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He had no trouble with his liver, as had his
niece. Neither that nor his spleen ever disturbed ONE
NE evening, at his return from dining at his him in the least. He was in excellent health, his
club, the Marquis de Miraval found at home stomach seemed like iron, his gait was still firm, a letter from his niece, Madame de Penneville, his sight clear, and he had an income of two hunwho wrote to him from Vichy, thus:
dred thousand livres, which is injurious to no one.
As he always looked at the bright side of things, “MY DEAR UNCLE: The waters here have he congratulated himself upon having reached done me a great deal of good. Until to-day I the age of sixty-five without losing his hair, which had every reason to be entirely satisfied with my was literally white as snow; but he never thought cure; but I am afraid the good result which I of dyeing it. As his mind and character were expected will be undone by a disagreeable bit well balanced, he believed that Nature underof news which I have just received, and which stands the fitness of things, and knows better causes me more trouble and annoyance than I than we what best becomes us; that, after all
, she can well express to you. The physicians insist is a kind mistress, and, at all events, an all-powthat the first thing necessary for those who suffer erful one; that it is useless to oppose her, and from chronic liver-trouble is to take no care upon absurd to dispute with her, when, after all, every themselves. I do not take it upon myself, but age has its own pleasures, and, having had a fair others give me enough. My mind is tormented experience of life, good and bad, it is not disawith the thought of a certain Madame Corneuil, greeable to pass ten years or so in watching how for that is the woman's name. I never heard of others live, laughing to one's self at their follies, her, but I detest her without knowing her. You and thinking, “ I am past committing them, but have seen a great deal of the world, and are can comprehend them all.” somewhat inquisitive. I am convinced, my dear As he bore no grudge to age for whitening uncle, that you know all about her. Write me his abundant chestnut locks, of which he used to at once who Madame Corneuil may be. It is a be rather vain, so the Marquis easily forgave the serious question to me. I will explain to you revolutions which so prematurely closed his casome time why it is so.”
reer. One has a right to rail against his judge
for twenty-four hours, so, after relieving his anger The Marquis de Miraval was an old diplo- by a few well-directed epigrams, Monsieur de mate, who began his career under Louis Philippe, Miraval soon consoled himself for those events and had likewise filled honorably, under the em- which condemned to be of no importance affairs pire, several second-rate positions, which satisfied of state, but which restored him his independence his ambition. When thrust aside by the revolu- by way of compensation. Liberty had always tion of September 4th, he bore it philosophically, seemed to him the most precious of all posses
sions; he considered that man happy who was * The original title in the French of this story is “Le responsible only to himself, and could order his Roi Apépi."
life as he chose. For that reason he decided to VOL. VIII.-I
remain a widower, after having been married two land of the Pharaohs. He was, it seems, very years. He was urged to marry again in vain, little of a man, of doubtful morality, and of more and answered in the words of a celebrated paint- than equivocal reputation. Monsieur Véretz had er, “Would it be so delightful, then, in going a daughter, eighteen years old, who was behome to find a stranger there?” He was always witchingly pretty. How and where Monsieur well received by women at their own houses, but Corneuil made her acquaintance, the chronicle never thought of them seriously, being somewhat does not say; it tells us merely that this bear skeptical in his real opinion of them. The Mar- was very susceptible, and was determined to purquis de Miraval was a wise man; some called sue his own fancies. From the first meeting him an egotist, a distinction not always easily with this beautiful child he fell desperately in made.
love with her. Fortunately for Mademoiselle Whether sage or egotist, the Marquis de Hortense Véretz, her mother was an excellent Miraval had sincere affection for his niece, the manager-a most fortunate thing for a daughter. Countess of Penneville, and he considered it his After a few weeks of vain endeavor, Monsieur duty to reply to her by return of mail. Those de Corneuil was determined to overcome all obwho have diseased livers should not be kept stacles. The Consul-General, who had a large waiting. His answer ran in these words : fortune, persisted in marrying, for the sake of her
beautiful eyes, a girl who had nothing, and whose “MY DEAR MATHILDE: I regret infinitely father bore a blemished name; still more, he that your cure should be retarded by care and married her without any contract at all, thereby worriment. They are the worst of all diseases, giving her an equal share in his property. The although they kill no one. But what is the mat- matter caused great scandal. People fung his ter, and what has Madame Corneuil to do with father-in-law at him, and openly brought insinuit? What can there be between this woman, ations against himself as well, so that he was at whom you do not know, and the Countess of last obliged to give in his resignation, and left Penneville ? I ask for a prompt explanation. In Egypt to return to Périgueux, his native town, in waiting for that, since you desire it, I will tell which step his beautiful young wife encouraged you, as best I can, who Madame Corneuil is— him, for she longed to break away for ever from whom, however, I have never seen; but I know a father who so compromised her, and also that well those who do know her.
she might enjoy her new fortune in France. I “ Can it be possible, dear Mathilde, that you remember hearing the whole story at the Minishave never heard of Madame de Corneuil before try of Foreign Affairs, where they talked of it now? I am sorry; it proves you are no literary for a week, and then they talked of something woman; in fact, you must be a woman who actu- else. But the ex-Consul was not over his troually never reads not even the 'Gazette des Tri- bles. Four years later, Madame Corneuil debunaux.' Do not fancy from this sentence that manded a separation. Her mother had accomMadame Corneuil is either a poisoner or a re- panied her to Périgueux : when one is fortunate ceiver of stolen goods, or that she has ever even enough to have a manæuvring mother, it is best appeared before the Court of Assizes; but some never to part with her, and to be governed alseven or eight years ago she separated from ways by her counsel. Monsieur de Corneuil, and the affair created con- Why did Madame Corneuil separate from siderable talk. Here is the whole story, as well her husband? You must ask the lawyers. They as I can remember it :
were admirable on either side, and used all the "Monsieur de Corneuil was formerly Consul- resources of their loquacity. Both pleas, where General from France to Alexandria. He was epigrams alternated with apostrophes, and aposconsidered a good agent, whose only fault was trophes with invectives, were specimens of that that his manner was rather brusque. That is a elevated taste which delights the malice of the slight failing. In the country of the Courbache,' public. one must know how to be brusque with both men " The details escape me. I have not the Gaand things. When an Oriental is not of your zette des Tribunaux' at hand, but it does not opinion, and sets too high a price upon his own, matter—I am sure of my facts. Papin, the lawthe only way to convince him is to strangle him; yer for the plaintiff, one of the first at the bar, but this has nothing to do with my subject. A protested that Monsieur Corneuil was an ugly chance, fortunate for some and unfortunate for fellow, a downright blockhead; that Madame others, sent one Monsieur Véretz to land on the Corneuil was of a most exquisite nature, an anquays of Alexandria. He was a small business gelic character ; that this monster at first loved agent of Paris, who, not succeeding there, and to this angel to distraction, but soon tired of her, escape from his creditors, came as fast as his and abused her in every way—to all of which legs could bring him to seek his fortune in the Virion, the lawyer for the defense, insisted that,