An Account of the Manners and Customs of Italy: With Observations on the Mistakes of Some Travellers, with Regard to that Country. By Joseph Baretti. ...

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T. Davies; and L. Davis and C. Rymers [sic], 1768 - Italy - 330 pages
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Page 63 - ... enquiring after the opinion that people of their rank had of this affair, I found, that both men and women were, upon the whole, rather favourable to the fellow, who had given her no motive for ficklenefs, and thought his fentence too hard $ not pitying the girl much, as me had proved a jilt. This touchy temper in our low people I am far from commending. Yet, if...
Page 60 - ... and communions generally once a month ; beating their breafts in the fervour of their devout ejaculations ; never breaking lent or meagre days, if they are well ; and if they are ill, never without afking firft leave for fo doing of their ecclefiaftical fuperiors. Their religion is carried to fuperftition undoubtedly ; but ftill they are religious.
Page 64 - Italy, a point which he knows in in his confcience he never was at die trouble of examining, I may affirm, on the contrary, that it is not uncommon to find in the cottage of an Italian peafant the implements of agriculture along with the net and the loom ; and that a great many of them are, at once, hufbandmen, fifliermen, and weavers. See them work...
Page vii - Englilh writers, who after a (hort tour have ventured to defcribe Italy and the Italians. Much lefs would I pafs it upon my reader for a complete and fatisfaflory account of that celebrated country, taken in any one of thofe many points of view, under which it may be confidered. I hope no body will fo much miftake the nature of my defign. I had long obferved, with fome indignation, that...
Page 54 - They are civil to fuch a degree, that in towns they will Always take care to give the wall to any body who has a tolerable appearance, and .pull off their hats, in the country, whenever a gentleman goes by.
Page 61 - ... will fuddenly kindle a good number of them, and make them fall upon one another with .their knives, I fay from an equal...
Page 57 - Few of the Italian nations will fufFer themfelves to be feized by a violent and general rage once in a century, except at Naples, when the want of bread grows quite...
Page 2 - ... of this and that individual, but general pictures of nature in the countries through which he has travelled.. Every unexperienced reader will infallibly be pleafed with an opportunity of laughing at the prodigious.
Page 56 - ... muft think of having their young maids or footmen at home before night, as they will abfolutely go where there is a dance, generally in feme field or other open place adjacent to their towns or villages; and there keep their legs in motion in the merrieft manner till funfet. The men, on fuch occafions, pay the fiddles, giving fome money to them before they begin their minuets, furlana's, ciaccona's, or corrente's. As fuch dances are conftantly kept in the eyes of the public, you may be fure that...
Page 57 - When they meet in large crowds, they do not turn infolent and ferocious, as • * it often happens in other countries ; and Mr. Sharp himfelf took notice of vaft multitudes, which behaved with fuch compofure and quiet, that he could not help wondering ; and he owns that it had not been the cafe in London, where...

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