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The Flowers Personified - Two Shepherdesses


Section 9

 
IX.
THE RETURN.

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           As they crossed the palace-court, the courtiers, who were assembled there in great numbers, could not help exclaiming, – “Zounds! There are two pretty girls!”

           Coquelicot and Bleuette did not even look round, at this compliment, in such haste were they again to see Lucas and Blaise.

           After walking a little way, they began to run. Away they go, leaping over the high tops of the Lucerne – treading under foot the clover – startling the lark upon his nest in the furrow, and the frog that was asleep on the bank of the stream. Away, away they go – hardly taking breath – walking and running alternately.

           In this way they reached the village before night.

           They hastened towards their cottage, expecting to find Blaise and Lucas on the threshold – resolved, in their despair, that they would die on the spot that was so dear to them.

                     They met two bridal processions.

           One was that of Lucas, who married Margot, the daughter of Big-Peter, and the other that of Blaise, who espoused Flipotte, the niece of Big-John.

           The ingrates still wore in their hats the ribands which they had received from Coquelicot and Bleuette.

           As soon as they saw the pale blue and the pale green tunic in the arms of their rivals, Bleuette and Coquelicot seemed as though smitten by a thunderbolt. They fell, never to rise again. Lucas and Blaise lost, that day, two fond hearts, and two bunches of handsome trinkets.

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