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servitors drift in, filled with a morbid curiosity to see how a
foreigner deports himself when - Page 50
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All Sorts Of Domestic Servitors Drift In, Filled With A Morbid Curiosity To See How A Foreigner Deports Himself When Engaged In This Strange, Barbaric Rite.

On the occasion of my first bath on French soil, after several of the hired help had thus called

On me informally, causing me to cower low in my porcelain retreat, I took advantage of a moment of comparative quiet to rise drippingly and draw the latch. I judged the proprietor would be along next, and I was not dressed for him. The Lady Susanna of whom mention has previously been made must have stopped at a French hotel at some time of her life. This helps us to understand why she remained so calm when the elders happened in.

Even as now practiced, bathing still remains a comparative novelty in the best French circles, I imagine. I base this presumption on observations made during a visit to Versailles. I went to Versailles; I trod with reverent step those historic precincts adorned with art treasures uncountable, with curios magnificent, with relics invaluable. I visited the little palace and the big; I ventured deep into that splendid forest where, in the company of ladies regarding whom there has been a good deal of talk subsequently, France's Grandest and Merriest Monarch disported himself. And I found out what made the Merriest Monarch merry - so far as I could see, there was not a bathroom on the place. He was a true Frenchman - was Louis the Fourteenth.

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