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Pictures From Italy - Chapter XI. A RAPID DIORAMA Pictures From Italy - Chapter XI. A RAPID DIORAMA

Pictures From Italy - Chapter XI. A RAPID DIORAMA
We are bound for Naples! And we cross the threshold of the Eternal City at yonder gate, the Gate of San Giovanni Laterano the two last objects that attract the notice of a departing visitor, and the two first objects that attract the notice of an arriving one, are a proud church and a decaying ruin--good emblems of Rome.Our way lies over the Campagna, which looks more solemn on a bright blue day like this, than beneath a darker sky; the great extent of ruin being plainer to the eye: and the sunshine through the arches of the broken aqueducts,... Nonfictions - Post by : goodolejoe - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1631

Pictures From Italy - Chapter X. ROME Pictures From Italy - Chapter X. ROME

Pictures From Italy - Chapter X. ROME
We entered the Eternal City, at about four o'clock in the afternoon, on the thirtieth of January, by the Porta del Popolo, and came immediately--it was a dark, muddy day, and there had been heavy rain--on the skirts of the Carnival. We did not, then, know that we were only looking at the fag end of the masks, who were driving slowly round and round the Piazza until they could find a promising opportunity for falling into the stream of carriages, and getting, in good time, into the thick of the festivity; and coming among them so abruptly, all travel-stained and... Nonfictions - Post by : rlee48 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1649

Pictures From Italy - Chapter IX. TO ROME BY PISA AND SIENA Pictures From Italy - Chapter IX. TO ROME BY PISA AND SIENA

Pictures From Italy - Chapter IX. TO ROME BY PISA AND SIENA
There is nothing in Italy, more beautiful to me, than the coast- road between Genoa and Spezzia. On one side: sometimes far below, sometimes nearly on a level with the road, and often skirted by broken rocks of many shapes: there is the free blue sea, with here and there a picturesque felucca gliding slowly on; on the other side are lofty hills, ravines besprinkled with white cottages, patches of dark olive woods, country churches with their light open towers, and country houses gaily painted. On every bank and knoll by the wayside, the wild cactus and aloe flourish in exuberant... Nonfictions - Post by : tboriskie - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2728

Pictures From Italy - Chapter VIII. BY VERONA, MANTUA, AND MILAN...INTO SWITZERLAND Pictures From Italy - Chapter VIII. BY VERONA, MANTUA, AND MILAN...INTO SWITZERLAND

Pictures From Italy - Chapter VIII. BY VERONA, MANTUA, AND MILAN...INTO SWITZERLAND
CHAPTER VIII. BY VERONA, MANTUA, AND MILAN, ACROSS THE PASS OF THE SIMPLON INTO SWITZERLANDI had been half afraid to go to Verona, lest it should at all put me out of conceit with Romeo and Juliet. But, I was no sooner come into the old market-place, than the misgiving vanished. It is so fanciful, quaint, and picturesque a place, formed by such an extraordinary and rich variety of fantastic buildings, that there could be nothing better at the core of even this romantic town: scene of one of the most romantic and beautiful of stories.It was natural enough, to go... Nonfictions - Post by : questor - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1374

Pictures From Italy - Chapter VII. AN ITALIAN DREAM Pictures From Italy - Chapter VII. AN ITALIAN DREAM

Pictures From Italy - Chapter VII. AN ITALIAN DREAM
I had been travelling, for some days; resting very little in the night, and never in the day. The rapid and unbroken succession of novelties that had passed before me, came back like half-formed dreams; and a crowd of objects wandered in the greatest confusion through my mind, as I travelled on, by a solitary road. At intervals, some one among them would stop, as it were, in its restless flitting to and fro, and enable me to look at it, quite steadily, and behold it in full distinctness. After a few moments, it would dissolve, like a view in a... Nonfictions - Post by : deepa.dayade - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2018

Pictures From Italy - Chapter VI. THROUGH BOLOGNA AND FERRARA Pictures From Italy - Chapter VI. THROUGH BOLOGNA AND FERRARA

Pictures From Italy - Chapter VI. THROUGH BOLOGNA AND FERRARA
There was such a very smart official in attendance at the Cemetery where the little Cicerone had buried his children, that when the little Cicerone suggested to me, in a whisper, that there would be no offence in presenting this officer, in return for some slight extra service, with a couple of pauls (about tenpence, English money), I looked incredulously at his cocked hat, wash-leather gloves, well-made uniform, and dazzling buttons, and rebuked the little Cicerone with a grave shake of the head. For, in splendour of appearance, he was at least equal to the Deputy Usher of the Black Rod;... Nonfictions - Post by : Sebastian_Wick - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 3560

Pictures From Italy - Chapter V. TO PARMA, MODENA, AND BOLOGNA Pictures From Italy - Chapter V. TO PARMA, MODENA, AND BOLOGNA

