|5 But the Master of Money can still learn, even if the price is higher than he would have to pay for all the singers and dancers in Chicago.
6 How supremely lovely are aItalian women; bhow priceless their sweet words of love!
CHAPTER 551 cO Money, I am nervous. dMy friend has been assassinated.
2 He was eating in a esmall restaurant, and a car came round the corner spitting fmachine-gun fire.
3 My friend is dead, and gI am on the lam.
4 I am dismayed: No one knew of his whereabouts except for myself, and my beautiful, precious hbella amore!
5 iHow could this terrible thing have happened? How could my friend have allowed himself to be caught off guard in this careless fashion?
6 jO Money, look out for me. I have many of your children with me in my satchel, and I beseech you not to desert me in some capricious way.
7 O Money, are you listening? Are you going to take care of me?
8 kI hope so, O Money. I hope so.
CHAPTER 561 I went to the funeral of lmy friend today, O Money: I was obliged to sneak in wearing a disguise, like some mortal enemy of the family.
||2 mI peered into the coffin, and truly he was dead as a doornail; his face was like wax, and he was smiling like an idiot.
3 What is there to smile at in death? Surely, ndeath means that it is all over, and all the Money in the world can do you no good.
4 Truly, a man is completely out of it when he no longer needs Money, and his loving relatives do not even put any coins in his pocket.
5 I thought I would weep when I beheld his dead face; but I did not, for it came to me that he should be weeping for me instead.
6 Yes, truly it is so: ohe is history, and pI am still today's headline, a pawn and a fool for the wicked ambitions of others.
7 And so I find that I cannot mourn him; instead, I mourn for myself, while I can, because now that he is gone, there will be no one to mourn me but me.
CHAPTER 571 qO Money, what is the matter with Italians? Do you know anything of this?
2 rSurely, the ancient Romans did not have this obsession with treachery and murder and revenge, and had better things to do than chase bankers through the streets with machine guns.
3 Isn't it supposed to be sItalians who are interested in the finer things in life, such as tbeautiful timeless art and beautiful traitorous women, and do they not take credit for all of the civilization that exists, including even the Renaissance?
4 uWhy then do they get such ferocious ideas, and why do they choose to compete in the Spirit business with machine guns?