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: THE FLIRT
' BY Agnes Kirby.
Monsieur Ramb'ouche? You mean
that disgusting little Frenchman
whom; we, all hated, so at Bar Harbor
last summer? He called himself, the
count pf 'something or other, didn't
he, and claimed that the wrong
branch of the f amily had gotuhold of
the title? So he",has settled down in
America arid become naturalized, has
They ,CameStrollijig- Along.
he? And he really" had "money of his
own and was not a fortune-hunter!
Well, Nof. course, ,tlfat .does put his
persecution of Edith Moore upon'' a
different- lever and it may lie, as you
say, lhat'he loved'1 herand-not her
fortune--only he certainly took a
queer method of ' showing his affec
tion, not tospeakofher'being already
engaged to George-Turner. And he's
married' Edith's "sister! Well, that
surely is.some news and now .since
you "don't'seem to know all the cir
cumstances about-last summer I'll
You know I always stayed at a
quiet, -old-fashioned place up in
Mount Desert. I'm getting to ,be an
old -woman and the new, noisy hotels
don't appeal, to me" as they -do to
younger folks. (We'd had the same
crowd there year after year until we
got to be all old friends together. And
I'd met Edith Moore and her sister
Elsie, each summer since they were
little bits of things, so that when she
whispered to me the news of her en
gagement to George I was mightily
well pleased. Andeorge came up for.
his vacation a day or two later and
I tell you it made me glad to see how
happy they were.
Monsier Rambquche was staying
at the same place. You remember
how he used to vent his spleen on
America! It was good enoughfto live
in for a while and to spend a holiday
in, but as for being a citizen! Where
was our artwhere was our literature,
what about our patriotism, &nd
wasn't it true that Washington,
wouldn't have won if France hadn't
whipped England on sea and land?
He "tried me a little, but I couldn't
exactly resent a. man' standing up for
his own country, though why should
he come here and then make fun. of
What made me angry was when he
attacked American women. The
woirien of his land," according to him,
were paragons of virtue and we
mustn't believe those wicked plays
and novels, written all by Alsatians.
When they were married they "stayed .
at home and helped their .husbands
at their offices as well, and before
marriage they made, their mothers' J
and fathers' and brothers' and sisters' .
lives happy. And as for flirting why,
hadn't Erance had to take over the ,
English word "because there wasn't ,
any for it in .Erench?
Monsieur seemed to bejiretty fond
of Miss Edith all the same, and I be
lieve she really liked the little fellow,
for. all she use'd to laugh at him. Any
way, when George came up he went
round sgowling and muttering, and j