As the day was pleasant, Madame Valmonde drove over to L'Abri to see Desiree and the baby.
In time Madame Valmonde abandoned every speculation but the one that Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh.
Madame Valmonde had not seen Desiree and the baby for four weeks.
Madame Valmonde bent her portly figure over Desiree and kissed her, holding her an instant tenderly in her arms.
I knew you would be astonished," laughed Desiree, "at the way he has grown.
And the way he cries," went on Desiree, "is deafening.
When the baby was about three months old, Desiree awoke one day to the conviction that there was something in the air menacing her peace.
When the letter reached Desiree she went with it to her husband's study, and laid it open upon the desk before which he sat.
The last thing to go was a tiny bundle of letters; innocent little scribblings that Desiree had sent to him during the days of their espousal.
, the commissionaire, could not depart without permitting her friend, Madame Savon, to feast her eyes on the treasure in her own hands.