Pleasanter far to close my eyes and call to view the unpretentious portals of the old cafe, with her children--for such those exiles seem to me--dragging their rocking-chairs out, and sitting in their wonted group under the long, out-reaching eaves which shaded the banquette of the Rue Burgundy.
And then, the mingling sounds that come Of shepherd's ancient reed, with hum Of the wild bees of Palestine, Banquetting through the flowery vales-- And, Jordan, those sweet banks of thine, And woods, so full of nightingales."--
In the balmy afternoons, as I have said, they gathered about their mother's knee, that is to say, upon the banquette outside the door.
Of the two balconies which overhung the banquette on the front of the Delicieuse house, one was a small affair, and the other a deeper and broader one, from which Madame and her ladies were wont upon gala days to wave handkerchiefs and cast flowers to the friends in the processions.
One early dawn, Madame Delphine, with a small empty basket on her arm, stepped out upon the banquette in front of her house, shut and fastened the door very softly, and stole out in the direction whence you could faintly catch, in the stillness of the daybreak, the songs of the Gascon butchers and the pounding of their meat-axes on the stalls of the distant market-house.
You might stand about on the opposite banquette for weeks and never find out.