Rome, and Its Surrounding Scenery

Rome, and Its Surrounding Scenery

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...soon politely requested to move, by a gentleman who held me out his own ticket as his warrant. Of this I took no notice, but called the custode, who immediately decided against me, and as he motioned me forward, I examined the next row, and actually found another No. 7. Concluding that I must have been mistaken in the first number, I quietly seated myself, and began to take a survey of the fine Italian heads that one by one, or two by two, began to grace the front rows of the palchi--or boxes, as we more elegantly term them. I was soon, however, interrupted in my agreeable review, by another claimant for No. 7. This would not do; I determined to make a stand; again summoned the custode, and demanded an explanation, which was much more satisfactory than I expected. It appeared that every row had its No. 7, but that this need not cause confusion, if I would refer to my ticket; which I found upon examination explained every thing--No. 7, row 14, righthand division. It was very clear, and yet I was obliged to get the custode to pilot me to my station, where, being at last comfortably seated, I began to reflect upon the advantages and disadvantages of numbering seats. I believe I decided in favour of numbers, but against a plurality of number sevens. Where the numbering system is used, you can, when you have paid your money, make sure of a seat; but in England, where we have no numbers, they squeeze in as many as will go, and never. announce "pit full" until some half dozen women The church has its fictions as well as the law, and Rome is supposed to have no theatres, though they actually form a source of revenue to the Papal treasury. The establishments are however not openly acknowledged by the authorities, and are supposed to...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236988302
  • 9781236988300