ITALY: Honor Restored

In the Sicilian scheme of things, nothing is so important for a girl as her honor—unless perhaps it is the size of her dowry. In the case of Vincenzina d'Urso, a willowy girl of 21 with chestnut hair, the dowry fell short of the expectations of the bridegroom's family. Words were exchanged, doors slammed; Vincenzina's marriage to Enzo d'Agostino, a 21-year-old truck driver, was abruptly called off.

But Vincenzina and Enzo were in love, and they ran away together. It was then that the question of Vincenzina's honor came up. Six years before, she confessed in tears, when she was 15,...

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