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Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 46. The Last Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 46. The Last

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 46. The Last
BOOK VIII CHAPTER XLVI. THE LASTThere is hard winter overhead in the mountains when Italian Spring walks the mountain-sides with flowers, and hangs deep valley-walls with flowers half fruit; the sources of the rivers above are set about with fangs of ice, while the full flat stream runs to a rose of sunlight. High among the mists and snows were the fugitives of Brescia, and those who for love or pity struggled to save them wandered through the blooming vales, sometimes hearing that they had crossed the frontier into freedom, and as often that they were scattered low in death and... Long Stories - Post by : masterzinc - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1102

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 45. Shows Many Paths Converging To The End Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 45. Shows Many Paths Converging To The End

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 45. Shows Many Paths Converging To The End
BOOK VIII CHAPTER XLV. SHOWS MANY PATHS CONVERGING TO THE ENDUntil daylight Merthyr sat by himself, trying to realize the progressive steps of the destiny which seemed like a visible hand upon Count Ammiani, that he might know it to be nothing else than Carlo's work. He sat in darkness in the room where Carlo had spoken, thinking of him as living and dead. The brilliant life in Carlo protested against a possible fatal tendency in his acts so irrevocable as to plunge him to destruction when his head was clear, his blood cool, and a choice lay open to him.... Long Stories - Post by : masterzinc - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2143

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 44. The Wife And The Husband Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 44. The Wife And The Husband

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 44. The Wife And The Husband
BOOK VIII CHAPTER XLIV. THE WIFE AND THE HUSBANDWhen they were alone Merthyr said: "I cannot give many minutes, not much time. I have to speak to your husband." She answered: "Give me many minutes--much time. All other speaking is vain here." "It concerns his safety." "It will not save him." "But I have evidence that he is betrayed. His plans are known; a trap is set for him. If he moves, he walks into a pit." "You would talk reason, Merthyr," Vittoria sighed. "Talk it to me. I can listen; I thirst for it. I beat at the bars of... Long Stories - Post by : masterzinc - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2448

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 43. The Last Meeting In Milan Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 43. The Last Meeting In Milan

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 43. The Last Meeting In Milan
BOOK VIII CHAPTER XLIII. THE LAST MEETING IN MILANBarto Rizzo had silence about him without having to ask for it, when he followed Violetta into Countess Ammiani's saloon of reception. Carlo was leaning over his mother's chair, holding Vittoria's wrist across it, and so enclosing her, while both young faces were raised to the bowed forehead of the countess. They stood up. Violetta broke through the formal superlatives of an Italian greeting. "Speak to me alone," she murmured for Carlo's ear and glancing at Barto: "Here is a madman; a mild one, I trust." She contrived to show that she was... Long Stories - Post by : masterzinc - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2216

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 42. The Shadow On Conspiracy Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 42. The Shadow On Conspiracy

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 42. The Shadow On Conspiracy
BOOK VIII CHAPTER XLII. THE SHADOW ON CONSPIRACYMerthyr left the house at Laura's whispered suggestion. He was agitated beyond control, for Vittoria had fallen with her eyes fixed on him; and at times the picture of his beloved, her husband, and Countess Ammiani, and the children bending over her still body, swam before him like a dark altar-piece floating in incense, so lost was he to the reality of that scene. He did not hear Beppo, his old servant, at his heels. After a while he walked calmly, and Beppo came up beside him. Merthyr shook his hand. "Ah, signor Mertyrio!... Long Stories - Post by : puthranv - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3215

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 41. The Interview Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 41. The Interview

Vittoria - Book 8 - Chapter 41. The Interview
BOOK VIII CHAPTER XLI. THE INTERVIEWMerthyr saw Laura first. He thought that Vittoria must be lying on her couch: but Laura simply figured her arm in a sling, and signified, more than said, that Vittoria was well and taking the air. She then begged hungrily for news of Rome, and again of Rome, and sat with her hands clasped in her lap to listen. She mentioned Venice in a short breath of praise, as if her spirit could not repose there. Rome, its hospitals, its municipal arrangements, the names of the triumvirs, the prospects of the city, the edicts, the aspects... Long Stories - Post by : puthranv - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3523

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 37. On Lago Maggiore Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 37. On Lago Maggiore

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 37. On Lago Maggiore
BOOK VII CHAPTER XXXVII. ON LAGO MAGGIORECarlo's hours were passed chiefly across the lake, in the Piedmontese valleys. When at Pallanza he was restless, and he shunned the two or three minutes of privacy with his betrothed which the rigorous Italian laws besetting courtship might have allowed him to take. He had perpetually the look of a man starting from wine. It was evident that he and Countess d'Isorella continued to hold close communication, for she came regularly to the villa to meet him. On these occasions Countess Ammiani accorded her one ceremonious interview, and straightway locked herself in her room.... Long Stories - Post by : puthranv - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 985

