By Donna Leon

Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is stunned to listen to that Brett Lynch, a chum in view that a homicide case at los angeles Fenice, has suffered a savage beating. The assault, within the appealing palazzo domestic of Flavia Petrelli, reigning diva of l. a. Scala, had include a message: 'Don't preserve that appointment with Dottor Semenzato.' Then, with the hurricane clouds collecting speedy over town, a man's physique is located ...

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14 Nor must Marcello think ofValerio's death as "violent" [violens] , for Valerio died willingly [volens]. He died in the company of his father, his teacher, his peers, unaware of pleasures not yet tasted, confident of his place in heaven. " 16 Marcello was indeed unlucky. Valerio had died on the first of January, 1461. A mere three months later, a second child died: Marcello's daughter Taddea. 17 A consolatory letter written only six days later on 7 April by George of Trebizond, notes the second tragedy while it is concerned with the first.

1:)6 His father, touched, responded with his own vow. " The remarkable child (who enjoyed luxurious garments) responded: "Stop, stop, my father. Indeed I shall wear mourning dress, and ofwool, for that is fitting; but you shall wear elegant dress, as always, befitting a senator. " 107 When the child spoke these honorable words, he was on~ day away from death. lOB Once-rosy cheeks now white, coral lips turned ashen, nose and chin trembling, the whole of his tiny body possessed by fever, Valerio fixed his The 'Death 1aChird 21 eyes on heaven.

82 The architecture of Venice required that rich and poor inhabit the same neighborhoods; indeed the same buildings. So a young child of the nobility in Venice, unlike his counterpart in much of Europe, rubbed elbows daily with others of %e 'Death efaChiCd 15 quite different social standing. One day Valerio encountered a group of rough youngsters who taunted and threatened him. He held them off, picking up stones as he walked backwards, and hurling them at his opponents in measured pace to cover his retreat.

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