By Andrea di Robilant
Within the waning days of Venice’s glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo used to be scion to at least one the city’s oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the attractive, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. as a result of their dramatically diversified positions in society, they can no longer marry. And Giustiniana’s mom, afraid that an affair might break her daughter’s possibilities to shape a better union, forbade them to determine one another. Her prohibition purely fueled their hope and so all started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting assistance from a number of intimates and servants (willing to chance their very own positions) to travel love letters from side to side and to aid facilitate their clandestine conferences. finally, Giustiniana came across herself pregnant and he or she grew to become for aid to the notorious Casanova—himself infatuated with her.
Two and part centuries later, the incredible tale of this star-crossed couple is advised in a panoramic narrative, re-created partly from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.
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And I remember well the look of cheerful anticipation he had on his face when he arrived at our house in Tuscany and placed it on the dining room table for all the family to see. The letters were badly frayed and had wax marks and purplish traces of wine on them. They looked intriguing. They were not the usual household inventories that occasionally surfaced, like timeworn family flotsam, in some forgotten recess of the palazzo in Venice. We pried them open one by one and soon realized they were intimate love letters that dated back to the 1750s.
The return of the Wynne sisters—“le inglesine di Sant’Aponal,” 18 as they quickly became known—generated a certain amount of excitement among the young men in town. Sure enough, Casanova—who had also returned to Venice in the meantime— came knocking at their door shortly after they had settled in, claiming that he had fallen in love with Giustiniana. Mrs. Anna, aware of his reputation and keen to keep her daughter out of trouble, turned him firmly away. ”19) Mrs. ” 20 It was all rather glum. The house of Consul Smith, one of the few Mrs.
From a purely technical point of view he was also within bounds when, thanks again to the benevolence—and the sweat— of his gondoliers, he came down the Grand Canal and signaled to Giustiniana from the water. On days when she was confined to the house and they had no other way of seeing each other, Andrea’s sudden appearance at her neighbor’s window or the familiar plashing of the Memmo gondola down below was a welcome consolation. “Come by the canal as my mother doesn’t want me to go out,” she would plead.
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