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"Well, my dear Countess," said Monsieur de Granville, who had been engaged in conversation with Comte Octave, "I hope you may take Monsieur de Rubempre home to dine with you this evening." This half promise produced a reaction; Madame de Serizy melted into tears. "I thought I had no tears left," said she with a smile. "But could you not bring Monsieur de Rubempre to wait here?"

We travelled together once upon a time, in company with the Comte de Serizy." One of the habitual follies of those who have fallen in the world is to recognize and desire the recognition of others. "You are much changed," said the ex-farmer, now twice a millionaire. "All things change," said Georges.

The Marquis de Ronquerolles had the misfortune to lose both his children at the time of the cholera, and the only son of Madame de Serizy, a young soldier of great promise, perished in Africa in the affair of the Makta.

Monsieur de Serizy had long worn the grand cross of the Legion of honor; he also had the orders of the Golden Fleece, of Saint-Andrew of Russia, that of the Prussian Eagle, and nearly all the lesser Orders of the courts of Europe. No man was less obvious, or more useful in the political world than he.

Camusot bowed to the company and went; but Madame de Serizy, who was suffering a good deal from her burns, did not return his bow. Monsieur de Serizy, who had suddenly rushed away while the public prosecutor and the magistrate were talking together, presently returned, having fetched a small jar of virgin wax.

Camusot understood at once that he had blundered preposterously in laying snares for Lucien, and he began by obeying the two fine ladies he lighted a taper, and burned the letter written by the Duchess. The man bowed respectfully. "Then Madame de Serizy is coming here?" asked Camusot. "The carriage is being brought round."

Some time after the marriage of his patron Moreau fell in love with the countess's waiting-woman and married her. The count wanted a trustworthy man at Presles, for his wife preferred Serizy, an estate only fifteen miles from Paris.

Schinner backs me; and he has got me some work at the Chateau de Presles, where I am going in October to do some arabesques, panels, and other decorations, for which the Comte de Serizy, no doubt, will pay well. With such trifles and with orders from the dealers, I may manage to earn eighteen hundred to two thousand francs a year over and above the working expenses.

"Monsieur, my name is Georges Marest; I am the son of a rich wholesale ironmonger in the rue Saint-Martin; I come on business to Monsieur le Comte de Serizy from Maitre Crottat, a notary, whose second clerk I am."

Oscar, meantime, behaved so well that in 1830 he was first sergeant of the company of the Vicomte de Serizy, which gave him the rank of sub-lieutenant of the line. Oscar Husson was by that time twenty-five years old.