The Soul of a Priest

The Soul of a Priest

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...upon to teach Don Renato Rinaldi his pastoral duties, with the special recommendation that the new secretary must be pitilessly subjected to the hardest and most thankless work, as his position at Sorrento must be considered almost in the light of a punishment. However, the pleasure of escaping from Rome was so great that Renato did not worry himself about these orders; he was going to begin life in earnest, and he did not object to hard discipline and fatiguing work. And, furthermore, he was young and full of hope; so, after taking leave of his uncle, who greeted him with a scowl and a sneer, both of which he apparently ignored, he embarked with his trunks in a cab. By the time he reached the station to secure his place in the morning express for Naples, he was almost gay; and when the train started, Renato put his head and shoulders out of the window to bid a long farewell to the Eternal City. The enormous dome of St Peter's and the colossal fabric of the Vatican once more appeared to him bathed in a glory of light, and glittering as if made of molten gold; but alas! the fascination they had exercised over him when he entered Rome, had vanished. He heaved a great sigh as he recalled all that had occurred to dissipate his first illusions, and he sat far back in the corner of the carriage considering what his future would be, and wondering as to what might await him in Sorrento. Immersed in these thoughts, the journey was over before he realised it, and he had just time to rush in a carrozzella from the station to the pier where he had to take the last afternoon boat for Sorrento. He therefore had no chance of seeing Naples, but in exchange he had the magic view of the bay, of its shores and islands, and was overwhelmed by their wondrous beauty....show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593324
  • 9781236593320