Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Baron Corvo

By Frederick Baron Corvo

Someday George Arthur Rose, hack author and minor priest, discovers that he has been picked to be Pope. he's infrequently shocked and never the least bit daunted. "The earlier English pontiff used to be Hadrian the Fourth," he pronounces. "The current English pontiff is Hadrian the 7th. It pleases Us; and so, by means of Our personal impulse, We command."

Of his many books, Hadrian the Seventh is Baron Corvo's most sensible identified. during this fantastical novel—which incorporates a flourish of autobiography—a humble British guy named George Arthur Rose is elected Pope, taking the identify Hadrian VII. He unfolds a grand plan to reform the church and higher the realm, yet can't support yet push his personal schedule in addition.

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She advanced into the room, and thrust the flowers into the vase. It had once belonged to her Uncle Clem, whose funeral, or reburial, at the end of the war she remembered quite well: the gun carriage arriving at the country churchyard, the coffin draped in the regimental flag, the raised swords, the bugle at the graveside, and, most memorably for a five-year-old, her father weeping. Clem was his only sibling. The story of how he had come by the vase was told in one of the last letters the young lieutenant wrote home.

When he spoke he was perfectly pleasant. “I know you never liked that sort of thing, Cee. ” “That’s my point. Another six years. ” He wasn’t offended. She was the one who was overinterpreting, and jittery in his presence, and she was annoyed with herself. He was taking her question seriously. “No one’s really going to give me work as a landscape gardener. I don’t want to teach, or go in for the civil service. And medicine interests me . ” He broke off as a thought occurred to him. “Look, I’ve agreed to pay your father back.

You just did it. You start low and end high. ” He swallowed hard, drew a breath and made another attempt, producing this time a roll call on a rising chromatic scale. “At the end. ” Now came a roll call on the old monotone, with a break of register, a yodel, on the final syllable. Lola had come to the nursery that morning in the guise of the adult she considered herself at heart to be. She wore pleated flannel trousers that ballooned at the hips and flared at the ankle, and a short-sleeved sweater made of cashmere.

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