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IPlot 1Setting Midway of the Ponte Vecchio at Florence where three arches break the line of the little jewelers booths flittering on either hand and open an approach to the parapet Colville lounged against the corner of a shop and stared out upon the river It was the late afternoon of a day in January which had begun bright and warm but had suffered a change of mood as its hours passed and now from a sky dimmed with flying gray clouds was threatening rain There must already have been rain in the mountains for the yellow torrent that seethed and swirled around the piers of the bridge was swelling momently on the wall of the Lung Arno and rolling a threatening flood toward the Cascine where it lost itself under the ranks of the poplars that seemed to file across its course and let their delicate tops melt into the pallor of the low horizon The city with the sweep of the Lung Arno on either hand and its domes and towers hung in the dull air and the country with its white villas and black cypresses breaking the gray stretches of the olive orchards on its hill-sides had alike been growing more and more insufferable and Colville was finding a sort of vindictive satisfaction in the power to ignore the surrounding frippery of landscape and architecture Page 593 2Crisis While Mr Colville is shopping in Florence he hears a voice Mr Colville The gentle surprise conveyed in the exclamation without time for recognition convinced Colville upon a cool review of time for recognition convinced Colville upon a cool review of the facts that the lady had known him before their yes met Why Mrs Bowen he said She put out her round slender arm and gave him a frank clasp of her gloved hand The author goes on to describe more of the description of the two characters and then Mrs Bowen says
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