Just after this extraordinary gastronomical episode
, as the Count was eagerly helping himself to a slice of venison, a housemaid came in with, "We cannot find madame anywhere, sir
He had evidently forgotten all about the dark stranger, as in his illness he had forgotten all that this episode
had reminded him of.
Come, sit down, and I will tell you a curious episode
in this history.
That evening I had translated an episode
of Judith, and had just communicated my verses to the lady, who gave me all sorts of compliments, and leaning on my shoulder, was reading them a second time with me.
But throughout the scene we are in a region of extravagance rather than of true fiction--it cannot be taken seriously by any but the very serious, until we come to the episode
of Phemius and Medon, where the writer begins to be at home again.
The point is that with all my faculties I desired the episode
to come to an end as speedily as possible.
He narrated his career, in fact, from the beginning, through all its variations, and whenever his companion's credulity, or his habits of gentility, appeared to protest, it amused him to heighten the color of the episode
But the gossip didn't stop, and the name stuck, too, since it conveyed a very certain and very significant sort of fact, and of course the Venetian episode
was talked about in the houses frequented by my mother.
Oddly enough, even if we had had the material (and we often wondered what had become of it), it would have been the most difficult episode
And though, after a while, the importance of this episode
shrank to its true proportions, she never forgot or broke this promise.
As I have reason to believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of this remarkable episode
I mention this small episode
because it assumes some importance in view of the tragedy which followed, but I was convinced at the time that the matter was entirely trivial and that his excitement had no justification.
His face was as impassive as ever, but his lids had drooped more heavily over his eyes, and his smoke had curled up more thickly from his pipe to emphasize each curious episode
in the doctor's tale.
It was a real catastrophe, not a mere episode
, that evening of hers at Venice, when she had found in her bedroom something that is one worse than a flea, though one better than something else.
Newland Archer, during this brief episode
, had been thrown into a strange state of embarrassment.