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nation, who would be sure to inform counsels of the Count de Vandemar ! against him. They work best in summer, Hope, though vaguely, entered into his not caring for the heat, which is so far heart. Willingly he accepted Frederic's unfortunate for the explorations that Eng- invitation, and the young men were soon lishmen in Palestine are not generally in rapidly borne along the Champs Elysées. their best working trim during the hot As briefly as he could Alain described weather. In winter they become very the state of his affairs, the nature of his miserable creatures, and cannot under- mortgages, and the result of his interview stand how working can keep them warm. with M. Gandrin. Their idea, derived from some wiseacre Frederic listened attentively. “Then among themselves, of the object of the Gandrin has given you as yet no anexplorations was,* that the Franks were swer?” dropping all round the walls of the Sanc- “None : but I have a note from him tuary small deposits of gunpowder, which this morning asking me to call to-morin time would grow to be large ones, and row.” that when these should have sufficiently “ After you have seen him, decide on expanded, say in twenty years or so, the nothing - if he makes you any offer get explorers would return with some machine back your abstract, or a copy of it, and and blow the whole place up.
confide it to me. Gandrin ought to help Here we must leave the exploration of you; he transacts affairs in a large way. the Holy City for the present, earnestly Belle clientèle among the millionaires. hoping that Captain Warren and Sergeant But his clients expect fabulous profits, Birtles, or some Engineers of equal en- and so does he. As for your principal ergy, may ere long be able to give us mortgagee, Louvier, you know of course much more information. We had, pur- who he is." posed to follow our notice of the work by “No, except that M. Hébert told me some account of the survey of the Sea that he was very rich." of Galilee ; but we have found so much “Rich - I should think so; one of the to say that we have outrun our space, and Kings of Finance. Ah! observe those must await another opportunity to speak young men on horseback." of that water so familiar in name to us, Alain looked forth and recognized the and of the undying region about its two cavaliers whom he had conjectured coasts.
to be the sons of the Count de Vandemar.
“ Those beaux garçons are fair speci• In addition, we presume, to the search for treasure. mens of your Faubourg," said Frederic;
"they would decline my acquaintance because my grandfather kept a shop, and
they keep a shop between them !” From Blackwood's Magazine.
“A shop -- I am mistaken, then. Who THE PARISIANS.
“ Raoul and Enguerrand, sons of that BY LORD LYTTON.
mocker of man the Count de Vandemar.” CHAPTER IV.
" And they keep a shop! you are jestThe next day, towards the afternoon, ing." Frederic Lemercier, somewhat breathless “A shop at which you may buy gloves from the rapidity at which he had ascend- and perfumes, Rue de la Chaussée d'Aned to so high an eminence, burst into tin. Of course they don't serve at the Alain's chamber.
counter; they only invest their pocket “Prr! mon cher; what superb exer- money in the speculation, and in so doing cise for the health — how it must treble at least their pocket money, buy strengthen the muscles and expand the their horses, and keep tlreir grooms." chest ; after this, who should shrink from “Is it possible ! nobles of such birth! scaling Mont Blanc ? — Well, well. I|How shocked the Count would be if he have been meditating on your business knew it !” ever since we parted. But I would fain “Yes, very much shocked if he were know more of its details. You shall con- supposed to know it. But he is too wise fide them to me as we drive through the a father not to give his sons limited alBois. My coupé is below, and the day is | lowances and unlimited liberty, especially beautiful come."
the liberty to add to the allowances as To the young Marquis, the gaiety, the they please. Look again at them ; no heartiness of his college friend were a better riders and more affectionate brothcordial. How different from the dryers since the date of Castor and Pollux.
Their tastes, indeed, differ : Raoul is re-, friends, whom he joined for a few minligious and moral, melancholy and digni-utes. fied ; Enguerrand is a lion of the first! Alain, left alone, looked down into the water, - élégant to the tips of his nails. hall. He thought himself in some stormy These demigods are nevertheless very scene of the First Revolution. An Engmild to mortals. Though Enguerrand is lish contested election in the marketthe best pistol-shot in Paris, and Raoul place of a borough when the candidates the best fencer, the first is so good-tem- are running close on each other, the repered that you would be a brute to quar- sult doubtful, passions excited, the whole rel with him ; the last so true a Catholic, borough in civil war, is peaceful comthat if you quarrelled with him you need pared to the scene at the Bourse. fear not his sword. He would not die in Bulls and bears screaming, bawling, the committal of what the Church holds gesticulating, as if one were about to a mortal sin."
strangle the other; the whole, to an un" Are you speaking ironically? Do initiated eye, a confusion, a Babel, which you mean to imply that men of the name it seems absolutely impossible to reconof Vandemar are not brave ?”
cile to the notion of quiet mercantile “On the contrary, I believe that, though transactions, the purchase and sale of masters of their weapons, they are too shares and stocks. As Alain gazed bebrave to abuse their skill; and I must wildered, he felt himself gently touched, add, that though they are sleeping part-and, looking round, saw the Englishman. ners in a shop, they would not cheat you “A lively scene !” whispered Mr. of a farthing. — Benign stars on earth, as Vane. “This is the heart of Paris : it Castor and Pollux were in heaven.” beats very loudly.” “But partners in a shop!”
