Seeing him becoming a rid of burden to her in times.

Always be ready to accept all what you have even your man or lady is your property, taking all responsibilities within you and never announce your family.

credulity,butithad,forallthat,remainedthere,andSwann,wishingtoberidof

please!IfIneededthemoney,Icouldunderstand...‘Theporterhasordersnotto

ofsomethingorotherwhich,Iknewatthetime,wasn’ttrue,”hepursued,

youhearmesaythatIdon’twantto!Theideaofsuchathing,Idon’tlikeitat

itsessentialpart,therewouldremainintheaccessoriessomethingwhichSwann

“Ohdear,no!Notthattheydon’tsimplypersecutemetogotothem,”her

itsbosom,likecorpsesinariver.Andtheypoisonedit.

ignorantofthefact.Andsuddenlyhebegantotrembleatthethoughtthat,onthe

smilerevealedagratifiedvanitywhichshenolongersawthatitwasimpossible

IdowishyoucouldhaveseenthewayItackledher;mymaidwasinthenext

room,listening,andtoldmeIshoutedfittobringthehousedown:—‘Butwhen

hertome’—meaningme!TheytoldherI’dgoneout,butshewaitedand

ShespoketohimonceofavisitthatForchevillehadpaidheronthedayof

theMaisond’Or.Shesworethatshehadnot.“Still,theMaisond’Orremindsme

theburden—adeadweight,butnonethelessdisturbing—ofthissuspicion,

waited,andintheendIhadtogomyselfandspeaktoher,beforeshe’dgoaway.

Besides,herveryadmissions—whenshemadeany—offaultswhichshe

thetermsoftheproblemofhisjealousy.Andtheseadmissionshecouldnever

afterall,thoughpeopledosaysuchdreadfulthingsabouther.”

courseyoudid,”hecorrectedhimself,soasnottoshewthathehadbeen

theParis-MurcieFête.“What!youknewhimaslongagoasthat?Oh,yes,of

hadneveryetimagined,whichcrushedhimanew,andwastoenablehimtoalter

supposedhimtohavediscovered,ratherservedSwannasastarting-pointfor

forget.Hisspiritcarriedthemalong,castthemaside,thencradledthemagainin

hopedthatOdettewouldnowextirpateitforever.

carefullypreserved,shehadbeenhavingluncheon,perhaps,withForchevilleat

seems,there’sanAmbassadorwhosaidtoher,‘I’llkillmyselfifyoudon’tbring

letherinagain;hewilltellherthatIamoutoftown.Oh,IdowishIcouldhave

shouldappearlegitimatetoSwann.“Therewasoneofthemwaitedmorethan

all!IshouldhopeI’mstillfreetodoasIpleaseandwhenIpleaseandwhereI

hadyouhiddensomewhereintheroomwhileIwastalkingtoher.Iknow,you’d

dayoftheParis-MurcieFête,whenhehadreceivedthatletterwhichhehadso

freshdoubtsthantheyputanendtotheold.Forheradmissionsneverexactly

havebeenpleased,mydear.There’ssomegoodinyourlittleOdette,yousee,

coincidedwithhisdoubts.InvainmightOdetteexpurgateherconfessionofall

twohoursformeyesterday,saidshewouldgivemeanymoneyIasked.It

hopingtofrightenher.“YesthatIhadn’tbeenthereatallthateveningwhenItoldyouIhadjustcomefromthere,andyouhadbeenlookingformeat

withallthesharpnessandforceofaheadsmanwieldinghisaxe,andyetcould

MurcieFête,ifitweretrue?Especiallyasatthattimewedidn’tknowone

spiritlesscreaturewhichthesecrushingwordshadmadeofhim.Andso,evenin

him!Besidesthatmoment(thatfirsteveningonwhichtheyhad“donea

beangrywithme.Itwasratherniceofme,really,don’tyousee?Iadmit,Idid

thoughtheywerethewordsofaGospel,beneathherdailyactionswhichshehad

“IneedonlytellMme.Verdurinthatmydresswasn’tready,orthatmycabcame

Hesmiledbackatherwiththesudden,cravenweaknessoftheutterly

howmanyothersmusttherehavebeen,eachofthemcoveringafalsehoodof

someotherman,somemantowhomshehadsaid:“IneedonlytellSwannthat

Odettehadeverspokentohiminthoseolddays,wordswhichhehadbelievedas

wrong,butatleastI’mtellingyouallaboutitnow,a’n’tI?WhathaveItogain

Prévost’s,”shereplied(judgingbyhismannerthatheknew)withafirmnessthat

wasbasednotsomuchuponcynicismasupontimidity,afearofcrossing

toohappy,inthosemonthswhenshehadlovedhim,shewasalreadylyingto

evenbegantolaugh,thoughthismayperhaps,itistrue,havebeenchieflyto

havingtheleastinklingofitatthetime,anengagementthatshehadhadwith

keephimfromthinkingthatshewasashamed,atall,orconfused.“It’squite

whichSwannhadhadnosuspicion.Herecalledhowshehadsaidtohimonce:

whenshehadgliblyutteredsuchwordsasexplainadelayorjustifyanalteration

late.Thereisalwayssomeexcuse.”Fromhimselftoo,probably,manytimes

had,really,beentoPrévost’sthatwasn’tastoryandhemetmethereand

themonthsofwhichhehadneverdaredtothinkagain,becausetheyhadbeen

ofthehourfixedforameeting,thosemomentsmusthavehidden,withouthis

true,Ihadn’tbeentotheMaisonDorée.IwascomingawayfromForcheville’s.I

Swann,whichherownself-respectmadeheranxioustoconceal,andadesireto

askedmetocomeinandlookathisprints.Butsomeoneelsecametoseehim.I

bynottellingyou,straight,thatIlunchedwithhimonthedayoftheParis

notbechargedwithcruelty,sinceshewasquiteunconsciousofhurtinghim;she

mydresswasn’tready,orthatmycabcamelate.Thereisalwayssomeexcuse.”

cattleya”)whenshehadtoldhimthatshewascomingfromtheMaisonDorée,

toldyouthatIwascomingfromtheMaisond’OrbecauseIwasafraidyoumight

Andbeneathallhismostpleasantmemories,beneaththesimplestwordsthat

anotherquitesowellaswedonow,didwe,dear?”

shewhimthatshecouldbeperfectlyfrankifshechose.Andsoshestruckhim

recountedtohim,beneaththemostordinaryplaces,herdressmaker’sflat,the


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