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big, empty room. What she thought was a very
humble and pensive thought for so disdainful a
lady. It was only------
" Is it myself ? or only the money ? "
She stood some time there, motionless, her
hand plajnng with the gold girdle as his hand had
done ; her face was pale, softened, troubled.
The clock amongst the Saxe dogs and the
Capo di Monte Uttle figures chimed the half-
hour after six. She started as it struck, and
remembered that she was to dine at eight with
the Princess Eoubleskoff; a big party for an
EngUsh royalty on his travels.
" Anyhow, it would be of no use,** she said
to herself. " Even if I did wish it, it could
And she was angrj^ with herself, as she had
been the night before; she was impatient of these
new weaknesses which haunted her. Nevertheleof:
..he was more particular about her appeKianc-
that night than her maids had ever known her
be ; she was very difficult to satisfy; tried and
discarded four wholly new confections of her
fi-iend Worth's, miracles of invention and of