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  • Without looking back once, he opened the door with the Venetian printer's mark on it and closed it quietly behind him.†   (source)
  • As I served the hot chocolate and tidied the chamber, Madam rubbed her face with Venetian Bloom Water beauty wash, said to remove wrinkles.†   (source)
  • I stood there, in total amazement at the striking of the bell in the Torre dell'Orologio, at the incredible paintings, at the rich Venetian colors.†   (source)
  • He had a face right out of film noir, a face meant to be shot in black and white, parallel shadows of venetian blinds slashing across it, a plume of cigarette smoke spiraling beside it.†   (source)
  • The huge Venetian boatman behind him looked dreamily over Vic's shoulder.†   (source)
  • Even the concession tickets provided a splash of color—brilliant blue for the Turkish Theater, pink for the Lapland Village, and mauve for the Venetian gondolas.†   (source)
  • When he returned to his office, Henderson adjusted the venetian blinds on his window, though the sun was on the other side of the building.†   (source)
  • The earthquakes, the door slammings, and Esteban Trueba's cane had opened cracks in the walls and splintered the doors, and the Venetian blinds had slipped from their hinges.†   (source)
  • The family home, in the very center of the historic district, was the old mint, denatured by a Florentine architect who came through here like an ill wind blowing renovation and converted many seventeenth-century relics into Venetian basilicas.†   (source)
  • He watched the red-black silhouette of Eric's head against the dim glow of the Venetian blinds.†   (source)
  • There were three other windows beneath the big one I'd first seen, although they each were covered with thin venetian blinds.†   (source)
  • Somehow, right in front of our eyes, he had become a Moorish warrior who was trying to explain to a room full of doubters how a Venetian princess had fallen in love with him, and he with her.†   (source)
  • Her hands were tied behind her, and her ankles were roped together with the kind of cord you see on Venetian blinds.†   (source)
  • Billy took off his tri-focals and his coat and his necktie and his shoes, and he closed the venetian blinds and then the drapes, and he lay down on the outside of the coverlet.†   (source)
  • He parts the Venetian blinds and watches it pass, the blare muffled by the whir of the air-conditioning.†   (source)
  • The venetian blinds were closed.†   (source)
  • Fifty years later, the crowd gathered in the gilded Venetian ballroom for the American Himalayan Foundation's annual fundraising dinner featured the same multiplicity of cultures.†   (source)
  • Once my bed is flat and as low as it will go, I roll onto my side and stare out the venetian blinds at the blue sky beyond.†   (source)
  • Sunlight streamed in through the cracks of the venetian blinds.†   (source)
  • From Nancy and Charlie's windows on a summer day, it was possible to imagine a Venetian canal.†   (source)
  • The door was open to the street, no passers-by but Chinese, though at the windows the Venetian blinds slitted the sunlight as if everyone were hiding.†   (source)
  • In the Boboli Gardens, Alec was still wearing jeans, and Magnus was wearing an enormous Venetian cloak and a gondolier's hat.†   (source)
  • They were strips of sunlight from the Venetian blinds on the window of an unfamiliar room.†   (source)
  • He moves to the window shaded by venetian blinds, pulls the cord to open the slats.†   (source)
  • "Are these Venetian?" he asked.†   (source)
  • The view out of my window, covered with venetian blinds, was old cypress trees draped in gray swaying moss.†   (source)
  • She adjusted the venetian blinds until she could peer out.†   (source)
  • The afternoon sunlight, breaking through the Venetian blinds to Clumly's right, made bands across the Mayor's face.†   (source)
  • Then she saw the Venetian mirror down in the chimney's craw, flat and face-up in the cinders.†   (source)
  • Some Senators were also required to return regularly to their state legislatures, to report like Venetian envoys on their stewardship at the Capital.†   (source)
  • Maybe Venetians did their gardening inside, since they were surrounded by water instead of soil?†   (source)
  • The one window was curtained with Venetian blinds, but moonlight was coming through.†   (source)
  • The Venetians unintentionally smuggled something else out of Egypt—the katoblepones.†   (source)
  • The Venetians decided to steal Saint Mark's remains and bring them to their big church of San Marco.†   (source)
  • Instead he had a suite, accented in wood tones, with push-button venetians and air conditioning that really worked.†   (source)
  • They're composed of crystals in a high state of organization, and they attempt to establish communications with those Earth beings they've assumed are like themselves: eyeglasses, windowpanes, Venetian paperweights, wine goblets, diamond rings.†   (source)
  • Inside the Venetian, gondoliers propelled themselves down a real canal, with real, chemical-smelling water, as costumed opera singers sang Stille Nacht and Ave Maria under artificial skies.†   (source)
