There is the Prince of Santo Stefano, whose days of austere dedication begin every morning with six o'clock mass; his daughter Norina, who hopes that adultery will bring her peace of mind; his son Gherardo, who finds a rich life supported by wealthy women more congenial to his tastes than the hard comforts of a clean conscience. And there is Checco, the flat-footed and blindly faithful servant of the old Prince: his highest aspiration is to don forever the habit of a monk; Mrs. Sequi, heiress to a long line of sausage- makers, who conquers Roman society with her outstanding chef and the help of her millions.
Unlikely, but real, all these characters belong to Rome: the city which reconciles extremes in its crucible of deep humanity.
This translation, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, preserves the lyrical elegance of the original.
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