A New Dress (Part 4)
By a violent effort she subdued her feelings and replied in a calm
voice, as she wiped her wet cheeks:
"Nothing. Only I have no dress and consequently I cannot go to this
ball. Give your invitation to some friend whose wife has better clothes
He was in despair, but began again:
"Let us see, Mathilde. How much would it cost, a suitable dress, which
you could wear again on future occasions, something very simple?"
She reflected for some seconds, computing the cost, and also wondering
what sum she could ask without bringing down upon herself an immediate
refusal and an astonished exclamation from the economical clerk.
At last she answered hesitatingly:
"I don't know exactly, but it seems to me that with four hundred francs
I could manage."
He turned a trifle pale, for he had been saving just that sum to buy a
gun and treat himself to a little hunting trip the following summer, in
the country near Nanterre, with a few friends who went there to shoot
larks on Sundays.
However, he said:
"Well, I think I can give you four hundred francs. But see that you have
a pretty dress."
下期续 to be continued.
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