with hunger, blind with the endless search for one face amidst
themillions, going home—oh,mockery of the word !—to a bed
of straAV, to a cage among the roofs, to a handful of rice as a
meal, to a night of loneliness and cold and misery; at such
a moment now and then through the gloom a voice would
steal to her, saying:
" Are you not tired yet, Folle-Farine ?"
But she never paused to hear the voice, nor gave it any
The mUl dust; the reed by the river; the nameless,
friendless, rootless thing that her fate made her, should
have been so Aveak, and so lightly bloAvn by every chance
breeze—so the Red Mouse told her; should have asked no
better ending than to be wafted up a little while upon the
winds of praise, or woven Avith.a golden braid into a crown
Yet she was so stubborn and would not; yet she dared
deride her tempters, and defy her destiny, and be strong.
For Love was witih her.
And though the Red Mouse lies often in Love's breast,
and is cradled there a welcome guest, yet when Love, once
in a mUlion times, shakes off his sloth, and flings the Re/!
Mouse with it from him, he flings with a hand of force ; and
the beast crouches and flees, and dares meddle with Love no
In one of the first weeks of the wilder weather, weather
that had the piurple glow of the autumnal storms and the
chUls of coming Avinter on it, she arose, as her habit
was, ere the night was altogether spent, and lit her little
taper, and went out upon her rounds to rouse the sleejiers.
She had barely tasted food for many hours. All the
means of subsistence that she had were the few coins earned
from those as poor almost as herself.
Often these Avent in debt to her, and begged for a little
time to get the piece or tAVo of base metal that they OAved
her; and she forgave them such debts always, not having
the heart to take the last miserable pittance from some
trembUng withered hand which had Avorked through four¬
score years of toil, and found no payment but its Avrinkles
in its palm ; not having the force to fill her own platter with
crusts which could only be purchased by the hunger cries of
some starveling infant, or by the barter of some littie value-