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my pocket, quoth I to myself, this very
be fo, Monfieur, added he-Set down
one livre more for that, quoth I-It was
'but last night, said the landlord, qu'un my
Lord Anglois prefent oit un ecu a la fille de
chambre-Tant pis, pour Madlle Janatone,

But they have wherewithal to

faid I.

Now Janatone being the landlord's daughter, and the landlord fuppofing I was young in French, took the liberty to inform me, I fhould not have said tant pis -but, tant mieux. Tant mieux, tou jours, Monfieur, faid he, when there is any thing to be got tant pis, when there is nothing. It comes to the fame thing, faid 1. Pardonnez moi, faid the landlord.

I CANNOT take a fitter opportunity to obferve once for all, that tant pis and tant mieux being two of the greatest hinges in French converfation, a stranger would do


well to fet himself right in the use of them, before he gets to Paris.

A PROMPT French Marquis at our ambaffador's table demanded of Mr. H- if he was Mr. H- the poet? No, faid H-mildly-Tant pis, replied the Marquis.

IT is H the hiftorian, faid another -Tant mieux, faid the Marquis. And Mr. Hwho is a man

of an excellent heart, returned thanks for both.

WHEN the landlord had fet me right in this matter, he called in La Fleur, which was the name of the young man he had spoke of--faying only first, that as for his talents, he would prefume to fay nothing-Monfieur was the best judge what would fuit him; but for the


fidelity of La Fleur, he would ftand responsible in all he was worth.

THE landlord delivered this in a manner which inftantly fet my mind to the bufinefs I was upon-and Là Fleur, who ftood waiting without, in that breathlefs expectation which every fon of nature of us have felt in our turns, came in.



AM apt to be taken with all kinds of

I at never more

people at firft fight; but never more fo, than when a poor devil comes to of-, fer his fervice to fo poor a devil as myself; and as I know this weakness, I always fuffer my judgment to draw back fomething on that very account--and this more or lefs, according to the mood I ́am in, and the case and I may add "the gender too, of the perfon I am to go


WHEN La Fleur entered the room, after every discount I could make for my foul, the genuine look and air of the fellow, determined the matter at once in his favour; fo I hired him-firstand then began to inquire what he could


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do: but I fhall find out his talents, quoth

I, as I want them

-befides, a French

man can do every thing.

Now poor La Fleur could do nothing in the world but beat a drum, and play a march or two upon the fife, I was determined to make his talents do; and can't fay my weakness was ever so infulted by my wifdom, as in the attempt.

LA Fleur had fet out early in life as gallantly as most French men do, with ferving for a few years; at the end of which, having fatisfied the fentiment, and found, moreover, that the honour of beating a drum was likely to be its own reward, as it opened no further track of glory to him-he retired a fes terres and lived comme il plaifoit a Dieu-that is to , upon nothing.





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