"[...]didn't we should go mad!" Manella knitted her black brows perplexedly. "I do not understand you"-she said-"Why do you talk nonsense about the sun? I suppose you ARE ill after all, -you have an illness of the head." He nodded with mock solemnity. "That's it! You're a wise woman, Manella! That's why I'm here. Not tubercles on the lungs, ...
"[...]didn't we should go mad!" Manella knitted her black brows perplexedly. "I do not understand you"-she said-"Why do you talk nonsense about the sun? I suppose you ARE ill after all, -you have an illness of the head." He nodded with mock solemnity. "That's it! You're a wise woman, Manella! That's why I'm here. Not tubercles on the lungs, -tubercles on the brain! Oh, those tubercles! They could never stand the Plaza!-the gaiety, the brilliancy-the-the all-too dazzling social round!..." he paused, and a gleam of even white teeth under his dark moustache gave the suggestion of a smile-"That's why I stay up here." "You make fun of the Plaza"-said Manella, biting her lips vexedly-"And of me, too. I am nothing to you!" "Absolutely nothing, dear! But why should you be any thing?" A warm flush turned her sunburnt skin to a deeper tinge. "Men are often fond of women"-she said. "Often? Oh, more than often! Too often! But what does that matter?" She twisted the ends of her rose-coloured neckerchief nervously with one hand.[...]."
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