Strange, pendulous history and the small, confused poodle that accompanies its American heiress, American freshness of several lives straight out of James. "The Doria, the Ludovisi, the Medici, the Albani, the Wolkonski, the Chigi, the Mellini, the Massimo--there are more of them, with all their sights and sounds and odours and memories, than you have senses for." —Henry James, Italian Hours