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surrounded by all my dogs barking joyously in
anticipation of their walk in Villa Borghese—a
familiar sight to the whole Piazza di Spagna in
those days. Giovannina and Rosina belonged
to the San Michele household, better servants I
have never had, light of hand and foot, singing
the whole day at their work. Of course nobody
but I could ever have dreamt of taking these two
half-tamed Anacapri girls to Rome. It would
besides never have worked had not Miss Hall
turned up in time to become a sort of
foster-mother to them, to watch over them with the
solicitude of an old hen over her chickens. Miss
Hall said she could never understand why I did
not allow the girls to walk about alone in the
Villa Borghese, she had been walking all over
Rome by herself for many years without
anybody ever having taken any notice of her or said
a word to her. True to her type Miss Hall had
never succeeded in saying a single word of
comprehensible Italian, but the girls understood her
quite well and were very fond of her, although
I fear they did not take her more seriously than
I did. Of me Miss Hall saw very little, and I
saw even less of her, I never looked at her when
I could help it. On the rare occasions when
Miss Hall was invited to be present at my
luncheon, a huge flower vase was always placed
on the table between us. Although Miss Hall
was strictly forbidden to look at me, she
nevertheless managed now and then to pop her head
over the flower-vase and have a shot at me from
the corner of her old eye. Miss Hall never
seemed to understand how beastly selfish and

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