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He sat beside Isola's sofa in the Roman lodging as he had sat beside her bed in that long illness at Trelasco, when her wandering mind appalled him more than her bodily weakness. He watched as faithfully as he had watched then, but this time without hope. I didnt go; I wish I had, for I should have seen the heiress they are all talking about. She was at the Fletchers last night, but I got there too late, and shed gone before I arrived. Is she as beautiful as they say she is? The hectic bloom had faded from her cheeks and left them ashy pale. Her eyes seemed almost starting from her head, straining their gaze as if to penetrate the deepening shadows on the landing beyond the half-open door. No, to-night! she exclaimed, rising with a sudden light in her eyes. I want it all over at once. I want to go back to the old life this minute. Im longing to see them all, to look upon the faces that dont smile and smile at you while they stab you in the back, to see, once more, honest men, with too much grit in them to buy and sell women, to deceive a girl because she is a girl and is ignorant of the ways of the world! Take me to them now, at once, Varley!