"I don't know whether he is wise."
"We will take that for granted. At any rate he has been very true."
"And you -- you knew all about it."
"No -- I knew nothing. I did not think he would ever ask again. I only hoped."
"But why on earth did you give him so much trouble?"
"I can't tell you," said Ayala, shaking her head.
"Do you mean that there is still a secret?"
"No, not that. I would tell you anything that I could tell, because you have been so very, very good to me. But I cannot tell. I cannot explain even to myself. Oh, Lady Albury, why have you been so good to me?"