。， The mother and daughter sat down in silence, the former upon herraised seat, the latter in her little armchair, and both took up theirwork. Swelling with gratitude for the full heart-understanding hermother had given her, Eugenie kissed the dear hand, saying,--"How good you are, my kind mamma!"
If I had been able to save something from the wreck, I might have。， "Well! as it is Eugenie's birthday," said Grandet, "I'll have the stepmended. You people don't know how to set your foot in the corner wherethe wood is still firm."
from a faulty life nor from dishonesty. It is for my son's sake。， Only six individuals had a right of entrance to Monsieur Grandet'shouse. The most important of the first three was a nephew of MonsieurCruchot. Since his appointment as president of the Civil courts ofSaumur this young man had added the name of Bonfons to that ofCruchot. He now signed himself C. de Bonfons. Any litigant so ill-advised as to call him Monsieur Cruchot would soon be made to feel hisfolly in court. The magistrate protected those who called him Monsieurle president, but he favored with gracious smiles those who addressedhim as Monsieur de Bonfons. Monsieur le president was thirty-threeyears old, and possessed the estate of Bonfons (Boni Fontis), worthseven thousand francs a year; he expected to inherit the property ofhis uncle the notary and that of another uncle, the Abbe Cruchot, adignitary of the chapter of Saint-Martin de Tours, both of whom werethought to be very rich. These three Cruchots, backed by a goodlynumber of cousins, and allied to twenty families in the town, formed aparty, like the Medici in Florence; like the Medici, the Cruchots hadtheir Pazzi.
。， Monsieur Grandet never bought either bread or meat. His farmerssupplied him weekly with a sufficiency of capons, chickens, eggs,butter, and his tithe of wheat. He owned a mill; and the tenant wasbound, over and above his rent, to take a certain quantity of grainand return him the flour and bran. La Grande Nanon, his only servant,though she was no longer young, baked the bread of the householdherself every Saturday. Monsieur Grandet arranged with kitchen-gardeners who were his tenants to supply him with vegetables. As tofruits, he gathered such quantities that he sold the greater part inthe market. His fire-wood was cut from his own hedgerows or taken fromthe half-rotten old sheds which he built at the corners of his fields,and whose planks the farmers carted into town for him, all cut up, andobligingly stacked in his wood-house, receiving in return his thanks.His only known expenditures were for the consecrated bread, theclothing of his wife and daughter, the hire of their chairs in church,the wages of la Grand Nanon, the tinning of the saucepans, lights,taxes, repairs on his buildings, and the costs of his variousindustries. He had six hundred acres of woodland, lately purchased,which he induced a neighbor's keeper to watch, under the promise of anindemnity. After the acquisition of this property he ate game for thefirst time.
Grandet took a large round loaf, well floured and moulded in one ofthe flat baskets which they use for baking in Anjou, and was about tocut it, when Nanon said to him,--。， Grandet looked at his daughter and exclaimed gaily,--
。， "Come, Nanon, if Nanon you are, hold your tongue; let me go to bed.I'll arrange my things to-morrow. If my dressing-gown pleases you somuch, you shall save your soul. I'm too good a Christian not to giveit to you when I go away, and you can do what you like with it."Nanon stood rooted to the ground, gazing at Charles and unable to putfaith into his words.