Theodore Parker: A Biography

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CHAPTER XIX.
THE ETERNAL CITY.

PLEASANT lodgings were found in the Via delle Quatro Fontane, No. 16, on the fourth floor, a hundred and twenty steps from the street; the stairs rising in four flights of thirty steps each. There were four rooms, fourteen or fifteen feet high, well furnished "for Italy," comfortably carpeted, with large windows to the east and south, giving plentiful air and sunshine, when there was any, all day. Dinner was sent in from a German eatinghouse. The house stood high, in an airy, dry part of the city. From its upper stories it commanded a view of the whole city : below, a magnificent prospect stretched out in every direction. Close by was the Quirinal Palace, its gardens lying between : on the other side was the Pincian Hill, with its fine trees and shrubbery. St. Peter's was in full view from base to dome, standing out against the dark background of the Etruscan Hills. The Palazzo Barberini, where William Story the sculptor lived, was hard by. Nothing could promise better. The Apthorps and Hunts occupied the third floor of the same building, ready at all times with social cheer, and, in case of an emergency, with every thing that lay within reach of human power. Daily existence was laid out on a simple plan, which the weather alone deranged. The needs of the invalid were the care of all : unhappily, the invalid could not, with the very best intentions, care for himself.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter I - Birthplace and Parentage 1
  • Chapter II - Home and Boyhood 10
  • Chapter III - Teaching and Study 28
  • Chapter IV - Divinity Hall 41
  • Chapter V - The Candidate 67
  • Chapter VI - West Roxbury 88
  • Chapter VII - The Ferment of Thought 125
  • Chapter VIII - The Unitarian Controversy 147
  • Chapter IX - Europe 183
  • Chapter X - The Conflict Renewed 210
  • Chapter XI - The Pastor 241
  • Chapter XII - The Pastor. Specimens of Correspondence 252
  • Chapter XIII - The Preacher 332
  • Chapter XIV - The Reformer 352
  • Chapter XV - The Fight with Slavery 376
  • Chapter XVI - The Kansas War 435
  • Chapter XVII - Failing Health 477
  • Chapter XVIII - The Departure. the Search 508
  • Chapter XIX - The Eternal City 521
  • Chapter XX - Tributes 537
  • Index 583
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