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bd40bc7c7a She felt at once indignant with her neighbors, and humiliated at having yielded to the Prussian into whose arms they had so hypocritically cast her. "So am I." "And I, too." The first speaker added: "We shall not return to Rouen, and if the Prussians approach Havre we will cross to England." All three, it turned out, had made the same plans, being of similar disposition and temperament. They came down next morning with tired faces and irritable tempers; the women scarcely spoke to Boule de Suif. "Why, certainly, sir," she replied, with an amiable smile, holding out the dish. Their gaiety returned of itself, so amusing at last did the whole business seem to them. Loiseau, under pretence of stretching his legs, went out to see if he could sell wine to the country dealers. In the afternoon, seeing that they were all bored to death, the count proposed a walk in the neighborhood of the village.
The hostler placed him beside the pole, fastened the traces, and spent some time in walking round him to make sure that the harness was all right; for he could use only one hand, the other being engaged in holding the lantern. He tried kindness, argument, sentiment. As soon as she was recognized the respectable matrons of the party began to whisper among themselves, and the words "hussy" and "public scandal" were uttered so loudly that Boule de Suif raised her head. Some of these had important commercial interests at Havre- occupied at present by the French army - and wished to attempt to reach that port by overland route to Dieppe, taking the boat from there. He came straight to the point. When they were once more within doors they did not know what to do with themselves. It never pays to resist those in authority. "They are repeopling the country," jested Loiseau. It still contained a pate de foie gras, a lark pie, a piece of smoked tongue, Crassane pears, Pont-Leveque gingerbread, fancy cakes, and a cup full of pickled gherkins and onions - Boule de Suif, like all women, being very fond of indigestible things.