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Wait - ah, but then it was a love-song [she is referring to the fact that during the Fascist period it came with political connotations] - wait, I'll sing it for you, all right: Dov'a saralo vola, dov'a saralo vola? Hohoho! Sla fnestra dla mia bela. Dov'a sara vola? Sla fnestra dla mia bela. Cosa a l'avralo porta? Cosa a l'avralo porta? Hahaha! Na letra sigilela. Cosa a l'avralo porta? Na letra sigilela. Cosa a-j saralo descrit, cosa a-j saralo descrit? Hehehe! La bella si marita. Cosa a-j saralo descrit?
A phrase, which is fairly widespread in Piedmont, appears in this life-history in different versions: 'I can't tell you what a life I've had', 'life goes from bad to worse', 'always had a rotten life', 'I've always suffered'. The anecdote too appears several times, but only when repeated a third time is it fully developed, subjecting the autobiographical material (the relationship with her mother and with poverty) to an edifying dialogue which would not be out of place in an account of the childhood of a saint: And at that time, I was six, so I was also a child.
The entire beginning oscillates between using the third person and the impersonal forms of the verb (such as the past-participal constructions 'childhood spent' and 'havingjoined').