The next day the Duca deUa Eocca left cards
on Lady Hilda and the Comtesse de Caviare;
and then for a fortnight never went near either
of them except to exchange a few words with
them in other people's houses. M. de St.
Louis, who was vastly enamoured of his pro¬
ject, because it was his project (what better
reason has anybody ?) was frritated and in des¬
" You fly in the face of Fate !" he said, with
Della Eocca laughed.
" There is no such person as Fate—-she
perished with all the rest of the Pagan world