Old Ambrose





Among the few individuals who accompanied James II. to
France, when he was dethroned, was Madame de Varonne, a lady of good

family, but of ruined fortune. She was compelled to part with all her

servants successively, until she came to her footman, Ambrose, who had

lived with her twenty years; and who, although of an austere deportment,

was a faithful and valuable servant. At length her resources would not

permit her to retain even Ambrose, and she told him he must seek another

place. "Another place!" exclaimed the astonished servant; "No; I will never

quit you, let what will happen; I will live and die in your service." In

vain was Ambrose told by his mistress that she was totally ruined; that she

had sold every thing she had, and that she had no other means of

subsistence than by seeking some employment for herself. Ambrose protested

he would not quit his mistress; he brought her his scanty savings of twenty

years, and engaged himself to a brazier for tenpence a day and his board.

The money he brought every evening to his mistress, whom he thus supported

for four years; at the end of which time she received a pension from the

French king, which enabled her to reward the remarkable fidelity of her old

servant.





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