“ Is your Bourse in London like this?" “Bah! when a minister himself, like “I cannot tell you; at our Exchange the late M. de M- , kept a shop, and the general public are not admitted ; the added the profits of bon-bons to his reve- privileged priests of that temple sacrifice nue, you may form some idea of the spirit their victims in closed penetralia, beyond of the age. If young nobles are not gen- which the sounds made in the operation erally sleeping partners in shops, still do not travel to ears profane. But had they are more or less adventurers in com- we an Exchange like this open to all the merce. The Bourse is the profession of world, and placed, not in a region of our those who have no other possession. metropolis unknown to fashion, but in You have visited the Bourse ?"
some elegant square in St. James's or at “No."
Hyde Park Corner, I suspect that our “No! this is just the hour; we have national character would soon undergo a time yet for the Bois. — Coachman, drive great change, and that all our idlers and to the Bourse."
sporting-men would make their books “The fact is," resumed Frederic, “that there every day, instead of waiting long gambling is one of the wants of civilized months in ennui for the Doncaster and men. The rouge-et-noir and roulette ta- the Derby. At present we have but few bles are forbidden — the hells closed; but men on the turf ; we should then have the passion for making money without few men not on Exchange, especially if working for it must have its vent, and we adopt your law, and can contrive to that vent is the Bourse. As instead of a be traders without risk of becoming hundred wax-lights you now have one jet bankrupts. Napoleon I. called us a shopof gas, so instead of a hundred hells you keeping nation. Napoleon III. has have now one Bourse, and it is exceed- taught France to excel us in everything, ingly convenient; always at hand; no and certainly he has made Paris a shopdiscredit being seen there, as it was to keeping city." be seen at Frascati's — on the contrary, Alain thought of Raoul and Enguerrand, at once respectable, and yet the mode.” and blushed to find that what he con
The coupé stops at the Bourse, our sidered a blot on his countrymen was so friends mount the steps, glide through familiarly perceptible to a foreigner's eye. the pillars, deposit their canes at a place “And the Emperor has done wisely, at destined to guard them, and the Marquis least for the time," continued the Engfollows Frederic up a flight of stairs till lishman, with a more thoughtful accent. he gains the open gallery round a vast “ He has found vent thus for that very hall below. Such a din! such a clam- dangerous class in Paris society to our ! disputatious, wrangling, wrathful, which the subdivision of property gave
Here Lemercier distinguished some birth — viz., the crowd of well-born, daring young men without fortune and with-, to any one with whom she would fall in out profession. He has opened the love. That would disenchant me. Take Bourse and said, “There, I give you em- the Marquis by all means." ployment, resource, an avenir.' 'He has Meanwhile Alain, again looking down, cleared the byways into commerce and saw just under him, close by one of the trade, and opened new avenues of wealth pillars, Lucien Duplessis. He was standto the noblesse, whom the great Revolu- ing apart from the throng — a small space tion so unwisely beggared. What other cleared round himself and two men way to rebuild a noblesse in France, and who had the air of gentlemen of the beau give it a chance of power because an ac- monde with whom he was conferring. cess to fortune ? But to how many sides Duplessis, thus seen, was not like the of your national character has the Bourse Duplessis at the restaurant. It would of Paris magnetic attraction ? You be difficult to explain what the change Frenchmen are so brave that you could was, but it forcibly struck Alain : the air not be happy without facing danger, so was more dignified, the expression covetous of distinction that you would keener ; there was a look of conscious pine yourselves away without a dash, power and command about the man even coute que conte, at celebrity and a red at that distance; the intense, concenribbon. Danger ! look below at that trated intelligence of his eye, his firm lip, arena — there it is; danger daily, hourly. his marked features, his projecting, masBut there also is celebrity ; win at the sive brow,- would have impressed a Bourse, as of old in a tournment, and very ordinary observer. In fact, the man paladins smile on you, and ladies give was here in his native element in the you their scarves, or, what is much the field in which his intellect gloried, comsame, they allow you to buy their cache- manded, and had signalized itself by sucmires. Win at the Bourse -- what fol- cessive triumphs. Just thus may be the lows? the Chamber, the Senate, the change in the great orator whom you Cross, the Minister's portefeuille. Ideemed insignificant in a drawing-room, might rejoice in all this for the sake of when you see his crest rise above a reEurope — could it last, and did it not verential audience; or the great soldier, bring the consequences that follow the who was not distinguishable from the demoralization which attends it. The subaltern in a peaceful club, could you Bourse and the Crédit Mobilier keep Paris see him issuing the order to his aides-dequiet - at least as quiet as it can be. camp amidst the smoke and roar of the These are the secrets of this reign of battle-field. splendour; these the two lions couchants “Ah, Marquis !” said Graham Vane, on which rests the throne of the Imperial “are you gazing at Duplessis ? He is reconstructor." .
