Venice: a “repository of consolations”

Henry James by John Singer Sargent, 1913.

Henry James comments on the enduring appeal of Venice.

It is a fact that almost every one interesting, appealing, melancholy, memorable, odd, seems at one time or another, after many days and much life, to have gravitated to Venice by a happy instinct, settling in it and treating it, cherishing it, as a sort of repository of consolations; all of which to-day, for the conscious mind, is mixed with its air and constitutes its unwritten history. The deposed, the defeated, the disenchanted,
the wounded, or even only the bored, have seemed to find there something that no other place could give.

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