go abroad. In these new surroundings, the deepest impression was made upon her by the restoration of public worship:
"What most in the course of the journey struck me, was the satisfaction of all the country people, with whom I could converse, at the restoration of the Dimanche; and the boasts they now ventured to make of having never kept the décade, except during the dreadful reign of Robespierre, when not to oppose any of his severest decrees was insufficiënt for safety; it was essential even to existence to observe them with every parade of the warmest approval. . .
"At a little hamlet near Clermont, where we rested some time, two good old women told us that this was the happiest day ('twas Sunday) of their lives; that they had lost le bon Dieu for these last ten years, but that Bonaparte had now found him! In another cottage we were told the villagers had kept their own curé all this time concealed, and though privately and with fright, they had thereby saved their souls through the whole of the bad times! And in another, some poor creatures said they were now content with their destiny, be it what it might, since they should be happy, at least, in the world to come; but that while denied going to mass, they had all their sufferings aggravated by knowing that they must lose their souls hereafter, besides all that they had to endure here!
"O my dearest father! That there can have existed wretches of such diabolical wickedness as to have snatched, torn, from the toiling indigent every ray even of future hope! Various of these little conversations extremely touched me."1
Madame d'Arblay was very kindly received by the friends of her husband, and she met a great many distinguished people, among whom were Louis Bonaparte and Madame de Lafayette, but she avoided Madame de Staël.
1 Op. cit. April 1802.