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Day 44

The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

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

April 5, 2023 by Michael F. Moore

“But what city was this?”

“As for how to enter the city, Renzo had heard something about strict orders not to let anyone enter its gates without a health certificate. But he’d also heard that a resourceful man who seized the moment could easily evade this decree. And he was right.”

The first sentence of this chapter reads as if it were completing the last paragraph of the previous chapter. Renzo is going to need all the resourcefulness in his arsenal to make it through Milan and find Lucia.

This was written long before we first heard the term “social distancing”:

“Renzo, always the respectful country lad, removed his hat as he approached the man. With his left hand holding the hat, and his right inside the crown, he went up to the man. But the man took a step back, his eyes popping out, raised his knotty walking stick, and pointed its steel tip at Renzo’s waist, shouting, ‘Keep your distance!’”

After donating his bread to the woman locked up in the house with her children, Renzo remarks,

“Ah: So this is reparations. I’m glad I did not give the bread back to the bakery that day, for this is truly an act of mercy.”

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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