the modern genius of Paris. He is at Alain listened surprised and struck. once the Cousin, the Guizot, and the VicHe had not given the Englishman credit tor Hugo of speculation. Philosophy for the cast of mind which such reflec-| Eloquence — audacious Romance ; all tions evinced.
Literature now is swallowed up in the Here Lemercier rejoined them, and sublime epic of Agiotage, and Duplessis shook hands with Graham Vane, who, is the poet of the Empire.” taking him aside, said, “ But you prom-' “ Well said, M. Grarm Varn," cried ised to go to the Bois, and indulge my Frederic, forgetting his recent lesson in insane curiosity about the lady in the English names. “Alain underrates that pearl-coloured robe ?”
great man. How could an Englishman “I have not forgotten; it is not half-appreciate him so well ?” past two yet; you said three. Soyez tran- “Ma foi !" returned Graham, quietly ; quille; I drive thither from the Bourse “I am studying to think at Paris, in order with Rochebriant."
some day or other to know how to act in “Is it necessary to take with you that London. Time for the Bois. Lemercier, very good-looking Marquis ?”
we meet at seven - Philippe's.” “I thought you said you were not jealous, because not yet in love. However,
CHAPTER V. if Rochebriant occasions you the pang “What do you think of the Bourse ?” which your humble servant failed to in- I asked Lemercier, as their carriage took flict, I will take care that he do not see the way to the Bois. the lady."
“I cannot think of it yet ; I am “No," said the Englishman; "on con- stunned. It seems to me as if I had been sideration, I should be very much obliged at a Sabbat, of which the wizards were agents de change, but not less bent upon fortunes it swallows up, and by the forraising Satan."
tunes it casts up ; the last being always “ Pooh! the best way to exorcise Satan reproductive, and the first never lost exis to get rich enough not to be tempted cept to the individuals.” by him. The fiend always loved to haunt “I understand: but what struck me empty places; and of all places nowa- forcibly at the scene we have left was the days he prefers empty purses and empty number of young men there ; young men stomachs.”
whom I should judge by their appearance “But do all people get rich at the to be gentlemen, evnently not mere specBourse? or is not one man's wealth many tators — eager, anxious, with tablets in men's ruin ?”
their hands. That old or middle-aged “ That is a question not very easy to men should find a zest in the pursuit of answer ; but under our present system gain I can understand, but youth and avParis gets rich, though at the expense of arice seem to me a new combination, individual Parisians. I will try and ex- which Molière never divined in his plain. The average luxury is enormously · Avare.'” increased even in my experience; what “Young men, especially if young genwere once, considered refinements and tlemen, love pleasure; and pleasure in fopperies are now called necessary comh- this city is very dear. This explains why forts. Prices are risen enormously, — so many young men frequent the Bourse. house-rent doubled within the last five or in the old gaming tables now suppressed, six years ; all articles of luxury are very young men were the majority ; in the much dearer; the very gloves I wear days of your chivalrous forefathers it was cost twenty per cent more than I used to the young nobles, not the old, who would pay for gloves of the same quality. How stake their very mantles and swords on a the people we meet live, and live so well, cast of the die. And naturally enough, is an enigma that would defy Edipus if mon cher; for is not youth the season of Edipus were not a Parisian. But the hope, and is not hope the goddess of main explanation is this : speculation gaming, whether at rouge et noir or the and commerce, with the facilities given Bourse? to all investments, have really opened Alain felt himself more and more bemore numerous and more rapid ways to hind his generation. The acute reasonfortune than were known a few years ing of Lemercier humbled his amour ago.
