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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Guest: Colonel Procolo

From Dino Buzzati's novel Il segreto del Bosco Vecchio, a tragic "Christmas tale." Old Colonel Procolo had tried to have his nephew Benvenuto murdered in order to take possession of the estate inherited by the latter -- the Old Wood itself -- so, on New Year's Eve, Wind Matthew "as a present" gives him the "good news" that Benvenuto is dying, buried under a snow slide. It is not true, but Procolo believes Matthew's lie, and goes and tries to save his nephew. He will be killed by the cold.