The Cart of Many Colors; A Story of Italy

The Cart of Many Colors; A Story of Italy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...further to these plans for their beloved Carretto's future. To little Sarina, it was in reality very much like parting with real people and real pets. Many a conversation had she in fancy held with the brightly dressed little figures on the Cart. A whole world of story and legend had she and Lola together invented about these tiny painted people, and to see them now torn forever from their bright and beautiful Sicilian air--Oh, how could they bear it! "Ebbene! Pazienza," finally said the first Carabiniere. "Tomorrow, with your permission, we shall come to take the Carretto, and perhaps when they are placed on the bastimenti the Signori will come down to see the sad departure." Melancholy though it was, still Mara and Sarina felt it would be rather unsympathetic to let the Carretto go without a suitable farewell. So one tropically hot morning, not long after this, a somewhat tearful group from the villino joined the great crowd down on the Marina, awaiting the sailing of hundreds of carretti. Rich and poor, young and old, all excited, all shouting, and some weeping, the populace of Palermo watched the loading of the vessels and finally the slow steaming out of the cart-laden ships. "How will they ever stand it!" sighed Babbo Beppo to his wife. But little Sarina, who had caught some of the spirit of excitement and adventure, called out shrilly as the boats steamed proudly into the bay--"They will see the snow! And they will beat the Austrians." And an old enthusiast standing near the child heard her and his voice started a shout of patriotism. "Down with Austria--down with tyranny! Evviva lTtalia--LTtalia all' arme." Whereupon the mob burst into wild singing of Garibaldi's hymn and if only noise...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236506812
  • 9781236506818