My life started with an intensely happy and colourful childhood, like a radiant spring-time morning. Within a few years however, clouds gathered. My father had a serious accident which left him completely paralyzed and he had to move from Fiume to Budapest. As a result of this, my childhood formerly spent in lovely surroundings, mostly in the open air on the shores of the blue Adriatic. Was now hampered by the cramped surroundings of a grey city apartment.
I was nine years old at the time and felt this keenly. I am going to give only a brief sketch of these early' years, just enough to provide a glimpse of the background, family milieu, and character of the girl who caught Davie Campbell’s eye. I shall do this by way of a few separate but significant cameos.