Everything you need to understand or teach Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino.
Giua Dei Fichi is a caricature of a comical Italian peasant, like a character out of an old fairy tale. Giua is a short, humble man with a round face and brightly colored, motley clothing, well-known as the worst shot in the village. Giua's only valuable possession is his cow, Cochineal, and when Giua sees a German soldier steal his cow, he sneaks along following them, although he is terrified. Giua shows that he is also compassionate when he holds back from shooting any of the animals in the woods, because he does not want to destroy the property of the other townspeople. He shows his resourcefulness in building a tower out of stones to help steady his aim, though he does not end up shooting the German, his target.
After the German has died from his own confusion, Giua...
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