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By Luigi Pirandello, Nicoletta Simborowski

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After which you and all of your relatives can be below suspicion …. do you notice? ” “Yes, completely! ” answered Adriana, fierily, trembling with disdain. “Let him deny it then. yet we've got different issues on our personal account to accuse him of, think me. Denounce him, don’t fear approximately us, don’t worry for us … you'll do us a favour, think me, a superb favour. you'll avenge my bad sister …. you want to comprehend Signor Meis, you are going to offend me in case you don’t do it. i would like you to file him. should you don’t do it, i'm going to. how are you going to count on me to stick the following with my father, bearing the weight of such disgrace? No! after which …. ” I hugged her shut: i presumed not more of the stolen funds, seeing her undergo like that, raving, determined: I promised her i might do as she wanted, as long as she calmed down. I stated there has been no disgrace, now not for her nor for her father. I knew who was once in charge of the robbery. Papiano had expected that my love for her was once worthy a very good twelve thousand lire and used to be I to end up him unsuitable? document him? rather well, i might do it, no longer for myself, yet to rid the family of the wretch, yet i might do it at the situation that she calmed down, cried not more (“There, there! ”) after which that she may swear on all that she held most beneficial to not inform somebody in regards to the robbery, nobody, until eventually I had consulted a legal professional to determine all of the attainable results that we would now not forsee within the warmth of the instant. “Will you swear? On all you carry Most worthy? ” She swore, and with a look via her tears she gave me to appreciate what it was once she swore on, what it used to be she held Most worthy. bad Adriana! I stayed there on my own in my room it slow, shocked, empty, beaten, as though all of the international had all at once develop into meaningless. your time handed sooner than I got here to myself. I acted like an fool while I did come around. An fool! I went to examine the door of the cupboard to determine if there has been any signal of strength getting used. there has been no signal: it were opened cleanly with a jemmy, when I guarded the keys in my wallet with such care. “Do you now not consider whatever has been taken from you? ” Paleari had requested me on the finish of the final séance. certain, twelve thousand lire! once more, the idea of my absolute impotence, my nullity, attacked me, beaten me. the concept i may be robbed after which obliged to maintain quiet approximately it or even afraid the robbery will be came upon, as though I had dedicated against the law instead of being the sufferer of 1, had by no means relatively happened to me earlier than. Twelve thousand lire! It was once not often something! they can scouse borrow every little thing, down to the blouse on my again and that i must stay silent. What correct had I to talk? the very first thing i might be requested will be: “Who are you? the place did you get this cash? ” What if I didn’t file him? Let’s see …. What if this night I grabbed him by means of the throat and shouted: “Hand over the cash you took from that cupboard, thief! Now! ” He may perhaps scream, deny it, or he may possibly say, “Yes after all, right here it truly is, I took it through mistake …” should still I do it then? in fact, he may well deliver a slander go well with opposed to me in its place.

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