New Canterbury Tales

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Macmillan, 1901 - English fiction - 262 pages
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Page 264 - This work, for any one of several solid reasons, must be regarded M 0f very unusual interest. In the matter of style alone, it is an achievement, an extraordinary achievement . . .; in the matter of interpreting nature there are passages in this book that I have never seen surpassed in prose fiction.
Page 264 - A series of adventures as original as they are romantic. . . . ' The Forest Lovers ' is a piece of ancient arras ; a thing mysteriously beautiful, a book that is real, and, at the same time, radiant with poetry and art. 'The Forest Lovers' will be read with admiration, and preserved with something more than respect.
Page 234 - Camilla was pleased to see, seemed a backward fellow. Don Galeotto came quickly forward into the hall and kissed his cousin on both cheeks. "' The deaths of fifty porters,' he said gallantly, ' would not have been too great a price for this. Besides, cousins have a blood-tie, not always recognized, to which that of a porter or two may well be sacrificed.' He kissed Donna Camilla again, then let his tongue run on to the wonders of Venice. "' A well-set jewel indeed, this Venice !' he exclaimed. '...
Page 3 - PRAY do not suppose that Chaucer's were the only pilgrims to woo the Canterbury way with stories, nor that theirs was the only road by which to seek the Head of Thomas. His people may have set the fashion and himself a tantalizing standard of attainment ; but that is a poor-hearted chronicler who withholds from a tale because some other has told one well.
Page 244 - As fruit of this self-communion she bore a formal proposal of her hand to Donna Camilla, which was tremulously and gratefully accepted by the lady. " The sestiere of San-Pietro-in-Castello lies between that of Saint Mark and the Lido. It was then chiefly populated by gondoliers and their families and enjoyed a singular custom. But then it had been the scene of a singular event. Centuries before, the Levantine pirates had ravished brides from it...
Page 249 - It seems, mamma mia,' said he, ' that I have accidentally married this young gentleman." " ' You are the greatest fool in Europe,' said the Countess, ' and I speak as the widow of your father. Pray, in what capacity do you stand? As husband or wife ? ' " Galeotto made the most of his opening. " ' I see the difficulty,' he said as dispassionately as he could. ' It is a very real one. Eugenio, my friend, how do you take it ? ' "'I take it very ill,' said Eugenio sulkily: 'but I agree with her ladyship's...
Page 112 - Matthoeus did earnestly pretend for the hand of Donna Emilia, and without a dower. The Visdomini were bare to the bones of money and lands; the dowry-quittance should tempt them, Luca judged: not so Matteo. But Matteo, in truth, did so urgently long for sight or touch of his little Emilia that he sent his brother against his own hopes — that thus, at second-hand, he himself might seem to deal with her. ' Take her, dear Luca, this ring," said the honest lover, ' and give her one message from me...
Page 148 - Quare fremuerunt, in a sweet shrill voice; but next, with richer volume, Pange lingua gloriosi, and (with a sobbing descant very lovely to hear) Anima Christi. Last of all, tired as he was, he sang in a dead hush, on a strange, meek, questing note, with the self-fed rapture of a lonely bird, that hymn of comfortable prophecy, which runs at its close — "' Pax ibi florida, pascua vivida, viva medulla, Nulla molestia, nulla tragcedia, lacryma nulla. O sancta potio, sacra refectio, pax animarum, O...
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Page 126 - Me you shall have in good time,' says Matteo again, 'and make your pleasure of my carcase. But if you want her whom you have made shameful, you shall come and fetch her.' " ' I have nothing to do with your wife, fellow,' says my lord. " ' She is not my wife, dog, thanks to you ! ' Matteo thundered, and turned to the girl. ' Emilia,' says he, ' art thou mine or his ? Art thou mine or another's ? ' Her lips moved, but not her eyes.

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