BACK TO PARIS AND CELEBRITIES drinks, much to their astonishment and delight. I had some also, and arrived at the teashop in very good form. In Paris teashops wine is sold and generally spirits. It was a very cold day and I told my cousin and her friend that rum was a very good thing to prevent people from catching cold. I ordered them two hot rums, and they were so pleased that I ordered them two more. They were quite lively and almost human, and I sent them back to their dreary pension feeling very happy. They had a curious existence, these women, they refused to learn a word of French, and became furious with the French servants because they could not understand what they were talking about. Their whole lives consisted of economizing. They had apparently no ambitions of any kind. They had wasted all their youth, having been taught when young that it was only necessary to behave like ladies and wait till a suitable, and preferably rich husband, turned up. Of course, the husband never did turn up. I often wondered what would become of them if they were suddenly to lose all their money. They toured Europe and wintered at Hyeres, Beaulieu, and Bordighera, where they stayed in pensions, with elderly Colonels, Generals, and old women, who were as bored with life and each other as they were. Everyone that I know has at least three or four relatives exactly like mine. They re- minded me of my Grandmother, who, for quite thirty years, had patiently awaited death. Anyway, they had given me two pounds and my feelings towards them were of the kindliest.