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By Laurel Corona

In glittering 18th-century Venice, song and love are prized primarily else--and for 2 sisters coming of age, the city's passions combination in intoxicating ways.

Chiaretta and Maddalena are as diversified as evening and day. the 2 sisters have been deserted as infants at the steps of the Ospedale della Pietß, Venice's world-famous foundling sanatorium and musical academy. High-spirited and rebellious, Chiaretta marries right into a nice aristocratic Venetian relations and finally turns into probably the most strong girls in Venice. Maddalena turns into a violin virtuoso and Antonio Vivaldi's muse. The 4 Seasons is a wealthy, literary mind's eye of the realm of 18th-century Venice and the lives and loves of 2 impressive ladies.

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Will you aid me positioned it on? ” whilst he was once complete tying the ribbon, she went out to the portego to examine herself in a single of the gilded mirrors alongside the partitions. on the Pietà, Chiaretta had obvious her mirrored image simply while she studied maniera and within the couple of minutes sooner than a live performance, whilst the figlie handed round a hand reflect. months after her marriage ceremony she used to be nonetheless being used to the feeling of seeing herself in her new outfits and coiffure as she walked throughout the portego or regarded into the silver-backed replicate on her dressing desk. this is often what i glance like with my hair down, or this is often what i glance like while I get up within the morning, or this is often what i glance like strolling, she might imagine to herself, now not loads out of shallowness as interest and amazement. Chiaretta stood in entrance of the massive reflect, gazing the masked determine reproduction her events. She felt a bit queasy, as she occasionally did getting on or off a gondola while the canal waters have been stirred up. She untied the masks and the sensation vanished, then she held it as much as her face and took it away time and again, in a sluggish technique of reassurance. It does glance attractive with my new costume, she proposal. The bodice of shimmering silver and aquamarine brocade confirmed off her complete breasts over a skirt formed from yards of taffeta silk that swished while she moved. Turning to discover Claudio to have him positioned the masks again on, she gasped to work out a guy in a tricornered hat over a black hood and mantle staring at her from a couple of toes away. “Did my bauta scare you? ” Her husband’s voice used to be muffled past popularity via the sting of the obvious white masks resting on his higher lip. The blood rushed from her head, and she or he positioned her hand on a chair to regular herself, ambushed by means of the surprising reminiscence of the guy within the white masks such a lot of years earlier than. “I don’t like this,” she acknowledged. “Nonsense! each person loves Carnevale. It simply takes a bit being used to. ” “But what if we get separated? How will i locate you? ” Claudio had taken off his hat and masks, and stood earlier than her in a silk hood that coated his head apart from a small gap for his face. He leaned ahead to kiss her cheek. “Some different guy in a bauta will positioned you in his gondola and take you to his apartment and I’ll by no means see you back. ” He watched to ensure she knew he was once joking earlier than including, “It won’t occur. you can be glued to my arm. or perhaps better…” He disappeared into her bed room and got here again with the sq. of crimson silk the masks have been wrapped in. “Help me fold this and pin it on my hat. ” while Chiaretta passed him her masks to tie it again on, he shook his head. “That’s for events. ” He disappeared into his learn and taken out a bauta just like his personal. “You need to put on this. ” He helped her wear the hood and mantle, and after tying on her simple white masks, he went again into his examine and back with a tricornered hat similar to his. Chiaretta regarded out at herself and felt the nausea returning. figures stared at her from the replicate. One used to be tall and, apart from the white masks, used to be garbed in black from head to foot.

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