Europe Revised By Irvin S. Cobb


Better even than this was the journey by gondola from the terminal
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Better Even Than This Was The Journey By Gondola From The Terminal Through Narrow Canals And Under Stone Bridges Where The Water Lapped With Little Mouthing Tongues At The Walls, And The Tall, Gloomy Buildings Almost Met Overhead, So That Only A Tiny Strip Of Star-Buttoned Sky Showed Between.

And from dark windows high up came the tinkle of guitars and the sound of song pouring from throats of silver.

And so we came to our hotel, which was another converted palace; but baptism is not regarded as essential to salvation in these parts.

On the whole, Venice did not impress me as it has impressed certain other travelers. You see, I was born and raised in one of those Ohio Valley towns where the river gets emotional and temperamental every year or two. In my youth I had passed through several of these visitations, when the family would take the family plate and the family cow, and other treasures, and retire to the attic floor to wait for the spring rise to abate; and when really the most annoying phase of the situation for a housekeeper, sitting on the top landing of his staircase watching the yellow wavelets lap inch by inch over the keys of the piano, and inch by inch climb up the new dining-room wallpaper, was to hear a knocking at a front window upstairs and go to answer it and find that Moscoe Burnett had come in a john-boat to collect the water tax.

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