Race the servants

Pepoli coat of arms

Some index entries are even more interesting than the content of the book itself.  The index to Richard Coe’s translation of Stendhal‘s Rome, Naples and Florence (Calder, 1959) contains gems like this for which there are no actual referents in the text:

Pepoli, marchese Alessandro (b.Venice 1757; d.Bologna, 1796). Minor Italian poet and dramatist, of aristocratic birth.  Well known for his eccentricities.  He died of an inflammation of the lungs, caught while trying to prove that he could run faster than any lackey or footman in Bologna…” (p548)

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