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(1929) [MARC] Author: Axel Munthe - Tema: Medicine
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bent head driving on the Pincio or in the Villa
Borghese, she followed them like a detective in
the churches and the museums. On Sundays
she sat in the English church in Via Babuino as
near to the Ambassador’s pew as she dared, with
one eye on her prayer-book and the other on a
Royal Highness, straining her old ear to catch
the particular sound of the royal voice in the
singing of the congregation, praying for the
Royal Family and their relations in every land
with the fervour of an early Christian.

Soon Miss Hall started another diary, entirely
devoted to our associations with Royalty. The
previous Monday she had had the honour to
carry a letter from the doctor to H.R.H. the
Grand Duchess of Weimar at the Hôtel Quirinale.
The porter had given her an answer adorned
with the Grandducal crown of Saxe and Weimar.
The envelope had been graciously presented to
her by the doctor as a precious souvenir. On
Wednesday she had been entrusted with a letter
for H.R.H. the Infanta Eulalia of Spain in the
Grand Hôtel. Unfortunately there was no
answer. One afternoon, as she was with the
dogs in the Villa Borghese, Miss Hall had noticed
a tall lady in black walking rapidly up and down
a side alley. She recognized her at once as the
same lady she had seen in the garden of San
Michele, standing motionless by the Sphinx and
looking out over the sea with her beautiful, sad
eyes. As the lady passed before her now, she
said something to her companion and stretched
out her hand to pat Gialla, the borzoi. Judge
of Miss Hall’s consternation when a detective

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