The Lady Lives the Pigeon Dies

in Love & Death in Renaissance Italy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226112589
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226112602 | DOI:
The Lady Lives the Pigeon Dies

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The chapter “The Lady Lives, the Pigeon Dies” launches as an epistolary novelette. This chapter offers yet another unhappy family. Here again one finds guile and cruelty. But this time, by an odd and happy twist of fate, the victim escapes unscathed and the only ones to suffer, aside from the murderous husband, who dies mysteriously beyond our sight and ken, are three baby pigeons sacrificed to forensic science. The pigeon tale anatomizes the textual schemes of a rare old lab report. Few dire events take place, except among the birds! Indeed, very little finally happens. But the telling still has goodly room for play, thanks to the tale's archival quirks.

Keywords: epistolary novelette; guile; cruelty; victim; forensic science

Chapter.  9641 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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