The Maids of Paradise
As I passed, glancing up at her, the sadness of her face impressed me, and I remember wondering how much the death of her husband had to do with it--for his name had appeared in the evening papers under the heading, "Killed in Action."
It was several years later before the police began to take an interest in the Comtesse Éline de Vassart. She had withdrawn entirely from society, had founded a non-sectarian free school in Passy, was interested in certain charities and refuges for young working-girls, when on a visit to England, she met Karl Marx, then a fugitive and under sentence of death.
From that moment social questions occupied her, and her doings interested the police, especially when she returned to Paris and took her place once more in Royalist circles, where every baby was bred from the cradle to renounce the Tuileries, the Emperor, and all his works.
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