  • He was still sprawled on the stage when the fire originating in the electrical equipment of Josie and the Moonglows spread to the mural of the Venetian boatman, and then to the rat warren of old uniforms, books, and papers backstage and overhead.†   (source)
  • The designer jeans emporium, the Venetian paper knickknack shop, the stocking boutique with its kicking neon leg.†   (source)
  • Now that it is open-complete with the lovely Venetian glass window and the twenty-four-karat gold-plated Italian cherub that adorns the peak of its roof-I feel as if I have a retreat of sorts, a place to hide, a place to pray, a place to seek my missing daughter.†   (source)
  • He rushed past the usual fragments of painful memories—his mother smiling down at him, her face illuminated by the sunlight rippling off the Venetian Grand Canal; his sister Bianca laughing as she pulled him across the Mall in Washington, D.C., her green floppy hat shading her eyes and the splash of freckles across her nose.†   (source)
  • And it makes me feel kind of restful and protected—and strong—there are some things which only a woman can give you," He walked to the window, peering down through the slats in the Venetian blinds as though he were awaiting the moment when the men in their opposing camps would leave their tents and meet in the shadow of the trees.†   (source)
  • I have Venetian stationery and Florentine boxes, and enough stamps to last for twenty years-if I live, if I don't get a disease of the liver, or a stroke, or something like that.†   (source)
  • He noticed a vase of Venetian glass-a museum piece, centuries old, with an intricate system of blue and gold arteries twisting through its transparent body.†   (source)
  • He led her by the hand to the huge Venetian mirror that adorned one wall of their secret room, shook the dust from the cracked glass, and lit all the candles they had and arranged them around her.†   (source)
  • But watching through the Venetian blinds as the mob picked over the couch he sat on and the table he ate on cured him of that.†   (source)
  • "When the lights came up in the Venetian Room, where Tony Bennett had once debuted his signature song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Mortenson felt his heart tugging him toward the woman he'd just met.†   (source)
  • She supposed that, just as she had done so many times herself, they were peering through the chinks of their Venetian blinds and the space between their curtains, or else they had put pillows over their heads so they would not have to know what was going on.†   (source)
  • But they were not bars any longer, they were the cracks of a wall which the John Galt Line had broken, the advance notice of what awaited them outside, beyond the Venetian blinds-she thought of the trip back, on the new rail, with the first train from Wyatt Junction-the trip back to her office in the Taggart Building and to all the things now open for her to win-but she was free to let it wait, she did not want to think of it, she was thinking of the first touch of his mouth on hers-she was free to feel it, to hold a moment when nothing else was of any concern-she smiled defiantly at the strips of sky beyond the blinds.†   (source)
  • When that was dispatched, the waiter brought a pitcher of cioccolato caldo, fruit salad, a dish of rich chocolate ice cream, and a hazelnut cake with whipped Venetian icing.†   (source)
  • In the white, blue, and yellow houses of the High District, Venetian blinds were lowered, doors were bolted, and the flags and portraits of their candidate, which people had already hung from balconies, were hurriedly pulled inside.†   (source)
  • When the Venetians became powerful ...well, the relics of saints were a big tourist attraction back in the Middle Ages.†   (source)
  • Venetians love dogs.†   (source)
  • Out there it was hot, a muggy Sunday noon in August, but in here it was comfortable, the Venetian blinds closed against the light and the noise of St. Joseph's church and the First Presbyterian church across from it, letting out their people, a block away.†   (source)
  • It drew up just over the ledge of the double doors Delilah had pushed open, and the ladies lifted their heads together and looked in the mirror over the fireplace, the one called the Venetian mirror, and there it was.†   (source)
  • In the bad light filtering through the venetian shade over the single window, he was at first unrecognizable to Randy.†   (source)
  • Beyond the closed Venetian blinds, in the parking lot between the office and the back wall of the Methodist church, small children were playing a singing game he remembered from a long, long time ago: McGregor got up and he gave her a thump, Gave her a thump, gave her a thump....Again the rueful smile came.†   (source)
  • And another thing which contributed to his change—or rather, relapse—of heart was this: whenever he had a cold his wife Marguerite was always unusually kind and solicitous, forever bringing him sweets, offering him orange or grapefruit juice, plying him with candied pills and sugary syrups freighted with aspirin and codeine and milk of magnesia and heaven knew what; or she would read to him out of the Saturday Evening Post or Field and Stream (which he did not like but which it flattered him to have people think he would be the type to like); and she would ask him if he wanted the Venetian blinds adjusted or if he needed the hotpad turned up or wanted more Vicks on his chest.†   (source)
