By Andrea di Robilant
Within the waning days of Venice’s glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was once scion to 1 the city’s oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the attractive, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. due to their dramatically assorted positions in society, they can now not marry. And Giustiniana’s mom, afraid that an affair may damage her daughter’s possibilities to shape a more desirable union, forbade them to work out one another. Her prohibition merely fueled their wish and so all started their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a number of intimates and servants (willing to hazard their very own positions) to commute love letters from side to side and to assist facilitate their clandestine conferences. ultimately, Giustiniana stumbled on herself pregnant and he or she grew to become for support to the notorious Casanova—himself infatuated with her.
Two and part centuries later, the unimaginable tale of this star-crossed couple is advised in a wide ranging narrative, re-created partly from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.
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Andrea’s portable telescope was very useful. He would point it in the direction of Giustiniana’s balcony from a campiello, a little square, across the Grand Canal, to check whether she was at home or to find out whether she might be getting ready to go out or, best of all, to watch her as she leaned lazily over the balcony, her hair wrapped in a bonnet, watching the boats go by. When he observed her from such a distance—about a hundred yards—Giustiniana was not always aware Andrea was spying on her.
I waited a while to see for myself, and sure enough there she was again. 1 Mrs. Anna clearly hoped that, thanks to her intervention, the passion so perilously ignited in the house of Consul Smith would subside before any irreparable damage was done to her daughter. But she had wrenched them apart just as they were falling deeply in love. Their need to be together was stronger than any obstacle she could put in their way; the thrill of their forbidden relationship only drew them closer. ” In fact, there had been no separation to speak of in the wake of Mrs.
She was a woman of experience who had worked hard to gain respectability, and she well understood the intricate workings of Venetian society, in which the interests of the ruling families were supreme. She was also very much aware of Andrea’s special place in that society—and what a formidable opponent he was in her struggle to protect her daughter. The Memmos were among the founding fathers of Venice in the eighth century—historians have even traced the lineage of Andrea’s family as far back as the gens Memmia of Roman times.
A Venetian affair: a true story of impossible love in the eighteenth century by Andrea di Robilant