“You know,” continued Rosalie’s aunt. “I had really no control over her plans. She was here only on a visit and if she wanted to go to the— to other relatives of hers, I had no means of preventing her.”
Which relatives, which uncle and aunt—for Rosalie’s parents were dead—the lady would not tell; she said she had given her word of honor not to disclose the secret. They discussed the matter for some time, and in the course of the conversation Rosalie’s aunt asked Henrik if he was certain that he had not in any way offended the young girl, of which he assured her most emphatically.
“Oh, well,” said the aunt, “it is a difficult problem to handle such a young girl, only seventeen years of age, besides being of independent means. You know, Mr. Falk, she was really too young to become engaged. Next time you must be more cautious.”
On his way home, and for several hours after, Henrik reviewed carefully