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Rome at Midnight 09/07/2011

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c. 1905

The station at Florence was crowded and noisy, for in the July heat everyone who can travels by night; but fortunately the world and his wife were going northwards, pressing into packed carriages, while we, whose faces were turned to the south, might trust to travel in comparative peace. So a kind fate ordained it, for when at eleven p.m. the train, bearing the tremendous name of Rome upon it, shunted out into the darkness, the engine giving vent to short staccato grunts, our carriage was free from all intrusive strangers, and we were at liberty to dispose ourselves, our dogs and possessions, to our own satisfaction, and make the best arrangements possible for either watching or sleep.

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