283 IN A WINTER CITY,
she didn't think everybody else such a fool she'd
be more comfortable."
DeUa Rocca smiled.
" Pardon me,—you wiU disturb the bfrds."
Lord Ciairvaux recoUected that he ought not
to talk of his sister to a stranger, and, bringing
his gun to his shoulder, fii'ed into a covey of wild
" What a handsome feUow that is, like an old
picture," he thought to himself, as he looked at
DeUa Rocca, who sat in the prow of the boat;
but he did not connect him in his thoughts with
Lady HUda in any way: for ten years he had
got so tfred of vainly wondering why this man
and that did not please her, and had been made
so vexed and perplexed by her rejection of the
Prince of Deutscbland, that he had ceased to
think of her as a woman who coiUd possibly
ever care for anybody.
One night, however, when he had been there
five days, he was walked about in the crowd of
the VegUone by Uttle Madame MUa, masked, and
draped as black as a Uttle beetle; and Madame
^lUa, who was getting tired of things standing