Humor of Signs in Italian English

Humor of Signs in Italian English is adapted from Mark Twain's book Innocents Abroad (1869):

Here in Milan, in an ancient tumble-down ruin of a church, is the mournful wreck of the most celebrated painting in the world--

"The Last Supper," by Leonardo da Vinci.

We are not infallible judges of pictures, but of course we went there to see this wonderful painting, once so beautiful, always so worshipped by masters in art, and forever to be famous in song and story.

And the first thing that occurred was the infliction on us of a placard fairly reeking with wretched English. Take a morsel of it:

"Bartholomew (that is the first figure on the left hand side at the spectator,) uncertain and doubtful about what he thinks to have heard, and upon which he wants to be assured by himself at Christ and by no others."

And then Peter is described as "argumenting in a threatening and angrily condition at Judas Iscariot."

Good, isn't it?

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