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Jacqueline discovered, to her great surprise, that she, too, was a dear friend of Madame Saville's, who called her her good angel, in reference, no doubt, to the letter she had secretly put into the post. At last she said, trying to make her escape from the party: "But it must be nine o'clock." "Oh! but you must hear Szmera."

Besides, the harm was done it was irreparable and while she was turning over in her mind in what manner she could explain to the Mother Superior that the mistake about the hour had been no fault of hers and the Mother Superior, alas! would be sure to make inquiries as to the friends whom she had visited the magic violin of M. Szmera played its first notes, accompanied by Madame Odinska on the piano, and by a delicious little flute.

Besides, the harm was done it was irreparable and while she was turning over in her mind in what manner she could explain to the Mother Superior that the mistake about the hour had been no fault of hers and the Mother Superior, alas! would be sure to make inquiries as to the friends whom she had visited the magic violin of M. Szmera played its first notes, accompanied by Madame Odinska on the piano, and by a delicious little flute.

"How could we have anything like company in August?" said Madame Strahlberg, interrupting her; "why, it would be impossible, there are not four cats in Paris. No, no, we sha'n't have anybody. A few friends possibly may drop in people passing through Paris in their travelling- dresses. Nothing that need alarm you. And who was M. Szmera?

Jacqueline discovered, to her great surprise, that she, too, was a dear friend of Madame Saville's, who called her her good angel, in reference, no doubt, to the letter she had secretly put into the post. At last she said, trying to make her escape from the party: "But it must be nine o'clock." "Oh! but you must hear Szmera."

"How could we have anything like company in August?" said Madame Strahlberg, interrupting her; "why, it would be impossible, there are not four cats in Paris. No, no, we sha'n't have anybody. A few friends possibly may drop in people passing through Paris in their travelling-dresses. Nothing that need alarm you. And who was M. Szmera?

Szmera, though he was furious at not being the sole lion of the evening, complimented her, bowing almost to the ground, with one hand on his heart; Madame Rochette assured her that she had a fortune in her throat whenever she chose to seek it; persons she had never seen and who did not know her name, pressed her hands fervently, saying that her singing was adorable.

"How could we have anything like company in August?" said Madame Strahlberg, interrupting her; "why, it would be impossible, there are not four cats in Paris. No, no, we sha'n't have anybody. A few friends possibly may drop in people passing through Paris in their travelling-dresses. Nothing that need alarm you. And who was M. Szmera?

Besides, the harm was done it was irreparable and while she was turning over in her mind in what manner she could explain to the Mother Superior that the mistake about the hour had been no fault of hers and the Mother Superior, alas! would be sure to make inquiries as to the friends whom she had visited the magic violin of M. Szmera played its first notes, accompanied by Madame Odinska on the piano, and by a delicious little flute.

Szmera, though he was furious at not being the sole lion of the evening, complimented her, bowing almost to the ground, with one hand on his heart; Madame Rochette assured her that she had a fortune in her throat whenever she chose to seek it; persons she had never seen and who did not know her name, pressed her hands fervently, saying that her singing was adorable.