  • "There is nothing quite like a Venetian crowd," said Lord Marchmain.†   (source)
  • "Better than the Germans?" asked the Venetian, who had Austrian sympathies.†   (source)
  • "Beginnings," murmured the Venetian, "there have been so many.†   (source)
  • Though the Venetian blinds were down, light was filtering through the chinks, and the air stiflingly hot already.†   (source)
  • Theyare "presided over" by some of the six lovely sisters; who do not wear crinolines, but are robed in splendid Venetian draperies; they sit enthroned, and talk with foreign emphatic gestures —my mother too gesticulated, throwing her hands out—to the eminent men (afterwards to be made fun of by Lytton); rulers of India, statesmen, poets, painters.†   (source)
  • The French and Italian Cardinals were men in vigorous middle life— the Norman full-belted and ruddy, the Venetian spare and sallow and hook-nosed.†   (source)
  • of boots, a dozen purse-nets, three dozen rabbit wires, twelve corkscrews, some ants' nests between two glass plates, ink-bottles of every possible colour from red to violet, darning-needles, a gold medal for being the best scholar at Winchester, four or five recorders, a nest of field mice all alive-o, two skulls, plenty of cut glass, Venetian glass, Bristol glass and a bottle of Mastic varnish, some satsuma china and some cloisonne", the fourteenth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (marred as it was by the sensationalism of the popular plates), two paint-boxes (one oil, one water-colour), three globes of the known geographical world, a few fossils, the stuffed head of†   (source)
  • In the suburbs little was left of the wonted animation between the long flat streets and the terraced houses; ordinarily people living in these districts used to spend the best part of the day on their doorsteps, but now every door was shut, nobody was to be seen, even the venetian blinds stayed down, and there was no knowing if it was the heat or the plague that they were trying to shut out.†   (source)
  • That day I crossed the Venetian plain.†   (source)
  • The old woman's treatment of Dominique had the same reverent caution with which she handled the pieces of Venetian glass in the drawing-room cabinets.†   (source)
  • She didn't trust her husband either, who gave her everything, a large super-decorated flat on the South Side, Haviland china, venetian blinds, Persian rugs, French tapestry, Majestic radio with twelve tubes.†   (source)
  • Any particular Venetian painter?†   (source)
  • Gift robes and wrappers, Venetian mirrors and chateaux-in-the-moonlight tapestries, teacarts, end tables, onyx-based lamps, percolators and electric toasters, and novels—boxes of things stacked up in the closets and under the beds, awaiting their time of usefulness.†   (source)
  • Peter Keating designed the white marble semi-Doric portico that rose over the main entrance, and the Venetian balconies for which new doors were cut.†   (source)
  • We became tourists; Cara enlisted as guide a midget Venetian nobleman to whom all doors were open, and with him at her side and a guide book in her hand, she came with us, flagging sometimes but never giving up, a neat, prosaic figure amid the immense splendors of the place.†   (source)
  • "I, Tiresias, have foresuffered all," he sobbed to them from the Venetian arches; "Enacted on this same d-divan or b-bed, I who have sat by Thebes below the wall And walked among the l-l-lowest of the dead...."†   (source)
  • Venetian red hair, aquiline nose, and long throat.†   (source)
  • "It's old Venetian," she said; "it's rather good."†   (source)
  • The whole gown was trimmed with Venetian guipure.†   (source)
  • No turbaned Turk, no hired Venetian or Malay, could have smote him with more seeming malice.†   (source)
  • Is it the Venetian Alps—one of your last year's sketches?†   (source)
  • Remember what Shakespeare calls Desdemona; 'a supersubtle Venetian.'†   (source)
  • "Ah, to be sure," replied Chateau-Renaud; "the lovely Venetian, is it not?"†   (source)
  • The seated throng, filling the immense room without undue crowding, presented a surface of rich tissues and jewelled shoulders in harmony with the festooned and gilded walls, and the flushed splendours of the Venetian ceiling.†   (source)
  • ROXANE (lifting her head, and looking down the distant alley): Soft golden brown, like a Venetian's hair.†   (source)
  • She saw first some bracelets, then a pearl necklace, then a Venetian gold cross set with precious stones, of admirable workmanship.†   (source)
  • A ramshackle gharry, all dust and venetian blinds, pulled up short opposite the group, and the driver, throwing up his right foot over his knee, gave himself up to the critical examination of his toes.†   (source)
  • Mrs. van der Luyden's portrait by Huntington (in black velvet and Venetian point) faced that of her lovely ancestress.†   (source)
  • Before the cocktails appeared, in old Venetian glass, Martin demanded, "Doctor, what problems are you getting after now in your physiology?"†   (source)
