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37 very rare, very proud, very precious triumphs, both in Europe and in the United States ; triumphs that few men ever enJOY ; triumphs which were potent enough to deaden the pallid thought of the curious limits of his life, except on three sombre occasions. It was on the first night of a new opera at Covent Garden. Orange was in a box with a notable company, and was on the point of leaning over to whisper something amusing to the beautiful Countess of H eston, when of a sudden he shot white, and the smile left his face as if he had received a blow.

Give me some money: do you hear! " cried the woman, strident ly. Then she seized him, and went through his pockets in an accusto med style, and found three cents. " What the hell do you mean by coming here with only this ! " bellowe d the woman, holding out the mean coins to Orange. She struck him; but she was very frighten ed, and went to the stairs. TH E BARGAIN OF R U P ERT 57 ORANGE. "Say ! T om-Tommy," she called; "you'd better come down and put this loafer out! " A great hulking man came down the sta irs, and gazed for an insta nt at Rupert-standing under the gas-jet, with the woman plucking the studs from his shirt.

Come along-do! " Receiving no answer, she peered into his face, and gave a cry of loathing and fear. "Oh, look here ! " she said, roughly, coughing down her disgust: " You've too much, and ahead been drinking you've got a load. " At that word Orange turned, and gazed at her with a vacant, dreary, silly smile. He raised his hand, and when she shrank away- s6 A BOOK OF B AR{yA I NS. "Are you afraid of me? " he said, not coarsely, but quietly, even gently, like a man talking in his sleep. Then they went on together , till they came to a dilapida ted house close by the nver.

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