Life of Henriette Sontag, Countess de Rossi: With Interesting Sketches by Scudo, Hector Berlioz, Louis Boerne, Adolphe Adam, Marie Aycard, Julie de Margueritte, Prince Puckler-Muskau, and Theophile Gautier

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Stringer & Townsend, 1852 - 63 pages

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Page 22 - Liebenswiirdigkeit of a German with the witchery of every other land. Madame Rossi's biography is one of great interest and instruction, and it is to be hoped will one day appear before the public. It is not generally known that she was ennobled by the king of Prussia, under the title of Mademoiselle de Launstein, and, since absolute will, it seems, can bestow the past as well as present and future, with seven Ahnherrn, or forefathers — " or eight," said the countess, laughing,
Page 22 - Altogether these rehearsals were merry meetings, and when our own bawling was over Madame Rossi went through her songs as scrupulously as the rest. I shall never forget the impression she excited one evening. We were all united in the great ball-room at the Governor's castle in Reval, which was partially illuminated for the occasion, and, having wound up our last noisy
Page 18 - In soft assemblage, listen to my song, Which thy own Season paints ; when Nature all Is blooming and benevolent, like thee.
Page 47 - ... all the qualities — although not in an equal degree — all like to find in an artist : sweetness never surpassed, agility almost fabulous, expression, and the most perfect intonation. On she carols, higher and higher, like a lark at
Page 4 - The pasteboard triumph and the cavalcade, Processions formed for piety and love, A mistress or a saint in every grove.
Page 48 - Canova's nymph, is full of that sweetness, which belongs more to the beau ideal than to mortal reality. I would say, that her foot is the prettiest thing imaginable, if her hands were not prettier still. She is faultless as to teeth, which the sweetest smile imaginable, for ever hovering round her mouth, sets off at every warble in all their glory.
Page 22 - ... it — I mean the Countess Rossi. The advantages which her peculiar experience and knowledge of society have afforded her, added to the happiest naturel that ever fell to human portion, render her exquisite voice and talent, both still in undiminished perfection, by no means her chief attraction in society. Madame Rossi could afford to lose her voice to-morrow, and would be equally sought. True to her nation, she has combined all the Liebenswurdigkeit of a German with the witchery of every other...
Page 59 - In skilfulness of plot, vividness of portraiture, and expressiveness of style, it has not been exceeded by any novel of the season.

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