where, after the services, they should meet,—she being inclined, as was her custom always in St. Peter's, to wander alone among the different chapels.
When, at length, she saw that the crowd was dispersing, she returned to the place assigned, but could not find her party.
In some perplexity, she walked about, with her glass carefully examining each group.
Presently, a young man of gentlemanly address came up to her, and begged, if she were seeking any one, that he might be permitted to assist her; and together they continued the search through all parts of the church.
At last, it became evident, beyond a doubt, that her party could no longer be there, and, as it was then quite late, the crowd all gone, they went out into the piazza to find a carriage, in which she might go home.
In the piazza, in front of St. Peter's, generally may be found many carriages; but, owing to the delay they had made, there were then none, and Margaret was compelled to walk, with her stranger friend, the long distance between the Vatican and the Corso.
At this time, she had little command of the language for conversational purposes, and their words were few, though enough to create in each a desire for further knowledge and acquaintance.
At her door, they parted, and Margaret, finding her friends already at home, related the adventure.
This chance meeting at vesper service in St. Peter
's prepared the way for many interviews; and it was before Margaret's departure for Venice
, and Como
, that Ossoli
first offered her his hand, and was refused.
After her return to Rome, they met again, and he became her constant visitor; and as, in those days, Margaret watched with intense interest the tide of