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The False Nun

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Author: Giacomo Casanova (Jacques Casanova de Seingalt)
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,031 / 97 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.8
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,016 1586
Genre: Biography

Translated by Arthur Machen.

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is to me, "to renew acquaintance with you, since I heard from madame that we had known each other in Paris."

With these words he looked at me attentively, as people will do when they are trying to recollect a person whom they have lost sight of. I then told him that we had never spoken to one another, and that he had not seen enough of me to recollect my features now.

"I had the honour," I added, "to dine with your excellency at M. de Mocenigo's house, but you talked all the time with Marshal Keith, the Prussian ambassador, and I was not fortunate enough to attract your attention. As you were on the point of leaving Paris to return to Venice, you went away almost immediately after dinner, and I have never had the honour of seeing you since that time."

"Now I recollect you," he answered, "and I remember asking whether you were not the secretary of the embassy. But from this day we shall not forget each other again, for the mysteries which unite us are of a nature likely to establish a lasting intima



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