"Most certainly," he answered with a smile. "Let me sit beside you as if
I were a friend, instead of a foolish intruder; try to forget how awkwardly
we are placed to one another; make my last moments go pleasantly;
and you will do me the chief service possible."
"You are very gallant," she added, with a yet deeper sadness … "very
gallant… and it somehow pains me. But draw nearer, if you please; and
if you find anything to say to me, you will at least make certain of a very
friendly listener. Ah! Monsieur de Beaulieu," she broke forth - "ah! Monsieur
de Beaulieu, how can I look you in the face?" And she fell to weeping
again with a renewed effusion.
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Beaulieu, for your sake. But think if I can do you no kindness in the future
- if you have no friends to whom I could carry your adieux. Charge
me as heavily as you can; every burden will lighten, by so little, the invaluable
gratitude I owe you. Put it in my power to do something more
for you than weep."