"I think I'll go over to the village," she said; "and walk up to the road and take the tram."
Hermione saw in Vere's eyes that the girl was waiting for something.
"I'll go by myself, Vere," she said. "I should be bad company to-day. The black dog is at my heels."
"If I am late in coming back, have dinner without me."
Vere waited a moment; then as if desiring to break forcibly through the restraint that bound them put out her hand to her mother's and said:
"Why don't you go to Naples and have dinner with Monsieur Emile? He would cheer you up, and it is ages since we have seen him."
"Only two or three days. No, I won't disturb Emile. He may be working."
Vere felt that somehow her eager suggestion had deepened the constraint. She said no more, and Hermione presently crossed over to the mainland and began her walk to the road that leads from Naples to Bagnoli.