Rapp's Daughter

Rapp's Daughter

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  • Beatrice!--Beatrice!
  • Here am I, my father! What would you?
  • Are you in the garden?
  • Yes, Beatrice,and I need your help.
  • Said the latter.
  • 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.
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