I knew a gentleman who prided himself all his life on being a connoisseur of Lafitte
. He considered this as his positive virtue, and never doubted himself.
I made effort to arouse myself by aid of frequent Lafitte, and, all failing, I betook myself to a stray newspaper in despair.
I am by no means naturally nervous, and the very few glasses of Lafitte which I had sipped served to embolden me no little, so that I felt nothing of trepidation, but merely uplifted my eyes with a leisurely movement, and looked carefully around the room for the intruder.
Previously to July, 1830, this estimable class of citizens had not dared to indulge their native tastes for extravagance and parade, the grave dignity and high breeding of a very ancient but impoverished nobility holding them in some restraint; and, then, THEIR fortunes were still uncertain; the funds were not firm, and even the honorable and worthy Jacques Lafitte, a man to ennoble any calling, was shaking in credit.
= various French noble families; a bouder = silent; Jacques Lafitte = French financier (1767-1844) who supported the 1830 July Revolution; Bourse = stock exchange}
"Indeed I do not know what he is; he has three unlimited credits -- one on me, one on Rothschild, one on Lafitte
; and, you see," he added carelessly, "he has given me the preference, by leaving a balance of 100,000 francs." M.
To send you a bottle of Lafitte
and roast turkey out there would be a little awkward."
Till then it had been possible to see them only at Durand-Ruel's shop in the Rue Lafitte
(and the dealer, unlike his fellows in England, who adopt towards the painter an attitude of superiority, was always pleased to show the shabbiest student whatever he wanted to see), or at his private house, to which it was not difficult to get a card of admission on Tuesdays, and where you might see pictures of world-wide reputation.
It was true enough, what Lafitte
said--`Since yesterday, a century has passed away:'-- they're in the next century, you know, on the other side of the water.
Thus trade flourishes--civilization advances; peace is kept; new dresses are wanted for new assemblies every week; and the last year's vintage of Lafitte
will remunerate the honest proprietor who reared it.
This miniature Lafitte
was a partner in all new enterprises, taking good security.
, and Casimir Delavigne he only esteemed.