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By Andrea Di Robilant

Within the waning days of Venice’s glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was once scion to 1 the city’s oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the gorgeous, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. due to their dramatically assorted positions in society, they can no longer marry. And Giustiniana’s mom, afraid that an affair may damage her daughter’s percentages to shape a stronger union, forbade them to determine one another. Her prohibition purely fueled their wish and so begun their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting assistance from a couple of intimates and servants (willing to chance their very own positions) to go back and forth love letters backward and forward and to aid facilitate their clandestine conferences. ultimately, Giustiniana came upon herself pregnant and she or he grew to become for aid to the notorious Casanova–himself infatuated along with her.

Two and part centuries later, the incredible tale of this star-crossed couple is instructed in a panoramic narrative, re-created partly from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.

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I don't worry soreness, and as for money, promise [the physician] something you're keen on. i'm going to promote diamonds; he'll be amply rewarded. I belief you: i've got in basic terms you within the complete international. you can be my Redeemer. Ah Casanova, if in basic terms you knew how a lot i've got wept! . . . i haven't had someone to speak in confidence, and also you are actually my mother or father angel. move see the various theater ladies, ask them if they’ve ever chanced on themselves within the have to convey themselves the best way I desire to do. . . . I didn’t have the braveness to talk to you in individual approximately this. Oh God, if basically you knew what i'm going via! Let’s do all we will be able to to make me dwell. . . . Farewell. . . . store me. I belief you. 17 surprised via Giustiniana’s revelation, Casanova rushed over to the resort de Hollande. He used to be stunned that she used to be already 5 months pregnant simply because she used to be “slim” and her determine used to be “beyond suspicion. ” three She acknowledged she desired to move forward with the abortion once attainable. He warned her that it can endanger her lifestyles; in addition to, it was once against the law. Giustiniana repeated that she could fairly die than inform her mom the reality. “I have the poison ready,”4 she blurted out. Casanova took pity on her and agreed, opposed to his larger judgment, to take her to a midwife who may well recommend a treatment. They deliberate to fulfill back on the following Opera Ball and sneak out jointly. the subsequent ball was once held in mid-February, on the top of Carnival. Giustiniana and Casanova arrived individually. either wore a black domino, yet Giustiniana may well simply establish Casanova simply because he wore a white Venetian masks with a small rose painted below his left eye. After nighttime, while the group was once at its thickest, the 2 slipped away, discovered a hackney cab, and drove again around the Seine to the Left financial institution, to fulfill the midwife in a run-down little house in rue des Cordeliers, close to the Church of Saint-Sulpice. Reine Demay, a louche, unkempt lady in her thirties, allow them to in. Her late-night viewers of their complete Carnival dresses inspired her. Giustiniana specifically struck her as “a younger and beautiful girl, magnificently dressed, wrapped in a pelisse of gray silk coated with sable; the surface of her face was once very white, her hair and eyebrows darkish brown; she was once neither tall nor small . . . spoke French with hassle. ” five She too spotted how Giustiniana was once “very thin,” since she was once by means of then into her 6th month. in accordance with Casanova, Reine Demay acknowledged she could organize a potion that used to be absolute to result in an abortion, including that it is going to fee them the huge sum of 50 louis—half the annual lease he paid for Cracovie en Bel Air. And if per chance it didn't paintings, she could educate them a surefire method to kill the fetus. The dialog became uncomfortable. Abortion was once a major crime, punishable by way of demise. It happened to Casanova that he must have been extra circumspect within the subject. It used to be under no circumstances prudent to deliver Giustiniana to this shady midwife in the dark. all of sudden he was once in a rush to go away. He left louis at the mantel-piece.

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