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(without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... THE THIRD MORNING. BEFORE THE SOLDAH. I PROMISED some note of
Sandro's Fortitude, before whom I asked you to sit and read the end
of my last letter; and I've lost my own notes about her, and
forget, now, whether she has a sword, or a mace;--it does not
matter. What is chiefly notable in her is--that you would not, if
you had to guess who she was, take her for Fortitude at all.
Everybody else's Fortitudes announce themselves clearly and
proudly. They have tower-like shields, and lion-like helmets--and
stand firm astride on their legs, --and are confidently ready for
all comers. Yes;--that is your common Fortitude. Very grand, though
common. But not the highest, by any means. Ready for all comers,
and a match for them, --thinks the universal Fortitude;--no thanks
to her for standing so steady, then But Botticelli's Fortitude is
no match, it may be, for any that are coming. Worn, somewhat; and
not a little weary, instead of standing ready for all comers, she
is sitting, --apparently in reverie, her fingers playing restlessly
and idly--nay, I think--even nervously, about the hilt of her
sword. For her battle is not to begin to-day; nor did it begin
yesterday. Many a mom and eve have passed since it began--and
now--is this to be the ending day of it? And if this--by what
manner of end? That is what Sandro's Fortitude is thinking. And the
playing fingers about the sword-hilt would fain let it fall, if it
might be: and yet, how swiftly and gladly will they close on it,
when the far-off trumpet blows, which she will hear through all her
reverie There is yet another picture of Sandro's here, which you
must look at before going back to Giotto: the small Judith in the
room next the Tribune, as you return from this outer one. It is
just under Lionardo's Medusa. She is retur...
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