“And I am afraid he’s not quite so rich any more, either, Hetty,” said Father. “He spent nearly two hundred thousand dollars of his own fortune to help the American cause. That is an astronomical sum to have, let alone to give away!”
“And I am afraid that he lost most of the rest of his fortune during the French Revolution,” Prissy added.
Hetty looked stricken. “Not a nobleman? Not rich? Well . . . maybe he is really not so very handsome after all. In truth, he is rather chubby, although I thought it rude to tell you so before.”
Father, with an odd expression on his face as if he were trying not to laugh, explained that Congress had recently voted to give Lafayette two hundred thousand dollars and twenty-four thousand acres of land in Florida. “So the General has pockets lined with gold once more,” he said.
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