I behold what, in Italy,

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Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Context: Carlo is an Italian boy, as you might guess, what he means is not clear to me in this sentence. It seems unfinished sentence.

But leaning over, in a reverie, against the side, my Carlo gazed down into the calm, violet sea, as if it were an eye that answered his own; and turning to Harry, said, "This America's skies must be down in the sea; for, looking down in this water, I behold what, in Italy, we also behold overhead. Ah! after all, I find my Italy somewhere, wherever I go. I even found it in rainy Liverpool
  • Chez

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    Carlo is saying: I behold (in the sea) what I see overhead in Italy: in other words, the violet blue colour of the sea looks just like the violet blue of the sky in Italy. He says 'I find (my) Italy wherever I go" – he can find something that reminds him of Italy anywhere he travels in the world – even in Liverpool which is known as a grey and rainy Northern English city,
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