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The Madman of Venice
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The Madman of Venice

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· Trade Paperback · April 10, 2012 · $8.99 · 978-0-385-73844-6 (0-385-73844-7)

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A voice behind him made him start. 'Well, Ned? What do you make of Venice?' Ned turned. It was Jacques d'Arcy. 'Beautiful, sir! Exciting . . . fantastic . . .' 'All those things and more. Enchanted. A mixture of beauty and menace,' said d'Arcy gravely. 'Never forget that, Ned, and you'll get on well here. I've always thought of Venice as a woman,' he went on. 'One of those half-women from legend—beautiful woman to the waist, serpent below. I think that should be her symbol—not the lion.' Ned shivered. 'That's a horrid thought, sir.' 'Oh, not really,' said the merchant, smiling. 'It's exciting. Intriguing. Just so long as you know to beware.' 

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