excerpt from 'Information and directions for travellers on the continent, 5th edition' pp. 87 (182 words)

excerpt from 'Information and directions for travellers on the continent, 5th edition' pp. 87 (182 words)

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Information and directions for travellers on the continent, 5th edition

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My family and I about twenty years ago spent one summer at Careggi de' Medici, and another at Careggi di Riccardi; and during our residence in the latter villa, we invited all the surrounding peasants to a dance. Our ball-room was a lofty apartment sixty feet by thirty; and in the centre of the ceiling hung a lustre, composed of such light materials that every puff of wind gave it motion: indeed it had the appearance of being continually turned round by an invisible hand: this lustre we filled with candles; and the walls, which were adorned with full-length portraits of the Medici-Princes, we likewise decorated with festoons of vines, olive-branches, flowers, and lamps, so that the whole apartment resembled an illuminated arbour. At sun-set, on the appointed day, our guests appeared altogether upon a lawn leading to the villa, preceded by their own band of music: and no sooner did this procession reach our hall door, than the musicians struck up a lively tune; while the dancers, as they entered, formed a quadrille, which would have been applauded on any opera-stage.

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