propre. At college Lemercier was never “ Crowds are thus attracted to Paris, considered Alain's equal in ability or resolved to venture a small capital in the book-learning. What a stride beyond hope of a large one; they live on that his school-fellow had Lemercier now capital, not on their income, as gamesters made ! How dull and stupid the young do. There is an idea among us that it is provincial felt himself to be as compared necessary to seem rich in order to be with the easy cleverness and half sportive come rich. Thus there is a general ex-philosophy of the Parisian's fluent talk ! travagance and profusion. English mi- He sighed with a melancholy and yet lords marvel at our splendour. Those with a generous envy. He had too fine who, while spending their capital as their a natural perception not to acknowledge income, fail in their schemes of fortune, that there is a rank of mind as well as of after one, two, three, or four years — van- birth, and in the first he felt that Lemer- • ish. What becomes of them, I know no cier might well walk before a Rochebrimore than I do what becomes of the old ant; but his very humility was a proof moons. Their place is immediately sup- that he underrated himself. plied by new candidates. Paris is thus Lemercier did not excel him in mind, kept perennially sumptuous and splendid but in experience. And just as the drilled by the gold it engulfs. But then some soldier seems a much finer fellow than men succeed—succeed prodigiously, pre- the raw recruit, because he knows how ternaturally; they make colossal fortunes, to carry himself, but after a year's disciwhich are magnificently expended. They pline the raw recruit may excel in martial set an example of show and pomp, which air the upright hero whom he now despairis of course the more contagious because | ingly admires, and never dreams he can so many men say, 'The other day those rival ; so set a mind from a village into millionaires were as poor as we are ; the drill of a capital, and see it a year they never economized ; why should we ?' after; it may tower a head higher than Paris is thus doubly enriched — by the lits recruiting-sergeant.
jarrest the eye and linger long on the re
membrance. “I BELIEVE,” said Lemercier, as the There are certain "beauty-women" as Coupé rolled through the lively alleys of there are certain “beauty-men," in whose the Bois de Boulogne, “ that Paris is built features one detects no fault — who are on a loadstone, and that every French- the show figures of any assembly in man with some iron globules in his blood / which they appear – but who, somehow is irresistibly attracted towards it. Thelor other, inspire no sentiment and excite English never seem to feel for London no interest; they lack some expression, the passionate devotion that we feel for whether of mind, or of soul, or of heart, Paris. On the contrary, the London mid-without which the most beautiful face is dle class, the commercialists, the shop- but a beautiful picture. This lady was keepers, the clerks, even the superior not one of those "beauty-women." Her artisans compelled to do their business features taken singly were by no means in the capital, seem always scheming and perfect, nor were they set off by any pining to have their home out of it, brilliancy of colouring. But the counthough but in a suburb.”
tenance aroused and impressed the im“ You have been in London, Frederic ?" Jagination with a belief that there was
“Of course ; it is the mode to visit that some history attached to it which you dull and hideous metropolis."
longed to learn. The hair, simply parted "If it be dull and hideous, no wonder over a forehead unusually spacious and the people who are compelled to do busi- high for a woman, was of lustrous darkness in it seek the pleasures of home out ness; the eyes, of a deep violet blue, of it.”
were shaded with long lashes. "It is very droll that though the mid-1 Their expression was soft and mourndle class entirely govern the melancholy lful, but unobservant. She did not noAlbion, it is the only country in Europe tice Alain and Lemercier as the two men in which the middle class seem to have slowly passed her. She seemed abstractno amusements; nay, they legislateed, gazing into space as one absorbed in against amusement. They have no lei-thought or reverie. Her complexion was sure-day but Sunday; and on that day clear and pale, and apparently betokened they close all their theatres, - even their delicate health. museums and picture-galleries. What Lemercier seated himself on a bench amusements there may be in England are beside the path, and invited Alain to do for the higher classes and the lowest." the same. “She will return this way
“What are the amusements of the low soon,” said the Parisian, “and we can est class ?”
observe her more attentively and more “Getting drunk.”
respectfully thus seated than if we were “Nothing else ?"
on foot; meanwhile, what do you think “Yes. I was taken at night under pro-l of her? Is she French - is she Italian ? tection of a policeman to some cabarets, I-can she be English?” where I found crowds of that class which “ I should have guessed Italian, judgis the stratum below the working class ; ling by the darkness of the hair and the lads who sweep crossings and hold outline of the features; but do Italians horses, mendicants, and, I was told, have so delicate a fairness of complexthieves, girls whom a servant-maid would lion?" not speak to - very merry — dancing “ Very rarely; and I should guess her quadrilles and waltzes, and regaling them- to be French judging by the intelligence selves on sausages — the happiest-look- of her expression, the simple neatness of ing folks I found in all London — and, I her dress, and by- that nameless refinemust say, conducting themselves very ment of air in which a Parisienne excels decently."
all the descendants of Eve - if it were “Ah!” Here Lemercier pulled the not for her eyes. I never saw a Frenchcheck-string. “Will you object to a walk woman with eyes of that peculiar shade in this quiet alley? I see some one whom of blue ; and if a Frenchwoman had such I have promised the Englishman to — eyes, I flatter myself she would have But heed me, Alain; don't fall in love scarcely allowed us to pass without makwith her.”
ing some use of them."
“Do you think she is married ?” asked CHAPTER VII.
Alain. The lady in the pearl-coloured dress !! “ I hope so — for a girl of her age, if Certainly it was a face that might wellcomme il faut, can scarcely walk alone in