merchant, who herself was intimate with any number of people, including all the sub-officers of the garrison, turned her out. So young, on the pavements of a great city, and carrying a child! Ah! the poverty that she experienced, her friend having no money. And surely she would have died of hunger, if the surgeon had not found her a queer place in the medical school.
"My God! yes," she said, "at the Boratory I killed rabbits and guinea-pigs. It was very nice."
And the recollection brought to Marianne's thick lips a smile that seemed to me strangely melancholy.
After a silence, I asked her:
"And the kid! What became of it?"
Marianne made a vague and far-away gesture,—a gesture that seemed to pull aside the heavy veils from the limbos where her child was sleeping. She answered in that harsh voice which alcohol produces:
"Oh! well, you can imagine. What should I have done with it, my God!"
"Like the little guinea-pigs, then?"
And she poured herself out a drink.
We went up to our rooms somewhat intoxicated.