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Only Six!

A story was told by the late M. Do Villemessant of a Parisian dressmaker that brought her an immence amount of business. Mdme. C. was honored by the commands of the Baroness X., a lady noted for her fine figure, and small, but not too small, woist. She was extremely anxious that not an iota should be added to its circumference, and one evening when she was going first to a dinner party and then to a bell, awaited the arrival of Mdme. C. with a magnificent toilette with some impatience. She was dressed in all other respects when the dressmaker was announced, but when the new dress was put on, and about to be laced, she declared it too small, and almost with tears she exclaimed that even if it were fastened she could never dance in it. "Maissi," said the high priestess of the toilet, " Madame can dance, but she cannot dine." "Not dine!" exclaimed the Baroness; "but lam ravenously hungry !" "Then Madame cannot wear her new robe," was the imperturbable answer. After some parley it was settled that Madame Bhould eat a few oysters at once, but be only a spectator at the dinner to which she was invited. A plate of oysters was brought, and the dressmaker mounted guard while they were eaten. Six disappeared, but as the Baroness was about to attack the seventh she cried " Stop! not another mouthful, or I cannot answer for the.gown!" Baroness X. was equal to the occasion, and at once sent away the tempting bivalves. The dress fitted her like a glove, and was the envy of every salon in which she was Been. The tale soon spread, and the nicety of the fit that would not allow of swallowing a seventh oyster was a nine days' wonder.

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Only Six!, Evening Star, Issue 8048, 26 October 1889, Supplement

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Only Six! Evening Star, Issue 8048, 26 October 1889, Supplement