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The whole business was easily settled. Captain Hulbert was the only person who regretted the change. He had been a month at San Remo, a month of summer idleness in February and March, a month of summer sails on an azure sea; of mountain walks and rides, high up from stage to stage, until the region of lemon groves and olive woods gave place to the pines on the loftier hills. He had been able to spend all his days in Allegra's society.I couldnt do it! he said. Id rather stop here till I died!
"Oh yes, he was particularly courteous. I have no reason for disliking him. He is my Dr. Fellthe reason why I cannot tell, but I would walk a mile to avoid meeting him."
How do you do, my dear? she inquired, and she looked at the fresh loveliness of the young face with a growing surprise and astonished admiration.CHAPTER XIX.
"Why did you not tell me?" he asked.
Astra looked at her friend half sadly, half-wonderingly. "Let no one trust your gentle, innocent look, Carice," said she; "you are a sharp-sighted critic, and as severe as you are sharp-sighted."
"I hope you are not serious," replied Bergan, gravely. "I should be sorry to think that any manmuch less a man with your talent, culture, and opportunities for benefiting his fellowscould be satisfied with so poor an ambition as that."