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11:09 Aug 22, 2000
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
Italian term or phrase:schiavi ognor frefenti
"The father of their charge was one of those Italians nursed in the memory of the antique glory of Italy - one among the schaivi ognor frementi, who exerted himself to obtain the liberty of his country."
Explanation: I think Mary Shelley's reference is Verdi's Nabucco, but I could not find the exact text. The meaning is: he was among the "all the time excited slaves". The "excited slaves" represent Italian patriots who fough against foreign rule. Verdi's opera, Nabucco, describes Jews' struggle against the Egyptian pharaoh, therefore it became a symbol for Italian fighters for independence and freedom in the 19th century.
Laura Gentili Italy Local time: 23:57 Native speaker of: Italian PRO pts in pair: 221