirm. But what would be the use? Doubtless some one of his numerous conquests will have something to say about him; so that I should run the risk of unnecessary repetition by sketching him at first. We can simply presume that he was comely, as he was fortunate enough to please the ladies.
Surely no reader of the gentler sex would make such a reply; for I have too good an opinion of the ladies not to feel sure that it would take something more than twenty thousand francs to captivate them.
But the cabriolet is speeding along; we will resume our reflections at some other time. At all events, Madame Destival is an excellent musician, and we will try to amuse ourselves while we are waiting for dinner.
He has become infatuated with hunting, and he wants you to teach him to handle a gun. What a rage she will be in to-night! You have a wicked tongue. She said that if she had had a weakness for you, it was because she was too loving, but that she was determined to change her ways, not to see you any more, and to make up with her aunt.
For my part, I believed every word of it; in fact, she had such a sincere way of saying it, that I felt all ready to cry.
But no sooner did she learn that you were at the masked ball than she shouted: What do you take me for? You know well enough that I make no secret of my follies, even to those who might have ground for complaint.
I run from one to the other, offer them salts and eau-de-vie, tear my hair, and sometimes I even cry with them. But these tears that you are responsible for—do they also mean that you are considered charming? Is it possible that you think that I, who adore that charming sex, I, whose whole happiness depends on making myself attractive to the ladies—that I set about causing them pain?
Do you mean to say that you pay their bills too, lieutenant? Just look at that sweet child on the road yonder. And that sly smile, every time her eyes turn in our direction. I tell you that sackcloth waist, that double linen neckerchief, so high in the neck, conceal a multitude of treasures.
The weather is so fine; I feel that it will do me good to walk. II THE FALL The damsel went her way, with a branch of walnut in her hand, driving her ass before her, apparently oblivious of the fact that the young man had alighted from his cabriolet.
She did not look back, but contented herself with calling out from time to time:My father never spoke to me directly of his experiences with prolonged melancholy, (my mother filled me in later), but I do know that he tried medication briefly as I would later.
Back then, however, antidepressants were not nearly as effective or refined. My first students were my older sisters. As preteenagers, Gail and Vita were more interested in imitating the dance steps of the American Bandstand ""regulars"" than in playing school, but a direct order from our mother sent them trudging upstairs to my classroom.
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