The Italian, or, the Confessional of the Black Penitents - Section 2: Chapter 2 and 3 Summary & Analysis

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Section 2: Chapter 2 and 3 Summary

In the second chapter, Vivaldi explains to Signora Bianchi his desire for her to intercede for him in obtaining Ellena's hand. Signora Bianchi points out that Vivaldi's family would be averse to such a union but also considers that fact that she will soon leave Ellena a young, friendless orphan. She decides to ascertain Vivaldi's character while considering his request. Vivaldi does not feel entirely hopeless as he takes his leave with permission to wait on Signora Bianchi later. Bonarmo refuses to return to villa Altieri with Vivaldi, so Vivaldi goes alone and hears Ellena singing the song that he previously serenaded her with. When Vivaldi joins her song, Ellena refuses to acknowledge the honor she bestows upon Vivaldi, though she cannot refrain from smiling. When Vivaldi returns home, his father accuses him of staining Ellena's honor even as...

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