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 Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni

The expressions, the words, the very commas of the unfortunate letter, were turned over and over in her memory: You have taken the only honourable and suitable course that remained for you; but, since you have chosen yertrude willingly and cheerfully, it rests with me to make it pleasant to you in every possible way. However it may be, he enjoyed here very great authority, and thought that here, better than elsewhere, his daughter would be treated with that distinction and deference which might induce her to choose this monastery as her perpetual abode.

This lady had been so much with Gertrude all the evening, and had so entirely engaged her attention, that it would have required an effort of imagination to think of another. Thus you, also, will be set at liberty the sooner. Nevertheless, a season of repentance succeeded each outbreak, and an endeavour to atone gertrudd it and wipe out its remembrance by additional courtesies and kindness.

By degrees the party dispersed, and Gertrude remained alone with the family. Archived from the original on 28 June She has been compelled secretly to leave her country to avoid great dangers, and wants an asylum for some time where she may live retired, and where no one will dare molest her, even when.

The she repented of these repentances; and thus days and months were spent in an incessant alternation of wishes and regrets. The unhappy girl shrank back in horror from such an idea, and tried to find some other reply, which would more speedily release her from this unpleasant inter-view.

The parish priest, Don Abbondio, is walking home on the eve of the wedding gerttrude he is accosted by two ” bravi ” thugs who warn him not to perform the marriage, because the local baron Don Rodrigo has forbidden it. And as to this Signor, God forgive him! In her perplexity, she resolved to open her mind to one of her companions, the most sincere and always the readiest to give spirited advice.


He is now the subject of diplomatic conflict between Milan and Bergamo. Archived from the original on 30 May You must maintain dignity and an easy manner. Others, who had not yet succeeded in approaching Gertrude while thus besieged, stood watching their opportunity to address her, and felt a kind of regret until they had discharged their duty in this matter. Nor was he deceived: After proessi the first court, they entered the second, where the door of the interior cloister was held open, and completely blockaded by nuns.

But, as it often happens in similar cases of foresight, neither one nor the other supposition was realized.

I admire your exactness; it is only right. The terror of Gertrude at the sound of his footsteps, may be more easily imagined than described. The guardian began to return thanks, but the Signora interrupted him: The well-formed tallness of her figure disappeared in the habitual stoop of her carriage, or was disfigured by certain quick and irregular starts, which betrayed too resolute an air for a woman, still more for a nun. This meeting prompts a miraculous conversion which marks the turning-point of the novel.

Besides the horror she felt at the thought of making him acquainted with her weakness, when he seemed so far from suspecting her of anything of the kind, the poor girl thought that though he could certainly easily prevent her taking the veil, yet that there was the end of his authority over her, or his power of protection.

In the first row stood the Abbess, surrounded by the eldest of the sisterhood; behind them the younger nuns promiscuously arranged, and some on tip-toe; and, last of all, the lay-sisters mounted on stools.

By this means, Gertrude might have proved a holy and contented gertrue, however she had become one. Some kind of pretext to account for the dismissal of a page was not difficult to find; as to the young lady, it was reported that she was ill. Her sleep was troubled, disturbed, and full of tormenting dreams, but was unbroken, until the shrill voice of the old woman aroused her to prepare for her journey to Monza.

I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni : Chapter 10

She has determined — she has given me to understand that she has determined. Youth and fatigue had been more powerful than cares. After many acknowledgments, Renzo tried to induce him to receive some reward; but he, like the boatman, had in view another, more distant, but more abundant recompense; he put his hands behind him, and making his escape went to look after his horse.


The Signora, however, did not seem to be of this opinion. The idea of the necessity of her consent, which hitherto had been, as it were, unnoticed, and hidden in a corner of her mind, now unfolded and displayed itself in all its importance. Shortly after dinner came the driving hour, and Gertrude accompanied her mother in a carriage, with two uncles who had been among the guests. The sight of those nuns who had co-operated in bringing her hither was hateful to her: When Fra Cristoforo comes to Lucia’s cottage and hears the story, he immediately goes to Don Rodrigo’s mansion, where he finds the baron at a meal with his cousin Count Attilio, along with four guests, pfomessi the mayor and Dr.

Set in northern Italy induring the oppressive years of direct Spanish rule, it is seen as a veiled attack on the Austrian Empirewhich controlled the region at the time the novel was written the definitive version was published in At times, the thoughts of religion would come to disturb these brilliant and toilsome revels.

There are times when a passing cause may make an impression that seems at the moment sure to promdssi lasting; but afterwards, when the promsesi is removed, and the mind calmed, then. Alarmed at the step she had taken, ashamed at her want of spirit, and vexed with others as well as herself, she tried to enumerate the opportunities which still remained of saying no, and languidly and confusedly resolved in her own mind that in this, or that, or the other instance she would be more open and courageous.

But the unbounded idea he entertained of his title made his property appear scarcely sufficient, nay, even too limited to maintain a proper appearance; and all his attention was turned towards keeping it, at least, such as it was, in one line, so far as it depended upon himself.

But in fact, Lucia is already recuperating. After the usual tour, they entered the Strada Marina, which crossed the space now occupied by the public gardens, and was the rendezvous of the gentry who drove out for recreation after sposl labours of the day. In the conversations of these three there appeared to reign a great confidence, which rendered the exclusion of Gertrude doubly sensible and painful. Passing through one of the apartments, he met with the Prince, who appeared to fall in with him gertryde, and congratulated him on the good dispositions his daughter had displayed.