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ran: “The earth and the fulness thereof are mine, saith
Monseigneur.” Yet, Monseigneur had slowly found that vulgar
embarrassments crept into his affairs, both private and public; and
he had, as to both classes of affairs, allied himself perforce with a
Farmer-General. As to finances public, because Monseigneur could
not make anything at all of them, and must consequently let them
out to somebody who could; as to finances private, because
Farmer-Generals were rich, and Monseigneur, after generations of
great luxury and expense, was growing poor. Hence Monseigneur
had taken his sister from a convent, while there was yet time to
ward off the impending veil, the cheapest garment she could wear,
and had bestowed her as a prize upon a very rich Farmer-General,
poor in family. Which Farmer-General, carrying an appropriate
cane with a golden apple on the top of it, was now among the
company in the outer rooms, much prostrated before by mankind-
always excepting superior mankind of the blood of Monseigneur,
who, his own wife included, looked down upon him with the
loftiest contempt.

A sumptuous man was the Farmer-General. Thirty horses stood in
his stables, twenty-four male domestics sat in his halls, six body-
women waited on his wife.

As one who pretended to do nothing but plunder and forage
where he could, the Farmer-General-howsoever his matrimonial
relations conduced to social morality-was at least the greatest
reality among the personages who attended at the hotel of
Monseigneur that day.

For, the rooms, though a beautiful scene to look at, and adorned
with every device of decoration that the taste and skin of the time
could achieve, were, in truth, not a sound business; considered
with any reference to the scarecrows in the rags and nightcaps
elsewhere (and not so far off, either, but that the watching towers
of Notre Dame, almost equidistant from the two extremes, could
see them both), they would have been an exceedingly
uncomfortable business-if that could have been anybody’s
business, at the house of Monseigneur. Military officers destitute of
military knowledge; naval officers with no idea of a ship; civil
officers without a notion of affairs; brazen ecclesiastics, of the worst
world worldly, with sensual eyes, loose tongues, and looser lives;
all totally unfit for their several callings all lying horribly in
pretending to belong to them, but all nearly or remotely of the
order of Monseigneur, and therefore foisted on all public
employments from which anything was to be got; these were to be
told off by the score and the score. People not immediately
connected with Monseigneur or the State, yet equally unconnected
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