During the interview of Adrienne with Rose-Pompon a touching scene took place between Agricola and Mother Bunch, who had been much surprised at Mdlle. de Cardoville's condescension with regard to the grisette. Immediately after the departure of Adrienne, Agricola had knelt down beside Mother Bunch, and said to her, with profound emotion: "We are alone, and I can at length tell you what weighs upon my heart. This act is too cruel -- to die of misery and despair, and not to send to me for assistance."
"Listen to me, Agricola --"
"No, there is no excuse for this. What! we called each other by the names of brother and sister, and for fifteen years gave every proof of sincere affection -- and, when the day of misfortune comes, you quit life without caring for those you must leave behind -- without considering that to kill yourself is to tell them they are indifferent to you!"
"Forgive me, Agricola! it is true. I had never thought of that," said the workgirl, casting down her eyes; "but poverty -- want of work --"
"Misery! want of work! and was I not here?"