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CHAPTER III IDEALS " C'est le vague ou 1'ame s'endort Sous les
ailles blanches d'un rcve." " A ND all these years, while you have
been /V 'going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in
it," you Ve never? once?been in love ? Not even in magical Italy,
the very name of which is sufficient to put one in a susceptible
condition ? Oh, I give you up ! ' If of herself she will not love,
nothing can make her'?the fate of such a one is too horrible to
quote; but it is what you deserve, you hard-hearted wretch ! "
Joan's voice came lazily from the depths of the big divan, where
she had flung herself back to rest after posing. They had been
workingat Joan's home for the last few pictures, because the
luxurious setting was just what Elizabeth needed for the " Wisp "
heroine, who, more and more closely, with an almost uncanny
development, had reflected the traits and life- trend of Joan
Whetmore. It seemed, indeed, as if the author must have drawn his
character straight from the life. This the girls knew to be
impossible, however, for, although Joan had heard much of Calvert
Dodge, who had been at Harvard with Bertram Linton, and who had
since been making a modest name for himself in New York journalism,
she had never chanced to meet him. So that one was forced to
believe, what was really true, that a conception of a girl had
existed as an ideal in the man's mind, ?an ideal which, surely more
perfectly than usually happens in this prosaic world of ours, was
capable of being realized in the flesh. The two friends had been
discussing the d- nouement of the story, a piece of lovable Quix-
oticism and self-abnegation on the "Wisp's"part, of which Elizabeth
had declared, truthfully, Joan would be quite capable ? Joan, whose
naively socialistic philosophy was, as ye...
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