Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
Three years had passed since Piero Maironi, an artist, had renounced the world, and with it his love for Jeanne Dessalle. Maironi, whose wife was in a lunatic asylum, had fallen in love with Jeanne, who was separated from her husband. Before Maironi’s wife died, however, she regained her sanity and called Piero to her side. There he had recovered his sense of honor, and on the night she died, he had a prophetic vision concerning his life. He disappeared immediately from the knowledge of his family and friends, and none of his old associates had seen him since. Jeanne had received a message from him that told of his sorrow at the sin they had shared. In spite of his message she could not quite accept his decision but still hoped to see him and renew his love for her. Her husband had since died, and she thought that if Piero could come to her without guilt he might renounce the holy life he was supposed to have embraced.
With a new friend, Noemi d’Arxel, Jeanne began to travel over Italy in search of Piero. In the hope that he had not yet taken his final vows as a monk, she sought him everywhere. Jeanne herself could not accept God. She knew that this fact would be a hindrance to the relations she hoped to establish with her former lover, but she was too intelligent and too honest to pretend to believe in order to influence him.
At last Jeanne and Noemi found Piero at Jenne. He was a gardener in the monastery of Santa Scholastica, where he...
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