Half an Hour with a Good Author, by Himself (A. Matthison)

Half an Hour with a Good Author, by Himself (A. Matthison)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... his secretary left at the house of a nobleman here. Addressing the steward, he said with intense emphasis: "As long as Austria has a sous or a soldier she will never give up Lombardy: we will leave you nothing but your eyes to weep with!"--reminding one of the definition of a certain possession of another country some time back; Lombardy is a hot potato which Austria will hold, though it does burn its mouth. History has commented on this, saying: II Signore Fortunato Viscardini is of the company. Signor F. does not believe in strangers; he swears by Milan and pins his faith on Lombardy; he has dim ideas of Paris and London, but New York is in the mist of ages, as regards his intelligence. He asked several astounding questions about it--wondered if they had gas there! and believes it is in danger from the Indians all the year round. On my assuring him to the contrary, he smiled, said it was natural in me to defend it, but plainly disbelieved me, and troubled me no more. Mrs. F. was with him, but as she had the toothache and was otherwise disagreeable, I have nothing to record of her. A widowed mistress of a boarding-house and her two unmarried sisters enlivened my party--all three under thirty, and all brunettes. Their bright black eyes and lively manners gave quite a brilliant tone to the little saloon. They had not much to say however beyond the weather, past, present, and to come, the last opera, the bastions, and other small talk; but it is astonishing how far you can make these well-worn subjects stretch out when your interlocutrix is a handsome woman! Also present a young Venetian sculptor; he talked French and English, and was a well-informed, agreeable fellow. He had just returned from a few months' study in Rome, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236828763
  • 9781236828767