Letters from Florence, Italy, in 1866

Letters from Florence, Italy, in 1866

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... "sublime benevolence," so one of the morning papers here termed it, had inspired to offer the use of her palace on this occasion, had not been more generously inspired to proffer one of her many magnificent and vast saloons, instead of a comparatively bare and unfurnished ante-chamber, as the theatre of her charity. Then again, this same carping public was dissatisfied with the toilettes of the ladies presiding at the tables, which really were far from elegant. Some said, too, that the ladies themselves were not half so handsome as they should have been, that beauty, not rank, was the sine qua non on these occasions, while others, and these mostly foreigners, Americans and English, complained bitterly of the absence of that indispensable element of success in our fairsj young and pretty girls, and this last complaint was the most unreasonable of all, as everybody knows that young girls, whether pretty or ugly, are not a Florentine institution. In the meantime, while fair ladies are presiding at bazaars and fine ladies are settling social preliminaries, all the world, fair and fine ladies included, are rushing to the different theatres now opened, and nightly filled to overflowing, and the artistes of the aristocratic Pergola, being still engaged in rehearsing L?Africaine, which is to be put upon the stage next month, it is permissible to amuse one's self at the smaller and less fashionable places of public amusement. Among them all, none perhaps offers just at this moment, greater attractions than the little Rossini theatre in the Borgognisanti. I think I told you in one of my former letters, that this miniature theatre, which has just been repainted, regilt, reornamented, transformed in short into a veritable bijou, has recently, with...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624831
  • 9781236624833