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1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of his nation, and proceeded to usher me
up a trembling staircase into one of the before-mentioned
apartments. It was a clean little room enough, with a cemented
floor, four whitewashed walls, and a ceiling adorned with odd,
twisted scrolls, each scroll ending with what would appear to have
been intended for the semblance of a human figure. Could I have
dinner in an hour? I next inquired. Certainly I could have dinner
in an hour, or at any hour. The hotel was not at present
full--rather the contrary. There was another guest, however, a
young gentleman, who by a miracle had ordered his dinner for the
same hour; the two signori should be served together. This point
decided, I presently sauntered out again, and sat down upon one of
the stone ledges which ran along both sides of the little piazza.
Even without the assurance of my conversational friend of the
station I could have guessed that a festa was in progress, it being
difficult otherwise to account for the evident buzz of excitement,
the endless squeaking of penny whistles and ringing of cracked
bells, which had been going on without intermission from the moment
I set foot in San Biagio. All the world, his wife, his sons and
daughters, not to speak of his dogs, his goats, and his
grandchildren, seemed to be promenading in the immediate vicinity
of the perch I had selected. Below me the big town wall, shaggy
with pellitories and sedums, dropped some thirty or forty feet into
a tangle of olives and chestnuts, the latter still only in half
leaf. I could see the bluish, halt-ripened spikes of barley
pricking their way upwards between protecting lattices of yellow
canes. Beyond, a few scattered houses showed pink or brown amongst
the leaves. As far as I could make out, this part of the region
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