Her actual knowledge of the Misses Bordereau was scarcely larger than mine, and indeed I had brought with me from England some definite facts which were new to her.
The most I said was that he was no doubt not a woman's poet: to which she rejoined aptly enough that he had been at least Miss Bordereau's.
His early death had been the only dark spot in his life, unless the papers in Miss Bordereau's hands should perversely bring out others.
Most dead of all did poor Miss Bordereau appear, and yet she alone had survived.
Perhaps the people are afraid of the Misses Bordereau. I daresay they have the reputation of witches."
"Miss Bordereau requested her to say that she could not imagine what he meant by troubling them.
"Yes, if he had been your lover and someone wanted them!" And I added that John Cumnor was so convinced, and so all the more convinced by Miss Bordereau's tone, that he would have come himself to Venice on the business were it not that for him there was the obstacle that it would be difficult to disprove his identity with the person who had written to them, which the old ladies would be sure to suspect in spite of dissimulation and a change of name.
The world's reigning expert on Aspern as well as an arrogant fop much given to dressing gowns and open-necked white shirts, Vint has come to Venice to track down Juliana Bordereau
(Redgrave), once Aspern's muse and lover and the woman he believes has a trove of Aspern's letters in her possession.