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 36. A Fresh Entanglement Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 36. A Fresh Entanglement

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 36. A Fresh Entanglement
BOOK VII CHAPTER XXXVI. A FRESH ENTANGLEMENTThe Lenkenstein ladies returned to Milan proudly in the path of the army which they had followed along the city walls on the black March midnight. The ladies of the Austrian aristocracy generally had to be exiles from Vienna, and were glad to flock together even in an alien city. Anna and Lena were aware of Vittoria's residence in Milan, through the interchange of visits between the Countess of Lenkenstein and her sister Signora Piaveni. They heard also of Vittoria's prospective and approaching marriage to Count Ammiani. The Duchess of Graatli, who had forborne a... Long Stories - Post by : puthranv - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3061

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 35. Close Of The Lombard Campaign--Vittoria's Perplexity Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 35. Close Of The Lombard Campaign--Vittoria's Perplexity

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 35. Close Of The Lombard Campaign--Vittoria's Perplexity
BOOK VII CHAPTER XXXV. CLOSE OF THE LOMBARD CAMPAIGN--VITTORIA'S PERPLEXITYThe fall of Vicenza turned a tide that had overflowed its barriers with force enough to roll it to the Adriatic. From that day it was as if a violent wind blew East over Lombardy; flood and wind breaking here and there a tree, bowing everything before them. City, fortress, and battle-field resisted as the eddy whirls. Venice kept her brave colours streaming aloft in a mighty grasp despite the storm, but between Venice and Milan there was this unutterable devastation,--so sudden a change, so complete a reversal of the shield, that... Long Stories - Post by : puthranv - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2283

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 34. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: The Deeds Of Barto Rizzo... Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 34. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: The Deeds Of Barto Rizzo...

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 34. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: The Deeds Of Barto Rizzo...
BOOK VII CHAPTER XXXIV. EPISODES OF THE REVOLT AND THE WAR: THE DEEDS OF BARTO RIZZO--THE MEETING AT ROVEREDOAt Schio there was no medical attendance to be obtained for Count Karl, and he begged so piteously to be taken on to Roveredo, that, on his promising to give Leone Rufo a pass, Vittoria decided to work her way round to Brescia by the Alpine route. She supposed Pericles to have gone off among the Tyrolese, and wished in her heart that Wilfrid had gone likewise, for he continued to wear that look of sad stupefaction which was the harshest reproach to... Long Stories - Post by : 51408 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2263

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 33. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Count Karl Lenkenstein... Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 33. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Count Karl Lenkenstein...

Vittoria - Book 7 - Chapter 33. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Count Karl Lenkenstein...
BOOK VII CHAPTER XXXIII. EPISODES OF THE REVOLT AND THE WAR: COUNT KARL LENKENSTEIN--THE STORY OF THE GUIDASCARPI--THE VICTORY OF THE VOLUNTEERS The smoke of a pistol-shot thinned away while there was yet silence. "It is a saving of six charges of Austrian ammunition," said Pericles. Vittoria stared at the scene, losing faith in her eyesight. She could in fact see no distinct thing beyond what appeared as an illuminated copper medallion, held at a great distance from her, with a dead man and a towering female figure stamped on it. The events following were like a rush of water on... Long Stories - Post by : 51408 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3286

Vittoria - Book 6 - Chapter 32. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Treachery of Pericles... Vittoria - Book 6 - Chapter 32. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Treachery of Pericles...

Vittoria - Book 6 - Chapter 32. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Treachery of Pericles...
BOOK VI CHAPTER XXXII. EPISODES OF THE REVOLT AND THE WAR: THE TREACHERY OF PERICLES--THE WHITE UMBRELLA--THE DEATH OF RINALDO GUIDASCARPI The king crossed the Mincio. The Marshal, threatened on his left flank, drew in his line from the farther Veronese heights upon a narrowed battle front before Verona. Here they manoeuvred, and the opening successes fell to the king. Holding Peschiera begirt, with one sharp passage of arms he cleared the right bank of the Adige and stood on the semicircle of hills, master of the main artery into Tyrol. The village of Pastrengo has given its name to the... Long Stories - Post by : 51408 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3037

Vittoria - Book 6 - Chapter 31. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Vittoria Disobeys Her Lover Vittoria - Book 6 - Chapter 31. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Vittoria Disobeys Her Lover

Vittoria - Book 6 - Chapter 31. Episodes Of The Revolt And The War: Vittoria Disobeys Her Lover
BOOK VI CHAPTER XXXI. EPISODES OF THE REVOLT AND THE WAR: VITTORIA DISOBEYS HER LOVERCountess d'Isorella's peculiar mission to Milan was over with the victory of the city. She undertook personally to deliver Carlo's injunction to Vittoria on her way to the king. Countess Ammiani deemed it sufficient that her son's wishes should be repeated verbally; and as there appeared to be no better messenger than one who was bound for Turin and knew Vittoria's place of residence, she entrusted the duty to Violetta. The much which hangs on little was then set in motion: Violetta was crossing the Ticino when... Long Stories - Post by : 51408 - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1052

