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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...well, I must out with it... I am afraid she is lazy!..." It was only the real concern which the old man seemed to feel that checked Raynald's strong inclination to smile. But Bhgio went on to say, in a grave and touching manner, which soon put a stop to any idea of merriment: "I had once hoped to train her so that she might one day be able to teach others. I wanted her to adopt a means of livelihood useful and sure, which would save her from destitution, for with all my efforts I cannot secure her against it. The comparative comfort she now enjoys depends on my ceaseless labor; but when I am gone..." The old man's voice failed him, but a tear ran down his cheek and fell on his white beard. Raynakl, much affected by his distress, did not speak. Biagio overcome his emotion, and said: "The worst of it is, Rinaldo, that there is one art in which, without hardly taking any pains, she excel. According to the g eat Maestro Vincenzo Loriani she is gifted with what the French call.' une voix d'or, ' one of those voices not often to be met with even in our own Italy, and which enables the person who possesses it to make a fortune, which the long labors of my life could not obtain for her." "And why do you think that so sad?" asked Raynald. "Why do I think it sad?" Biagio exclaimt d. "If you cannot guess why I hate the very thought of it, then I will te i ou. First, you must know that Ersilia's mother, my dear Dianora, had that same beautiful voice; ind when I saw her for the first time she was singing at La Scala in Milan, and all Italy was at her feet. Without regret she abandoned the stage, all her successes and triumphs, to share my obscure lot. She was an honest woman and a good Christian, and then, ...
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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489128
  • 9781236489128