A Thread of Grace - 5 June 1944 Summary & Analysis

Mary Doria Russell
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5 June 1944 Summary

Porto Sant'Andrea - 10:15 a.m.

Again, the suave Ugo Messner (Renzo) is with Artur Hüppenkothen drinking at an outdoor café. Artur almost shoots a young boy on a bike who he thinks is an assassin. The Nazi party is becoming disorganized in Italy, having lost Rome and retreated from Russia. Messner tries to convince Artur that Italians are only rabble causing trouble and are not really a threat. When a thousand American planes pass over on their way to Germany, Renzo fakes a toast to Hitler and buys the house a round of Cognac. Renzo talks Artur into a deal that will be a trade of a vehicle for yards of good fabric.

Sant'Andrea Municipal Jail, 11:45 a.m.

Jakub Landau, the organizer of the resistance in Italy, has been caught at a German checkpoint with anti-fascist documents and will be shot. In...

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