Iucci realises that she has brought her hand up to her throat. She stares at the diamond as it glitters provocatively. Looking at the face of the man that she loves, his pale green eyes smile up at her. His dark brown hair is brushed back from his forehead in the rakish style of the day and he looks so handsome that her breath catches in her throat.
Just as she is about to speak, a noise behind Eugenio causes both of them to look round. Il Capostazione, the station master, has walked into the room and is gawking at the sight of Eugenio down on one knee. In a trice, Eugenio stands up and slips the black box back into his pocket. Leaning forward, he pretends that he had been stooping down to rifle through some books behind Iucci. Il Capostazione mumbles some incoherent words and makes a quick exit. Eugenio and Iucci grin at each other.
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