The spinster complied, and stood erect and stiff, with her arms folded. Ina fixed her deep eyes on her, playing a liquid prelude all the time, then swelled her chest and sung the old Venetian cauzonet, "Il pescatore de'll' onda." It is a small thing, but there is no limit to the genius of song. The Klosking sung this trifle with a voice so grand, sonorous, and sweet, and, above all, with such feeling, taste, and purity, that somehow she transported her hearers to Venetian waters, moonlit, and thrilled them to the heart, while the great glass chandelier kept ringing very audibly, so true, massive, and vibrating were her tones in that large, empty room.
At the first verse that cross-grained spinster, with real likes and dislikes, put a bony hand quietly before her eyes. At the last, she made three strides, as a soldier marches, and fell all of a piece, like a wooden _mannequin,_ on the singer's neck. "Take my piano," she sobbed, "for you have taken the heart out of my body."
Ina returned her embrace, and did not conceal her pleasure. "I am very proud of such a conquest," said she.
From that hour Ina was the landlady's pet. The room and piano were made over to her, and, being in a great fright at what she had undertaken, she studied and practiced her part night and day. She made Ashmead call a rehearsal next day, and she came home from it wretched and almost hysterical.
She summoned her slave Ashmead; he stood before her with an air of hypocritical submission.
"The Flute was not at rehearsal, sir," said she, severely, "nor the Oboe, nor the Violoncello."
"Just like 'em," said Ashmead, tranquilly.
"The tenor is a quavering stick. He is one of those who think that an unmanly trembling of the voice represents every manly passion."
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- 2and honor, and self-respect, and natural affection, and
- 3named Jane, were roused from sleep by the call of their
- 4in The State v. Will (1 Dev. and Bat. 121). The rule there
- 5about the premises by night. He came and went as he saw
- 6But the actual number of them, compared with the whole
- 7time, in the rain, sun about an hour high; when he left,
- 8shocking to human nature, the result of the trial, nevertheless,
- 9resting the electric lamp upon one of the little ebony
- 10were young and feeble, than to work for Mr. Legree in the
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