A Matter Of Taste; A Novel

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byGeorge Henry Picard

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... III. At Alicia's Court. Alicia's Court,--upon which Mr. John Forester had bestowed the high-sounding title of "the American Foundation "--was not invested with the simplicity which is popularly supposed to clothe republican institutions--both at home and abroad. A certain amount of state was necessary to Mrs. Talcote's proper amplification. She did not complain--as many another American woman must have done,--that there was a surplus of space in the great salons of the Palazzo Americani. She found them empty indeed, yet nothing disheartened, she proceeded without delay to fill them, at first with everything she could gather together out of the scanty treasures remaining to the plundered Venetians, and then,--since there yet was left an abundance of room,--with people, of whom she found a sufficient number to carry out her purpose. There speedily arose a great deal of emulation among the native artificers--especially among those whose happy handicraft it is to produce antiquities at a few hours notice. The news of the great lady's project spread out among all the islands in the lagoons, and there was an actual revival of trade. One lucky glass-blowing beggar of Murano was likely to make his fortune from the accidental discovery of a method of cracking his wares in such an artistic manner that they at once took on mediaeval graces. The British Augustines had from the first found themselves in a strange and not wholly comfortable position. If they could not approve of Alicia as a whole, they were at least a good deal affected by her magnificence. Tom Augustine, who, to borrow his own parlance, "had seen a bit of the world," was for once thrown into the way of a decided novelty. At certain moments, indeed, he felt in doubt as to how far the strange intimacy b...

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... III. At Alicia's Court. Alicia's Court,--upon which Mr. John Forester had bestowed the high-sounding title of "the American Fo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217426662

ISBN - 13:9780217426664

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