The Gallery of Antiquities; An Old Maid

The Gallery of Antiquities; An Old Maid

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The Gallery of Antiquities; An Old Maid

The Gallery of Antiquities; An Old Maid

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The small fortune of the d'Esgrignons, judiciously managed by the notary Chesnel, barely sufficed to maintain the family, for the marquis lived nobly, though without the slightest show. The tutor of Victurnien d'Esgrignon, the hope of the house, was an old Oratorian, given by the bishop, who lived in the household, but eked out his means by other employment. The wages of a cook, a waiting-woman for Mademoiselle Armande, an old valet of the marquis, and two other servants, the food of four masters, and the costs of an education on which nothing was spared, absorbed the family revenues, in spite of the economy of Mademoiselle Armande, in spite of Chesnel's judicious administration, and in spite, too, of the affectionate interest of the servants. The old notary was still unable to make repairs to the devastated château; he awaited the termination of the leases to obtain an increase of revenue, either through improved methods of agriculture or from a decline of monetary values which would bear fruit at the expiration of contracts made in 1809. The marquis knew nothing of either the details of his household or the administration of his property. A revelation of the extreme precautions taken to "make both ends meet" at the end of the year, as house-

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