Sunday, 25 January 2015

PAUL GALLICO: THE SMALL MIRACLE - NEVER TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER

2015-04  Paul Gallico:  The Small Miracle - Never Take No for an Answer


Pepino is a ten year old orphan in the Italian town of Assisi. His only "legacy" is Violetta, a docile donkey with a Mona Lisa smile. They make a living together by transporting goods for people. But one day Violetta falls very ill, and ceases to smile. 

Pepino is desperate. He wishes to take Violetta to the crypt of St. Francis, in the lower church of the Basilica, and pray to him. But the supervisor, and the bishop do not look kindly upon the idea. How far up the hierarchy can Pepino go to save his dearest friend? 

The small miracle is that Pepino fights the might of the Catholic Church to meet the Pope, to let Violetta into the crypt where St Francis of Assissi is laid to rest. This is one of Paul Gallico's sweetest, most delicate tales, more poignant than, even the The Snow Goose.  


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