The Lion of Saint Mark

The Lion of Saint Mark
A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century

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The Lion of Saint Mark by G. A. Henty

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1889

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The Lion of Saint Mark
A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century

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"Mr. Henty has probably not published a more interesting story than The Lion of St. Mark. He has certainly not published one in which he has been at such pains to rise to the dignity of his subject. Mr. Henty's battle-pieces are admirable."--The Academy.

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e this affair took place, but as his connections are so powerful, I suppose he will be received as if nothing had happened. There are plenty of others as bad as he is."

"It's a scandalous thing," Francis Hammond said indignantly, "that, just because they have got powerful connections, men should be allowed to do, almost with impunity, things for which an ordinary man would be hung. There ought to be one law for the rich as well as the poor."

"So there is as far as the state is concerned," his companion replied. "A noble who plots against the state is as certain of a place in the lowest dungeons as a fisherman who has done the same; but in other respects there is naturally some difference."

"Why naturally?" Francis retorted. "You belong to a powerful family, Giustiniani, and my father is only a trader, but I don't see that naturally you have any more right to get me stabbed in the back, than I have to get you put out of the way."

"Naturally perhaps not," Matteo laughed; "but you see

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I hate to say it, but if you have read one Henty book, you have read them all. Each book follows the exact same formula and this one is no exception. A young English lad who is perfect in every way integrates himself into another society, showing superiority in every way. You get one page of boring action then 30 pages where they talk about that action, ad nausium.
Sadly, you get no local colour whatsoever. Other than mentioning gondolas, this could be set in any time in any city. I wonder if Henty had ever even visited Venice because there is no description of the city at all.
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