Venetian Life - Vol. 1

Venetian Life - Vol. 1

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Venetian Life - Vol. 1

Venetian Life - Vol. 1

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The reader who takes up for the first time this account of life in Venice will perhaps be struck by the fact that it continually treats of the city as if it were under the domination of the Austrians. That is because it really was so, twenty six or seven years ago, when the book was written. But this domination ceased, as everybody knows, in 1866; and in 1883, when I revisited Venice, I found no Austrians there in their old quality of masters and oppressors. They had remained there, in spite of history, up to the moment of my arrival, and as soon as my back was turned they came again, and are there yet.

That is the reason why I must let the record stand as it was made. I could not change it without in some ideal sort falsifying it; and I only seek to guard the reader, whom the publishers offer this edition of my . . .

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