Italian Life in Town and Country
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902 - Italy - 327 pages
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Page 118 - here, there and everywhere," and "not only seen but heard"; they are "allowed to sprawl over the guests, and if they can talk, they frequently interrupt their elders or contradict them." He says further: "The average Italian mother, especially among the bourgeoisie, has absolutely no notion as to how children ought to be brought up. She indulges them in every way, and lets them eat whatever they ask for, and then scolds .them for insufficient reason."1 ' Italian Life in Town and Country, p.
Page 106 - In oue palace in Florence the drawing-room is so enormous that one corner is used as a billiard-room, with a fullsized table ; another part is devoted to music, and is occupied by a concert grand; another part is the hostess's boudoir; and all the rest serves as an ordinary reception-room. When a dance is given, the carpet is partiy rolled up, some of the furniture is pushed aside, and there is a ballroom ready for use.