Not understanding his uncle's words which he had thus interrupted,Charles shed tears of gratitude upon the tanned cheeks of the oldmiser, while Eugenie pressed the hand of her cousin and that of herfather with all her strength. The notary smiled, admiring the slyspeech of the old man, which he alone had understood. The family stoodabout the coach until it started; then as it disappeared upon thebridge, and its rumble grew fainter in the distance, Grandet said:"Good-by to you!"。， "That's the way, always spending my money!" cried the father. "Do youthink there are francs on every bush?"
"We will go there later," answered the president. "I have promised tosay good-evening to Mademoiselle de Gribeaucourt, and we will go therefirst, if my uncle is willing."。， Others agreed to the demand, but only on condition that their rightsshould be fully guaranteed; they renounced none, and even reserved thepower of ultimately compelling a failure. On this began a longcorrespondence, which ended in Grandet of Saumur agreeing to allconditions. By means of this concession the placable creditors wereable to bring the dissatisfied creditors to reason. The deposit wasthen made, but not without sundry complaints.
。， "Yes, but you need not undertake it. I am quite ready to go to Paris(you may pay my expenses, they will only be a trifle). I will see thecreditors and talk with them and get an extension of time, andeverything can be arranged if you will add something to the assets soas to buy up all title to the debts."
When she looked again towards her cousin she was still blushing, buther looks could at least deceive, and did not betray the excess of joywhich innundated her heart; yet the eyes of both expressed the samesentiment as their souls flowed together in one thought,--the futurewas theirs. This soft emotion was all the more precious to Charles inthe midst of his heavy grief because it was wholly unexpected. Thesound of the knocker recalled the women to their usual station.Happily they were able to run downstairs with sufficient rapidity tobe seated at their work when Grandet entered; had he met them underthe archway it would have been enough to rouse his suspicions. Afterbreakfast, which the goodman took standing, the keeper from Froidfond,to whom the promised indemnity had never yet been paid, made hisappearance, bearing a hare and some partridges shot in the park, witheels and two pike sent as tribute by the millers.。， "/He/ is weeping still."
"He has been settling all his affairs, so as to leave France at once,"she thought. Her eyes fell upon two open letters. The words, "My dearAnnette," at the head of one of them, blinded her for a moment. Herheart beat fast, her feet were nailed to the floor.。， She made a sign to her husband, as if to encourage him in cutting theenemy out of the commission, /coute que coute/; then she glancedironically at the two Cruchots, who looked chap-fallen. Grandet seizedthe banker by a button and drew him into a corner of the room."I have a great deal more confidence in you than in the president," hesaid; "besides, I've other fish to fry," he added, wriggling his wen."I want to buy a few thousand francs in the Funds while they are ateighty. They fall, I'm told, at the end of each month. You know allabout these things, don't you?"
"What will he think of me? He will think that I love him!"That was what she most wished him to think. An honest love has its ownprescience, and knows that love begets love. What an event for thispoor solitary girl thus to have entered the chamber of a young man!Are there not thoughts and actions in the life of love which tocertain souls bear the full meaning of the holiest espousals? An hourlater she went to her mother and dressed her as usual. Then they bothcame down and sat in their places before the window waiting forGrandet, with that cruel anxiety which, according to the individualcharacter, freezes the heart or warms it, shrivels or dilates it, whena scene is feared, a punishment expected,--a feeling so natural thateven domestic animals possess it, and whine at the slightest pain ofpunishment, though they make no outcry when they inadvertently hurtthemselves. The goodman came down; but he spoke to his wife with anabsent manner, kissed Eugenie, and sat down to table without appearingto remember his threats of the night before.。，
， "I am going to loiter about the market-place and find Cruchot.""Eugenie, your father certainly has something on his mind."Grandet, who was a poor sleeper, employed half his nights in thepreliminary calculations which gave such astonishing accuracy to hisviews and observations and schemes, and secured to them the unfailingsuccess at sight of which his townsmen stood amazed. All human poweris a compound of time and patience. Powerful beings will and wait. Thelife of a miser is the constant exercise of human power put to theservice of self. It rests on two sentiments only,--self-love and self-interest; but self-interest being to a certain extent compact andintelligent self-love, the visible sign of real superiority, itfollows that self-love and self-interest are two parts of the samewhole,--egotism. From this arises, perhaps, the excessive curiosityshown in the habits of a miser's life whenever they are put before theworld. Every nature holds by a thread to those beings who challengeall human sentiments by concentrating all in one passion. Where is theman without desire? and what social desire can be satisfied withoutmoney?。， "Yes; when his failure is imminent, the court of commerce, to which heis amenable (please follow me attentively), has the power, by adecree, to appoint a receiver. Liquidation, you understand, is not thesame as failure. When a man fails, he is dishonored; but when hemerely liquidates, he remains an honest man."