And he fyerslye than comaunded her to sette it there, or els he sayd she shulde repente it.
She then charged him with his oath, but he prayed pardon, and said he should els not have had her.
He knew that he possessed the strength to build a new home for Els and himself.
Els thought she knew why, and made no answer to the unjust charge.
But the countess knew who had frustrated her intervention in behalf of Els.
Els resolved not to utter a word about the Swiss unless compelled to do so.
What was his Els doing at this hour among these gentlemen, all of whom were strangers?
"Nor for a sinful or a spiteful deed," replied Els positively.
"Then, henceforth, you must reverse the process," answered Els cheerily.
It relieved the pain, and when Cordula told her so, Els went on with her explanation.