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Marriage Ain't What It Used To Be

Women today, and the limits of tolerance...

Marriage Ain't What It Used To Be

Put a ring on it?

Mariateresa Fichele

One day a patient arrived at the clinic looking particularly irritable. Her niece had left her husband after only six months of marriage.


"Dottoré, young people don't have values nowadays. Back in the day we used to get married, and we just kept the same husband for all our lives. Affairs, beatings, swearing: we put up with everything for the good of the family and to avoid neighborhood gossip. But now they get together and break up as if nothing had happened. Take my niece for example: she got married, and after the first slap she dumped her husband".

"Well signora," I said. "I think she did the right thing. And anyway, why do you care so much? Why are you so angry?"

"Dottoré, who said I was angry? I’m jealous!"

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Sowing The Seeds Of Paranoia

"They must be dumping garbage — good, it makes for good fertilizer!"

"Slowly, we were the only ones left"

Mariateresa Fichele

"Dottoré, I know a lot of flags, and let me tell you why. I grew up in the province of Caserta, and — like everybody in those days — my parents owned a piece of land, and they would take me with them to farm it.

I remember there were other kids in the fields around us. But then, slowly, we were the only ones left because everybody was selling the land, making a lot of money off of it too.

Papà wouldn't listen to reason and he kept the land. But in the meantime, instead of farmers, trucks began to arrive. Many many trucks, unloading thousands of barrels and burying them into the ground.

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