Excerpt from Eleanor, Vol. 2: A Novel
She and Lucy sat side by side in a large and ancient landau; Mrs. Burgoyne's maid, Marie Ve four, was placed opposite to them, a little sulky and silent. On the box, beside the driver of the lean brown horses, was a bright eyed, neatly dressed youth who was going with the ladies to Torre Amiata.
They had just left the hill-town of Orvieto, had descended rapidly into the valley lying to the southwest of its crested heights, and were now mounting again on the farther side. As they climbed higher and higher Lucy, whose atten tion had been for a time entirely absorbed by the weariness of the frail woman beside her, began to realize that they were passing through a scene of extraordinary beauty. Her eyes, which had been drawn and anxious, relaxed. She looked round her with a natural and rising joy.
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