When she gave him the letter, "Are you going by Mergellina?" she asked him.
He stood beside her for a moment; then, as she said nothing more, turned to go out.
"Gaspare, wait one minute," she said, quickly.
"I meant to ask you last night, but--well, we spoke of other things, and it was so late. Have you ever noticed anything about that boy, Ruffo, anything at all, that surprised you?"
"Surprised you, or reminded you of anything?"
"I don't know what you mean, Signora."
Gaspare's voice was hard and cold. He looked steadily at Hermione, as a man of strong character sometimes looks when he wishes to turn his eyes away from the glance of another, but will not, because of his manhood.
Hermione hesitated to go on, but something drove her to be more explicit.