But this is early in the year, and, besides " "Early in the year! Who told me the signore distinto would " "And besides, compare, I've got the stomach-ache." He deftly doubled himself up and writhed, while the lips of the others twitched with suppressed amusement. "Comparedro, I don't believe it!"
He dared not give the lie to the "signore distinto," yet he had no trust in Gaspare's word, and had gained no sort of conviction from his eloquent writhings. "You must go in, Nito," said Gaspare. "I Madonna!" "Why not?" "Why not?" cried Nito, in a plaintive whine that was almost feminine. "I go into the sea with my rheumatism!"
Tasso, the author of a well-known metrical history, states distinctly, as you shall see in half a moment, that a tree upon one occasion discoursed with Major General Tancred, "Pur tragge alfin la spada e con gran forza Percuote l' alta pianta. Oh, maraviglia! quasi di tomba, uscir ne sente Un indistinto gemito dolente, Che poi distinto in voci."