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Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 17. In The Piazza D'armi Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 17. In The Piazza D'armi

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 17. In The Piazza D'armi
BOOK III CHAPTER XVII. IN THE PIAZZA D'ARMICarlo and Luciano followed the regiments to the Piazza d'Armi, drawn after them by that irresistible attraction to youths who have as yet had no shroud of grief woven for them--desire to observe the aspect of a brilliant foe. The Piazza d'Armi was the field of Mars of Milan, and an Austrian review of arms there used to be a tropical pageant. The place was too narrow for broad manoeuvres, or for much more than to furnish an inspection of all arms to the General, and a display (with its meaning) to the populace.... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2011

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 16. Countess Ammiani Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 16. Countess Ammiani

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 16. Countess Ammiani
BOOK III CHAPTER XVI. COUNTESS AMMIANICountess Ammiani was a Venetian lady of a famous House, the name of which is as a trumpet sounding from the inner pages of the Republic. Her face was like a leaf torn from an antique volume; the hereditary features told the story of her days. The face was sallow and fireless; life had faded like a painted cloth upon the imperishable moulding. She had neither fire in her eyes nor colour on her skin. The thin close multitudinous wrinkles ran up accurately ruled from the chin to the forehead's centre, and touched faintly once or... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1761

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 15. Ammiani Through The Midnight Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 15. Ammiani Through The Midnight

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 15. Ammiani Through The Midnight
BOOK III CHAPTER XV. AMMIANI THROUGH THE MIDNIGHTAmmiani hurried Vittoria out of the street to make safety sure. 'Home,' she said, ashamed of her excitement, and not daring to speak more words, lest the heart in her throat should betray itself. He saw what the fright had done for her. Perhaps also he guessed that she was trying to conceal her fancied cowardice from him. 'I have kissed her hands,' he thought, and the memory of it was a song of tenderness in his blood by the way. Vittoria's dwelling-place was near the Duomo, in a narrow thoroughfare leading from the... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3333

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 14. At The Maestro's Door Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 14. At The Maestro's Door

Vittoria - Book 3 - Chapter 14. At The Maestro's Door
BOOK III CHAPTER XIV. AT THE MAESTRO'S DOORThe house of the Maestro Rocco Ricci turned off the Borgo della Stella. Carlo Ammiani conducted Vittoria to the maestro's door. They conversed very little on the way. 'You are a good swordsman?' she asked him abruptly. 'I have as much skill as belongs to a perfect intimacy with the weapon,' he answered. 'Your father was a soldier, Signor Carlo.' 'He was a General officer in what he believed to be the army of Italy. We used to fence together every day for two hours.' 'I love the fathers who do that,' said Vittoria.... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2475

Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 13. The Plot Of The Signor Antonio Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 13. The Plot Of The Signor Antonio

Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 13. The Plot Of The Signor Antonio
BOOK II CHAPTER XIII. THE PLOT OF THE SIGNOR ANTONIOThere was no concealment as to Laura's object in making request for the services of Beppo. She herself knew it to be obvious that she intended to probe and cross-examine the man, and in her wilfulness she chose to be obtuse to opinion. She did not even blush to lean a secret ear above the stairs that she might judge, by the tones of Vittoria's voice upon her giving Beppo the order to wait, whether she was at the same time conveying a hint for guardedness. But Vittoria said not a word:... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3389

Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 12. The Bronze Butterfly Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 12. The Bronze Butterfly

Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 12. The Bronze Butterfly
BOOK II CHAPTER XII. THE BRONZE BUTTERFLYThe two women were facing one another in a painful silence when Carlo Ammiani was announced to them. He entered with a rapid stride, and struck his hands together gladly at sight of Vittoria. Laura met his salutation by lifting the accusing butterfly attached to Vittoria's dress. 'Yes; I expected it,' he said, breathing quick from recent exertion. 'They are kind--they give her a personal warning. Sometimes the dagger heads the butterfly. I have seen the mark on the Play-bills affixed to the signorina's name.' 'What does it mean?' said Laura, speaking huskily, with her... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 928

Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 11. Laura Piaveni Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 11. Laura Piaveni

