The Red Cardinal; A Romance

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byFrances Elliot

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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: ... and the Spaniards. The frowning walls and Gothic palaces, the sculptured piazzas, cavernous streets and mediaeval churches, pictures and carvings, domes, turrets and campanili--of a much earlier date. True there is a railway to Siena from Florence--continuing on to Eome--but the city itself altogether ignores it. The mediaeval gates refuse to give it entrance; the lofty walls look down on it with scorn. Under which circumstances it is fortunate that it approaches the city by a long tunnel, and is so folded up and enveloped among the deep scoring of valleys among the hills as to be, save for an occasional puff of. smoke, altogether invisible. The length of time that we were kept waiting for our luggage at the station, a subterranean vault that chilled our very bones, caused Frederick to use language that shocked me in a youth. I am a patient man, because I am a polite one; therefore I was silent. In Frederick's excuse I must say that in no continental city, Madrid excepted, has my temper been so tried. At length, a gaudily-painted omnibus (another concession to modern times) received us and our portmanteaus, and we drove slowly, through gloomy streets, to the " Grand Hotel." Here we are received by Mr. Batty, announced in the bills as English, standing, his legs far apart, on a door-mat, inscribed with the word "Welcome." The mat, together with Mr. Batty's ostentatiously British attire, close-cut hair, long whiskers, tight-fitting cutaway coat, narrow trousers and laced boots, causing in me grave doubts as to his nationality; an impression confirmed by his slightly foreign accent and the number and profoundness of the bows with which he greets us. Mr. Batty's wife, who has placed herself behind him, is unmistakably of our nation. Those red cheeks, keen eye...

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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: ... and the Spaniards. The frowning walls and Gothic palaces, the sculptured piazzas, cavernous streets and mediaeval churches, pi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217764983

ISBN - 13:9780217764988

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