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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Leaves from a Roman diary: February, 1869 (Rewritten in 1897) (search)
h him in his studio, and at the appointed time a waiter appeared from the Lapre with a great tin box on his shoulder filled with spaghetti, roast goat, and other Italian dishes. We had just spread these on a table in front of the clay model of Michael and Satan, when Wood's marble-cutter rushed in to announce the King and Queen of Naples. Wood hastily threw a green curtain over the dishes, while P — and I retreated to the further end of the room. The Queen of Naples is a fine-looking and Mr. Longfellow laughed heartily at this, saying, I suppose Miss Stebbins did the same, and that is how it came about. Our sculptors should be careful how they put themselves in the devil's place. Wood has modelled a fine angel, and his group (Michael and Satan) is altogether an effective one. Rev. Mr. Longfellow and the ladies now came in, and as it was late I shook hands with them all. It is reported that when Mr. Longfellow met Cardinal Antonelli he remarked that Rome had changed les