he Signora and Doctor, whose musical dispute assisted us to the discovery of such a talent. You modestly announce an attempt, and give us a performance of which the most finished artist need not be ashamed. You have helped our Signora to a brilliant victory; she is right--unconditionally right, and the Doctor this time remains, with his attack, decidedly in the minority."
The singer had also approached the piano.
"I, too, am grateful to you for having responded to my wish in so knightly a manner," she said, smiling; now lowering her voice, "but take care; I fear my critical enemy will still fight with you as to the mode in which you proved my opinion. Was the playing, above all the finale, quite correct?"
A treacherous gleam shot across the young man's countenance, but he also smiled.
"It accorded with your views, and received your applause, Signora--that is enough for me."
"We will speak of it later," whispered the Signora quickly, as now the lady of the house drew near to