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Power and riches" he wrote, are "enormous and operose machines.
15) "Prima del tramonto le tre o quattro bagascette di Donnafugata (ve ne erano anche li non raggruppate ma operose nelle loro aziende private) comparvero in piazza col crine adorno di nastrini tricolori per protestare contro l'esclusione delle donne dal voto; le poverine vennero beffeggiate via anche dai piu accesi liberali e furono costrette a rintanarsi" (108).
Power and riches then appear to be, what they are, enormous and operose machines contrived to produce a few trifling conveniences to the body, consisting of springs the most nice and delicate, which must be kept in order with the most anxious attention, and which in spite of all our care are ready every moment to burst into pieces, and to crush in their ruins their unfortunate possessor.