For one short minute she sat motionless; then she sprang
up, and, light as a gazelle, she hurried away. She ran and sprang
like the reflection from the mirror that, carried by the sunshine,
is cast, now here, now there. Could any one have followed her with
his eyes, he would have seen how marvellously her dress and her
form changed, according to the nature of the house or the place
whose light happened to shine upon her.
She reached the Boulevards. Here a sea of light streamed
forth from the gas-flames of the lamps, the shops and the cafes.
Here stood in a row young and slender trees, each of which
concealed its Dryad, and gave shade from the artificial sunlight.
The whole vast pavement was one great festive hall, where covered
tables stood laden with refreshments of all kinds,