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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Meanwhile, Lucia spends a similarly restless night, during which she vows to take the veil if she is delivered from her predicament. This involves a great robber baron whose name has not been recorded, and who hence is called l’Innominatothe Unnamed.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni : Chapter 10

Perhaps they might have known more of her fate, had they, instead of seeking at a distance, dug up the ground near at hand. He then begged the guide to come again to the convent, to take back a reply; he promised to do so, and took his leave of the women, who loaded him with thanks and messages to Father Cristoforo. Manzoni was firmly in favour of the dialect of Florence and, after “washing his vocabulary on the banks of the Arno ” as he put ithe revised the novel’s language for its republication in 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.

I took possession of the most secret recesses of her heart, as of a gorgeous retreat; hither she retired from present objects; here she entertained various personages strangely compounded of the confused remembrances of childhood, the little she had seen of the external world, and what she had gathered in conversations with her companions; she entertained herself with them, talked to them, and replied in their name; here she gave commands, and here she received homage of every kind.

Perhaps it might have gone on thus to the end, if Gertrude had been the only little girl in the monastery; but among her school-fellows, there were some who knew they were designed for marriage. Her life is not improved when a wealthy busybody, Donna Prassede, insists on taking her into her household and admonishing her for getting mixed up with a good-for-nothing like Renzo.

The behaviour of this youth approached more nearly than anything she had yet seen to the state of things that Gertrude had pictured to her imagination, and more resembled the doings of her ideal characters.

Here and there among them were seen the glancing of certain bright eyes and some little faces peeping out from between the cowls: This man, having, from a little window which overlooked the court-yard, seen Gertrude occasionally passing, or idly loitering there, and allured, rather than intimidated, by the dangers and impiety of the act, ventured one day to address her. She thought of her father, of her family; and the idea made her shrink back in horror.


The unhappy girl shrank back in horror from such an idea, and tried to find some other reply, which would more speedily release her from this unpleasant inter-view.

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The novel is commonly described as “the most widely read work in the Italian language. Towards the morning, on looking out of his window, the Unnamed sees throngs of people walking past. They alleged, therefore, these orders, and a hundred other reasons; — people would gossip — the longer the separation was delayed, the more painful it would be — he could come again soon, to give and learn news; — so that, at last, the youth determined to go.

Gertrude will be glad to take an airing. The sight of those nuns who had co-operated in bringing her hither was hateful to her: It is one of the peculiar and incommunicable properties of the Christian religion, that she can afford guidance and repose to all who, under whatever circumstances, or in whatever exigence, have recourse to her.

We must let them talk, particularly when we have need of them; we must pretend to be listening to them seriously, as if they were saying very bright things. The government of Milan is unable to keep bread prices down by decree and the city is swamped by beggars. Saggio sui Promessi SposiEinaudi, Torino, One moment, an attentive observer would imagine they were soliciting affection, intercourse, pity; at another, he would gather thence a momentary revelation of ancient and smothered hatred — of some indescribable, fierce disposition; and when they remained immovably fixed without attention, some might have imagined a proud indifference, while others would have suspected the labouring of some secret thought, the overpowering dominion of an idea familiar to her mind, and more engrossing than surrounding objects.

Shortly after finally taking the veil, Gertrude had been appointed teacher of the young people who attended the convent for education, and it may easily be imagined what would be their situation under such discipline.

Her parents and teachers had cultivated and increased her natural vanity, to reconcile her to the cloisters; but when this passion was excited by ideas so much calculated to stimulate it, she quickly entered into them with a more lively and spontaneous ardour.

If, in this interval, any doubts had arisen in your mind, any misgivings, or youthful regrets, you ought to have expressed them; but at the point at which we have now arrived, it is no longer the time to play the child. Our unhappy Signora promesai yet unborn when her condition was irrevocably determined upon. Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Young Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Alarmed at the step eposi had taken, ashamed at her want of spirit, and vexed with others as well as herself, she tried to enumerate the opportunities which still remained of saying no, and languidly and promewsi resolved in her own mind that in this, or that, or the other instance she would be more open and courageous.


I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni

Still more painful were the impressions made upon her by the assemblies and amusements of the city. You ought to be out of your nest at this hour.

Agnese and Lucia reverently curtseyed: The worthy man who is coming to you this morning, will ask you a hundred questions about your election, and whether you go of your own good will, and why, and how, and what not besides.

The portress of the convent has, a few days ago, settled her last daughter in the world. The good priest little knew what a terrible chord he was touching; and Gertrude had to make a great effort not to betray in her countenance the effect which these words produced on her mind, as she replied: No sooner did the poor girl find herself alone with her mother, than she opened her whole mind to her; but Agnese, being more experienced, in a very few words quieted her doubts, and solved the mystery.

Their reassurance is short-lived: The idea of the necessity of her consent, which hitherto had been, as it were, unnoticed, and hidden gertrure a corner of her mind, now unfolded and displayed itself in all its importance. She told her of some of her aunts and near relations who had been very happy as nuns, because, being of so high a family, they had always enjoyed the first honours, and had been able to have a good deal of influence beyond the walls of the convent; so that, from their parlour, they had come off victorious in undertakings in which the first ladies of the land had been quite foiled.

In the conversations of these three there appeared to reign a great confidence, which rendered the exclusion of Gertrude doubly sensible and painful. After a hasty repetition of the most important hints, he left his daughter alone with promessj, according gertrjde the usual custom.

He is now the subject of diplomatic conflict between Milan and Bergamo.

How often during the day did the image of the ill-fated nun rush unbidden into her mind, and fix itself there, not easily to be removed! Lucia’s mother, Agnese, advises Renzo to ask the advice of “Dr. In the street Lucia is seized and bundled into a coach.

Lucia sends a message to “Fra Cristoforo” Friar Christophera respected Capuchin friar at the monastery of Pescarenicoasking him to come as soon as he can.