The lady also sat with her head bowed, as if she sympathized with the servant. The ring on her right hand, resting on the lid of the fire-box, shone in brilliant lustre. Presently the old woman looked up.
“I beg your pardon. I have been talking foolishly. Old age makes me childish. Miss ―― madam, you had so much trouble when a child. It is simply wonderful how you could have lived through it. But everything from now on will be so happy. Your husband is such a tender-hearted man ――“
At this moment a servant shouted from the stair-way: “The baron has come back.”