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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Ferrara                          462

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 7th [December, 1870] This is about the roughest Hotel-ing we have experienced.   We have the best rooms but they are cheerless, immense, three , for four of us, narrow oval beds like a bag of salt, cotton pillow equally hard, a huge pile of coarse narrow quilts, heavy, that stay on about as reliably as a sheet of boiler-plate iron-       Six inches of slushy melting snow to show us around the city, but a half of our party prefer the chances of comfort indoors.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Ferrara has been a flourishing city of 100.000 inhabitants but has now scarcely 30.000 Was the seat of the renowned court of the house of Este, brilliant with literature and art, among whom were the most illustrious poets Ariosto and Tasso. (16th century) Among its princes was Alphonso 1st (1505-34) husband of the infamous Lucretia Borgia.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 We visited the house of Ariosto, a two story brick. 1st and 2nd stories paved with large well worn bricks-blackened beams overhead.   In his little cheerless writing room stand his bust.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 In the Piazza Grande we saw his statue, in white marble colossal, upon a granite corinthian pedestal and column at least 45 feet high, the main shaft covered with relief carving of vines fruit +c-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 In the old church of St Francesco, dingy and uninterresting [sic], we required the little humpback skull-capped monk to take us at once to the part of the nave where we could enjoy the famous echo- t’was in the centre below a series of domes, where is the most curious echo I have ever heard, not answering to the voice, but a quick slap of the hands starts a succession of quick double echoes of which I counted twenty two. The guide says twenty seven may be Producede- (Sic)

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