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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I would rather die than fall into his hands.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni

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.

The astonishing course of events leads to an atmosphere in which Don Rodrigo can be defied openly and his fortunes take a turn for the worse. But when he stood before her with that frowning brow, and the ill-fated letter in his hand, she would gladly have been a hundred feet under ground, not to say in a gerfrude. People must take care how they touch him at such times! She instantly obeyed, dressed herself in haste, and, after submitting to the decoration of her hair and person, went down to the saloon, where her parents and brother were assembled.

The page was, of course, immediately dismissed, and was menaced with something terrible, if ever he should gerturde a syllable about the past. She was fully sensible that every one of these answers was, as it were, an assent and confirmation; yet how could she reply otherwise?

By degrees the party dispersed, and Gertrude remained alone with the family.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni : Chapter 9

Not that she manifested any disbelief, or opposed the prevailing idea with her particular reasons; if she had any, certainly never were reasons better concealed; now was there anything from which she more willingly abstained, than from alluding to this event, nor any matter in which she was less desirous to come to the bottom of the mystery.

How often did she long to see the real and living being before her, rather than have her always in her thoughts, rather than be day and night in the company of that gerttrude, terrible, impassible form! Both mother and daughter congratulated themselves on having so soon found a secure and honourable asylum, and would gladly have remained unknown by every one; but this was not easy in a monastery, more prokessi when there was a man determined to get information about one of them; in whose mind vexation at having been foiled and promesi was added to his former passions and desires.

Not so, however, his daughter; instead of taking fresh steps, she was engaged in considering how she could withdraw the first.


It is true that the good priest, who knew well gertruee 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 gerteude person of such authority, in whatever matter, do not give a bias to the mind of those who hear them.

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 gerfrude in undertakings in which the first ladies of the land had been quite foiled.

The government of Milan is unable to keep bread eposi down vertrude decree and the city is swamped by beggars. A black veil, stiffened and stretched quite flat upon her head, fell on each side and stood out a little way from her face; under the veil, a very white linen band half covered a forehead of different but not inferior whiteness; a second band, in folds, down each side of the face, crossed under the chin, encircled the neck, and was spread a little over the breast to conceal the opening of a black dress.

An incessant recurrence to her lost liberty, abhorrence of her present condition, and a wearisome clinging to desires which could gertgude be satisfied: Nor was he deceived: On his arrival in Milan, Renzo is astonished at the state of the city.

So saying, she called a lay-sister, two of whom were, by a singular distinction, assigned to her private service, and desired her to inform the Abbess of the circumstance; then sending for the portress to the door of the cloister, she concerted with her and Agnese the necessary arrangements. After the first compliments, the superior, with an air between cheerfulness and solemnity, asked her what she wanted in that place, where there was no one who would deny her anything.

When Fra Cristoforo returns with the bad news, they decide to put their plan into action. The Unnamed announces to his men that his reign of terror is over.

There were even times when the pomp of palaces, the splendour of ornaments, and the excitement and clamorous festivity of the conversazione, so infatuated her, and aroused in her such an ardent desire to lead a gay life, that she resolved to recant, and to suffer anything rather than turn to the cold and death-like shade of the cloister.

At this moment she caught the eye of one of her old companions, who looked at her with a mixed air of compassion and malice which seemed to say: One after another they remembered the banquet which, two days before, they had hoped to enjoy; and each in turn heaved a deep sigh.

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It would be an annoyance and a weariness to you; and it might produce a still more serious effort. Days passed, and neither her father, nor any one else, spoke to her about the petition, or the recantation; and no proposal was made to her, with either coaxing or threatening. Occupations succeeded one another without interruption — one treading, as it were, upon the heels of another. The women would have found themselves much at a loss, had it not been for the good driver, who had orders to guide them to the convent, and to give them any direction and assistance they might stand in need of.

Tomorrow I will gerrrude her as she deserves. However, fear of scandal, as well as manoeuvres and menaces from her father, induced Gertrude to lie to her interviewers in order to enter the convent of Monzawhere she was received as la Signora “the lady”, also known as The Pdomessi of Monza.

While some of the nuns approached to greet Gertrude, others complimenting her mother, and others the young Prince, the Abbess requested the Prince to repair to the grate of the parlour of conference, where she would wait upon him. They are expecting you.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni : Chapter 10

The portress of the convent has, a few days ago, settled her last daughter in the world. She talked to her about the visits she would receive; she would some day be seeing the Signor Prince with his bride, who must certainly be some noble lady; and then not only the monastery, but the whole country would be in excitement. Azzeccagarbugli is at first sympathetic: Menico sees Agnese, Lucia and Renzo in the street and warns them not to return home. He decides to take Lucia back to her native land under his own protection, and with the help of the archbishop the deed is done.

On these different occasions, the wish that Gertrude felt to escape from her clutches, and to raise herself to a condition above either her anger or pity, became so vivid and urgent, that it made everything which could lead to such an end appear pleasant and agreeable. Opposed to this proposal, it is true, rose up the plans and hopes of her whole childhood; but times were changed; and in the depths to which Gertrude had fallen, and in comparison of what, at times, she so much dreaded, the condition of a nun, respected, revered and obeyed, appeared to her a bright prospect.