The Marble Faun: Or, the Romance of Monte Beni - Vol. 2

The Marble Faun: Or, the Romance of Monte Beni - Vol. 2

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The Marble Faun: Or, the Romance of Monte Beni - Vol. 2

The Marble Faun: Or, the Romance of Monte Beni - Vol. 2

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From the old butler, whom he found to be a very gracious and affable personage, Kenyon soon learned many curious particulars about the family history and hereditary peculiarities of the Counts of Monte Beni. There was a pedigree, the later portion of which -- that is to say, for a little more than a thousand years -- a genealogist would have found delight in tracing out, link by link, and authenticating by records and documentary evidences. It would have been as difficult, however, to follow up the stream of Donatello's ancestry to its dim source, as travellers have found it to reach the mysterious fountains of the Nile. And, far beyond the region of definite and demonstrable fact, a romancer might have strayed into a region of old poetry, where the rich soil, so long uncultivated and untrodden, had lapsed into nearly its primeval state of wilderness. Among those . . .

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