successfully conducted the former and o-Tercome the latter. It was now a matter only of watching themselves, and, as Mme. Charrigaud said, of be- having themselves like real society people. This dinner, so marvelously prepared and planned, so skilfully negotiated, was really their first mani- festation in the new avatar of their elegant destiny, of their social ambitions. It must, then, be an astonishing affair.
For a week beforehand everything was topsy- turvy in the house. It was necessary that the apartments should be made to look like new, and that there should be no hitch. They tried various lighting arrangements and table decorations, that they might not be embarrassed at the last moment. Over these matters M. and Mme. Charrigaud quarreled like porters, for they had not the same ideas, and their assthetic views differed on all points, she inclining to sentimental arrangement?, he preferring the severe 'and " artistic."
"It is idiotic," cried Charrigaud. " They will think that they are in a grisette's apartments. Ah! what a laughing-stock we shall be! "
" You had better not talk," replied Mme. Char- rigaud, her nervousness reaching the point of paroxysm. " You are still what you used to be, a dirty tavern biun. And besides, I have enough of it; my back is broken with it."
" "Well, that's it; let us have a divorce, my