evening dress ! â€” and as I was carefully arranging his affairs in the dressing-room, he asked me, â€¢without embarrassment or hesitation, and almost in a tone of command, precisely as he would have asked me for hot water:
' ' Have you five louis ? I am in absolute need of five louis to-night. I will return them to you to-morrow. ' '
That very morning Madame had paid me my wages. Did he know it?
' ' I have only ninety francs, ' ' I answered, a little ashamed, â€” ashamed of his question, perhaps, but more ashamed, I think, at not having the pntire sum that he asked.
' ' That makes no difference, ' ' said he ; "go and get me the ninety francs. I will return them to you to-morrow. ' '
He took the money, and, by way of thanks, said in a dry, curt tone that froze my heart: "That's good ! ' ' Then, putting out his foot with a brutal movement, he commanded insolently:
" Tie my shoes. And be quick about it; I am in a hurry."
I looked at him sadly, imploringly:
" Then you are not to dine here this evening. Monsieur Xavier ? ' '
"No, I dine in town. Make haste."
As I tied his shoes, I moaned:
" And you will not return to-night? I shall cry