Laurence Sterne. (17131768). A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy.
The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. 1917.
60. The Fragment and the Bouquet. Paris
WHEN La Fleur came up close to the table, and was made to comprehend what I wanted, he told me there were only two other sheets of it, which he had wrapt round the stalks of a bouquet1 to keep it together, which he had presented to the demoiselle upon the boulevards.Then prithee, La Fleur, said I, step back to her to the Count de Bs hotel, and see if you can get itThere is no doubt of it, said La Fleurand away he flew.
In a very little time the poor fellow came back quite out of breath, with deeper marks of disappointment in his looks than could arise from the simple irreparability of the fragment.Juste ciel! in less than two minutes that the poor fellow had taken his last tender farewell of herhis faithless mistress had given his gage damour to one of the Counts footmenthe footman to a young sempstressand the sempstress to a fiddler, with my fragment at the end of it.Our misfortunes were involved togetherI gave a sighand La Fleur echod it back again to my ear.