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really loved me. One can claim, rightly or wrongly, praise as one’s desert, but love is a surprise every time that it comes. I was strongly moved by that surprise when I found loving friends and not merely kind hosts in the people of Italy. It grieved me deeply, and I felt almost ashamed, when I suddenly fell ill and had to sail back home before I could fulfil my engagements in all other towns. Then followed the magnificent gift from Mussolini, an almost complete library of Italian literature for my institution. It was a great surprise to me. In this greeting I felt the touch of a personality which could express itself in this manner in an appropriate action of unstinted magnificence. This helped me to make up my mind to visit Italy once again in spite of the misgivings created by the reports reaching us in India about the character of the Fascist movement. I could gather from the literature that had come to my notice that the Fascist movement contained in it elements that were against my ideals, that it was tainted by conspiracy, dealing its blows in secret, driving the corrupt politics of Europe towards barefaced barbarity. But lately we have lost our faith in all mutually recriminating reports from \○88