A Roman setting lends appropriate coloring to this story of convent life. A prince, an adherent of the clerical party, is killed in a motor car accident and because of his refusal to have his marriage legally ratified, combined with the fact that no will comes to light, his daughter is turned out into the streets by the jealous inheritor of the title and wealth. The tale deals with her renunciation of her love for an artillery officer, her life as the "white sister" in a convent, her discovery of her aunt's theft of the will, the return of her love and the struggle between her obligation to the man and her allegiance to the church, and her final release from the convent.
n, if it had been clear to him that Giovanni Severi had made up his mind to marry Angela if he married at all, the Prince would have forced himself to bear agonies of boredom night after night, rather than entrust his daughter to the Marchesa; but such an idea had never entered his head, and he would have scouted the suggestion that Angela would ever dare to encourage a young man of whom he had not formally approved; and while she was meeting Giovanni almost daily, and dancing with him almost every evening, her father was slowly negotiating an appropriate marriage for her with the eldest son of certain friends who were almost as clerical and intransigent as himself. The young man was a limp degenerate, with a pale face, a weak mouth, and an inherited form of debility which made him fall asleep wherever he was, if nothing especial happened to keep his eyes open; he not only always slept from ten at night till nine the next morning with the regularity of an idiot, but he went to sleep wherever he sat down, in c