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40). We might indeed expect a shy but ardent lover to have spoken those words, had we not been briefed. But the following highly romantic passage, superficially provoked by 'the fragrant darkness' and 'the breath of the garden', also gives us a deeper clue to his scheme: It was delicious-just such an air as must have trembled with Romeo's vows when he stood among the thick flowers and raised his arms to his mistress's balcony. I looked at the windows of the palace to see ifby chance the example ofVerona- Verona being not far off- had been followed; but everything was dim, as usual, and everything was still.

She had heard Miss Bordereau was ill and had a suspicion she was in want ... '(p. 4). The channels of such information are not described in more detail and must be the prevalent opinions, prejudices and rumours among the American contingent in Venice, and for the rest the rationalisation of Mrs Prest's curiosity in want of a pretext for a visit. Yet the allegations expressed are serious, considering that our minds are 'blank' and unbiased, as must have been the narrator's when first confronted with them.

8 ) Whatever Mrs Prest's share in the matter, the narrator adds his own substantial contribution and transforms her idea according to his own mode of operation. He has been searching for a 'combination of arts' (p. 3) through which to become acquainted with the Misses Bordereau, and her less than bold proposal, 'simply make them take you in on the footing of a lodger' (p. 3), becomes in his own words:' ... that the way to become an acquaintance was first to become an intimate' (p. 3). This, in the common order of things, is the wrong way round, since to be an 'intimate' involves a higher degree of intimacy than to be an acquaintance and only follows the latter, if at all, after some time.

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