Day 40The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
Chapter 32 (through p.534: “purpose of the conflict.”)
April 1, 2023 by Michael F. Moore
“Anointers,” with its religious connotations, does not quite carry the foul overtones of the Italian “untori.” I first heard this word being used during the AIDS crisis, when some individuals were accused of deliberately spreading the virus.
Let me leave you with two images of the dreaded “monatti”:
Previati (ca. 1895-99):
Guttuso (from the 1960 Einaudi edition, with an introduction by Alberto Moravia, who disliked the novel):