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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Part 1: Latin or Italian Summary & Analysis

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Part 1: Latin or Italian Summary and Analysis

Although Feynman does not understand Italian, he enjoys listening to the local Italian radio station, due to the rhythm of the language and the emotive quality of the characters on the programs.

He begins to mimic the sound of the words, creating his own "fake" Italian. He discovers that if he speaks "Italian" with confidence, people will not realize he does not actually understand the language.

At a girls scouts' banquet he attends with his younger sister, Feynman is called upon to provide impromptu entertainment to the girls, their fathers, and the troop leaders. He tells them he is going to read a poem, apologizes for it not being in English, and rattles off several stanzas in fake Italian.

The girls are highly amused by his performance, but the adults present do not know what...

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