Tuesday, August 06, 2013


So Little Chance

George Gissing (1857-1903), The Unclassed, chapter 6 (An Advertisement):
You will think it strange, but I don't so much long for the modern Italy, for the beautiful scenery and climate, not even for the Italy of Raphael, or of Dante. I think most of classical Italy. I am no scholar, but I love the Latin writers, and can forget myself for hours, working through Livy or Tacitus. I want to see the ruins of Rome; I want to see the Tiber, the Clitumnus, the Aufidus, the Alban Hills, Lake Trasimenus,——a thousand places! It is strange how those old times have taken hold upon me. The mere names in Roman history make my blood warm.——And there is so little chance that I shall ever be able to go there; so little chance.

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