  • His sleep had been restless; but when he stretched his legs and looked at the sunshine that slid through the Venetian blinds, making patterns on the floor, he sighed with satisfaction.†   (source)
  • And Swann felt a very cordial sympathy with that Mahomet II whose portrait by Bellini he admired, who, on finding that he had fallen madly in love with one of his wives, stabbed her, in order, as his Venetian biographer artlessly relates, to recover his spiritual freedom.†   (source)
  • A narrow and deserted street in deep shadow, high houses, innumerable windows with venetian blinds, a dead silence, grass sprouting between the stones, imposing carriage archways right and left, immense double doors standing ponderously ajar.†   (source)
  • The Advocate-Times reported this speech with unusual fullness: "One of the livest banquets that has recently been pulled off occurred last night in the annual Get-Together Fest of the Zenith Real Estate Board, held in the Venetian Ball Room of the O'Hearn House.†   (source)
  • Only the low ceiling was more or less beyond help; it was cracked and bare—although a small Venetian chandelier had been hung.†   (source)
  • What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinoues was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me.†   (source)
  • Mrs. van der Luyden still wore black velvet and Venetian point when she went into society—or rather (since she never dined out) when she threw open her own doors to receive it.†   (source)
  • The pieta from the fourteenth century, the Venetian chandelier, the little footman in livery, and as much chocolate layer cake as you could eat.†   (source)
  • The King of Malabar had shown to a certain Venetian a rosary of three hundred and four pearls, one for every god that he worshipped.†   (source)
  • deemed impossible, I felt myself to be penetrating indeed between those "rocks of amethyst, like a reef in the Indian Ocean"; by a supreme muscular effort, a long way in excess of my real strength, stripping myself, as of a shell that served no purpose, of the air in my own room which surrounded me, I replaced it by an equal quantity of Venetian air, that marine atmosphere, indescribable and peculiar as the atmosphere of the dreams which my imagination had secreted in the name of Venice; I could feel at work within me a miraculous disincarnation; it was at once accompanied by that vague desire to vomit which one feels when one has a very sore throat; and they had to put me to bed with†   (source)
  • In the first social room there were also a few optical gadgets for their amusement: the first, a stereoscopic viewer, through the lenses of which you stared at photographs you inserted into it—a Venetian gondolier for example, in all his bloodless and rigid substantiality; the second, a long, tubelike kaleidoscope that you put up to one eye, and by turning a little ring with one hand, you could conjure up a magical fluctuation of colorful stars and arabesques; and finally, a little rotating drum in which you placed a strip of cinematographic fil†   (source)
  • His eye fell on a large, purple satin coverlet heavily embroidered with gold, a splendid piece of late seventeenth-century Venetian work that his grandfather had found in a convent near Bologna.†   (source)
  • "My dear Basil, how do I know?" murmured Dorian Gray, sipping some pale-yellow wine from a delicate gold-beaded bubble of Venetian glass, and looking dreadfully bored.†   (source)
  • In the huge gilt Venetian lantern, spoil of some Doge's barge, that hung from the ceiling of the great oak-panelled hall of entrance, lights were still burning from three flickering jets: thin blue petals of flame they seemed, rimmed with white fire.†   (source)
  • but are thoroughly disliked by their friends; Lady Ruxton, an over-dressed woman of forty-seven, with a hooked nose, who was always trying to get herself compromised, but was so peculiarly plain that to her great disappointment no one would ever believe anything against her; Mrs. Erlynne, a pushing nobody, with a delightful lisp, and Venetian-red hair; Lady Alice Chapman, his hostess's daughter, a dowdy dull girl, with one of those characteristic British faces, that, once seen, are never remembered; and her husband, a red-cheeked, white-whiskered creature who, like so many of his class, was under the impression that inordinate joviality can atone for an entire lack of ideas.†   (source)
  • in some curious tapestries or cunningly-wrought enamels, were pictured the awful and beautiful forms of those whom Vice and Blood and Weariness had made monstrous or mad: Filippo, Duke of Milan, who slew his wife, and painted her lips with a scarlet poison that her lover might suck death from the dead thing he fondled; Pietro Barbi, the Venetian, known as Paul the Second, who sought in his vanity to assume the title of Formosus, and whose tiara, valued at two hundred thousand florins, was bought at the price of a terrible sin; Gian Maria Visconti, who used hounds to chase living men, and whose murdered body was covered with roses by a harlot who had loved him; the Borgia on his whit†   (source)
  • —'Then,' said the traveller, 'take these two Venetian sequins and give them to your bride, to make herself a pair of earrings.'†   (source)
