In Rome she slept on straw and washed in a bucket, but the streets were spectacle, although she had to work such hours that she was not often able walk city. The baron promised to pay her twelve thousand lire a month, but he paid her nothing at the end of the first month and nothing at the end of the second, and the cook said that he often brought girls in from the country and paid them nothing. Opening the door for him one ning evening, she asked with great court for her wages, and he said he had esy given her a room, a change of air, and a visit to Rome and that she was badly educated to ask for more.

She had no coat to wear in the street, and there were holes in her shoes, and all she was given to eat was the leftovers from the baron’s table. She saw that she would have to find another post because she didn’t money to go back to Nascosta.

That next week, the cousin of the cook found her a place where she was both seamstress and donna, and here she worked even harder, but when the month was over there were no wages, Then she refused to finish a dress the signora had asked her to make for a reception. She said she would not finish the dress untill she had her wages.