Vittoria - Book 2 - Chapter 11. Laura Piaveni
BOOK II CHAPTER XI. LAURA PIAVENIAfter dark on the same day antecedent to the outbreak, Vittoria, with her faithful Beppo at her heels, left her mother to run and pass one comforting hour in the society of the Signora Laura Piaveni and her children. There were two daughters of a parasitical Italian nobleman, of whom one had married the patriot Giacomo Piaveni, and one an Austrian diplomatist, the Commendatore Graf von Lenkenstein. Count Serabiglione was traditionally parasitical. His ancestors all had moved in Courts. The children of the House had illustrious sponsors. The House itself was a symbolical sunflower constantly turning... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1020

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 7. Barto Rizzo Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 7. Barto Rizzo

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 7. Barto Rizzo
BOOK I CHAPTER VII. BARTO RIZZOA week following the day of meetings on the Motterone, Luigi the spy was in Milan, making his way across the Piazza de' Mercanti. He entered a narrow court, one of those which were anciently built upon the Oriental principle of giving shade at the small cost of excluding common air. It was dusky noon there through the hours of light, and thrice night when darkness fell. The atmosphere, during the sun's short passage overhead, hung with a glittering heaviness, like the twinkling iron-dust in a subterranean smithy. On the lower window of one of the... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3614

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 6. The Warning Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 6. The Warning

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 6. The Warning
BOOK I CHAPTER VI. THE WARNINGA mountain ascended by these children of the forcible Isle, is a mountain to be captured, and colonized, and absolutely occupied for a term; so that Vittoria soon found herself and her small body of adherents observed, and even exclaimed against, as a sort of intruding aborigines, whose presence entirely dispelled the sense of romantic dominion which a mighty eminence should give, and which Britons expect when they have expended a portion of their energies. The exclamations were not complimentary; nevertheless, Vittoria listened with pleased ears, as one listens by a brookside near an old home,... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3404

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 5. The Spy Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 5. The Spy

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 5. The Spy
BOOK I CHAPTER V. THE SPYBeppo had effected a firm capture of his man some way down the slope. But it was a case of check that entirely precluded his own free movements. They hung together intertwisted in the characters of specious pacificator and appealing citizen, both breathless. "There! you want to hand me up neatly; I know your vanity, my Beppo; and you don't even know my name," said the prisoner. "I know your ferret of a face well enough," said Beppo. "You dog the signorina. Come up, and don't give trouble." "Am I not a sheep? You worry me.... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2609

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 4. Ammiani's Intercession Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 4. Ammiani's Intercession

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 4. Ammiani's Intercession
BOOK I CHAPTER IV. AMMIANI'S INTERCESSIONIt was a surprise to all of them, save to Agostino Balderini, who passed his inspecting glance from face to face, marking the effect of the announcement. Corte gazed at her heavily, but not altogether disapprovingly. Giulio Bandinelli and Marco Sana, though evidently astonished, and to some extent incredulous, listened like the perfectly trusty lieutenants in an enterprise which they were. But Carlo Ammiani stood horror-stricken. The blood had left his handsome young olive-hued face, and his eyes were on the signorina, large with amazement, from which they deepened to piteousness of entreaty. "Signorina!--you! Can it... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1432

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 3. Signorina Vittoria Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 3. Signorina Vittoria

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 3. Signorina Vittoria
BOOK I CHAPTER III. SIGNORINA VITTORIAThe old man had introduced her with much of the pride of a father displaying some noble child of his for the first time to admiring friends. "She is one of us," he pursued; "a daughter of Italy! My daughter also; is it not so?" He turned to her as for a confirmation. The signorina pressed his fingers. She was a little intimidated, and for the moment seemed shy and girlish. The shade of her broad straw hat partly concealed her vivid features. "Now, gentlemen, if you please, the number is complete, and we may proceed... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1583

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 2. On The Heights Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 2. On The Heights

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 2. On The Heights
BOOK I CHAPTER II. ON THE HEIGHTSHe was a man of middle stature, thin, and even frail, as he stood defined against the sky; with the complexion of the student, and the student's aspect. The attentive droop of his shoulders and head, the straining of the buttoned coat across his chest, the air as of one who waited and listened, which distinguished his figure, detracted from the promise of other than contemplative energy, until his eyes were fairly seen and felt. That is, until the observer became aware that those soft and large dark meditative eyes had taken hold of him.... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2889

