372 IN A WINTER CITY
you keep him when you had got him ? I know
you could not have married him, but nobody
would have said anything,"
Lady HUda put her out into the corridor, and
closed the door and locked it within.
Madame MUa, frightened, astonished, and out¬
raged, went down to her Maurice, and the drag,
and the ribboned and powdered postUUons, and
the horses with thefr jingling beUs and plaited
taUs; the gay calvacade rattled off along the
river-street towards the city gates as the clocks
Lady HUda and S, UrsiUa were left alone.
Within less than half-an-hour the black horses
were harnessed and bore thefr mistress towards
Palestrina. Never before moved by impulse,
impulse alone governed her now; the impulse of
despafr and remorse. She cared nothing who
saw her or who knew; for once she had forgotten
The long drive seemed etermty; she thought
the steep winding mountain roads would never
end; when Palestrina came in sight, pale and
stately against its dark background of forest trees.