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The festivities kicked off with speeches from assorted local dignitaries, then went straight into the Wire Wall event. The blindfolded contestants were allowed two attempts to strike out at the random array of earthenware crockery hung on the wire. The flailing sticks mostly missed the targets, but when they did succeed in hitting one it was usually found to be full of water that soaked the victor (or victim) to the skin. A lucky few found a plump salami, a round of goats’ cheese, a sugared doughnut or a packet of washing powder among the shattered shards.

Small though they were, the presence of these pubescent buds filled her with shame, distress and a burning anger. Instead of playing with friends, she swathed herself in an enormous Swiss flag and sat, glowering, scrawling rude words in the sand. The rage she radiated was cosmic and all-encompassing. When 64 SIGNORA LUCIA’S DAUGHTER STARTS COURTING it found focus, which happened fifteen times a day on average, it was generally directed at her mother. Nato advocated drowning or selling her to the gypsies.

Not only had she delivered herself single-handedly of two babies (one of which dropped while she was harvesting olives halfway up a stony hillside), but she had been called on many times to act as emergency midwife to others. On the night of Maria Immaculata’s advent she was assisted by relays of female neighbours and relatives. While some squeezed up and down the narrow stairs with jugs of boiling water, others hovered near the bed supplicating the Madonna to hurry things along. When the baby finally emerged the problem became clear – the poor thing’s head was ‘as big as a prize pumpkin’.

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