SICILY: The Kiss

Homely Antonina Giurlando was all of 25 when she first fell in love, but even then she scarcely knew what was happening to her. Each morning a young field hand named Salvatore Funari would pass by her family farmhouse in the sun-baked Sicilian town of Scordia. At first he only glanced up at her window, and then, whistling gaily, went on. But soon he began to wave, and one morning he boldly cried "Buon giorno!" In time Nina found the courage to say "Buon giorno" too, and occasionally she and Salvatore would even hold a brief conversation. After two years...

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