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CHAPTER VIII. page 13

Both croupiers are well-known characters. There is much life and
movement in the silent scene, in which thousands of pounds change
hands in a few seconds. To the left of the croupier (dealer), who
turns up the winning card, sits a finely-dressed woman, who cares
for little else but gold. There is a remarkable expression of eagerness
and curiosity upon the countenance of the lady who comes next, and
who endeavours, with the assistance of her eye-glass, to find out
the state of affairs. The gentleman next to her is an inveterate
_blase_. The countenance of the old man reckoning up needs no
description. Near by stands a lady with a red feather in her
hat, and whose lace shawl alone is worth several hundred pounds--
for Dore made it. The two female figures to the left are
splendidly painted. The one who causes the other croupier to
turn round seems somewhat extravagantly dressed; but these
costumes have been frequently worn within the last two years both
at Baden and Hombourg. The old lady at the end of the table, to
the left, is a well-known habituee at both places. The
bustling and shuffling eagerness of the figures in the background
is exceedingly well rendered.

`As a whole, the _Tapis Vert_ is a very fine illustration of real
life, as met with in most of the leading German watering-
places.'[75]


[75] `Illustrated Times.'

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