Massimilla Doni by Honoré de Balzac


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Title: Massimilla Doni

Author: Honore de Balzac

Release Date: March 12, 2005 [EBook #1811]

Language: English

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MASSIMILLA DONI

BY

HONORE DE BALZAC




Translated by
Clara Bell and James Waring




DEDICATION

To Jacques Strunz.

MY DEAR STRUNZ:--I should be ungrateful if I did not set your name
at the head of one of the two tales I could never have written but
for your patient kindness and care. Accept this as my grateful
acknowledgment of the readiness with which you tried--perhaps not
very successfully--to initiate me into the mysteries of musical
knowledge. You have at least taught me what difficulties and what
labor genius must bury in those poems which procure us
transcendental pleasures. You have also afforded me the
satisfaction of laughing more than once at the expense of a
self-styled connoisseur.

Some have taxed me with ignorance, not knowing that I have taken
counsel of one of our best musical critics, and had the benefit of
your conscientious help. I have, perhaps, been an inaccurate
amanuensis. If this were the case, I should be the traitorous
translator without knowing it, and I yet hope to sign myself
always one of your friends.

DE BALZAC.




MASSIMILLA DONI



As all who are learned in such matters know, the Venetian aristocracy
is the first in Europe. Its _Libro d'Oro_ dates from before the
Crusades, from a time when Venice, a survivor of Imperial and
Christian Rome which had flung itself into the waters to escape the
Barbarians, was already powerful and illustrious, and the head of the
political and commercial world.

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