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Day 10

The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

Chapter 8 (through p.130: “the others filed behind him.”)

March 2, 2023 by Michael F. Moore

The Italians refer to this episode as “La notte degli imbrogli”—The night of [question mark]. I struggled to find an equivalent for “imbroglio,” which in Italian refers to a tangled mess. The English “imbroglio” is too cute for the series of mishaps and misunderstandings that occur on this night. The best I could come up with is “The Night of Trials and Tribulations,” to capture its rocking energy.

Page 121. How I love the way Agnese entices Perpetua away from the rectory. “‘I’m coming from… and she named a nearby village. ‘And wouldn’t you know it,’ she continued, ‘I stayed longer than I expected, all on your account.’” And Perpetua’s, “Wouldn’t you know it! Oh, that liar! That big fat liar! Tell me her name!” Agnese delivers the coup de grace with: “Please don’t ask. I don’t want to cause any trouble.” I think she deserves her own novel. To translate this conversation, I remembered how my aunts used to talk, the exclamations and the laughter, the way they drew everyone into a story.

Page 123. Quite remarkable, and damning: Don Abbondio counting out the money that Tonio owes him.

The Bergamo accent is quite distinct, and is sometimes described as someone speaking through a mouthful of hot polenta.

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Day 1

Introduction & Chapter 1 (through pg. 13: "were still around.")

Day 2

Chapter 1 (to end)

Day 3

Chapter 2

Day 4

Chapter 3

Day 5

Chapter 4

Day 6

Chapter 5

Day 7

Chapter 6

Day 8

Chapter 7 (through p.108: “respective ranks.”)

Day 9

Chapter 7 (to end)

Day 10

Chapter 8 (through p.130: “the others filed behind him.”)

Day 11

Chapter 8 (to end)

Day 12

Chapter 9 (through p.151: “are also quite capable.”)

Day 13

Chapter 9 (to end)

Day 14

Chapter 10 (through p.174: “her closest relatives.”)

Day 15

Chapter 10 (to end)

Day 16

Chapter 11 (through p.193: “keep track of it.")

Day 17

Chapter 11 (to end)

Day 18

Chapter 12

Day 19

Chapter 13

Day 20

Chapter 14

Day 21

Chapter 15

Day 22

Chapter 16

Day 23

Chapter 17

Day 24

Chapter 18

Day 25

Chapter 19

Day 26

Chapter 20

Day 27

Chapter 21

Day 28

Chapter 22

Day 29

Chapter 23

Day 30

Chapter 24 (through p.396: “as soon as you’re ready.”)

Day 31

Chapter 24 (to end)

Day 32

Chapter 25

Day 33

Chapter 26

Day 34

Chapter 27

Day 35

Chapter 28 (through p.467: “their hands from hunger.”)

Day 36

Chapter 28 (to end)

Day 37

Chapter 29

Day 38

Chapter 30

Day 39

Chapter 31

Day 40

Chapter 32 (through p.534: “purpose of the conflict.”)

Day 41

Chapter 32 (to end)

Day 42

Chapter 33 (through p.554: “treatise on political economy.”)

Day 43

Chapter 33 (to end)

Day 44

Chapter 34 (through p.574: “the living were left.”)

Day 45

Chapter 34 (to end)

Day 46

Chapter 35

Day 47

Chapter 36

Day 48

Chapter 37

Day 49

Chapter 38

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