Roman Spring: Memoirs

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XVI
VITA NUOVA ON HUDSON

WINTIE arrived in Rome at the end of November. His family had taken the news kindly, all but the fact that I was a Catholic. To warn and protect him from the dangers of conversion he had been provided with a quantity of anti-Catholic books and pamphlets -- P lain Reasons against Joining the Church of Rome was the title of one; the others I forget. Wintie showed them to me to see what I thought of them; he had not read them. It was crude stuff, full of absurdities written by the misguided for the unintelligent; the usual misrepresentation of fact to which fanaticism was ever prone. It seemed incredible that anybody should believe such things, but obvious that if they did believe them there could be no blame attached to their not becoming Catholics. The Church wisely holds that men may be saved by their blameless lives and their invincible ignorance. Wintie was very lighthearted about the matter. I am afraid he would have been just as light-hearted had I been a Buddhist or a Mahometan.

We wanted to be married before Christmas. To do this we had to obtain three dispensations: the first because marriages are prohibited in Advent; the second because we

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - Roman Childhood 3
  • II - Palazzo Odescalchi 12
  • III - Villeggiatura 24
  • IV - Theatricals and Weddings 31
  • V - West Prussia in the Seventies 41
  • VI - Florence and Free Thought 56
  • VII - Enter Music 71
  • VIII - Americans in Rome 87
  • IX - The Western World 94
  • X - Californian Exile 104
  • XI - Americana 111
  • XII - Return to Italy 120
  • XIII - Sorrento 150
  • XIV - A Gay Cousin 159
  • XV - Roman Festivities 170
  • XVI - Vita Nuova on Hudson 180
  • XVII - Lodge and Roosevelt 191
  • XVIII - Washington Friends 204
  • XIX - Rome Revisited 214
  • XX - New York Society 230
  • XXI - New York's Compensations 250
  • XXII - Tuxedo Park 260
  • II - Ave Roma 270
  • XXIV - The Spanish War 284
  • XXV - Friendship of Henry Adams 291
  • XXVI - Tyrolese Summers 309
  • Index 315
  • Index 317
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