Vittoria - Book 5 - Chapter 27. A New Ordeal Vittoria - Book 5 - Chapter 27. A New Ordeal

Vittoria - Book 5 - Chapter 27. A New Ordeal
BOOK V CHAPTER XXVII. A NEW ORDEALThe old city of Meran faces Southward to the yellow hills of Italy, across a broad vale, between two mountain-walls and torrent-waters. With one hand it takes the bounding green Passeyr, and with the other the brown-rolling Adige, and plunges them together in roaring foam under the shadow of the Western wall. It stands on the spur of a lower central eminence crowned by a grey castle, and the sun has it from every aspect. The shape of a swan in water may describe its position, for the Vintschgau and the stony Passeyrthal make a... Long Stories - Post by : topearners - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1805

Vittoria - Book 5 - Chapter 26. The Duel In The Pass Vittoria - Book 5 - Chapter 26. The Duel In The Pass

Vittoria - Book 5 - Chapter 26. The Duel In The Pass
BOOK V CHAPTER XXVI. THE DUEL IN THE PASSMeanwhile Captain Weisspriess had not been idle. Standing at a blunt angle of the ways converging upon Vittoria's presumed destination, he had roused up the gendarmerie along the routes to Meran by Trent on one side, and Bormio on the other; and he soon came to the conclusion that she had rejected the valley of the Adige for the Valtelline, whence he supposed that she would be tempted either to cross the Stelvio or one of the passes into Southernmost Tyrol. He was led to think that she would certainly bear upon Switzerland,... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2562

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 25. Across The Mountains Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 25. Across The Mountains

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 25. Across The Mountains
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXV. ACROSS THE MOUNTAINSAfter parting from Vittoria, Angelo made his way to an inn he ate and drank like a man of the fields, and slept with the power of one from noon till after morning. The innkeeper came up to his room, and, finding him awake, asked him if he was disposed to take a second holiday in bed. Angelo jumped up; as he did so, his stiletto slipped from under his pillow and flashed. 'That's a pretty bit of steel,' said the innkeeper, but could not get a word out of him. It was plain... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2408

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 24. Adventures Of Vittoria And Angelo Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 24. Adventures Of Vittoria And Angelo

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 24. Adventures Of Vittoria And Angelo
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXIV. ADVENTURES OF VITTORIA AND ANGELONothing was distinguishable for the flying couple save the high-road winding under rock and forest, and here and there a coursing water in the depths of the ravines, that showed like a vein in black marble. They walked swiftly, keeping brisk ears for sound of hoof or foot behind them. Angelo promised her that she should rest after the morning light had come; but she assured him that she could bear fatigue, and her firm cheerfulness lent his heart vigour. At times they were hooded with the darkness, which came on them as... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1754

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 23. First Hours Of The Flight Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 23. First Hours Of The Flight

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 23. First Hours Of The Flight
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXIII. FIRST HOURS OF THE FLIGHTVittoria slept on like an outworn child, while Giacinta nodded over her, and started, and wondered what embowelled mountain they might be passing through, so cold was the air and thick the darkness; and wondered more at the old face of dawn, which appeared to know nothing of her agitation. But morning was better than night, and she ceased counting over her sins forward and backward; adding comments on them, excusing some and admitting the turpitude of others, with 'Oh! I was naughty, padre mio! I was naughty--she huddled them all into one... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 965

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 22. Wilfrid Comes Forward Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 22. Wilfrid Comes Forward

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 22. Wilfrid Comes Forward
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXII. WILFRID COMES FORWARDAn order for the immediate arrest of Vittoria was brought round to the stage at the fall of the curtain by Captain Weisspriess, and delivered by him on the stage to the officer commanding, a pothered lieutenant of Croats, whose first proceeding was dictated by the military instinct to get his men in line, and who was utterly devoid of any subsequent idea. The thunder of the house on the other side of the curtain was enough to disconcert a youngster such as he was; nor have the subalterns of Croat regiments a very signal... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1622

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 21. The Third Act Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 21. The Third Act

Vittoria - Book 4 - Chapter 21. The Third Act
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXI. THE THIRD ACTThe libretto of the Third Act was steeped in the sentiment of Young Italy. I wish that I could pipe to your mind's hearing any notion of the fine music of Rocco Ricci, and touch you to feel the revelations which were in this new voice. Rocco and Vittoria gave the verses a life that cannot belong to them now; yet, as they contain much of the vital spirit of the revolt, they may assist you to some idea of the faith animating its heads, and may serve to justify this history. Rocco's music in... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2180