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it with all the gilding re-gilded, and the pictures
restored, and Aubusson and Persian carpets
everywhere, and aU those horrid old tapestries,
that must be full of spiders, pulled down and
burnt. What a heavenly place it would be—and
what baUs one might give in it! Why, it would
hold ten thousand people !"
" Poor Paolo wUl never be able to do it," said
the Princess Schouvaloff, " unless------"
She glanced at the Lady HUda where she sat,
at the further end of the chamber, whilst Della
Eocca leaned against the embrasure of the
" I think she has a fancy for him," said
Madam MUa, " But as for marrying, you know,
•—that, of course, is out of the question."
"I don't see why," said the Princess.
"Oh, out of the question ;" said Madame MUa,
hastUy, "But if she should take a liking to him,
it would be great fun. She's been so awfuUy
exaMe about aU that sort of thing. Dear me,
what a pity aU those nasty, old, dull frescoes
can't be scraped off and something nice and
bright, like what they paint now, be put there;