9780140431391 / 014043139X

Romola (Penguin English Library)


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Publisher:Penguin Classics, 1980



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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: the way of cut and cloth on this side the Holy Sepulchre that ca.a puzzle a Florentine." " Or frighten him, either," said Nello, " after he has seen an Englander or a German." " No, no," said Bratti, cordially; " one may never lose sight of the Cupola and yet know the world, I hope. Besides, this stranger's clothes are good Italian merchandise, and the hose he wears were dyed in Ognissanti before ever they were dyed with salt water, as he says. But the riddle about him is " Here Bratti's explanation was interrupted by some jostling as they reached one of the entrances of the piazza, and before he could resume it they had caught sight of the enigmatical object they were in search of. CHAPTER II. BREAEFAST FOR LOVE. After Bratti had joined the knot of talkers, the young stranger, hopeless of learning what was the cause of the general agitation, and not much caring to know what was probably of little interest to any but born Florentines, soon became tired of waiting for Bratti's escort; and chose to stroll round the piazza, looking out for some vender of eatables who might happen to have less than the average curiosity about public news. But as if at the suggestion of a sudden thought, he thrust his hand into a purse or wallet that hung at his waist, and explored it again and again with a look of frustration. "Not an obolus, by Jupiter!" he murmured, in a lan- fuage which was not Tuscan or even Italian. "I thought had one poor piece left. I must get my breakfast for love, then!" He had not gone many steps farther before it seemed likely that? he had found a quarter of' the market where that medium of exchange might not be rejected. In a corner, away from any group of talkers, two mules were standing, well adorned with red tassels and collars. One of them...

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