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Project Gutenberg's Little Novels of Italy, by Maurice Henry Hewlett This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso Author: Maurice Henry Hewlett Release Date: March 29, 2007 [EBook #20929] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK LITTLE NOVELS OF ITALY *** Produced by Thierry Alberto, Juliet Sutherland, Martin Pettit and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net LITTLE NOVELS OF ITALY BY MAURICE HEWLETT AUTHOR OF "THE FOREST LOVERS," "PAN AND THE YOUNG SHEPHERD," "EARTHWORK OUT OF TUSCANY," ETC. New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD. 1899 _All rights reserved_ COPYRIGHT, 1899, By MAURICE HEWLETT. Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co.--Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A. TO HIS FRIEND AND ITALY'S MAJOR-GENERAL JOSEPH BONUS, R.E. THE AUTHOR DEDICATES HIS BOOK CONTENTS PAGE MADONNA OF THE PEACH-TREE 1 IPPOLITA IN THE HILLS 67 THE DUCHESS OF NONA 137 MESSER CINO AND THE LIVE COAL 225 THE JUDGMENT OF BORSO 254 LITTLE NOVELS OF ITALY MADONNA OF THE PEACH-TREE I VANNA IS BID FOR Not easily would you have found a girl more winning in a tender sort than Giovanna Scarpa of Verona at one and twenty, fair-haired and flushed, delicately shaped, tall and pliant, as she then was. She had to suffer her hours of ill report, but passes for near a saint now, in consequence of certain miracles and theophanies done on her account, which it is my business to declare; before those she was considered (if at all) as a girl who would certainly have been married three years ago if dowries had not been of moment in the matter. In a city of maids as pretty as they are modest--which no one will deny Verona to be--there may have been some whose charms in either kind were equal to hers, while their estate was better in accord; but the speculation is idle. Giovanna,
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