Princess Napraxine

Chatto & Windus, 1906 - 422 sider

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Side 10 - I accordingly ordered a dinner to be prepared for his reception. When he arrived he brought with him a lady whom he introduced to my wife and to myself; but he never named her, only calling her " Questa Dama." She was by no means handsome, though genteel in her figure, apparently thirty years of age, and had the air of a person who had suffered in her health. There seemed something mysterious about her which excited my curiosity, but which I could not penetrate. Considering her with attention it...
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