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He was certainly very handsome. But she breathed a sigh of frustration and forced the images from her mind. It was not only sinful, it was foolish to torment herself like this. Determined to concentrate instead on the exciting new world that lay ahead, she tuned into the girls’ chatter. They were agreeing that it was wise to be especially nice to the Americans—they invariably tipped. The Italians, Austrians, Swiss and Germans rarely did, the English only sparingly and the French never. No, definitely the Americans, they said, and Caterina thought they were very sophisticated.
It was late; only a few cottages displayed the lights of their candles or lamps. There was no light evident at the big house but he knew Sarina would be waiting for him, there in the dark. His life had changed since that night. He had tried to reason with her. He had even tried to pretend that she was joking, although he knew she was not. ’ he had finally argued. ‘It is not joy I want from you, Giovanni,’ she said. ’ Sarina did not want to sound hard and ruthless, she knew it was not attractive.
She hated the house now. Now it mirrored the emptiness of her life. What value beauty when there was no one to share it with? As darkness descended, Sarina continued to prowl the balconies. She did not care if the servants wondered at her restlessness. Let them. Old fools. So what if they suspected something? Let them tell their tales, she would denounce them as liars and dismiss them. But they would not dare tell. They were too old to find work elsewhere; they would not dare threaten their comfortable existence.