Complete Memoirs of Casanova
I Give up Agatha to Lord Percy--I Set out for Milan--The Actress at Pavia--Countess A *
* * B * * *--Disappointment--Marquis Triulzi--Zenobia--The Two Marchionesses Q * *
*--The Venetian Barbaro
Far from punishing the Corticelli by making her live with Redegonde, the Count d'Aglie
seemed to have encouraged her; and I was not sorry for it, since as long as she did not
trouble me any more I did not care how many lovers she had. She had become a great
friend of Redegonde's, and did exactly as she pleased, for their duenna was much more
easy going than the Pacienza.
Nobody knew of the trick which Lord Percy had played me, and I took care to say
nothing about it. However, he did not give up his designs on Agatha, his passion for her
was too violent. He hit upon an ingenious method for carrying out his plans. I have
already said that Percy was very rich, and spent his money wildly, not caring at what
expenditure he gratified his passion. I was the last person to reproach him for his
extravagance, and in a country where money is always scarce his guineas opened every
door to him.
Four or five days after the ball night, Agatha came to tell me that the manager of the
Alexandria Theatre had asked her if she would take the part of second dancer throughout
the carnival time.
"He offered me sixty sequins," she added, "and I told him I would let him know by to-
morrow. Do you advise me to accept his offer?"
"If you love me, dearest Agatha, you will prove it by refusing all engagements for a year.
You know I will let you want for nothing.
"I will get you the best masters, and in that time you can perfect your dancing, and will
be able to ask for a first-class appointment, with a salary of five hundred sequins a year."
"Mamma thinks that I should accept the offer, as the dancing on the stage will improve
my style, and I can study under a good master all the same. I think myself that dancing in
public would do me good."
"There is reason in what you say, but you do not need the sixty sequins. You will
dishonour me by accepting such a poor offer, and you will do yourself harm too, as you
will not be able to ask for a good salary after taking such a small one."
"But sixty sequins is not so bad for a carnival engagement."