I could, now that I speak the language fluently, and know the price of everything. Everybody loves, and wants to serve me, and I cannot earn this pitiful sum to learn and do what I want. Of course, I wish to see America again; but in my own time, when I am ready, and not to weep over hopes destroyed and projects unfulfilled. My dear friend, Madame Arconati, has shown me generous love;–a contadina, whom I have known this summer, hardly less. Every Sunday, she came in her holiday dress,— beautiful corset of red silk richly embroidered, rich petticoat, nice shoes and stockings, and handsome coral necklace, on one arm an immense basket of grapes, in the other a pair of live chickens, to be eaten by me for her sake, (‘per amore mio,’) and wanted no present, no reward; it was, as she said, ‘for the honor and pleasure of her acquaintance.’ The old father of the family never met me but he took off his hat, and said, ‘Madame, it is to me a consolation to see you.’ Are there not sweet flowers of affection in life, glorious moments, great thoughts? —why must they be so dearly paid for? Many Americans have shown me great and thoughtful kindness, and none more so than W. S—— and his wife. They are now in Florence, but may return. I do not know whether I shall stay here or not; shall be guided much by the state of my health. All is quieted now in Rome. Late at night the Pope had to yield, but not till the door of his palace was half burnt, and his confessor killed. This man, Parma, provoked his fate by firing on the people from a window. It seems the Pope never gave order to fire; his guard acted from a sudden impulse of their own. The new
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