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Giacomo. But Violetta is in love with Don Camille. After some
complicated maneuvering she is pu t safely in the arms of her
lover.
At one po in t in the story, when Giacomo remarks tha t the
Jew’s livelihood seems to depend on cunning and shrewdness,
Hosea replies, “I t is the sole defense against the wrongs of the
oppressor, young noble. We are hunted like wolves, and it is
not surprising tha t we sometimes show the ferocity of the beasts
you take us for.” (p. 78)
L e t t e r s o f L u c i u s M . P i s o , f r o m P a l m y r a t o h i s f r i e n d M a r c u s
C u r t i u s a t R o m e ,
by William Ware. New York, 1837.
The setting is th ird century Rome. T he bro ther of Lucius
is being held captive in Persia. Lucius asks his trusted friend,
Isaac, a Jew, for help in finding his brother. Isaac, with contacts
in other countries, undertakes the mission. After a long and
dangerous journey he succeeds in finding the brother who re­
fuses to come back to Rome as he has learned to love the life
of luxury he now leads.
Re turning to Rome, Isaac is given the two talents of gold
promised him for carrying out the mission. Before his Roman
friends he then voices his deep feelings about the plight of Jews
who, because they are persecuted by Christians, are forced to
lead lives lacking in dignity and security.
C l e m e n t F a l c o n e r , o r T h e M e m o r i e s o f a Y o u n g W h i g , b y
William Price. Baltimore, 1838.
A satire on politics. T he Jew in this novel is Major Moses,
editor of a New York newspaper who, with other printers and
publishers, attends a meeting in the White House held to formu­
late policy for the publishing business. There is striking similarity
between the fictional Major Moses and the real-life Major Mor-
decai Manuel Noah who at the time the novel was written was
an important figure in New York political and journalistic circles.
In describing him, the author writes: “Major Moses was an
Israelite just two yards long. He once crossed the Atlantic, and
during his absence it was currently reported tha t he had turned
Turk , bu t this story, as it afterward appeared, was wholly w ith­
out foundation. On his re tu rn to New York, he proclaimed him ­
self king of Judea, bu t was soon denounced thereafter by the