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Stradella

F. Marion Crawford

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .With small regard for her disguise, the lady stamped twice in a most feminine way, then tried to shake the solid door with her hands, and finally turned away in disgust. It was almost dark in the staircase, and she descended the two flights slowly, drawing her hand along the wall to steady herself. The exercise of some caution, to [84]avoid a fall, momentarily cooled her anger a little, and when she reached the entrance of the house she reflected that she had perhaps been hasty, and that the Maestro had possibly been detained by the other musicians, and would come home before long. She waited some time under the shadow of the archway, though several persons passed her, some going in, others going out. No one is ever surprised to see a monk waiting at the door of a large house. The disguised lady walked slowly up and down, her hood drawn well over her eyes, and her hands hidden in the slits of the frock.

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Community Reviews

A charming romantic novel, first published in 1909, which follows the adventures of the musician and singer Alessandro Stradella in 17th-century Venice and Rome. Employed by a Venetian patrician to tutor his niece, Stradella falls in love with the girl and they elope to Ferrara - and thence to Ro...more