The story is set in the late nineteenth century.
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However, his interest in his wife Guliana is rekindled when he sees Guliana's happiness after she has begun a love affair with a novelist, Filippo d'Arborio. She becomes pregnant by him. Tullio urges an abortion. Tullio cannot tolerate the healthy male child delivered to Giuliana, although he tries. While the family are at Christmas mass he exposes the baby and it dies, apparently of natural causes.
Giuliana, who knows Tullio has murdered the baby, leaves him. Tullio attempts to rekindle his affair with Teresa and takes her to his town house. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.
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Please try again later. The plot is very simple and could be told in a few words. But the way d'Annunzio tells his story and the attention to detail is what makes this book worth reading. Tullio Hermil, a dissolute upper-class libertine victimizes his gentle wife not only with his infidelites, which include sleeping with two of her closest friends, but with humiliating openness about them.
He expects his wife, beautiful and fragile lady Giuliana, to accept his behavior without rancor as if being "honest" about his actions absolves him from guilt. He is entirely blind to her suffering until she litterally gets sick. He then hands her what could be called a death blow while she is still in her sick bed, so to speak, recovering from a surgery.