Stella's one child, Lucilio, survived his birth but fifty days; nor did his mother long remain to comfort the scholar's old age.
Stella's mother was living at Moor Park, as servant or dame de compagnie of Temple's strong-minded sister, Lady Giffard.
But, whatever the cause, his conduct proved none the less the fatal embitterment of his life and Stella's and yet another's.
Marriage was out of the question with him, and, judged in the light of Stella's dignity and womanliness, this ardent and unreasoning display of passion was beyond comprehension.
He governed his cathedral with great strictness and conscientiousness, and for years after Stella's death continued to hold a miniature court at the deanery.