  • The Venetian footfall and the Venetian cry—all talk there, wherever uttered, having the pitch of a call across the water—come in once more at the window, renewing one's old impression of the delighted senses and the divided, frustrated mind.†   (source)
  • The mother smoothed the folds of her dyed silk dress before a large Venetian mirror in the wall, and in her trodden-down shoes briskly ascended the carpeted stairs.†   (source)
  • Or "One stone terrace (cracked), one gondola in distance, one Venetian senator's dress complete, richly embroidered white satin costume with profile portrait of Miss Jogg the model, one Scimitar superbly mounted in gold with jewelled handle, elaborate Moorish dress (very rare), and Othello."†   (source)
  • The window was large, sufficiently elevated, garnished with Venetian blinds, and with a frame in large square panes; only these large panes were suffering from various wounds, which were both concealed and betrayed by an ingenious paper bandage.†   (source)
  • An annual rent of from twenty-five to a hundred dollars (these are the country rates) entitles him to the benefit of the improvements of centuries, spacious apartments, clean paint and paper, Rumford fire-place, back plastering, Venetian blinds, copper pump, spring lock, a commodious cellar, and many other things.†   (source)
  • Boldwood was listlessly noting how the frost had hardened and glazed the surface of the snow, till it shone in the red eastern light with the polish of marble; how, in some portions of the slope, withered grass-bents, encased in icicles, bristled through the smooth wan coverlet in the twisted and curved shapes of old Venetian glass; and how the footprints of a few birds, which had hopped over the snow whilst it lay in the state of a soft fleece, were now frozen to a short permanency.†   (source)
  • Besides, it's getting late—good heavens, it's past ten," she cried looking at a splendid gold enamelled watch which hung round her neck on a thin Venetian chain, and looked entirely out of keeping with the rest of her dress.†   (source)
  • Hindoos, Russians, Chinese, Spaniards, Portuguese, Englishmen, Frenchmen, Genoese, Neapolitans, Venetians, Greeks, Turks, descendants from all the builders of Babel, come to trade at Marseilles, sought the shade alike—taking refuge in any hiding-place from a sea too intensely blue to be looked at, and a sky of purple, set with one great flaming jewel of fire.†   (source)
  • But Dorothea had counted a little too much on her own strength: the clearness and intensity of her mental action this morning were the continuance of a nervous exaltation which made her frame as dangerously responsive as a bit of finest Venetian crystal; and in looking at Rosamond, she suddenly found her heart swelling, and was unable to speak—all her effort was required to keep back tears.†   (source)
  • "I think," said Monsieur Lheureux to the chemist, who was passing to his place, "that they ought to have put up two Venetian masts with something rather severe and rich for ornaments; it would have been a very pretty effect."†   (source)
  • A portrait of this young lady, painted by a Venetian artist, and left by her father in England, is said to have fallen into the hands of the present Duke of Devonshire, and to be now preserved at Chatsworth; not on account of any associations with the original, but for its value as a picture, and the high character of beauty in the countenance.†   (source)
  • Mademoiselle Noemie glanced at the glowing splendor of the Venetian masterpiece and gave a little toss of her head.†   (source)
  • Notwithstanding that its walls were blotched, as if missionary maps were bursting out of them to impart geographical knowledge; notwithstanding that its weird furniture was forlornly faded and musty, and that the prevailing Venetian odour of bilge water and an ebb tide on a weedy shore was very strong; the place was better within, than it promised.†   (source)
  • This difference in the species is no doubt imputable in no small degree to the greater quantity of bone in the Right Whale; his Venetian blinds alone sometimes weighing more than a ton; from this incumbrance the Sperm Whale is wholly free.†   (source)
  • I was made to be a Turk, watching oriental houris all day long, executing those exquisite Egyptian dances, as sensuous as the dream of a chaste man, or a Beauceron peasant, or a Venetian gentleman surrounded by gentlewoman, or a petty German prince, furnishing the half of a foot-soldier to the Germanic confederation, and occupying his leisure with drying his breeches on his hedge, that is to say, his frontier.†   (source)
  • The roof is about twelve feet high, and runs to a pretty sharp angle, as if there were a regular ridge-pole there; while these ribbed, arched, hairy sides, present us with those wondrous, half vertical, scimetar-shaped slats of whalebone, say three hundred on a side, which depending from the upper part of the head or crown bone, form those Venetian blinds which have elsewhere been cursorily mentioned.†   (source)
  • Venetian portraits, as large as life!†   (source)
