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'I think I know altogether what's going on in this house.' 'How?' 'People have loud voices. Everyone shouts a great deal here. Perhaps the pipes conduct the sound. I seem to hear everything in the kitchen.' She spoke with an extreme cat-like softness; it was the voice of the unseen observer, of the eternally silent superior servant.
As I went to the door I paused beside the map of Italy. The route, yes, that too we would have to discuss. I drew my finger along the Via Aurelia. Genova, Pisa, Livorno, Grosseto, Civitavecchia, Roma.
Edmund has escaped from his family into a lonely life. Returning for his mother's funeral he rediscovers the eternal family servant, the ever-changing Italian girl, who was always 'a second mother'... This particular return to mother holds some surprises for Edmond.