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By John Hersey

This vintage novel and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of an Italian-American significant in global struggle II who wins the affection and admiration of the neighborhood townspeople while he searches for a alternative for the 700-year-old city bell that were melted down for bullets through the fascists. even supposing stituated in the course of some of the most devastating reviews in human heritage, John Hersey's tale speaks with unflinching patriotism and humanity.

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He had had an idea. ” “Do as I say. ” The people were just in the middle of responding: “Pray for us,” when they heard a stroke of the bell over their heads. Worship had to stop while the bell rang, for its vibrations shook the whole church. In his office Major Joppolo blotted the letter and folded it. ” The Major looked at his wrist watch. “Seven twentysix,” he said. ” Zito said: “It is strange. That is a church bell. ” The Major jumped up. “My God,” he said, “I promised the priest I would come, I got thinking about the old bell.

Father Pensovecchio spoke with feeling. “We are glad that he is one of us. Because of this man, I believe that the Americans are my friends. ” Major Joppolo noticed that the skin of the neck below the blonde hair, though clean, was quite dark, and he wondered whether the hair was naturally blonde. He wondered about this off and on during the mass which followed. After mass he left quickly, to avoid the embarrassment he knew would result from mingling too much with the crowd. He took time only to tell Giuseppe that he had a little interpreting for him to do that afternoon, and to look into the face of the blonde.

For you, it will be the same. You will do wrong, and you will be punished. Adano will still be a place of fear. “Look at the lazy Fatta, peoplel Do not be like him. Read the proclamations. ” And Mercurio Salvatore moved the drum around behind him and marched off to the several other places convenient for shouting, and in his own way he told the people about the changes which were to come. Chapter 3 FATHER PENSOVECCHIO could not remember when so many people had come to the Church of Sant’ Angelo.

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