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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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