Like Marcello in La Dolce Vita, Jep is a journalist and a flâneur with nothing to do.
He was quite sure that she did not suspect him of having been in any way concerned in Marcello's temporary disappearance.
"I suppose that women cannot always understand that," said Marcello, after a moment.
He had probably dined with them, for he was intimate at the house, and Aurora had spoken of Marcello's visit.
She said this with the contempt which Marcello's extreme youth deserved.
Marcello spoke in a low voice, and bent his head, as if he were not sure of the answer.
"She is convinced that Marcello got on board of her," she answered.
Marcello was a little pale, but he tried to throw all the contempt he could command into his tone.
Marcello's head was propped up by her left arm while she fed him.
Marcello has gone out to fetch a doctor and Musetta brings a muff to warm the dying girl's fingers.