understood at last what it was to invest money in the public
securities,--a system for which provincials have always shown a marked
repugnance,--and at the end of five years he found himself master of a
capital of six millions, which increased without much effort of his
own, and which, joined to the value and proceeds of his territorial
possessions, gave him a fortune that was absolutely colossal. The six
francs bestowed on Nanon were perhaps the reward of some great service
which the poor servant had rendered to her master unawares.