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452 “THE KNIGHT HE SAT ERECT AND FAIR." being able to make a broken-winded one fit to be examined by your friend..
“The “ ami” came; the "valet d'écurie” came; the saddle and bridle (such a saddle, a kind of “demipique” resuscitated) the bridle half red velvet and silver buckles, came— no matter; the money came. Out of kindness to the horse, I desired the French groom not to give him any cold water that day. Those initiated in such matters will know why; the groom did not. Il faut qu'il l'apprenne, thinks I. The groom mounted, rode off “en dragon,” stiff as a poker, Monsieur l'ami walking by his side, and, as I saw, Frenchman-like, stopping ten times in the street to show le beau cheval to some friend. Tout à l'heure, truit à l'heure, thought I.
The next evening l'ami waited on me, begging I would go with him to look at the horse. “ Volontiers, Monsieur," and away we went. I found him of course blowing away like a blacksmith's bellows. What was de mattere? vas de horse indisposé. "Eh, non; Monsieur says il est poussif; voila tout.” “ Poussif, poussif !” cried Monsieur le “ Sacré- ! do I hear you right? you say de hors is what you call broke in de vind, -do I hear dat?” _“Yes,” said I, “ you do;" and thinks I to myself, Madame will hear it too occasionally if she rides him. Monsieur assured me he had no idea of the horse being so when he bought it. I freely expressed my conviction that this was correct. Vat vas he to do? “ Ce n'est pas mon affaire cela," said I.
Doubtless my reader has seen two Frenchmen in a passion; but to see two most passionate ones in a regular white-heat rage is really a treat. Now, says. I, for the coup-de-théâtre. I reminded Monsieur of
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the broken gig and broken knee decisions; he recog- , nized me in a moment. “Now, Monsieur,” says I, “s what have you got to say ? You wanted un beau cheval,—you have him; you wanted a docile one,—you have that also; I said nothing about his being sound : you have no fault to find with me.”—“Mais mille tonneres ! I no vant de hors broke in de vind, dat go puff puff all de day long.”—“C'est possible,” says I, “ mais cela m'est parfaitement indifférent. You trusted to your friend's judgment.”—“Bote my friend have no jugement for de horse.”—“ Il faut, Monsieur,” said I, making my bow, “ qu'il l'apprenne donc.”
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