204 IN A WINTER CITY.
costliness, and at length had herself dressed
q[uite simply in black velvet, only reUeved by all
" He said fair women should always wear
black," she thought: it was not her Magister
of Paris of whom she was thinking as the
sayer of that wise phrase. And then again sh^
was angry with herself for remembering such a
thing, and attiring herself in obedience to it,
and would have had herself imdrest again only
there was but one smaU quarter of an hour in
which to reach the Eoubleskoff viUa; a palace oi
the fafries four miles from the south-gate. So she
went as she was; casting a dubious impatient
glance behind her at the mirrors.
" I look well," she thought with a smUe, and
her content returned.
She knew that he would be present at the
dinner. There is no escaping destiny in Flora¬
Ua : people meet too often.
The dinner disappointed her.
She thought it very long and yery stupid.
She sat between the Grand Duke of Eittersbahn
and the Envoy of all the Eussias, and DeUa