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Title: Inn of Tranquility and Other Essays Author: John Galsworthy Release Date: October 27, 2004 [EBook #2903] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK INN OF TRANQUILITY AND OTHERS *** Produced by David Widger STUDIES AND ESSAYS By John Galsworthy -Je vous dirai que l’exces est toujours un mal.- --ANATOLE FRANCE CONCERNING LIFE TABLE OF CONTENTS: INN OF TRANQUILITY MAGPIE OVER THE HILL SHEEP-SHEARING EVOLUTION RIDING IN THE MIST THE PROCESSION A CHRISTIAN WIND IN THE ROCKS MY DISTANT RELATIVE THE BLACK GODMOTHER THE INN OF TRANQUILLITY Under a burning blue sky, among the pine-trees and junipers, the cypresses and olives of that Odyssean coast, we came one afternoon on a pink house bearing the legend: -Osteria di Tranquillita,-; and, partly because of the name, and partly because we did not expect to find a house Mon Apr 03 00:34:57 2017 2 at all in those goat-haunted groves above the waves, we tarried for contemplation.
To the familiar simplicity of that Italian building there were not lacking signs of a certain spiritual change, for out of the olive-grove which grew to its very doors a skittle-alley had been formed, and two baby cypress-trees were cut into the effigies of a cock and hen. The song of a gramophone, too, was breaking forth into the air, as it were the presiding voice of a high and cosmopolitan mind.
And, lost in admiration, we became conscious of the odour of a full-flavoured cigar. Yes--in the skittle-alley a gentleman was standing who wore a bowler hat, a bright brown suit, pink tie, and very yellow boots.
His head was round, his cheeks f...





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