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The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the Second   By: (1720-1806)

The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the Second by Carlo Gozzi

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THE MEMOIRS

OF

COUNT CARLO GOZZI

VOLUME THE SECOND

PUBLISHERS' NOTE.

Five hundred and twenty copies of this book printed for England, and two hundred and sixty for America. Type distributed. Each copy numbered.

No. 204

THE MEMOIRS OF

COUNT CARLO GOZZI

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

BY

JOHN ADDINGTON SYMONDS

With Essays on Italian Impromptu Comedy, Gozzi's Life, The Dramatic Fables, and Pietro Longhi

BY THE TRANSLATOR

WITH PORTRAIT AND SIX ORIGINAL ETCHINGS

BY ADOLPHE LALAUZE

ALSO ELEVEN SUBJECTS ILLUSTRATING ITALIAN COMEDY BY MAURICE SAND ENGRAVED ON COPPER BY A. MANCEAU, AND COLOURED BY HAND

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOLUME THE SECOND

NEW YORK SCRIBNER & WELFORD 743 & 745 BROADWAY

MDCCCXC

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

VOLUME THE SECOND.

The Etchings designed and etched by AD. LALAUZE. The Masks, illustrating the Italian Commedia dell'Arte, by MAURICE SAND, engraved by A. MANCEAU, and coloured by hand.

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I. GOZZI AND HIS FIRST LOVE ( etching ) 26

II. GOZZI AND HIS FRIENDS' ADVENTURE IN THE CAFÉ LUNA ( etching ) 60

III. PANTALONE (1550) 144

IV. THE RICCI RECITES BEFORE GOZZI AND SACCHI ( etching ) 176

V. SACCHI AND SIGNORA RICCI ( etching ) 208

VI. RUZZANTE (1525) 240

VII. COVIELLO (1550) 256

VIII. GRATAROL'S INTERVIEW WITH GOZZI ( etching ) 284

IX. LEANDRE 320

CARLO GOZZI.

XXXI.

Concerning my Physical and Mental Qualities.

In the course of these Memoirs I have promised more than once to give an exact description of my external appearance and internal qualities, and also to narrate the story of my love affairs.

In stature I am tall. Of this I am made conscious by the large amount of cloth needed for my cloaks, and by the frequent knocks I give my forehead on entering rooms with low doors. I have the good luck to be neither crook backed, lame, blind, nor squint eyed. I call this good luck; and yet if I were afflicted with one or other of these deformities, I should bear it with the same lightness of heart at Venice as Scarron put up with his deformities in Paris.

This is all I know or have to say about my physical frame. From early youth I have left to women the trouble of telling me that I was handsome with a view to flatter me, or that I was ugly with a view to irritate, in neither of which attempts have they succeeded. Dirt and squalor I always loathed. Otherwise, if I ever chanced to wear clothes of a new cut, this was due to my tailor, and not to my orders. Ask Giuseppe Fornace, my rogue of a snip for over forty years, if I ever racked my brains about such matters, as so many do. From the year 1735 to 1780, at which date I am writing, I stuck to the same mode of dressing my hair with heroic constancy. Fashion has changed perhaps a hundred times during this period, yet I have never deviated from my adopted style of coiffure. In like manner I have worn the same type of buckles; except when I happened to break a pair, and was forced to change them from square to oval; and then I did so at the instance of the goldsmith, who made me take the lightest in his shop, because they would break sooner and give him more to do in mending them.

Men who talk little and think much, to which class, peradventure, I belong, being immersed in their own meditations, catch the habit of knitting their brows in the travail of reflection. This gives them an air of savagery, sternness, almost ferocity. Though I am gay by nature, as appears from my published writings, yet the innumerable thoughts which kept my brains in a turmoil, through anxieties about our family, lawsuits, schemes of economy, literary plans, and so forth, bred in me a trick of contracting my forehead and frowning, which, combined with my slow gait, taciturnity, and preference for solitary places, won me the reputation among those who were not my familiar friends of being a surly, sullen, unapproachable fellow, perhaps even an enemy of mankind... Continue reading book >>




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