“It’s preposterous!” she said pettishly. “Papa’s friends and relations give me marvellous presents, and all the swells send me paper-knives. It’s all Jacques’ fault. He’s above all this kind of thing. The Faubourg Saint-Germain hardly knows that we’re engaged.”
“He doesn’t go about advertising it,” said Jeanne, smiling.
“You’re joking, but all the same what you say is true,” said Germaine. “That’s exactly what his cousin Madame de 佛山桑拿一条龙服务 Relzieres said to me the other day at the At Home she gave in my honour—wasn’t it, Sonia?” And she walked to the window, and, turning her back on them, stared out of it.
“She HAS got her mouth full of that At Home,” said Jeanne to Marie in a low voice.
There was an awkward silence. Marie broke it:
“Speaking of Madame de Relzieres, do you know that she is on pins and needles with anxiety? Her son is fighting a duel to-day,” she said.
“With whom?” said Sonia.
“No one knows. She got hold of a letter from the seconds,” said Marie.
“My mind is quite at rest about Relzieres,” said Germaine. “He’s a first-class swordsman. No one could beat him.”
Sonia did not seem to share her freedom from anxiety. Her forehead was puckered in little lines of perplexity, as if she were puzzling out some problem; and there was a look of something 佛山桑拿那里的技师好 very like fear in her gentle eyes.
“Wasn’t Relzieres a great friend of your fiance at one time?” said Jeanne.
“A great friend? I should think he was,” said Germaine. “Why, it was through Relzieres that we got to know Jacques.”
“Where was that?” said Marie.
“Here—in this very chateau,” said Germaine.
“Actually in his own house?” said Marie, in some surprise.
“Yes; actually here. Isn’t life funny?” said Germaine. “If, a few months after his father’s death, Jacques had not found himself hard-up, and obliged to dispose of this chateau, to raise the money for his expedition to the South Pole; and if papa and I had not wanted an historic chateau; and lastly, if papa had not suffered from rheumatism, I should not be calling myself in a month from now the Duchess of Charmerace.”
“Now what on earth has 佛山夜生活兼职mm your father’s rheumatism 佛山桑拿按摩上门 got to do with your being Duchess of Charmerace?” cried Jeanne.
“Everything,” said Germaine. “Papa was afraid that this chateau was damp. To prove to papa that he had nothing to fear, Jacques, en grand seigneur, offered him his hospitality, here, at Charmerace, for three weeks.”
“That was truly ducal,” said Marie.
“But he is always like that,” said Sonia.
“Oh, he’s all right in that way, little as he cares about society,” said Germaine. “Well, by a miracle my father got cured of his rheumatism here. Jacques fell in love with me; papa made up his mind to buy the chateau; and I demanded the hand of Jacques in marriage.”
“You did? But you were only sixteen then,” said Marie, with some surprise.
“Yes; but even at sixteen a girl ought to know that a duke is a duke. I did,” said Germaine. “Then since 佛山桑拿哪里有 Jacques was setting 佛山桑拿选秀 out for the South Pole, and papa considered me much too young to get married, I promised Jacques to wait for his return.”
“Why, it was everything that’s romantic!” cried Marie.
“Romantic? Oh, yes,” said Germaine; and she pouted. “But between ourselves, if I’d known that he was going to stay all that time at the South Pole—”
“That’s true,” broke in Marie. “To go away for three years and stay away seven—at the end of the world.”
“All Germaine’s beautiful youth,” said Jeanne, with her malicious smile.
“Thanks!” said Germaine tartly.
“Well, you ARE twenty-three. It’s the flower of one’s age,” said Jeanne.
“Not quite twenty-three,” said Germaine hastily. “And look at the wretched luck I’ve had. The Duke falls ill and is treated at Montevideo. As soon as he recovers, since he’s the most obstinate person 佛山桑拿红场 in the world, he resolves to go on with the expedition. He sets out; and for an age, without a word of warning, there’s no more news of him—no news of any kind. For six months, you know, we believed him dead.”
“Dead? Oh, how unhappy you must have been!” said Sonia.
“Oh, don’t speak of it! For six months I daren’t put on a light frock,” said Germaine, turning to her.
“A lot she must have cared for him,” whispered Jeanne to Marie.
fine day, the letters began again. Three months ago a telegram informed us that he was coming back; and at last the Duke returned,” said Germaine, with a theatrical air.
“The Duke returned,” cried Jeanne, mimicking her.
“Never mind. Fancy waiting nearly seven years for one’s fiance. That was constancy,” said Sonia.
“Oh, you’re a sentimentalist, Mlle. Kritchnoff,” said 广州佛山桑拿按摩全套 Jeanne, in a tone of mockery. “It was the influence of the castle.”
“What do you mean?” said Germaine.
“Oh, to own the castle of Charmerace and call oneself Mlle. Gournay-Martin—it’s not worth doing. One MUST become a duchess,” said Jeanne.
“Yes, yes; and for all this wonderful constancy, seven years of it, Germaine was on the point of becoming engaged to another man,” said Marie, smiling.