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Her mother's fortune is secured to her

Alphonse's sister, by the conventional arrangements of the time, would have been provided by her father with a dowry of some size that legally became the property of her husband to do with as he willed. In this case the entire sum has been set aside as her personal "fortune" and is now returned for the education and welfare of her daughter. This is an exceedingly generous act on the part of Signore Lavenza, one beyond any legal necessity on his part.