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He therefore sent to Gertrude to come to him, and prepared to strike the iron while it was hot. Gertrude had no sooner made her appearance, than, without. tinuous acceptance of l Promessi Sposi by the Italian public,which as a matter of fact owes to . gether, however, Gertrude and Lucia illustrate for Manzoni the. ‘Proceed,’ replied Gertrude. The worthy priest then began to question her in the usual prescribed forms. ‘ Do you feel in your heart a free, voluntary resolution to.

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Leave it to me, and I will get you entire satisfaction. This feeling she manifested by keeping them under, irritating them, and depreciating in anticipation the pleasures which they one day gertruce to enjoy. I admire your exactness; it is only right. This lady had been so much with Gertrude all the evening, and had so entirely engaged her attention, that it would have required an effort of imagination to think of another.

In the street Renzo announces loudly that he is being punished for his heroism the day before and, with the aid of sympathetic onlookers, he effects his escape. Renzo becomes prominent as he helps Ferrer make his way through the crowd.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni

Will you come with me? She displayed a great unwillingness again to be left alone with her maid, and complained bitterly of her treatment. His words were few, but terrible; the punishment named at the time was only to be confined in her own room under the charge of the maid who had made the discovery; but this was merely a foretaste, a temporary provision; he threatened, and left a vague promise of some other obscure, undefined, and therefore more dreadful punishment.

Her early companions had all left, but the passions called into exercise by them still remained; and, in one way or the other, the pupils were compelled to feel their full weight. Many, various, and strange, were the ideas that suggested themselves to the ardent and inexperienced imagination of Gertrude.

All that has been done hitherto has been done with your consent. They reached the door, and Gertrude found herself standing before the Lady Abbess. One who would have observed the momentary expression of vexation which accompanied this blush might have entertained some doubt of it, especially if he had compared it with that which diffused itself from time to time on the cheeks of Lucia.

She wished to have calmed her mind after so many scenes of excitement, to clear and arrange her thoughts, to render an account to herself of what she had done, and of what she was about to do, determine what she wished, and, for a moment at least, retard that machine, which, once started, was proceeding so precipitously; but there was no opening.

Arrived at the door, their conductor rang the bell, and asked for the guardian, who quickly made his appearance, and received the letter. Print hardback and paperback. I must confess that she has conducted herself very well, and has shown that she will not be prevented making the first figure, and maintaining the dignity of the family.


In her very dress, there was a display of either particularity or negligence, which betokened a nun of singular character; her head-dress was arranged with a kind of worldly carefulness, and from under the band around her head the end of a curl of glossy black hair appeared upon her temple, betraying either forgetfulness, or contempt of the rule which required them always to keep the hair closely shaven.

I should say, he is the devil himself; but you will excuse me if I speak improperly, for we are poor folk, as God made us. Whatever could the punishment be, so mysteriously threatened?

The Betrothed (Manzoni novel) – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After such a night as we have described, and as every one may imagine, the greatest part spent in mournful thoughts, with the constant dread of some unforeseen misfortune, in the melancholy silence of night, in the sharpness of a more than autumnal air, and amid the frequent jolts of the incommodious vehicle, which rudely shook the weary frames of our travellers, they soon felt themselves overpowered with sleep, and availed themselves of a sofa that stood in an adjoining room to take a little repose.

The worthy guide of the two women has said that the father of the Signora was the first man in Monza; and, comparing this testimony, whatever it may be worth, with some other indications which our anonymous author unintentionally suffers to escape here and there, we may very easily assert that he was the feudal head of that country.

This was the title of the person who, being solicited by the parents, became the guardian and escort of the young novice, in the interval between the request and the admission; an interval frequently spent in visiting churches, public palaces, conversazioni, villas, and temples; in short, everything of note in the city and its environs; so that the young people, before pronouncing the irrevocable vow, might be fully aware of what they were giving up.

But the less she spoke of it, the more did it occupy her thoughts. The company was more uninteresting, more scarce, and less varied than in the monastery. Lucia’s mother, Agnese, advises Renzo to ask the advice of “Dr. Many were the acclamations of this crowd, and many the hands held up in token of welcome and exultation. The young Prince has already been down to the stables and come back, and is ready to start whenever you are. The poor young girl understood it, and dared not venture to ask any further explanation.

I was not a bit surprised at it. You know that we nuns like to hear stories minutely. At every announcement of a visitor, Gertrude was obliged to go upstairs, and remain with some old woman in the service of the family; and here she dined whenever there was company.

On their arrival, a long toilette, dinner, visits, walks, a conversazione and supper, followed each other in rapid succession.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni : Chapter 9

Then there followed a confused and unusual sorrow for her fault, and an equal desire to expiate it. In the course of the story, the reason of all this mystery appears. But you need not doubt. When they hear the alarm being raised by the sacristan, who is calling for help on the part of Don Abbondio who raised the alarm of invaders in his home, they assume they have been betrayed and flee in confusion.


She was standing, as we have said, near the grated window, languidly leaning on it with one hand, twining her delicately-white fingers in the interstices, and with her head slightly bent downwards, surveying the advancing party. The sisters were obliged to bear all these vicissitudes as they best could, and attributed them to the wayward and fickle disposition of the Signora.

When once he had gone, she would be left alone with the Prince, and of what she would then have to endure in that house, the worthy priest could know nothing; or, even if he did, he could only pity her.

In him she had centred all her pleasures, all her hopes, all her pride. Meanwhile, Lorenzo comes up with a plan. Has no authority been made use of to persuade you to this step? She recalled, over and over again, the bitterness of the past, rearranged in her mind all the circumstances by which she had reached her present situation, and undid in thought a thousand times what she had done in act.

She rose from her seat, went to the table, took up the fatal pen, and wrote a letter to her father, full of enthusiasm and humiliation, of affliction and hope, imploring his pardon, and showing herself indefinitely ready to do anything that would please him who alone could grant it. It is true that the good priest, who knew well enough that mistrust was one of the most necessary virtues of his office, held as a maxim that he should be very slow in believing such protestations, and should be on his guard against pre-conceptions; but it seldom happens that the positive affirmations of a person of such authority, in whatever matter, do not give a bias to the mind of those who hear them.

Title page of edition. It was her father; he was irritated, and she felt herself guilty. Seldom, and only at certain fixed hours, was she admitted to the company of her parents and elder brother.

A bakery in promessk Corsia de’ Servi, El prestin di scansc “Bakery of the Crutches”is destroyed by a mob, who then go to the house of the Commissioner of Supply in order to lynch him. The Prince, and the rest of the family, considered it an assured thing, as if it had already taken place. During the drive home Gertrude felt little inclination to speak.