The Confederation which was early felt to be necessary was prepared from the models of the Batavian and Helvetic confederacies, the only examples which remain with any detail and precision in history, and certainly the only ones which the people at large had ever considered. --Kneel down! cried the prefect of studies. An idea tempered by the knowledge that, but for fate, we - the fortunate and the unfortunate - might have been each other. Stephen walked on alone and out into the quiet of Kildare Street opposite Maple's hotel he stood to wait, patient again.