Chapter 43 Summary

In the morning, Prosper and Scipio wake up when the doors of the barn open. The little girl who captured them is back. She tells them to come into the house and see her brother. The boys do not know whom she means, and she refuses to explain. She threatens them with the two mastiffs, and the boys follow her to the Valaresso mansion. It is falling apart, but they can see that it was once a rich and beautiful palace. It is decorated with crumbling stone statues, peeling paint frescoes, and chipped tile mosaics. They try to look around, but the little girl shouts at them to move quickly.

The girl leads them into a large room where a fire burns in the hearth. The floor is covered with toys: balls and rocking horses, dolls...

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