Beautiful Antonio

By Vitaliano Brancati

First released in nice Britain as Antonio: the nice Lover 1952
This translation first released through Harvill an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 1993
Published in Penguin Books 2007

Having spent a while in Rome, Antonio - the handsomest younger guy in Catania - returns to his local city with the attractiveness of being a playboy and with an extended record of amorous adventures in the back of him. to delight his father, Antonio is of the same opinion to marry the attractive Barbara. A yr after their marriage although - scandal erupts. Barbara continues to be a virgin! The bride’s kinfolk try and annul the wedding and Antonio’s honour turns out irrevocably misplaced.

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No, no… what in the world am I asserting? … Blessed be the day i assumed of shopping for it, and blessed be the notary who signed the Deed! yet I’m rambling, I’m rambling again…” He clutched his temples together with his correct hand, raised his eyes, and multi function breath and prefer anyone compelled to stroll a tightrope and taking a dash at it instead of fall, cried, “In the 5 years you’ve been in Rome you haven’t controlled to get your arse relocating in any respect! You’ve already frittered away one hundred thousand lire, and my center bleeds to think about it! ” “It’s now not my fault,” mumbled Antonio. “Lots of younger chaps have gotten into the Diplomatic with out checks or whatever. yet me, I’ve been promised the solar, moon and stars, then each time I sign up to determine how my software goes alongside they appear to get up with a commence, as though they’d by no means set eyes on me earlier than! ” “But Whatsit… feller there… the minister, calls himself a count number (my foot! ), didn’t he placed himself out for you in any respect? ” “Let us no longer communicate of the minister! He has behaved the worst of the lot. ” “You wager! ” cried his father, knocking the pipe in his hand opposed to his leg and smothering his trousers with an avalanche of ash and sparkling embers. “If you cross and poke his spouse! ” “That’s easily now not true,” acknowledged Antonio mildly. “I don’t want you to inform me if it’s real or no longer! ” retorted his father. “But what I do say is – nice God, what's his identify? – that count number feller – he has extra horns on his head than a trugful of snails. all of them do it correct below his nostril and he’s by no means spotted a rattling factor. It took my idiot of a son to head all of the approach from Catania to make him jealous! ” “But it’s now not precise he’s jealous! ” roared Antonio, puce within the face this time from sheer vexation. “It’s no longer real I’m his wife’s lover! What extra do i must say? It’s simply no longer precise! ” His father tilted his chin and appeared down his nostril. “Be that because it may,” he acknowledged. “I haven't any desire to pry into your affairs. That though, how do you clarify the truth that a guy like Blockhead, a humid squib if ever I observed one, who, if I have been his father, may have me kneeling within the airborne dirt and dust for disgrace, has develop into celebration Secretary of Catania, whereas you’ve been incapable of having one in every of your little cakes to obtain you a chair on the overseas Ministry not to mention the table to compliment it? ” At this element a masterful voice used to be heard intoning from the course of the terrace. “Signor Alfio, my expensive Signor Alfio, i'm proficient that your son has arrived from the capital…” Avvocato Ardizzone. And the Lord on my own is aware how grandiose have been his gesticulations from the balcony, considering the fact that a flock of birds fled in panic earlier the research window. “Let’s come again to the terrace,” stated Signor Alfio, and swiftly extra: “Bear in brain that the Avvocato thinks you’re the sweetheart of the whatsit… ummm… ah sure, the Countess… If he asks you if it’s real, don’t say both convinced or no. at least don’t say no as certainly as you probably did to me: he’d prove believing you! ” Out at the terrace they discovered Antonio’s mom whipping up one other egg for her son.

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