pubOne.info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. He entertained himself greatly with his reflections and meditations upon Sienese architecture and early Tuscan art, upon Italian streetlife and the geological idiosyncrasies of the Apennines. If he had only gone to the other inn, that nicelooking girl whom he had seen passing under the dusky portal with her face turned away from him might have broken bread with him at this intellectual banquet. Then came a day, however, when it seemed for a moment that if she were disposed she might gather up the crumbs of the feast. Longueville, every morning after breakfast, took a turn in the great square of Siena-- the vast piazza, shaped like a horseshoe, where the market is held beneath the windows of that crenellated palace from whose overhanging cornice a tall, straight tower springs up with a movement as light as that of a single plume in the bonnet of a captain. Here he strolled about, watching a brown contadino disembarrass his donkey, noting the progress of half an hour's chaffer over a bundle of carrots, wishing a young girl with eyes like animated agates would let him sketch her, and gazing up at intervals at the beautiful, slim tower, as it played at contrasts with the large blue air.
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September 26, 2010
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