"It seems to me, wife, that you are taking possession of monsieur,"said the stout banker, laughing.。， He offered her a huge bouquet of choice flowers which were rare inSaumur; then, taking the heiress by the elbows, he kissed her on eachside of her neck with a complacency that made her blush. Thepresident, who looked like a rusty iron nail, felt that his courtshipwas progressing.
On this remark the notary and the president said a few words that weremore or less significant; but the abbe, looking at them slyly, broughttheir thoughts to a focus by taking a pinch of snuff and saying as hehanded round his snuff-box: "Who can do the honors of Saumur formonsieur so well as madame?"。， well, my Charles; I was good to him, I never thwarted him; he will
。， Such elements of sadness formed the physiognomy, as it were, of adwelling-house in Saumur which stands at the end of the steep streetleading to the chateau in the upper part of the town. This street--nowlittle frequented, hot in summer, cold in winter, dark in certainsections--is remarkable for the resonance of its little pebblypavement, always clean and dry, for the narrowness of its tortuousroad-way, for the peaceful stillness of its houses, which belong tothe Old town and are over-topped by the ramparts. Houses threecenturies old are still solid, though built of wood, and their diversaspects add to the originality which commends this portion of Saumurto the attention of artists and antiquaries.
"But, monsieur, the sheets are damp, and this gentleman is as delicateas a woman."。， 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.
Eugenie took the saucer which Grandet had put away and placed it onthe table, looking calmly at her father as she did so. Most assuredly,the Parisian woman who held a silken ladder with her feeble arms tofacilitate the flight of her lover, showed no greater courage thanEugenie displayed when she replaced the sugar upon the table. Thelover rewarded his mistress when she proudly showed him her beautifulbruised arm, and bathed every swollen vein with tears and kisses tillit was cured with happiness. Charles, on the other hand, never so muchas knew the secret of the cruel agitation that shook and bruised theheart of his cousin, crushed as it was by the look of the old miser."You are not eating your breakfast, wife."。，
"Adolphe brought it from Paris, and he chose it," Madame des Grassinswhispered in her ear.。， "Ta, ta, ta, ta," said Grandet, "there's your nonsense beginning. I amsorry to see those white hands of yours, nephew"; and he showed theshoulder-of-mutton fists which Nature had put at the end of his ownarms. "There's a pair of hands made to pick up silver pieces. You'vebeen brought up to put your feet in the kid out of which we make thepurses we keep our money in. A bad look-out! Very bad!"
， They were able to examine Charles at their leisure without fearing todisplease the master of the house. Grandet was absorbed in the longletter which he held in his hand; and to read it he had taken the onlycandle upon the card-table, paying no heed to his guests or theirpleasure. Eugenie, to whom such a type of perfection, whether of dressor of person, was absolutely unknown, thought she beheld in her cousina being descended from seraphic spheres. She inhaled with delight thefragrance wafted from the graceful curls of that brilliant head. Shewould have liked to touch the soft kid of the delicate gloves. Sheenvied Charles his small hands, his complexion, the freshness andrefinement of his features. In short,--if it is possible to sum up theeffect this elegant being produced upon an ignorant young girlperpetually employed in darning stockings or in mending her father'sclothes, and whose life flowed on beneath these unclean rafters,seeing none but occasional passers along the silent street,--thisvision of her cousin roused in her soul an emotion of delicate desirelike that inspired in a young man by the fanciful pictures of womendrawn by Westall for the English "Keepsakes," and that engraved by theFindens with so clever a tool that we fear, as we breathe upon thepaper, that the celestial apparitions may be wafted away. Charles drewfrom his pocket a handkerchief embroidered by the great lady nowtravelling in Scotland. As Eugenie saw this pretty piece of work, donein the vacant hours which were lost to love, she looked at her cousinto see if it were possible that he meant to make use of it. Themanners of the young man, his gestures, the way in which he took uphis eye-glass, his affected superciliousness, his contemptuous glanceat the coffer which had just given so much pleasure to the richheiress, and which he evidently regarded as without value, or even asridiculous,--all these things, which shocked the Cruchots and the desGrassins, pleased Eugenie so deeply that before she slept she dreamedlong dreams of her phoenix cousin.。，