The English in Italy [By C.H. Phipps].
General Books, 2009 - 124 pages
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. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...a time to discover who Mozart was; and at length replied, that he did not think the Mosaic at Florence so perfect as at Rome." " He prides himself then in the love and knowledge of painting?" " Could not tell a Raphael from a Rubens. He went to sleep in the Tribune of the Gallery; and waked up to remark what damned thick legs the Venus had gotten." " Perhaps he is a poet. For I observed that the crowds of English, who come from England hither, dubbed with that title, esteem it no shame to profess not only an ignorance, but a contempt for the sister arts." " True, they come here by the scores, sad Goths, more ridiculous in their admiration than their contempt; but the Capitano is none of these. He is the very dregs of dullness. His profession is arms, yet he appears to me never to have seen a French soldier of the old time. His corset seems to be his only pride; deservedly his pride will be his death, for burst its lacings he must some day or other. I made him kneel and plead the other day in hopes of the catastrophe." " You seem resolved to punish his impertinence." " In good time no doubt an opportunity will offer." Little aware of any prepossession existing against him in the mind of the Countess, the gallant Captain continued his suit, and by all the ways, that an ignorant, vain, cold-hearted persecutor in the shape of a lover could render himself disagreeable and ridiculous, did Bellchamber. No Italian house is shut against him who has the requisite impudence to enter it: there exists in that agreeable hind no domestic circle, no churlish family set, who amuse themselves at whist or tea, defended from intrusion by the menial's ready lie. The doors of Italy know not how to lock--churches, palaces, cabins, and even gaols, are accessible and...
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