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He had arrived home in plenty of time, listened attentively to her instructions, and admired her dress, reassuring her that the neckline was appropriate and that he would stick to safe topics of conversation. The Fiteaus were old friends of her family, wealthier versions of the same titled Catholic military stock, and their annual spring ball was an occasion she had attended for years. Still, she had been irritable and impatient until the moment the carriage rented for the occasion pulled into the courtyard of the Fiteaus’ hôtel in the heart of the Left Bank’s aristocratic quarter.

She was in her element here, surrounded by her intimates, and it was the easy confidence of that familiarity as much as the pleasures of the dance that gave an extra light to her eye. Just now she was leaning a little closer to hear what her partner was saying in the midst of the din and laughed delightedly as they spun back down the room. She was happy now, but as always her social anxiety during the preparations for a party had been pronounced if, in his opinion, utterly unfounded. He had arrived home in plenty of time, listened attentively to her instructions, and admired her dress, reassuring her that the neckline was appropriate and that he would stick to safe topics of conversation.

Jean-Jean glared at his brother but said nothing. “Ah, Major, if I were a spy, I would have succeeded in discovering where it is you have moved your little card parties,” the German said. ” “Oh, sh, Colonel. Not in front of my brother-in-law. He’ll have my sister after me. Nothing wrong with a little gaming between gentlemen, but if Geneviève were to find out, she’d be horrified. ” The major emitted a braying laugh and Dubon said nothing. The major’s disapproving family already knew of his habit, but thus far his wagers were never so extravagant that he had gotten into serious trouble.

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