  • It so evidently heightened his gratification that she often accompanied him afterwards, and the greatest delight of which the old man had shown himself susceptible since his ruin, arose out of these excursions, when he would carry a chair about for her from picture to picture, and stand behind it, in spite of all her remonstrances, silently presenting her to the noble Venetians.†   (source)
  • —air, liberty, melody of birds, plains of Lombardy, Venetian canals, Roman palaces, the Bay of Naples.†   (source)
  • He had insensibly acquired a new habit of shuffling into the picture-galleries, always with his twisted paper of snuff in his hand (much to the indignation of Miss Fanny, who had proposed the purchase of a gold box for him that the family might not be discredited, which he had absolutely refused to carry when it was bought); and of passing hours and hours before the portraits of renowned Venetians.†   (source)
  • I do not think that, for he has complained of feeling almost suffocated, and asked why the Venetian blinds were not opened as well as the windows.†   (source)
  • "Well, we must put up with that," said the countess, who was herself from one of the oldest Venetian families.†   (source)
  • The darkness lasted two hours longer; then by degrees a cold light crept through the Venetian blinds, until at length it revealed the objects in the room.†   (source)
  • From the apartments on the ground-floor might be heard the sound of music, with the whirl of the waltz and galop, while brilliant streams of light shone through the openings of the Venetian blinds.†   (source)
  • Monte Cristo quickly appreciated all that Albert had collected here—old cabinets, Japanese porcelain, Oriental stuffs, Venetian glass, arms from all parts of the world—everything was familiar to him; and at the first glance he recognized their date, their country, and their origin.†   (source)
  • No; a Venetian.†   (source)
  • In a recess was a kind of divan, surmounted with a stand of Arabian swords in silver scabbards, and the handles resplendent with gems; from the ceiling hung a lamp of Venetian glass, of beautiful shape and color, while the feet rested on a Turkey carpet, in which they sunk to the instep; tapestry hung before the door by which Franz had entered, and also in front of another door, leading into a second apartment which seemed to be brilliantly illuminated.†   (source)
  • Those about whom there was the most anxiety were the Pope and the Venetians.†   (source)
  • Therefore the king came into Italy with the assistance of the Venetians and the consent of Alexander.†   (source)
  • Such things Julius not only followed, but improved upon, and he intended to gain Bologna, to ruin the Venetians, and to drive the French out of Italy.†   (source)
  • King Louis was brought into Italy by the ambition of the Venetians, who desired to obtain half the state of Lombardy by his intervention.†   (source)
  • Then could the Venetians realize the rashness of the course taken by them, which, in order that they might secure two towns in Lombardy, had made the king master of two-thirds of Italy.†   (source)
  • Before Charles, King of France, passed into Italy,(*) this country was under the dominion of the Pope, the Venetians, the King of Naples, the Duke of Milan, and the Florentines.†   (source)
  • Duke Filippo being dead, the Milanese enlisted Francesco Sforza against the Venetians, and he, having overcome the enemy at Caravaggio,(*) allied himself with them to crush the Milanese, his masters.†   (source)
  • This was easy for him to do, because he found the Venetians, moved by other reasons, inclined to bring back the French into Italy; he would not only not oppose this, but he would render it more easy by dissolving the former marriage of King Louis.†   (source)
  • And if the partition which she made with the Venetians in Lombardy was justified by the excuse that by it she got a foothold in Italy, this other partition merited blame, for it had not the excuse of that necessity.†   (source)
  • We have in Italy, for example, the Duke of Ferrara, who could not have withstood the attacks of the Venetians in '84, nor those of Pope Julius in '10, unless he had been long established in his dominions.†   (source)
  • Firstly, he did not see his way to make him master of any state that was not a state of the Church; and if he was willing to rob the Church he knew that the Duke of Milan and the Venetians would not consent, because Faenza and Rimini were already under the protection of the Venetians.†   (source)
  • The Venetians, if their achievements are considered, will be seen to have acted safely and gloriously so long as they sent to war their own men, when with armed gentlemen and plebians they did valiantly.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, if any one should ask of me how comes it that the Church has attained such greatness in temporal power, seeing that from Alexander backwards the Italian potentates (not only those who have been called potentates, but every baron and lord, though the smallest) have valued the temporal power very slightly—yet now a king of France trembles before it, and it has been able to drive him from Italy, and to ruin the Venetians—although this may be very manifest, it does not appear to me superfluous to recall it in some measure to memory.†   (source)
