Familiar Letters from Italy, to a Friend in England, Volumen1

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J. Easton, 1805 - 454 páginas
 

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Página 202 - For forms of government let fools contest— That which is best administered is best...
Página 247 - If an epicure could remove by a wish, in quest of sensual gratifications, wherever he had supped, he would breakfast in Scotland.
Página 50 - O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made them and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
Página 246 - Gluttony is not the vice of an Italian. A Florentine Nobleman will agree with his cook to provide dinner and supper at the rate of three pauls a head for both ; bread, wine, oil, and firing, not included. The pocket never suffers, and the constitution is frequently a gainer. Others fix a certain sum for their daily expences : if they exceed it one day, parsimony the next brings matters even.
Página 246 - ... the roti, which, whether it be a piece of meat, or a few small birds, is served up last. The soup is no better than broth, being the essence of the bouilli only, which, of course, is boiled to rags ; and the roast meat being usually soaked in water before it is put to the fire, loses all its flavour. The table-cloth is not taken off, neither here nor in France; nor, I believe, in any part of the Continent: their tables are made of the commonest wood, and are always dirty; our tables are both...
Página 245 - You have already seen, that the assegnamento of a wife does not cost much - the whole additional expense is computed at one thousand, two hundred crowns. The sons, when they become men, are usually allowed ten or twelve crowns a month to find themselves in clothes and pocket money. The daughters, who are found in every thing, have...
Página 68 - It was here, in the year 1765, I met that eccentric genius STERNE. "Alas, poor Yorick! Many a merry hour have I passed in thy company, admired thy wit, and laughed at thy vagaries, — hours that might have been more profitably employed but never more agreeably.
Página 247 - Bologna sausages, figs, and melons, are eaten at the first course. Salt meat, unless it be hams and tongues, is totally unknown. No boiled leg of pork, and peas-pudding; no bubble and squeak; — vulgar dishes, it is true, but excellent notwithstanding; nor have they the petits plats, in which the French so much excel, to supply their places. In short, you must not expect good cookery in a country where all the servants are cooks. I have five men in my house, and four of them have acted in that capacity....
Página 248 - That which you drink in England for Florence wine, is Chianti, — even to this brandy is added at Leghorn to give it strength : no other will bear the sea. The common wine of the country I conclude is weak, as you seldom see a man drunk in the streets, and in good company, never. Dress is no article of expence.

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