The Bravo of Venice
To that time in Lewis's life belongs this book, The Bravo of Venice; which was published in 1804, when the writer's age was twenty-nine. It was written at Inverary Castle, dedicated to the Earl of Moira, and received as one of the most perfect little romances of its kind, "highly characteristic of the exquisite contrivance, bold colouring, and profound mystery of the German school." In 1805 Lewis recast it into a melodrama, which he called Rugantino.
THE BRAVO OF VENICE.
BOOK THE FIRST.
It was evening. Multitudes of light clouds, partially illumined by the moonbeams, overspread the horizon, and through the