From the top of the hill is one of the most magnificent views in Sicily, and here our travellers sat in contemplative awe until Uncle John declared it was time to return to their hotel for luncheon. As they passed the portiere's desk Mr. Merrick paused to ask that important official: "Tell me, if you please, who is Signor Victor Valdi?" "Valdi, signore?"
One evening when the portiere was bathing Chopin's feet, he who had in the meantime been communicated with talked to her about her hair and asked her to let him cut off one lock. She allowed him to do so, and thus Alexandre was enabled to say that the money was in the clock in the portiere's room. Having got this information, they went to the woman and asked her for the packet.