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favors with the ballet. One day, when you have had enough of dancing, let me know, and I am quite sure that then I shall discover a delightful mistress."

Now that it had come, this break, she was on the whole relieved to feel that their association was over.

"I'm sorry, Pierre," she said, "but I think you're quite right. I told you once that I couldn't combine two lives. I knew that one day you would agree with me."

And so they parted, neither gladly, nor in grief, as lovers should, but with an indifference so sterile as to make their every gesture of farewell mechanical lest their mutual relief should be apparent.

In a few weeks' time Lina left on her foreign tour.