A Thousand Days in Venice
Book Review - Page 2
The first encounter with Fernando
"I sit down next to the sweet face with the beautful voice, and
we drink some wine. We talk very little; something about the rain, I think, and
why I didn't come to lunch that day. He tells me that he is the manager of a
nearby branch of Banca Commerciale Italiana, that it's late, and he has the only
set of keys to reopen the safe for the afternoon's business. I notice the sweet
face with the beautiful voice has wonderful hands. His hands tremble as he
gathers his things to leave. We agree to met at six-thirty that evening, right
there, in the same place. 'Proprio qui, Right here,' he repeats again and
[Later that evening] "'It's only that I never saw you until
December. Last December. December 11, 1992,' he says, as though eyeing the
dossier more closely.... 'And then, as I was sitting there at Vino Vino the
other day and you angled your body so that your profile was just visible under
all that hair, I realized it was you. The woman in the white coat. And so you
see, I've been waiting for you. Somehow I've been loving you, loving you
since that afternoon in the piazza."
Days in Venice
Copyright © 2002 by Marlena de Blasi
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