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I could not repress my tears. I saw that hers flowed too, but she did not utter a word, and I dared not break a silence so full of ten- der reproach and timid passion. I tried to persuade myself that the signora had never shared in it, and that I had flattered myself with a presumptuous hope; hut every moment her look, the sound of her voice, the expression of her movements, her very sadness, which seemed to increase and diminish with my own, all renewed the most delicious confidence and perilous dreams.
I was but a very indifferent rower, notwith- standing my zeal and energy ; 1 knew but little of the Lagunes, for I had always traversed them with too much preoccupation.
One even- ing, by mistake, 1 conducted the gondola into the marshes which extend between the canal of St.
George and those of the Marane. At high water Importu speech vast banks of sea-weed and sand are covered, but the tide began to ebb "before I could regain tho deep water ; already I perceived the tops of the marine plants waving in the wind, in the midst of the foam. The reflux left an immense plain dry, and the bark gently grounded upon a bed of verdure and shells.
Night was drawing on across the wa- ters ; the sea birds flew around us in hundreds, filing the air with their plaintive cries. I kept calling for assistance for some time, but my voice was lost in space ; no fisherman's lioat was moored near the marsh, no help was at hand on the neighboring shores.
It seemed that we must resign ourselves to the chances of assistance, or to the high tide of the follow- iag day. This last alternative gave me great uneasiness ; I feared the freshness of the night frr my Importu speech, and, above all, the malaria vhich tho marshes exhale at sunrise, and I tried in vain to draw the gondola towards a jool of water.
But that could only have rained us a few steps; it would have required six persons to. It was a wild under- taking, for I did not know the marsh, and there, where the fishermen skilfully repair to.
When the signora saw tiiat I persevered for her safety, and that I was about to venture, she rose hastily, and, with a sudden strength, stood for a moment alone ; ;hen, throwing ber arms round me, fell back- wards, drawing me with her, almost upon her heart.
All my troubles were forgotten, and I. It is because I loved you that I refused to wed with Lanfranchi ; I could not resolve to place such an eternal obstacle be- tween you and me. Wrhat other title than that of lover could I de- sire, what other happiness than that of pos- sessing such a mistress?
I had had moments of foolish pride, but that was when I was un- happy and believed myself unloved. Doge of Venice himself? What do I want more than to live close to you, and to know that you are mine? Let all the world be ignorant of it; I do not need to inspire jealousy to feed my pride, it is not the opinion of others which can make the joy and delight of my soul.
Could I be occupied in anything else than tend- ing you, and seeking your amusement? Shall it be said now that there are no noble hearts but those which are born in palaces f Shall honor and truth be denied now to these plebeian na- tures, ranked so low, by our odious prejudices, and senseless disdain f Oh, thou, the only man who has loved me for myself, the only one who has aspired neither to my rank nor my fortune, it is thou who shalt share both the one and the other, thou who shalt make me forget the mis- fortunes of my first marriage, and who shall replace with thy humble name the odious one of Aldini, which I bear with regret!
It is thou who shalt command my vassals, and who shalt he lord of my estates, at the same time that thou art lord of my life. Nello, wilt thou wed me V "If the earth had opened at my feet, or if the skies had fallen upon my head, I should not have experienced a more violent feeling of surprise than that which rendered me dumb before such an appeal.
When a little recov- ered from my stupefaction, I knew not what I said ; my head was confused, and it was im- possible to form a correct idea. All that my good natural sense could do, was to refuse honors too weighty for my years, and inex- perience.
My cheerfulness has for a long time hidden profound sorrow, and now you see me ill, and no longer able to conceal my grief.
My position iu the world is false and bitter; that which I have made for myself is still worse, and God is displeased with me. You know that I am not of a patrician family. Torquato Aldini married me for the riches my father had acquired in commerce.
This proud nobleman never saw in me anything but the instrument of his fortune ; some of his relatives encouraged him in the absurd and cruel rela- tion of master and lord, which he had assumed towards me from the earliest days ; the rest blamed him severely for forming a mesalliance to pay his debts, and treated him with coldness from the moment of his marriage.
After his death all of them refused to see me, and I found myself without kindred ; for, in entering the family of a nobleman, I had alienated the es- teem and affection of my own. I had married Torquato from love ; but those of my relatives wno did not look upon me as mad, believed me actuated by feelings of vanity and unworthy ambition.
I have a few excellent friends, aud their companionship is sufficient for my heart ; but 1 know nothing of the pleas- ures of the world, and it has not treated me so well that I should sacrifice my happiness to it.
In marrying yon, I know that I shall draw upon myseff, not only neglect, but an irre- trievable condemnation. Since in either case your love must separate me from the rest of the world, I will at least reconcile myself with God, and find in this love, sanctioned by the church, strength in my turn to despise the world.Raport jest poświęcony ogólnej charakterystyce importu żywności, w tym mięsa z Polski do USA oraz zawiera informacje na temat wielkości wymiany handlowej między Polską a USA, segmentację Title: Jr.
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