The Pseudonym Library Volume 38

The Pseudonym Library Volume 38

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...But she was not apparently acquainted with this simple open sesame, and consequently I felt it my duty to go to the rescue. I had not sufficient command of Italian to argue with the man; but I approached him with the only argument he was likely to understand (the silver one) in my hand, and he instantly opened the gate. I had hoped that the mercenary nature of my interference would be unobserved by the lady, but by some unfortunate awkwardness on my part it was not, for as soon as she was under shelter she muttered something to me about indebtedness, and began groping in her pocket for her purse. "She was a tall, gaunt woman, of a forlorn-looking type that I'm afraid is common in our society at the present date. She was very shabbily and unfashionably dressed, and had the nervous, fluttered manner of a person who has no self-confidence. The water seemed to be dripping from every angle of her figure, and the wind had blown some thin strands of her hair across her forehead. I don't know why, but I felt very sorry for the woman. "She was a long time looking for her purse, and after she found it, an equally long time hunting for the coin she owed me. It was a very large purse, but it seemed to have everything in it but money--a button-hook, for instance, and scraps of paper with memoranda scribbled upon them, and dried flowers and an almanack. At last she found the half-lira, and I was of course obliged to take it, as any refusal would have been in questionable taste. She muttered some incoherent thanks, and then I took off my hat, bowed, and left her. "However, I saw her again very shortly. In galleries like those of the Vatican you are always meeting the same people. When I entered the cabinet which contains the Apollo...show more

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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817761
  • 9781236817761