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By Luigi Pirandello, Nicoletta Simborowski

A unique concerning the nature of identification and belonging set in 1904.

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Lamentably! I’ve already left a son with out a father … you notice Romilda? It’s tit for tat: i've got a son who's Malagna’s son and you have got a daughter who's Pomino’s daughter. If God wills, lets marry them off to each other someday. by means of now, you shouldn’t consider disappointed approximately that son of mine … let’s switch the topic to whatever extra joyful … inform me, how did you and your mom come to know me useless down there at l. a. Stia? ” “But I did too! ” exclaimed Pomino, in exasperation. “The complete village did, it wasn’t simply them. ” “Good God! So he particularly gave the impression of me to that quantity? ” “Same top, a beard like yours, dressed such as you, in black … and finally, you had disappeared numerous days earlier than. ” “Of direction, I had run away, you listen? They made me run, these … these … nonetheless i used to be going back, you recognize, i used to be! And encumbered with gold, while … what? lifeless, drowned, putrefied … and pointed out as well! Then I drifted round for 2 years, while you lot the following: an engagement, marriage ceremony, honeymoon, celebrations, happiness, the kid … permit the useless lie in peace eh? and the dwelling get on with lifestyles …” “But what now? What are we going to do now? ” repeated Pomino, groaning, on tenterhooks. “That’s what i need to grasp. ” Romilda obtained as much as settle the kid in her cot. “Let’s cross into the opposite room,” I stated, “the little woman has fallen asleep back. Let’s proceed our dialogue within the different room. ” We went into the dining-room, the place the continues to be of the night meal have been nonetheless no longer cleared off the desk. Trembling, wide-eyed, careworn and deathly-pale, continually blinking, his little eyes dim yet with sharply feverish black scholars within the centre, Pomino scratched his head and stored asserting, virtually wandering, “Alive … alive … what’s to be performed? What’s to be performed? ” “Stop getting on my nerves! ” I shouted. “We’ll see now, I’ll let you know. ” Romilda had wear a home gown and now got here to affix us. I checked out her effectively within the mild and marvelled: she had long past again to her former good looks, certainly, she was once much more beautiful. “Let me examine you,” I stated. “You don’t brain, do you, Pomino? There’s no damage. I’m her husband too in any case, certainly sooner than you and with extra rights than you. Don’t be shy, come on Romilda. glance how she’s twisting away, Mino. What damage am i able to do you if I’m probably not lifeless? ” “This can’t move on! ” puffed Pomino, white confronted. “He’s getting worried,” I acknowledged, winking at Romilda. “No, come on, quiet down, Mino … I’ve stated I’ll allow you to continue her and I’ll stand via my promise. only a second even though, along with your permission .. ” I went as much as Romilda and gave her an exceptional, noisy kiss at the cheek. “Mattia! ” shouted Pomino, shaking. I burst into laughter back. “Jealous? Of me? Get on with you! i've got correct of priority. besides now, Romilda, erase every little thing, erase all of it. glance, while i used to be on my method right here, i thought (forgive me, Romilda) i presumed, pricey Mino, that i might be doing you a very good favour via releasing you of her and that i confess that the idea annoyed me much, simply because i wished revenge and, in a feeling, as i'm definite you are going to savour, i might nonetheless wish to get revenge by means of taking Romilda from you, now that i will be able to see you're keen on her and that she … certain, it’s like a dream from years in the past… do you take into account Romilda?

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