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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When she was born, the Prince, her father, wishing to give her a name that would always immediately suggest the idea of a cloister and which had been borne by a saint of high family, called her Gertrude.

It is also noted for the extraordinary description of the plague that geertrude Milan around In those days, it was possible for two people to marry by declaring themselves married before a priest and in the presence of two amenable witnesses. Occupations succeeded one another without interruption — one treading, as it were, upon the heels of another.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni : Chapter 10

Do you choose for yourself. They are all so. There was one, too, who, remembering how she had been induced by similar arts to do what she afterwards repented of, felt a deep comparison for the poor little innocent, and showed that compassion by bestowing on her tender and melancholy caresses, which she was far from suspecting were tending towards the same result; and thus the affair proceeded.

She would then compare herself with her companions, whose confidence was prmoessi a far different kind, and experienced lamentably that envy of their condition which, at first, she endeavoured to awaken in them. The prospect that appeared most probable gertgude, that she would be taken back to spoi monastery at Monza, no longer to appear as the Signorina, but as a guilty person, to be shut up there — who knew how long!

Whether by art or chance, it happened just as when a card-player, holding up to view a pack of cards, bids the spectator think of one, and then will tell him which it is, having previously disposed gertrde in such a way that but one of them can be seen.

How often would she gladly have listened to her real voice, and borne her rebukes, whatever they might threaten, rather than be for ever haunted in the depths of her mental ear by the imaginary whisperings of that same voice, and hear words to which it was useless to reply, repeated with a pertinacity and an indefatigable perseverance of which no living being was ever capable!


The Signora, however, did not seem to be of this opinion. Her countenance, which showed her to be about twenty-five years old, gave the impression, at a first glance, of beauty, but of beauty worn, faded, and, one might almost say, spoiled. The she repented of these repentances; and thus days and months were spent in an incessant alternation of wishes and regrets. The sight of a bride, in the more obvious and common sense of the word, aroused in her envy and anguish, to a degree almost intolerable; and sometimes the sight of some other individual made her feel as if to hear that title given to herself would be the height of felicity.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni

They struggle in the darkness. During the drive home Gertrude felt little inclination to speak. Have no threatenings, no flatteries been resorted to?

The old woman talked while undressing Gertrude; she talked after she had lain down, and even continued talking after Gertrude was asleep. 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 geftrude, 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.

The cart stood waiting for them; the gerrude saluted the three expected travellers, and bid them get in; and then, with his voice and a stroke of the whip, he started the animal and set forward.

I should say, he is the devil himself; but you gertruee excuse me if I speak improperly, for we are poor folk, as God made us. 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. And on this choice, too, she multiplied questions which astonished the poor girl, and put her to the blush.

On approaching their destination the Prince renewed his instructions to his daughter, and repeated over to her several times the prescribed form of reply. A bakery in the 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 government of Milan is unable to keep bread prices down by decree and the city is swamped by beggars.


The sight of those nuns who had co-operated in bringing her hither was proessi to her: I know that you are not deficient in it, and that you are not a child, to go spoil a good undertaking just at the conclusion; but I must foresee and provide for all contingencies. They reached the door, and Gertrude found herself standing before the Lady Abbess.

Our travellers reached Monza shortly after sun-rise; the driver turned into an inn, and, as if at home in the place and well acquainted with the landlord, ordered a room for gertrdue newly-arrived guests, and accompanied them thither. The worthy priest then began to question her in the usual prescribed forms.

To the majestic, but circumscribed and cold, images the headship of a monastery could furnish, they opposed the varied and bright pictures of a husband, guests, routs, towns, tournaments, retinues, dress, and equipages. The young Prince has already been down to the stables and come back, and is ready to start whenever you are. Manzoni’s chosen title, Gli sposi promessiwas changed for the sake of euphony shortly before its final commitment to printing.

The little Gertrude, brought up with high ideas of her superiority, talked very magnificently of her future destiny as abbess and principal of the monastery; she wished to be an object of envy to the others on every account, and saw with astonishment and vexation that some of them paid no attention to all her boasting.

His wretched auditor was completely overwhelmed; and then the Prince, gradually softening his voice and language, proceeded to say, that for every fault there was a remedy and a hope of mercy; that hers was one the remedy for which was very distinctly indicated; that she ought to see in this sad event a warning, as it were, that a worldly life was too full of danger for her.

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.

In the course of the story, the reason of all this mystery appears.