contempt--of contempt for herself. For was she not a common thief? She looked at Safti's ring on her finger, and flushed scarlet in the darkness. Yet she was joyful, triumphant, as she heard the beating of the ship's heart, and saw the lights of Tunis growing fainter in the distance, and felt the onward movement of the Stella d'Italia through the night. She felt herself nearer to Russia with each throb of the machinery. And from Russia she would expiate her sin. From Russia she would compensate Safti for his loss. The lights of Tunis grew fainter. She thought of the open sea.
But suddenly she felt that the ship was slowing down. The engines beat more feebly, then ceased to beat. The ship glided on for a moment in silence, and stopped. A cold fear ran over the Princess. She called to a sailor.
"Why," she said, "why do we stop? Is anything wrong?"
He pointed to some lights on the port side.
"We are off Hammam-Lif, madame," he said. "We are going to lie to for half-an-hour to
A story of slightly horrific bent about a Russian princess who fears she may go blind. During a stay in Tunis, she hears of a man who can cure ailments with jewels. Her desperation leads to thievery and mutilation. A fine story told like a fairy tale.