Short stories 171-175

“The Friar of Novara” by Angolo Firenzuola. About an avaricious friar who gets a comeuppance for his un-Christian behaviour.

“The Greek Merchant” by Giovanni Battista Giraldi Cinthio. Another comeuppance story, this one about a miserly merchant and a poor, honest widow.

“The Venetian Silk Mercer” by Carlo Gozzi. A humorous moral tale about a clever merchant wo falls prey to an unlikely thief. Recommended.

Cavalleria Rusticana” by Giovanni Verga. A lively tale of love and honour that became the libretto of Mascagni’s epynomous opera. (different translation)

“The Peasant’s Will” by Antonio Fogazzaro. A sorrowful tale of greed and hard-heartedness.

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Dorte H said…
My, your new blog looks cool! Especially the Gothic letters to the right.
Bibliophile said…
Thanks, Dorte. I thought it was about time to upgrade the look of the blog and find a permanent name for it. I liked this background best of the bookish ones available.

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