Cried a rich and youthful voice from the window of the opposite house; a voice as rich as a tropical sunset, and which made Giovanni, though he knew not why, think of deep hues of purple or crimson, and of perfumes heavily delectable.
the penalty of approaching it so closely as circumstances demand. Henceforth*, I fear, this plant must be consigned to your sole charge.
Here, Beatrice,see how many needful offices* require to be done to our chief treasure. Yet, shattered as I am, my life might pay
Soon there emerged from under a sculptured portal the figure of a young girl, arrayed with as much richness of taste as the most splendid of the flowers, beautiful as the day, and with a bloom so deep and vivid that one shade more would have been too much. She looked redundant with life, health, and energy; all of which attributes were bound down and compressed, as it were, and girdled tensely, in their luxuriance, by her virgin zone.
and thou shalt reward her with thy kisses and perfume breath, which to her is as the breath of life!
And gladly will I undertake it, Yes, my sister, my splendor, it shall be Beatrice's task to nurse and serve thee;
Yet Giovanni's fancy must have grown morbid, while he looked down into the garden; for the impression which the fair stranger made upon him was as if here were another flower, the human sister of those vegetable ones, as beautiful as they--more beautiful than the richest of them--but still to be touched only with a glove, nor to be approached without a mask. As Beatrice came down the garden-path, it was observable that she handled and inhaled the odor of several of the plants, which her father had most sedulously avoided.
Said the latter.
Cried again the rich tones of the young lady, as she bent towards the magnificent plant, and opened her arms as if to embrace it.