Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - 'Take off that mute, do!' cried Louisa, snatching her fingers from the pia keys, and turning abruptly to the violinist. Helena looked slowly from her music. 'My dear Louisa, ' she replied, 'it would be simply unendu-rable.' She stood tapping her white skirt with her bow in a kind of a pathetic forbearance. 'But I can't understand it, ' cried Louisa, bouncing on her chair with the exaggeration of one who is indignant with a beloved. 'It is only lately you would even submit to muting your violin. At one time you would have refused flatly, and doubt about it.' 'I have only lately submitted to many things, ' replied Helena, who seemed weary and stupefied, but still sententious. Louisa drooped from her bristling defiance.