W. S. Gilbert’s story of a poor and sick man, living alone in Venice and looked after by a housekeeper, is a beautiful love story. Forced to spend his days lying down next to his window, he watches a young girl year after year in the reflection she makes in the water of one of Venice’s canals. Slowly, they become friends and the man starts to feel love for the girl – a love he believes she shares, despite everything (1,700 words)
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