of intercourse. For him she■ flashed, a gracious figure, a■cross the half real tapestry of his prese●nt life. A kindly word, a smiling glance, on ●passing, sufficed for the mainte■nance of his pleasant understanding with Fé■

lise. For feminine companionship of a st■imulating kind, there was always Corinna.● For masculine society he had B■igourdin and his cronies of ●the Café de l’Univer

s, to whom he was in●troduced in his professorial dignity. I●t was there, at the café table, ●in the midst of the notables of the little■ town, that he learned many

things ■either undreamed of or uncared for during hi■s narrow life at Margett’s Univers●al College. It startled him to find himsel■f in the company of men passionat
ely patr

peaceful commerce and ●agriculture he felt the pulse of France t●hrobbing in fierce determinat●ion to maintain her national existen■ce. Every man had been a sol■dier; some of the elders had fought in■ 1870, and those who had grown u■p sons were the fathers of soldiers●. Martin realised that whereas in England, in ●time of peace, the private sold●ier was tolerated as a picturesque, good-natu●red, harum-scarum sort of fellow, the picu-pio■u in France was an object of univer●sal affection. The army was woven into the w■hole web of French life; it permeated t■he whole of French thought; it■ coloured the whole of French sentiment. It wa■s not a machine of blood and iron, as in Ge■rmany,


?a nation. “Vive la France!” meant “Vi■ve l’armée!” And that mere ex●pression “Vive la France!”—how often had● he heard it during his short sojour■n in the country. He cudgelled his br●ains to remember when he had heard a correspond●ing cry in England. It seemed to him that● t


o need for on●e. England would live as lon■g as the sea girded her shores and■ Britannia ruled the waves. We n●eed not trouble our English heads any f■urther. But in France conditions are● different. From the Vosges to the Bay ■of Biscay, from Calais to the Mediterranean, ev●ery stroke

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