The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents; A Romance

The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents; A Romance

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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. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ...curiosity which some previous circumstances had excited respecting them, he believed that his own sate in a great measure depended upon a discovery of the sact to which they led. What, if he had surmised how much! and that the person, whom he had been in some degree instrumental in citing before this tremendous tribunal, was the sather of his Ellena di Rosalba! 1 Ansaldo, having again answered to his name and titles, gave his deposition as follows: "It was on the eve of the twentyfifth of April, and in the year i752, that as I sat, according to my custom, in the consessional of San Marco, 1 was alarmed by deep groans, which came from the box on my left hand." Vivaldi Vivaldi observed, that the date now mentioned agreed with that recorded by the stranger, and he was thus prepared to believe what might follow, and to give his confidence to this extraordinary and unseen personage. Ansaldo continued, "I was the more alarmed by these sounds, because I had not been prepared for them; I knew not that any person was in the consessional, nor had even observed any one pass along the aifle--but the duskiness of the hour may account for my having sailed to do. so i it was after sun-set, and the tapers at the shrine of San Antonio as yet burned feebly in the twilight." "Be brief, holy sather," said the inquisitor who had formerly been most active in examining Vivaldi; "speak closely to the point." "The groans would sometimes cease," resumed Ansaldo, " and long pauses of filence follow; they were those of a soul in agony, struggling with the consciousness of guilt, yet wanting resolution to consess it. I tried to encourage the penitent, and held forth every hope of mercy and forgiveness which my duty would...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236494547
  • 9781236494542