  • To restrain the Venetians the union of all the others was necessary, as it was for the defence of Ferrara; and to keep down the Pope they made use of the barons of Rome, who, being divided into two factions, Orsini and Colonnesi, had always a pretext for disorder, and, standing with arms in their hands under the eyes of the Pontiff, kept the pontificate weak and powerless.†   (source)
  • Let any one now consider with what little difficulty the king could have maintained his position in Italy had he observed the rules above laid down, and kept all his friends secure and protected; for although they were numerous they were both weak and timid, some afraid of the Church, some of the Venetians, and thus they would always have been forced to stand in with him, and by their means he could easily have made himself secure against those who remained powerful.†   (source)
  • The Venetians, moved, as I believe, by the above reasons, fostered the Guelph and Ghibelline factions in their tributary cities; and although they never allowed them to come to bloodshed, yet they nursed these disputes amongst them, so that the citizens, distracted by their differences, should not unite against them.†   (source)
  • Which errors, had he lived, were not enough to injure him had he not made a sixth by taking away their dominions from the Venetians; because, had he not aggrandized the Church, nor brought Spain into Italy, it would have been very reasonable and necessary to humble them; but having first taken these steps, he ought never to have consented to their ruin, for they, being powerful, would always have kept off others from designs on Lombardy, to which the Venetians would never hav†   (source)
  • And if the Venetians and Florentines formerly extended their dominions by these arms, and yet their captains did not make themselves princes, but have defended them, I reply that the Florentines in this case have been favoured by chance, for of the able captains, of whom they might have stood in fear, some have not conquered, some have been opposed, and others have turned their ambitions elsewhere.†   (source)
  • these steps, he ought never to have consented to their ruin, for they, being powerful, would always have kept off others from designs on Lombardy, to which the Venetians would never have consented except to become masters themselves there; also because the others would not wish to take Lombardy from France in order to give it to the Venetians, and to run counter to both they would not have had the courage.†   (source)
  • The Venetians were not agreeable to it, nor was the King of Spain, and he had the enterprise still under discussion with the King of France; nevertheless he personally entered upon the expedition with his accustomed boldness and energy, a move which made Spain and the Venetians stand irresolute and passive, the latter from fear, the former from desire to recover the kingdom of Naples; on the other hand, he drew after him the King of France, because that king, having observed the movement, and desiring to make the Pope his friend so as to humble the Venetians, found it impossible to refuse him.†   (source)
  • Venetian masts, maypoles and festal arches spring up.†   (source)
  • I see the long river-stripes of the earth,
    I see the Amazon and the Paraguay,
    I see the four great rivers of China, the Amour, the Yellow River,
    the Yiang-tse, and the Pearl,
    I see where the Seine flows, and where the Danube, the Loire, the
    Rhone, and the Guadalquiver flow,
    I see the windings of the Volga, the Dnieper, the Oder,
    I see the Tuscan going down the Arno, and the Venetian along the Po,
    I see the Greek seaman sailing out of Egina bay.†   (source)
  • the great seas and the bay of Bengal,
    The flowing literatures, tremendous epics, religions, castes,
    Old occult Brahma interminably far back, the tender and junior Buddha,
    Central and southern empires and all their belongings, possessors,
    The wars of Tamerlane,the reign of Aurungzebe,
    The traders, rulers, explorers, Moslems, Venetians, Byzantium, the
    Arabs, Portuguese,
    The first travelers famous yet, Marco Polo, Batouta the Moor,
    Doubts to be solv'd, the map incognita, blanks to be fill'd,
    The foot of man unstay'd, the hands never at rest,
    Thyself O soul that will not brook a challenge.†   (source)
  • You shall close prisoner rest, Till that the nature of your fault be known To the Venetian state.†   (source)
  • "I never read him," replied the Venetian.†   (source)
  • What, and my old Venetian friend, Salanio!†   (source)
  • Cassio, my lord, hath kill'd a young Venetian Call'd Roderigo.†   (source)
  • Do you not remember, lady, in your father's time, a Venetian, a scholar and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat?†   (source)
  • I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond; thou hast the right arched beauty of the brow that becomes the ship-tire, the tire-valiant, or any tire of Venetian admittance.†   (source)
  • As in the Arsenal of the Venetians, in winter, the sticky pitch for smearing their unsound vessels is boiling, because they cannot go to sea, and, instead thereof, one builds him a new bark, and one caulks the sides of that which hath made many a voyage; one hammers at the prow, and one at the stern; another makes oars, and another twists the cordage; and one the foresail and the mainsail patches,—so, not by fire, but by divine art, a thick pitch was boiling there below, which belimed the bank on every side.†   (source)
