"The father softens, but the governor's resolved."—Critic.
- [The MS. of The Two Foscari is now in the possession of H.R.H. the Princess of Wales.]
- [Begun June the 12th, completed July the 9th, Ravenna, 1821.—Byron MS.]
[Gov. "The father softens—but the governor is fixed."
Dingle. "Aye that antithesis of persons is a most established figure."—Critic, act ii. sc. 2.
Byron may have guessed that this passage would be quoted against him, and, by taking it as a motto, hoped to anticipate or disarm ridicule; or he may have selected it out of bravado, as though, forsooth, the public were too stupid to find him out.]