"It shall be a story," Madame Vereaux began, "of two lovers,
two gentle souls torn apart by fate and family, each pining for the other and
meeting secretively to share their passion. For if they were discovered, how
terrible for him, the comely gentleman with his
sterling reputation! And how horrible for her,
the noble-hearted maid whose circumstance would scarce afford her such a courtship!
What but tragedy, I ask you, could come of such a situation?"