The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the First
By Carlo Gozzi
Table of Contents
- THE MEMOIRS OF COUNT CARLO GOZZI
- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. VOLUME THE FIRST.
- INTRODUCTION. Part I. CARLO GOZZI AND PIERO ANTONIO GRATAROL.
- Part II. THE ITALIAN COMMEDIA DELL' ARTE OR IMPROMPTU COMEDY.
- Part III.
- CARLO GOZZI.
- I. My Pedigree and Birth.
- II. My Education and Circumstances down to the Age of Sixteen—Concerning the Art of Improvisation, and my Literary Studies.
- III. The Situation of my Family, and my Reasons for Leaving Home.
- VI. Short Studies in the Science of Fortification and Military Exercises.—Some Reflections which will pass for Foolishness.
- VII. This Chapter proves that Poetry is not as useless as people commonly imagine.
- VIII. Confirmation of a hint I gave in the Second Chapter of these Memoirs relating to a great danger which I ran.
- IX. Little incidents, trifling observations, moral reflections of no value, gossip which is sure to make the reader yawn.
- X. I am enrolled in the Cavalry of the Republic.—What my military services amounted to.
- XI. My theatrical talents; athletic exercises; imprudences of all kinds; dangers to which I exposed myself; with reflections which are always frivolous.
- XII. Shows how a young Cadet of Cavalry is capable of executing a military stratagem.
- XIII. The fair Tonina is rudely rebuked by me upon an accidental occasion in the theatre.—My reconciliation with the young woman.—Reflections on my life in Dalmatia.
- XIV. The end of my three years' service.—I cast up my accounts, and reckon debts; calculate upon the future, with a sad prevision of the truth.—My arrival in my home at Venice.
- XV. Disagreeable discoveries relating to our family affairs, which dissipate all illusions I may have formed.
- XVI. Fresh discoveries regarding the condition of our family.—Vain hopes and wasted will to be of use.—I abandon myself to my old literary studies.
- XVII. Return from Friuli to Venice with my family.—I pursue my chosen path in life, and open new veins of experience.—Yet further painful discoveries as to our circumstances.—The beginnings of domestic discord.
- XVIII. I become, without fault of my own, quite unjustly, the object of hatred to all members of my household.—Resolve to return to Dalmatia.—My father's death.
- XIX. My attempts at pacification defeated.—Useless philosophical reflections.—A terrible domestic storm begins to brew.
- XX. We plunge from bad to worse, deeper and deeper into the mire.
- XXI. My attitude of patient calm is useless.—Volcanic eruptions, machinations, tragi-comic civil wars within our household.
- XXII. The dogs of the law are let loose on me by my family.—It is impossible to avoid a separation.
- XXIII. Calumnious reports, negotiations, a legal partition of our family estate, tranquillity sought in vain.
- XXIV. I enter on a period of toilsome litigation, and become acquainted with Venetian lawyers.
- XXV. A collision with my brother's family, due to old grudges and to present needs.—They make me a married man without my having taken a wife.
- XXVI. A serious event, depicting the character of my uncle, the Senator Almorò Cesare Tiepolo.
- XXVII. It is decided that I was a husband, though I had no wife.—Some anecdotes of a serious character.
- XXVIII. I should not have believed what is narrated in this chapter, if I had not seen it with my own eyes.
- XXIX. A disagreeable action at law brought against me.
- XXX. A long and serious illness.—My recovery.—The doctors differ.—One of my sisters takes the veil.—Beginnings of literary squabbles, and other trifles.
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