The atmosphere in Rome's Viminale Palace was somewhat like the first circle of Hell.
Diverse lingue, orribili favelle,
Parole di dolore, accenti d'ira,
Voci alte e fioche, e snon di man con
elle. . . .
((Differing tongues, horrible outcries, words of pain, tones of anger, voices deep and hoarse, and the sound of hands amongst them. . . .)
Premier Ivanoe Bonomi, 71, and the secretaries of four cooperating political parties (Liberals, Christian Democrats, Labor Democrats, Communists) were trying to reconstitute an Italian cabinet. Well might the sharp eyes of Palmiro Togliatti, Communist Secretary and...