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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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minutes, his sallow monitor in the caftan, punished him
with a sounding box on the ear, that flooded his cheeks
with tears ; but these were hardly dry, before his naughty
humor came back. Babbling, reading aloud, laughter,
fisticuffs and cries, followed one another in a right pic-
turesque manner. The " curato," used to this uproar,
was not disturbed by it in his peripatetic thoughts.
With his eyes fastened on the floor, he seemed to be
continually admiring its fine mosaic-work. At last he
gave a sign : the babbling and the uproar ceased, and he
began in the easy style his listeners required, an explana-
tion of the doctrine of satisfactio vicaria, larded with an
endless number of keys! or keys? for they sometimes
seemed to be a pure interjection, sometimes a kind of
interrogation mark, inserted in the text. He spoke of
the great gratitude, bad children—" or aren’t you bad,
hey ! can you deny you are a bad boy, Davidde, hey
or do you think you are much better, Giacomina, hey? "
ought to have, to the kind saints, who with their works
of supererogation, mend the holes that wicked young-
sters have made in their robes of righteousness. After I
had listened a while to this lecture, I bowed to the
" curato," thanked him for what I had seen and heard,
and withdrew.
Under the new government, Rome is continually get-
ting new public schools, managed by laymen, and at
which children learn to read and write, and even gather
some knowledge of the history and geography of their
country. On the birthday of King Victor Emanuel, I
saw several of these schools, with their own music at their
head, march through the streets. It was a pleasure to
remark the intelligent look and the orderly dress of the
youth composing them.

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