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Day 16

The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

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

March 8, 2023 by Michael F. Moore

“Like a pack of bloodhounds that, having chased a hare in vain, return to their master, humiliated, heads hanging and tails between their legs, the bravi returned to Don Rodrigo’s palace on that night of tricks and treachery.”

To underscore that image, another engraving by Gonin, with a “C” for the first word, “Come” (Like):

Povero Griso!

“‘It ain’t easy,’ answered Griso, one foot still on the first step, ‘it ain’t easy getting reprimanded after trying your loyal best to do your duty and risking your neck while you’re at it.’”

“L'è dura, - rispose il Griso, restando con un piede sul primo scalino, - l'è dura di ricever de' rimproveri, dopo aver lavorato fedelmente, e cercato di fare il proprio dovere, e arrischiata anche la pelle.”

In his voice I hear the Lombard accent, the shortened “ü,” the regional use of the enclitic pronoun “le,” which surrounded me during the many years I lived in Milano and Como. Which gave me the green light to go full-on colloquial.

See how the rumors fly, and how no one can keep a secret:

“One of the greatest consolations in life is friendship. And one of the consolations of friendship is having someone in whom to confide a secret. But friends don’t come in pairs, like married couples. Each of us generally has more than one, which forms a chain whose end no one can trace.”

Side note: Attilio calls the mayor a “galantuomo,” a word that recurs throughout the novel, but with a variety of meanings. “Man of honor” comes to mind, in the way that mafiosi indicate their respect for each other. Not to mention Mark Antony’s ironic description of Brutus as an “honorable man” in Julius Caesar. Today we might say “stand-up guy” or “mensch”—too anachronistic for this novel. I opted for “honest man” here, which is the literal meaning of the word, with the heavy irony that it implies.

Daily Reading

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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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