Venezia

Venezia

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...powers to great things. But patience! do not rouse the lion in his wrath, for when it comes as a lion the sirocco does not understand a joke, although it is termed, paradoxically enough, the sirocco caniculare--and our friend can take a bitter revenge. But now a crashing blast of trumpets contradicts your short-lived philosophy by its sudden effect upon yourself and those lounging around. The Banda Cittadina strikes up a dance, in spite of the temperature of thirty-three degrees centigrade in the shade. "There are heroes still," you murmur, and hastily add "heroines too," as you see the superhuman efforts of the many fair ones suddenly appearing on the scene, striving with their curls, waving hair, and other beauties to resist the levelling effects of the sirocco's breath. called to it. For more than a century the hospitable doors of this establishment have been open. The house not only provides entertainment, but in a certain degree it fulfils the purpose of a club. It is not so generally known that its originator was a personality of some mark in the time of the Republic. In his day the place was a lemonade shop rather than a cafe, but another of the Florians also was a person of considerable repute. Whenever the patricians, merchants, or adventurers returned from their voyages, they were accustomed to betake themselves forthwith to the host of this establishment to ascertain whether any letters or messages had been left for them. From him, too, the information could, as a general rule, be procured as to whether any particular individual was resident in Venice or had gone away. Frequently affairs of the most delicate nature would be confided to him; and as it is said this state of things went on for several decades, it...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652630
  • 9781236652638