Pipistrello, and Other Stories

Pipistrello, and Other Stories

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...shoeblack insensible, and Pastore lay on the straw of the cart at his feet and on the pallet of his bed that night. It was many weeks before the lad was well again; the sun had struck him. When he could rise at last the great heat had passed; the earth was moist and green, the woods rejoiced, and the vines were heavy with purpling grapes. He stood at his door and held the dog's head against him, and thought how lovely life was. "We shall have to work very hard, Pastore," he murmured. "The cart is stolen; there is the stolen mule, too, to pay for; the medicines will have cost a great deal, and the children must owe to the baker. Never mind; we are together. I am young, and it will soon be all right again. Oh, my dog, my dear dog!" And then, with a sudden blush, he thought of Dea. Dea, whose little five-franc note he had unconsciously kept clasped in his hand all the while, so that it had come home with him, and, throughout his illness, could not any way be loosened out of his grasp. At that moment there approached him the stranger who had bought his Marriage Plate. The stranger greeted him with courtesy and gentleness, and brought the Urbino Plate back with him. "You sold this for a necessity?" "Yes." "Have you any idea of its value?" Ptmmza, m. IQ "I thought it of none." The stranger smiled and turning the back of the plate, showed him four letters placed thus: V O F F and a date, I538. "It is the work of Orazio Fontane, of Castel Durante," he said. "The name tells you nothing. Well, he was a great man; the greatest of all the pottery painters of Urbino in a long past time. The pl-ate is worth fifteen hundred francs. I am not a dealer. I bring...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992970
  • 9781236992970