The hardness of the Marchesino's voice was echoed now in the voice of Artois. There was antagonism between these men. Hermione realized it.
"Yes. I invited him this evening."
There was a slight pause. Then Artois said:
"I'll come some other day, Hermione. Well, my friend, au revoir, and bon voyage to the island."
His voice had suddenly become cold, and he signed to his boatman.
The boat slipped away and was lost in the darkness.
Hermione had said nothing. Once again--why, she did not know--her friend had made her feel guilty.
Andrea, the boatman, still paused. Now she saw him staring into her face, and she felt like a woman publicly deserted, almost humiliated.