I promessi sposi (Libri dello spirito cristiano) by Alessandro Manzoni
By Alessandro Manzoni
Che allegria c'è? cos'hanno di bello tutti costoro? Saltò fuori da quel covile di pruni; e vestitosi a mezzo, corse a aprire una finestra, e guardò… Erano uomini, donne, fanciulli, a brigate, a coppie, soli; e andavano insieme, come amici a un viaggio convenuto… Guardava, guardava; e gli cresceva in cuore una più che curiosità di saper cosa mai potesse comunicare un trasporto uguale a tanta gente diversa.
Renzo, Lucia, l'Innominato, don Rodrigo, don Abbondio, los angeles monaca di Monza, padre Cristoforo: in questi e negli altri memorabili personaggi di questo romanzo semplice e profondo si agitano i drammi, i dolori e le gioie di tutti. Manzoni lavorò con febbrile cura a questo suo capolavoro, offrendo una delle opere più alte e durature della letteratura mondiale. Oggetto di molte letture distorte e di molte riduzioni, il grande e formidabile romanzo si propone ancora oggi con una forza e una ricchezza inimitabili. Oltre che essere una lettura tra le più godibili e coinvolgenti, l. a. storia di Renzo e Lucia si offre come strumento prezioso consistent with affrontare le molte sfide di fronte alle quali si trova l. a. nostra cultura.
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I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.
Then I shall drop you. ‘I am one person – myself. I do not impersonate Catullus, whom I adore. I am the most slavish of students, with here a dictionary, there a note-book in which I enter curious uses of the past participle. But one cannot go on for ever cutting these ancient inscriptions clearer with a knife. Shall I always draw the red-serge curtain close and see my book, laid like a block of marble, pale under the lamp? That would be a glorious life, to addict oneself to perfection; to follow the curve of the sentence wherever it might lead, into deserts, under drifts of sand, regardless of lures, of seductions; to be poor always and unkempt; to be ridiculous in Piccadilly.
But now we have regained our territory after that brief brush with the bicycles and the lime scent and the vanishing figures in the distracted street. Here we are masters of tranquillity and order; inheritors of proud tradition. The lights are beginning to make yellow slits across the square. Mists from the river are filling these ancient spaces. They cling, gently, to the hoary stone. The leaves now are thick in country lanes, sheep cough in the damp fields; but here in your room we are dry. We talk privately.