The Cross of Berny
What presence of mind I had to exercise for three long years in order to sustain my part!
How often have I felt myself blush, when Mme. Taverneau would say: "Poor Albert! he must have adored you."
How often have I had to restrain my laughter, when, in enumerating the perfections of her own husband, she would add, with a look of pity: "It must distress you to see Charles and me together, our love must recall your sad loss."
To these remarks I listened with marvellous self-possession; if comedy or acting of any kind were not distasteful to me, I would make a good actress.
But now I must finish telling you of my plan. To-morrow I will set out ostensibly with my cousin, accompanying her as far as Fontainbleau, where she is going to join her daughter, then I will return and hide myself in my modest lodging, for a day or two, before going to Pont-de-l'Arche.
With regard to my cousin, I must say, people abuse her unjustly; she is not very tiresome, this fat cousin o