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Day 41

The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

Chapter 32 (to end)

April 2, 2023 by Michael F. Moore

Superstitions abound.

“As crime grew, so did madness.”

Not even the educated, who should have known or did know better, were immune.

I never thought we would experience the scenario that Ripamonti describes:

“While the whole city was turned into a giant cemetery by the corpses scattered about or piled up, always before your eyes, always between your feet, there was something uglier, more deadly, in those furious recriminations, in those unhinged, monstrous suspicions… not only was the neighbor, the friend, the guest, to be distrusted, but even those names, those bonds of human charity—husband and wife, father and son, brother and brother—became words of terror. And—how awful and shameful to say!—the family meal, the nuptial bed—were feared as traps, as places that might conceal the pestilential venom.”

Manzoni cannot withhold a critical note concerning Cardinal Borromeo:

“We wish we could more fully praise his glorious and loving memory, and depict the good priest, here and in many other respects, as superior to most of his contemporaries. But we are forced to see even a mind as noble as his fall victim to the sway of public opinion.”

Here I used the plural “we” rather than “I,” feeling that the author was reaching for complicity with his readers.

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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