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 1. Up Monte Motterone Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 1. Up Monte Motterone

Vittoria - Book 1 - Chapter 1. Up Monte Motterone
BOOK I CHAPTER I. UP MONTE MOTTERONEFrom Monte Motterone you survey the Lombard plain. It is a towering dome of green among a hundred pinnacles of grey and rust-red crags. At dawn the summit of the mountain has an eagle eye for the far Venetian boundary and the barrier of the Apennines; but with sunrise come the mists. The vast brown level is seen narrowing in; the Ticino and the Sesia waters, nearest, quiver on the air like sleepy lakes; the plain is engulphed up to the high ridges of the distant Southern mountain range, which lie stretched to a faint... Long Stories - Post by : Trevor_Reed - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 3390

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 17 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 17

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 17
BOOK III CHAPTER XVIIThe baroness expected to see Alvan in the morning, for he kept appointments, and he had said he would come. She conceived that she was independent of personal wishes on the subject of Clotilde; the fury of his passion prohibited her forming any of the wishes we send up to destiny when matters interesting us are in suspense, whether we have liberated minds or not. She thought the girl would grant the interview; was sure the creature would yield in his presence; and then there was an end to the shining of Alvan! Supposing the other possibility, he... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2445

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 16 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 16

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 16
BOOK III CHAPTER XVIThen he found himself saying: 'At the age I touch!'... At the age of forty, men that love love rootedly. If the love is plucked from them, the life goes with it. He backed on his physical pride, a stout bulwark. His forty years--the forty, the fifty, the sixty of Alvan, matched the twenties and thirties of other men. Still it was true that he had reached an age when the desire to plant his affections in a dear fair bosom fixedly was natural. Fairer, dearer than she was never one on earth! He stood bareheaded for coolness,... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1046

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 15 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 15

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 15
BOOK III CHAPTER XVHe slept. Near upon morning he roused with his tender fit strong on him, but speechless in the waking as it had been dreamless in sleep. It was a happy load on his breast, a life about to be born, and he thought that a wife beside him would give it language. She should have, for she would call out, his thousand flitting ideas now dropped on barren ground for want of her fair bosom to inspire, to vivify, to receive. Poetry laid a hand on him: his desire of the wife, the children, the citizen's good name--of... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1971

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 14 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 14

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 14
BOOK III CHAPTER XIVLate in the day Alvan was himself able to inform her that he had overcome Clotilde's father after a struggle of hours. The General had not consented to everything: he had granted enough, evidently in terror of the man who had captured Count Hollinger; and it way arranged that Tresten and Storchel were to wait on Clotilde next morning, and hear from her mouth whether she yielded or not to Alvan's request to speak with her alone before the official interview in the presence of the notary, when she was publicly to state her decision and freedom of... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 2041

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 13 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 13

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 13
BOOK III CHAPTER XIIIHis love meantime was the mission and the burden of Alvan, and he was not ashamed to speak of it and plead for it; and the pleading was not done troubadourishly, in soft flute-notes, as for easement of tuneful emotions beseeching sympathy. He was liker to a sturdy beggar demanding his crust, to support life, of corporations that can be talked into admitting the rights of man; and he vollied close logical argumentation, on the basis of the laws, in defence of his most natural hunger, thunder in his breast and bright new heavenly morning alternating or clashing... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 1857

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 12 The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 12

The Tragic Comedians: A Study In A Well-known Story - Book 3 - Chapter 12
BOOK III CHAPTER XIIShe ran out to the shade of the garden walls to be by herself and in the air, and she read; and instantly her own letter to the baroness crashed sentence upon sentence, in retort, springing up with the combative instinct of a beast, to make discord of the stuff she read, and deride it. Twice she went over the lines with this defensive accompaniment; then they laid octopus-limbs on her. The writing struck chill as a glacier cave. Oh, what an answer to that letter of fervid respectfulness, of innocent supplication for maternal affection, for some degree... Long Stories - Post by : blakekr - Date : May 2012 - Author : George Meredith - Read : 690