chapter  211
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The Slaughter of the French at Trapani—Lu tagghia-tagghia di li francisi ’n Trapani

The French were in Sicily, and they instituted the following practicefor every Sicilian who got married. If it was me, for example, and Iam a porter, my wife would have to sleep with a soldier the first night. If it was a gentleman, the wife would have to sleep with a lieutenant, and so forth, throughout all the populace. Now there happened to be a master shoemaker whose daughter they wanted to use in this way. So what he did was to call everyone together, make a plan, and circulate throughout Sicily, speaking with all the shoemakers of the island.