Pictures From Italy - Chapter V. TO PARMA, MODENA, AND BOLOGNA
I strolled away from Genoa on the 6th of November, bound for a good many places (England among them), but first for Piacenza; for which town I started in the coupe of a machine something like a travelling caravan, in company with the brave Courier, and a lady with a large dog, who howled dolefully, at intervals, all night. It was very wet, and very cold; very dark, and very dismal; we travelled at the rate of barely four miles an hour, and stopped nowhere for refreshment. At ten o'clock next morning, we changed coaches at Alessandria we were packed... Nonfictions - Post by : preston51 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2592

Pictures From Italy - Chapter IV. GENOA AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD Pictures From Italy - Chapter IV. GENOA AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD

Pictures From Italy - Chapter IV. GENOA AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD
The first impressions of such a place as ALBARO, the suburb of Genoa I am now, as my American friends would say, 'located,' can hardly fail, I should imagine, to be mournful and disappointing. It requires a little time and use to overcome the feeling of depression consequent, at first, on so much ruin and neglect. Novelty, pleasant to most people, is particularly delightful, I think, to me. I am not easily dispirited when I have the means of pursuing my own fancies and occupations; and I believe I have some natural aptitude for accommodating myself to circumstances. But, as... Nonfictions - Post by : YogevB - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1205

Pictures From Italy - Chapter III. AVIGNON TO GENOA Pictures From Italy - Chapter III. AVIGNON TO GENOA

Pictures From Italy - Chapter III. AVIGNON TO GENOA
Goblin, having shown les oubliettes, felt that her great coup was struck. She let the door fall with a crash, and stood upon it with her arms a-kimbo, sniffing prodigiously.When we left the place, I accompanied her into her house, under the outer gateway of the fortress, to buy a little history of the building. Her cabaret, a dark, low room, lighted by small windows, sunk in the thick wall--in the softened light, and with its forge- like chimney; its little counter by the door, with bottles, jars, and glasses on it; its household implements and scraps of dress against the... Nonfictions - Post by : Rickster - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1192

Pictures From Italy - Chapter II. LYONS, THE RHONE, AND THE GOBLIN OF AVIGNON Pictures From Italy - Chapter II. LYONS, THE RHONE, AND THE GOBLIN OF AVIGNON

Pictures From Italy - Chapter II. LYONS, THE RHONE, AND THE GOBLIN OF AVIGNON
Chalons is a fair resting-place, in right of its good inn on the bank of the river, and the little steamboats, gay with green and red paint, that come and go upon it: which make up a pleasant and refreshing scene, after the dusty roads. But, unless you would like to dwell on an enormous plain, with jagged rows of irregular poplars on it, that look in the distance like so many combs with broken teeth: and unless you would like to pass your life without the possibility of going up-hill, or going up anything but stairs: you would hardly approve... Nonfictions - Post by : Blue_Eagle - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1038

Pictures From Italy - Chapter I. GOING THROUGH FRANCE Pictures From Italy - Chapter I. GOING THROUGH FRANCE

Pictures From Italy - Chapter I. GOING THROUGH FRANCE
On a fine Sunday morning in the Midsummer time and weather of eighteen hundred and forty-four, it was, my good friend, when-- don't be alarmed; not when two travellers might have been observed slowly making their way over that picturesque and broken ground by which the first chapter of a Middle Aged novel is usually attained- -but when an English travelling-carriage of considerable proportions, fresh from the shady halls of the Pantechnicon near Belgrave Square, London, was observed (by a very small French soldier; for I saw him look at it) to issue from the gate of the Hotel Meurice in... Nonfictions - Post by : Lucas - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 832

Pictures From Italy - THE READER'S PASSPORT Pictures From Italy - THE READER'S PASSPORT

Pictures From Italy - THE READER'S PASSPORT
If the readers of this volume will be so kind as to take their credentials for the different places which are the subject of its author's reminiscences, from the Author himself, perhaps they may visit them, in fancy, the more agreeably, and with a better understanding of what they are to expect.Many books have been written upon Italy, affording many means of studying the history of that interesting country, and the innumerable associations entwined about it. I make but little reference to that stock of information; not at all regarding it as a necessary consequence of my having had recourse to... Nonfictions - Post by : heype - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2085

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 17. THE VOICE OF SOCIETY Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 17. THE VOICE OF SOCIETY

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 17. THE VOICE OF SOCIETY
Behoves Mortimer Lightwood, therefore, to answer a dinner card from Mr and Mrs Veneering requesting the honour, and to signify that Mr Mortimer Lightwood will be happy to have the other honour. The Veneerings have been, as usual, indefatigably dealing dinner cards to Society, and whoever desires to take a hand had best be quick about it, for it is written in the Books of the Insolvent Fates that Veneering shall make a resounding smash next week. Yes. Having found out the clue to that great mystery how people can contrive to live beyond their means, and having over-jobbed his jobberies... Long Stories - Post by : oxfordincome - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2038

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 16. PERSONS AND THINGS IN GENERAL Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 16. PERSONS AND THINGS IN GENERAL

