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A BOOK OF BARGAINS. IV As the Cambria moved up towards the city, on the morning of New Year's day, a certain frenzy which was half insane, and a fierce loathing of familiar sights-Castle Garden, the spire of Trinity Church-took hold of Orange. He passionately cursed himself for not staying in Europe; he cursed the hour he was born; he cursed, above all ! the hour had made that fatal bargain. " " Where to, boss ? " inquired the man, looking at him curiously. "The Hoffman House," replied Orange, before THE BARGAIN OF RUPERT ORANGE.
The very maladies which Orange had desired, 42 A BOOK OF BARGAINS. were twisted to his advantage. Thus, when he was laid up with a sprained ankle at an hotel at Aix-les-Bains, he formed his notorious connection with Gabrielle de Volnay. when he was kept for a day m It was the house by a cold that he wrote his little comedy, H er L adyskiP's Dinner-a comedy which, at one time, we were all so forward to praise. And on the night upon which his cab was overturned in the Sixth Avenue, New York, and he was badly cut about the head, did he not recognize in the drunken prostitute who cursed him, the erewhile brilliant Mrs.
Indeed, it was not till an evening late in February, after dinner, that he took a cab to her house near \Vashington Square. H e found her at home, and had n ot waited a minute before she came in to the room. wonderfully She was a tall woman, and handsome by gaslight; but she had that tiresome habit, which many women have, of talking intensely-in italics, as it were : a habit found generally in women ill brought up-women without control of their feelings, or command of the expression of them. " My dear, dear Rupert, how glad I am to see you," she exclaimed, throwing a white fluffy cloak off her bare shoulders, and holding out both hands as she glided towards him.