About Carlotta Patti.
Poor Carlotta Patti had a voice fine enough to have won greater fame than she ever enjoyed if she had not been in childhood lamed for life. This deformity prevented her triumphing anywhere but in the concert room. By debarring her from taking exercise, it made her the victim of excessive embonpoint while she was still young. Her final malady was cancer. Three years ago she moved from a small and sunny flat to a large and sunless one. This abode killed her. Incapacitated as she was from moving about and taking walks, she needed the atmosphere of a Turkish bath. She was long kept in ignorance of the nature of her disease. Her sister, Mrs Strakosch, and her husband, Ernest De Munck, were indefatigable in trying to smooth her painful road to the grave. Carlotta was hospitable, off-handed, and genial. She broke ice quickly. Her tongue was sometimes sharp, but from no ill-natured intention. Nothing so angered her as to speak of her as the sister of the famous Adelina. Carlotta was as like to Prince Napoleon as a woman could be to a man. She had his profile. The greatest defect in her face was her eyebrows, which, being no thicker than a thread, were not in proportion to her other features.—Paris correspondence of ‘ Truth.’
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About Carlotta Patti., Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
About Carlotta Patti. Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
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