Moufflou did his tricks,' he shouted. 'And noAv you
can buy those shoes you want so much, and the
coffee that you miss so of a morning, and the new
linen for Tasso, and the shirts for Sandro,'
For to the mind of Lolo two francs was as tAVO
millions; source unfathomable of riches inexhaustible!
With the afternoon he and Moufflou trotted
down the arcades of the Uffizi and down the Lung'
Arno to the hotel of the stranger, and showing the
stranger's card, which Lolo could not read, Avas
shown at once into a great chamber, all gilding
and fresco and velvet furniture.
But Lolo, being a little Florentine, was never
troubled by externals, or daunted by mere sofas
and chairs : he stood and looked around him with
perfect composure, and Moufflou, whose attitude,
when he was not romping, was aKvays one of magis¬
terial gravity, sat on his haunches and did the same.
Soon the foreigner he had seen In the forenoon
entered and spoke to him, and led him into another
chamber, where stretched on a couch was a little
wan-faced boy of about seven years old ; a pretty
boy, but so pallid, so wasted, so helpless. This
poor little boy was heir to a great name and a great
fortune, but all the science in the world could not
make him strong enough to run about amongst the
daisies, or able to draw a single breath without pain.
A feeble smile lit up his face as he saw Moufflou
and Lolo; then a shadow chased it away.