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fels to Paris; however, when I had once passed there, I might get to Paris without interruption; but that in Paris, I muft make friends, and shift for myself. - Let me get to Paris, Monfieur le Comte, faid I and I fhall do very well. So I embarked, and never thought more of the


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When La Fleur told me the Lieutenant de Police had been inquiring after me→ the thing inftantly recurred· and by the time La Fleur had well told me, the master of the hotel came into my room to tell me the fame thing, with this addition to it, that my passport had been particularly afked after the mafter of the hotel cons cluded with faying, He hoped I had Not I, faith! said I.

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The mafter of the hotel retired three. Reps from me as from an infected person, as I declared this and poor La Fleur advanced three fteps towards me, and with that fort of movement which a good foul makes to fuccour a diftressed onethe fellow won my heart by it; and from that fingle trait, I knew his character as perfectly, and could rely upon it as firmly,

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Monfeigneur! cried the master of the hotel-but recollecting himself as he made the exclamation, he inftantly changed the tone of it-If Monfieur, faid he, has not a pallport (apparemment) in all likelihood he has friends in Paris who can procure him one Not that I know of, quoth I, with an air of indifference. Then, certes replied he, you will be sent to the Baftile, or the Chatelet, au moins! Poo! said I,› the King of France is a good-natured foul→→ he will hurt no body.-Cela n'empêche pas, faid he - you will certainly be fent to the Baftile to-morrow morning. But I have taken your lodgings for a month, answered I, and I will not quit them a day before the time, for all the Kings of France in the world. La Fleur whispered in my, ear, That nobody could oppofe the King of France. 5

Pardi faid my hoft, ces Messieurs Anglois font des gens très extraordinairesand having both said and fworn it —— heˆ

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I COULD not find in my heart to torture La Fleur's with a ferious look upon the fubject of my embarrassment, which was the reason I had treated it fo cavalierly: and to fhow him how light it lay upon my mind, I dropt the subject entirely; and whilft he waited upon me at supper, talked to him with more than usual gaiety about Paris, and of the opera comique.· La Fleur had been there himself, and had followed me through the streets as far as the bookseller's fhop; but seeing me come out with the young fille de chambre, and that we walked down the Quai de Conti together, La Fleur deemed it unnecessary to follow me a ftep farther

so making his own reflections upon it, he took a shorter cut and got to the hotel in time to be informed of the affair of the Police againft, my arrival.,

As foon as the honeft creature had taken away, and gone down to sup him

felf, I then began to think a little seriously about my fituation.

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– And here, I know, Eugenius, thou wilt smile at the remembrance of a short dialogue which paffed betwixt us the moment I was going to set out—I must tell it here.

Eugenius, knowing that I was as little fubject to be overburdened with money as thought, had drawn me afide, to interrogate me how much I had taken care for; upon telling him the exact sum, Eugenius fhook his head, and faid it would not do; so pulled out his purse, in order to empty it into mine.—I have enough, in confcience, Eugenius, said I.Indeed, Yorick, you have not, replied Eugenius-I know France and Italy better than you. But you do not confider, Eugenius, faid I, refufing his offer, that before I have been three days in Paris, I shall take care to say or do something or other for which I shall get clapped up into the Baftile, and that I shall live there a couple of months entirely at the King of France's expenfe.-I beg pardon, faid Eugenius, dryly: really I had forgot

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Now, the event I treated gaily, came ferioufly to my door.


Is it folly, or nonchalance, or philosophy, or pertinacity—or what is it in me, that, after all, when La Fleur had gone down ftairs, and I was quite alone, that I could not bring down my mind to think of it otherwise than I had then fpoken of it to Eugenius?

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And as for the Baftile! the terror is in the word-Make the moft of it you can, faid I to myself, the Baftile is but another word for a tower and a tower is but another word for a house you cannot get out of― Mercy on the gouty! for they are in it twice a year-but, with nine livres a day, and pen and ink and paper and patience, albeit a man cannot get out, he may do very well withinat leaft for a month or fix weeks; at the end of which, if he is a harmless fellow," his innocence appears, and he comes out a better and wifer man than he went in.

I had some occafion (I forget what) to ftep into the court-yard, as I settled this account; and remember I walked down fairs in no small triumph with the conceit

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