“Two carabinieri are on guard in the street. One says, ‘Look, a dead seagull.’ The other looks up at the sky and says, ‘Where?’
“As I am sure you will agree, one of the great strengths of the British people is a clear understanding of one’s place (103)”.
“Eh bien. I have thought. And you?” (210).
“He was not willfully old-fashioned…he sometimes wondered if there might not be hidden costs for a humanity…”
After having read many of his previous titles with a complete immersion in the author’s Sicily, the perseverance gives way to tiredness.