  • I was the other day talking on the sea bank with certain Venetians, and thither comes the bauble, and falls thus about my neck,— OTHELLO.†   (source)
  • I fell to the lot of a Venetian renegade who, when a cabin boy on board a ship, had been taken by Uchali and was so much beloved by him that he became one of his most favoured youths.†   (source)
  • SIR P: Here it is, For your Venetian, if he see a man Preposterous in the least, he has him straight; He has; he strips him.†   (source)
  • For instance, what could I signify if I were about the King of France, and were called into his cabinet council, where several wise men, in his hearing, were proposing many expedients; as, by what arts and practices Milan may be kept, and Naples, that has so often slipped out of their hands, recovered; how the Venetians, and after them the rest of Italy, may be subdued; and then how Flanders, Brabant, and all Burgundy, and some other kingdoms which he has swallowed already in his designs, may be added to his empire?†   (source)
  • was expected; and though I had reason to believe, and almost certain promises, that on the first opportunity that presented itself I should be promoted to be captain, I preferred to leave all and betake myself, as I did, to Italy; and it was my good fortune that Don John had just arrived at Genoa, and was going on to Naples to join the Venetian fleet, as he afterwards did at Messina.†   (source)
  • One proposes a league with the Venetians, to be kept as long as he finds his account in it, and that he ought to communicate counsels with them, and give them some share of the spoil till his success makes him need or fear them less, and then it will be easily taken out of their hands; another proposes the hiring the Germans and the securing the Switzers by pensions; another proposes th†   (source)
  • The Grand Turk took the loss greatly to heart, and with the cunning which all his race possess, he made peace with the Venetians (who were much more eager for it than he was), and the following year, seventy-four, he attacked the Goletta and the fort which Don John had left half built near Tunis.†   (source)
  • Of a strange nature is the suit you follow; Yet in such rule that the Venetian law Cannot impugn you as you do proceed.†   (source)
  • The barber found me a place as lackey to a knight of Malta who was going to Venice, but finding that my master had no money to pay me my wages I entered the service of a Venetian merchant, and went with him to Constantinople.†   (source)
  • Madam, there is alighted at your gate A young Venetian, one that comes before To signify th' approaching of his lord; From whom he bringeth sensible regreets; To wit,—besides commends and courteous breath,— Gifts of rich value.†   (source)
  • Some time after my arrival in Flanders news came of the league that his Holiness Pope Pius V of happy memory, had made with Venice and Spain against the common enemy, the Turk, who had just then with his fleet taken the famous island of Cyprus, which belonged to the Venetians, a loss deplorable and disastrous.†   (source)
  • Set you down this; And say besides,—that in Aleppo once, Where a malignant and a turban'd Turk Beat a Venetian and traduc'd the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog And smote him—thus.†   (source)
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  • In the corner of my eye I caught a slight movement at the window, a venetian blind slit open, then closed.†   (source)
  • The minute he disappeared, I whipped into the bathroom and, concealed behind the dirty, aluminum-colored Venetian blind, watched Irwin s monkish face appear in the door crack.†   (source)
  • The only thing behind the Venetian blind is a hollow where a window should be.†   (source)
  • Once I made out the skylight over my head, though, with its little venetian blind, it all came back to me: Cora's.†   (source)
  • The view was still blocked by a venetian blind.†   (source)
  • The ceiling slanted on either side, meeting in a flat strip in the middle, where there was a square skylight, also covered with a venetian blind'a little square one, clearly custom made to fit.†   (source)
  • Her back was toward what little light seeped in from the window, on which the Venetian blind was closed, and so I could not make out the expression of her face, just the gleam of the eyes.†   (source)
  • I half expected the roof to split in two, the little box on wheels to burst open in the manner of a ripe cotton-pod—but it only sank with a click of flattened springs, and suddenly one venetian blind rattled down.†   (source)
  • On the second day, numbers of Right Whales were seen, who, secure from the attack of a Sperm Whaler like the Pequod, with open jaws sluggishly swam through the brit, which, adhering to the fringing fibres of that wondrous Venetian blind in their mouths, was in that manner separated from the water that escaped at the lip.†   (source)
  • Sunlight through the slats of the Venetian blind.†   (source)
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