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CHAPTER X.

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CHAPTER X. PtATHBR AND SON. THE place where the great event of Parlandet junior's birth occurred was, as we know, that small and narrow street in Paris of which mention has been I made, and the time about two years after the mar- riage of Louise and Jean. The necessity of residing near the place of his employment compelled Jean to live in this unhealthy spot, which was, however, no worse than the majority of the poorer quarters of Paris at that time, and the ehild, born in this noisome quarter, roughed it like his fellows. The father, at his work all day, visiting his poor home merely to eat and to sleep, too wearied out with toil to look to the education and training of his child, the care of the boy devolved almost solely upon his mother. And she, I regret to say, gravely neglected her duty. This was one of the evils of that ill-assorted match. Turn the matter as you may, put what romantic face upon it you please, marriages in which the previous social position or the mental affinity of the parties widely differs, rarely prosper. The inequality existing in the first case may perhaps be smoothed out by strong affection; in the second, never. The consequence of the difference of education and refinement between Jean Parlandet and his wife displayed itself chiefly after the birth of their child. By that time, their married life was entering upon that second, cooler stage of mutual. esteem, baaed upon mutual knowledge and respect, which comes to most. Here, however, Louise failed. Not every, woman who has cherished secret hopes of a modestly competent, if not a wealthy lot, has sufficient great- ness of soul to reconcile herself to an inferior station. I Louise Parlandet, at all events, had not. She en- dured her husband, rather than cared for him, and I i

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.G AT LAST; OR, THE FELON'S…

.G AT LAST; OR, THE FELON'S…