Clara Dean, a wealthy young woman of musical tastes, has been carrying on a secret correspondence with Signor Marchese, principal tenor of the existing opera season. They have never met, because of her diffidence in meeting him under the circumstances, and he regards the romantic correspondence as only one more sentimental episode. Clara has a suitor in the person of Harold Flint, a society butterfly of no particular consequence, but his attentions are encouraged by the mother on account of his social position. In order that he may escape from his army of admirers, and secure sufficient practice in his work. Sig. Marchese, under the name of Conti, hires an apartment immediately above that of the Deans, and with his accompanist begins his practicing. Mrs. Dean is subject to headaches and nervous attacks, and it is very seldom that she can even permit her daughter to pass her hours at her piano. Imagine her consternation when she hears nearly all day, sounds of voice and piano from the ...
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