Monsieur Cherami

Monsieur Cherami

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Excerpt: ...going to marry her, when Auguste Monleard came forward. Faith! he had better luck. He offered her a position which any young woman would have liked, and she accepted him. It was a very hard blow to this young Gustave." "I understand. Then it was he who fought a duel with your son-in-law, and gave him the wound which made him carry his arm in a sling so long?" "You are wrong again. It was not Gustave who fought with Monsieur Monleard, for Gustave was a long way from Paris when the duel took place." "Whom did your son-in-law fight with, then?" "Faith! you ask me too much!" Adolphine's return put an end to Monsieur Batonnin's questions. "Mademoiselle," he said, in his most silvery tones, "I beg your pardon if I repeat the same thing again and again, like a parrot, but I should be glad to know if I may obtain from you the favor of the first contra-dance. I present my request thus early, because I am sure that you will be beset, overwhelmed with invitations this evening, and it will be very difficult to obtain a word with you." Adolphine seemed to make an effort to throw off her preoccupation, and replied: "But I am not sure yet, monsieur, whether I shall dance at my sister's this evening, for I have a very severe headache, and, unless it gets better, I shall cut a very sad figure in a dance." "Don't pay any attention to her," said Monsieur Gerbault. "These girls are forever having headaches, which take them all of a sudden when they have the least thought of such a thing; but, have no fear, there never was a headache that didn't surrender at the signal given by the orchestra at a ball. So, as you've delivered your invitation, you are certain of being her first partner. And now, let us leave mademoiselle to her preparations. Come, my dear Monsieur Batonnin." The soft-spoken gentleman bestowed a superb smile upon Adolphine, accompanied by a respectful bow. "Mademoiselle," he said, "I rest my hopes upon what your father says, too fortunate if you crown my...show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236721489
  • 9781236721488