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 16. PERSONS AND THINGS IN GENERAL
Mr and Mrs John Harmon's first delightful occupation was, to set all matters right that had strayed in any way wrong, or that might, could, would, or should, have strayed in any way wrong, while their name was in abeyance. In tracing out affairs for which John's fictitious death was to be considered in any way responsible, they used a very broad and free construction; regarding, for instance, the dolls' dressmaker as having a claim on their protection, because of her association with Mrs Eugene Wrayburn, and because of Mrs Eugene's old association, in her turn, with the dark side of... Long Stories - Post by : scottmal - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 722

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 15. WHAT WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRAPS Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 15. WHAT WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRAPS

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 15. WHAT WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRAPS
CHAPTER 15. WHAT WAS CAUGHT IN THE TRAPS THAT WERE SETHow Bradley Headstone had been racked and riven in his mind since the quiet evening when by the river-side he had risen, as it were, out of the ashes of the Bargeman, none but he could have told. Not even he could have told, for such misery can only be felt.First, he had to bear the combined weight of the knowledge of what he had done, of that haunting reproach that he might have done it so much better, and of the dread of discovery. This was load enough to crush... Long Stories - Post by : theorym - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 3368

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 14. CHECKMATE TO THE FRIENDLY MOVE Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 14. CHECKMATE TO THE FRIENDLY MOVE

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 14. CHECKMATE TO THE FRIENDLY MOVE
Mr and Mrs John Harmon had so timed their taking possession of their rightful name and their London house, that the event befel on the very day when the last waggon-load of the last Mound was driven out at the gates of Boffin's Bower. As it jolted away, Mr Wegg felt that the last load was correspondingly removed from his mind, and hailed the auspicious season when that black sheep, Boffin, was to be closely sheared.Over the whole slow process of levelling the Mounds, Silas had kept watch with rapacious eyes. But, eyes no less rapacious had watched the growth of... Long Stories - Post by : HereOn3rdRock - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2673

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 13. SHOWING Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 13. SHOWING

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 13. SHOWING
CHAPTER 13. SHOWING HOW THE GOLDEN DUSTMAN HELPED TO SCATTER DUSTIn all the first bewilderment of her wonder, the most bewilderingly wonderful thing to Bella was the shining countenance of Mr Boffin. That his wife should be joyous, open-hearted, and genial, or that her face should express every quality that was large and trusting, and no quality that was little or mean, was accordant with Bella's experience. But, that he, with a perfectly beneficent air and a plump rosy face, should be standing there, looking at her and John, like some jovial good spirit, was marvellous. For, how had he looked... Long Stories - Post by : pikerun567 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 892

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 12. THE PASSING SHADOW Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 12. THE PASSING SHADOW

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 12. THE PASSING SHADOW
The winds and tides rose and fell a certain number of times, the earth moved round the sun a certain number of times, the ship upon the ocean made her voyage safely, and brought a baby-Bella home. Then who so blest and happy as Mrs John Rokesmith, saving and excepting Mr John Rokesmith!'Would you not like to be rich NOW, my darling?''How can you ask me such a question, John dear? Am I not rich?'These were among the first words spoken near the baby Bella as she lay asleep. She soon proved to be a baby of wonderful intelligence, evincing the... Long Stories - Post by : jamescm.com - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 2373

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 11. EFFECT IS GIVEN Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 11. EFFECT IS GIVEN

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 11. EFFECT IS GIVEN
CHAPTER 11. EFFECT IS GIVEN TO THE DOLLS' DRESSMAKER'S DISCOVERY Mrs John Rokesmith sat at needlework in her neat little room, beside a basket of neat little articles of clothing, which presented so much of the appearance of being in the dolls' dressmaker's way of business, that one might have supposed she was going to set up in opposition to Miss Wren. Whether the Complete British Family Housewife had imparted sage counsel anent them, did not appear, but probably not, as that cloudy oracle was nowhere visible. For certain, however, Mrs John Rokesmith stitched at them with so dexterous a hand, that... Long Stories - Post by : RandalRay - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 3480

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 10. THE DOLLS' DRESSMAKER DISCOVERS A WORD Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 10. THE DOLLS' DRESSMAKER DISCOVERS A WORD

Our Mutual Friend - BOOK THE FOURTH - A TURNING - Chapter 10. THE DOLLS' DRESSMAKER DISCOVERS A WORD
A darkened and hushed room; the river outside the windows flowing on to the vast ocean; a figure on the bed, swathed and bandaged and bound, lying helpless on its back, with its two useless arms in splints at its sides. Only two days of usage so familiarized the little dressmaker with this scene, that it held the place occupied two days ago by the recollections of years.He had scarcely moved since her arrival. Sometimes his eyes were open, sometimes closed. When they were open, there was no meaning in their unwinking stare at one spot straight before them, unless for... Long Stories - Post by : royoron - Date : April 2012 - Author : Charles Dickens - Read : 1098