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[2299] ‘Our affairs must be managed with the atmost caution imaginable, since my thought would be to keep the baby out of Rome for the sake of greater secrecy, if only we can find a good nurse who will take care of him like a mother.’ To which Margaret replies:— ‘He is always so charming, how can I ever, ever leave him! I wake in the night,— I look at him. I think: Ah, it is impossible! He is so beautiful and good, I could die for him!’ Once more:— ‘In seeking rooms, do not pledge me to remain in Rome, for it seems to me, often, I cannot stay long without seeing the boy. He is so dear, and life seems so uncertain. It is necessary that I should be in Rome a month, at least, to write, and also to be near you. But I must be free to return here, if I feel too anxious and suffering for him. O, love! how difficult is life! But thou art good! If it were only possible to make thee happy!’ And, finally, ‘Signora speaks very highly of ——, the nurse of Angelo, and says that her aunt is an excellent woman, and that the brothers are all good. Her conduct pleases me well. This consoles me a little, in the prospect of leaving my child, if that is necessary.’

So, early in November, Ossoli came for her, and they. returned together. In December, however, Margaret passed a week more with her darling, making two. fatiguing and perilous journeys, as snows had fallen on. the mountains, and the streams were much swollen by. the rains. And then, from the combined motives of being near her husband, watching and taking part in the impending struggle of liberalism, earning support by her pen, preparing her book, and avoiding suspicion, she remained for three months in— Rome. ‘How many nights I have passed,’ she writes, ‘entirely in contriving ’

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