business with the Marquis in whatever way I thought most advisable, and then immediately to settle the account with the usurer. To his sister he proposed to write without delay.
It was morning when we separated. However disagreeable this affair is to me for more than one reason, the worst of it is, that it seems to threaten a longer residence in Venice. From the Prince's passion, I rather augur good than evil. It is, perhaps, the most powerful method of withdrawing him from his metaphysical dreams to the concerns and feelings of real life. It will have its crisis, and, like an illness produced by artificial means, will eradicate the natural disorder.
Farewell, my dear friend. I have written down these incidents immediately upon their occurrence. The post starts immediately; you will receive this letter on the same day as my last.
BARON F----- TO COUNT O-----.
This Civitella is certainly one of the most obliging personages in the world. The Prince had scarcely left me the other day, before I received a note from the Marquis, enforcing his former offers with renewed earnestness. I instantly forwarded him, in the Prince's name, a bond for 6000 zechins; in less than half an hour it was returned, with double the sum required, in notes and gold. The Prince at length assented to this increase, but insisted that the bond, which was drawn only for six weeks, should be accepted.
The whole of the present week has been consumed in inquiries after the mysterious Greek. Biondello set all his engines to work, but until now in vain. He certainly discovered the gondolier; but from him he could learn nothing, save that the ladies had disembarked on the island of Murano, where they entered two sedan chairs which were waiting for them. He supposed them to be English because they spoke a foreign language, and had paid him in gold. He did not even know their guide, but believed him to be a glass manufacturer from Murano We were now, at least, certain that we must not look for her in the Guidecca, and that in all probability she lived in the