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quests, as the Ondine. I don't particularly object to being a bastard, but I do object," and here he looked at her mockingly, "to being cast upon the world with a hump on my back. And for that reason, just because you happen to be my mother, you will have to make amends by giving in to me and to my wishes, if not now, at least when I am older."

"How dare you speak to me like that? How dare you insult me? Only wait until your tutor returns! I shall speak to him! I shall make him punish youl And you shall stay at Bougival all the winter "

But Paul, without another word, limped out of the room, and Varsovina, raging like a woman possessed, was left alone.