Short stories 176-180

“Mendicant Melody” by Edmondo De Amicis. More of a meditation on the human condition than a short story, this tells of poor people who earn their living by singing. Beautifully translated. Recommended.

“Lulu’s Triumph” by Matilde Serao. A clever little romantic story about a young woman who has wisdom and insight beyond her years. Recommended.

“The Hero” by Gabriele D’Annunzio. A horrifying but powerful story of religious fervor. Recommended.

“Two Miracles” by Grazia Deledda. A touching tale of two very different miracles. Recommended.

Here end the French stories and the Spanish begin.

“The Son and His Friends” by Juan Manuel. Originally from Count Lucanor. About a “true” test of friendship. Rather distasteful, but well written.


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