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"I have thought it over." "Thought it over?" "Well, I am getting lonesome for my little one and for my husband." "In the last ten minutes?" exclaimed George. "There must be something else," his mother added. "Evidently there must be something else." "No!" insisted the nurse. "But I say yes!" "Well, I'm afraid the air of Paris might not be good for me." "You had better wait and try it." "I would rather go back at once to my home." "Come, now," cried Madame Dupont, "tell us why?" "I have told you. I have thought it over." "Thought what over?" "Well, I have thought." "Oh," cried the mother, "what a stupid reply! 'I have thought it over! I have thought it over!' Thought WHAT over, I want to know!" "Well, everything." "Don't you know how to tell us what?" "I tell you, everything." "Why," exclaimed Madame Dupont, "you are an imbecile!" George stepped between his mother and the nurse. "Let me talk to her," he said. The woman came back to her old formula: "I know that we're only poor country people." "Listen to me, nurse," said the young man. "Only a little while ago you were afraid that we would send you away. You were satisfied with the wages which my mother had fixed. In addition to those wages we had promised you a good sum when you returned to your home. Now you tell us that you want to go away. You see? All at once. There must be some reason; let us understand it. There must certainly be a reason. Has anybody done anything to you?" "No, sir," said the woman, dropping her eyes. "Well, then?" 65


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