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M. JOLICŒUR (entering upon the part forthwith). How? I am charmed, enchanted. Ah! What ages since we met . . . at Spa?
Assuredly. Though there again
(How do they take it?—Can you see?)
Nay, Madame furnishes the wit.
(They don't know what to make of it!)
And Monsieur's friend who sometimes came? .. . . I forget the name.
It escapes me, too.
"Twas doubtless he that Madame knew?
THE LADY (archly).
Precisely. But, my carriage waits.
M. JOLICEUR (offering his arm).
I shall be charmed.
(Your stratagem Bids fair, I think, to conquer them.)
(Who is she? I must find that out.)
--And Madame's husband thrives, no doubt?
THE LADY (off her guard).
Monsieur de BEAU-?. . . He died at Dôle !
Truly. How sad!
(Yet, on the whole,
How fortunate! BEAU-pré?-BEAU-vau?
Which can it be? Ah, there they go!)
-Madame, your enemies retreat
With all the honours of . . . defeat.
Thanks to Monsieur. Monsieur has shown A skill PRÉVILLE could not disown.
You flatter me. We need no skill
Nay, what may come to pass, if Fate
THE LADY (anticipating).
Alas!-no farther than the gate.
To profit by a jest so slight.
Which must not serve Monsieur, I fear,
M. JOLICEUR (aside).
(She's perfect. One may push too far,
(They reach the gates.)
Here we are.
Permit me, then
(Placing her in the carriage.)
And Madame goes?
Your coachman ? . . Can I?
THE LADY (smiling).
Thanks! he knows
M JOLICŒUR (with pathos).
It is too hard!
(Laying his hand on the grating.) To find one's Paradise is barred!!
Nay." Virtue is her own Reward!"
M. JOLICŒUR (solus).
BEAU-vau ?-BEAU-vallon ?-BEAU-manoir ?—
But that's a detail!
(Waving his hand after the carriage.)
AU REVOIR !
THE CARVER AND THE CALIPH
E lay our story in the East.
Because 'tis Eastern?
We place it there because we fear
Not the least
And seem to touch with impious hand
HAROUN ALRASCHID, in the days
Fair his work and fine
With mysteries of inlaced design,
And shapes of shut significance
To aught but an anointed glance,-
In darkened chambers of the brain.
And all day busily he wrought
From dawn to eve, but no one bought ;