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- "In descending the last steps of the Terrazzo, however, the foot of the elder lady faltered, and, while Vivaldi hastened to assist her, the breeze from the water caught the veil, which Ellena had no longer a hand sufficiently disengaged to confine, and, wafting it partially aside, disclosed to him a countenance more touchingly beautiful than he had dared to image. Her features were of the Grecian outline, and, though they expressed the tranquillity of an elegant mind, her dark blue eyes sparkled with intelligence." In this excerpt, Vivaldi gets his first glimpse of Ellena's face and falls in love with her immediately. Much of the book is about revealing the truth of the past, which is symbolized in the way Ellena removes her veil to show her face. Removing her veil is similar to the way in which she will eventually discover the truth about her own past.
- "Managing his passions, rather than exasperating them, and deceiving him with respect to the degree of resentment she felt from his choice, she was less passionate than the Marchese in her observations and menaces, perhaps, only because she entertained more hope than he did of preventing the evil she contemplated." The Marchesa di Vivaldi plans to thwart her son's plans to marry Ellena any way she can. She is cooly deceptive and therefore is more dangerous than her husband, who is more forthright about his opposition to his son's marriage.
- "There lived in the Dominican convent of the Spirito Santo, at Naples, a man called father Schedoni; an Italian, as his name imported, but whose family was unknown, and from some circumstances, it appeared, that he wished to throw an impenetrable veil over his origin." Schedoni, the monk who colludes with the Marchesa to prevent Vivaldi's marriage to Ellena, is deceptive and throws a veil over his origins. Again, the image of the veil is meant to symbolize the way in which he attempts to keep the past secret.
- "Olivia pressed her hand, looked steadily upon her face, and was somewhat agitated, but she soon recovered apparent tranquillity, and said, with a serious smile, 'You judge rightly, my sister, respecting my sentiments, however you may do concerning my sufferings. My heart is not insensible to pity, nor to you, my child. You were designed for happier days than you can hope to find within these...
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