And yet his face wore constantly, even though he might be drinking a glass of champagne, that dreamy look, that air of silently despising life, that nebulous expression which belongs, though for other reasons, to blases men, men dissatisfied with hollow lives. To love without hope, to be disgusted with life, constitute, in these days, a social position.

"But you didn't like the prospect of going?" said Rose. "No," said Father Payne, "I shrank from the strain you phlegmatic, aristocratic people, men-of-the-world, blasés, highly-born and highly-placed, have no conception of the strain these things are on a child of nature. You are used to such things, Rose, no doubt you do not anticipate a luncheon-party with a mixture of curiosity and gloom.

I find no enthusiasm for the Orleanists, none for a Republic; people sneer at religion; no belief in a cause, no adherence to an opinion. But the worst of it is that, like all people who are blases, the Parisians are eager for strange excitement, and ready to listen to any oracle who promises a relief from indifferentism.

All this zest and pleasure must consume a vast amount of nervous force, but it makes her very refreshing to people as blasés as Paul and I are. My first feeling about her is very much what yours was. Personally, there seems to be all the stuff in her of which an actress is made; will she some day stumble upon the discovery of how to bring her own individual flame and force to bear upon her art?

"Mon role de familier dans une veritable population d'enrichis me donnait du credit dans les boudoirs, et mon credit dans les boudoirs ajoutait a ma faveur pres ces pauvres diables de millionaires, presque tous vieux et blases, courant toujours en chancelant apres un plaisir nouveau.

Lions are nothing to them, for lions are sophisticated, are blases, are brought up, from the first, to prowling and mauling. It does give us, you'll admit, something to think about. My relief is luckily, however, in what I finally do think." He was well enough aware, by this time, of what she finally did think; but he was not without a sense, again, also for his amusement by the way.

Though the landscape is flat, it is not without those modest graces which distinguish France, where the eye is never wearied by the brilliancy of Oriental skies, nor saddened by constant fog. The place is solitary. In the provinces no one pays much attention to a fine view, either because provincials are blases on the beauty around them, or because they have no poesy in their souls.

I find no enthusiasm for the Orleanists, none for a Republic; people sneer at religion; no belief in a cause, no adherence to an opinion. But the worst of it is that, like all people who are blases, the Parisians are eager for strange excitement, and ready to listen to any oracle who promises a relief from indifferentism.

When he gave her back her earrings and aigrette, she bade him with a tender sigh keep them for her sake, ha! ha!" "And the third was a beau!" cried Augustus; "and Lovett surrendered his right of partnership to me. Do you recollect how I danced his beauship into the ditch? Ah! we were mad fellows then; but we get sated blases, as the French say as we grow older!"

There they lay, rosy and solemn in the distance those old, majestical, mystical, familiar edifices. Several of us tried to be impressed; but breakfast supervening, a rush was made at the coffee and cold pies, and the sentiment of awe was lost in the scramble for victuals. Are we so blases of the world that the greatest marvels in it do not succeed in moving us?