Beneath a Scarlet Sky

by

Mark Sullivan

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Mimo Lella Character Analysis

Mimo Lella is Pino’s outgoing and competitive younger brother. Shortly after the Allies begin bombing Milan, Mimo is sent to live with Father Re at Casa Alpina. After the Lellas’ home is destroyed, Pino is sent to live with his brother, and before long, both of them lead escort missions to help Jewish people escape to Switzerland. Although Pino eventually leaves Casa Alpina, Mimo stays and continues undertaking escort missions. Later, after Pino becomes Leyers’s driver, Mimo returns to Milan and tells his brother that he’s joining the partisans. Immediately afterwards, Mimo notices that Pino is carrying a swastika armband, so he screams at him and calls him a traitor. For much of the second half of the novel, Mimo and Pino don’t talk to one another because Pino cannot tell his younger brother that he is working as a spy. Eventually, however, Mimo learns the truth and apologizes to his brother for the way he acted. By this time, Mimo has made a name for himself in the partisan army; his lack of fear and dedication to the cause end up serving him well.

Mimo Lella Quotes in Beneath a Scarlet Sky

The Beneath a Scarlet Sky quotes below are all either spoken by Mimo Lella or refer to Mimo Lella. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

“I am going to meet a beautiful girl today,” Pino said, wagging his finger at the scarlet, threatening sky. “And we are going to fall in mad, tragic love and go on grand adventures with music and food and wine and intrigue every day, all day long.”

Related Characters: Pino Lella (speaker), Anna Marta, Mimo Lella, Carletto Beltramini
Related Symbols: The Scarlet Sky
Page Number: 8
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Chapter 2 Quotes

The screen froze in close-up on Astaire and Hayworth dancing cheek to cheek, their lips and smiles to the panicking crowd.

As the film melted up on the screen, antiaircraft guns cracked outside the theater, and the first unseen Allied bombers cleared their bays, releasing an overture of fire and destruction that played down on Milan.

Related Characters: Pino Lella, Mimo Lella, Anna Marta
Page Number: 24
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Pino had never seen dead people before, and began to cry himself. Nothing will ever be the same. The teenager could feel that as plain as the hornets still buzzing and the explosions still ringing in his ears. Nothing will ever be the same.

Related Characters: Pino Lella, Mimo Lella
Page Number: 26
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Chapter 11 Quotes

They lost sight of Mrs. Napolitano and the others almost immediately, but they could hear her playing beautifully, with passion, each note carrying through the thin, crisp, alpine air. They reached the tree line and put on their skis as she took the tempo up again, casting forth the melody of the triumphant aria like some radio wave that hit Pino in his heart and vibrated in his soul.

Page Number: 140-141
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Chapter 12 Quotes

But he felt good about it, elated actually. Fooling the Nazis like that made him feel empowered. In his own way, he was fighting back. They were all fighting back, part of the growing resistance. Italy was not German. Italy could never be German.

Related Characters: Pino Lella, Mimo Lella, Walter Rauff, Anna Marta
Page Number: 159
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Mimo Lella Character Timeline in Beneath a Scarlet Sky

The timeline below shows where the character Mimo Lella appears in Beneath a Scarlet Sky. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...to attract the opposite sex. However, his flirtations never prove successful, so his younger brother, Mimo, and his friend, Carletto, like to tease him.  (full context)
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While walking around Milan, Pino, Mimo, and Carletto spot a large number of men working outside of the Duomo. Curious about... (full context)
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Pino returns to Mimo and Carletto, and reports what he heard from the Cardinal. Together, the three of them... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Heavy rain starts coming down, so Pino and Mimo seek shelter in a nearby shop belonging to their Aunt Greta and Uncle Albert. When... (full context)
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Pino and Mimo return home. They worry their mother, Porzia, will be mad at them for staying out... (full context)
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...waits for Anna but she doesn’t show up. Instead, Pino gives the other ticket to Mimo, who followed him to the theater, and the two of them go inside together. Before... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Bombs begin to fall around Milan. Pino and Mimo flee the theater and head to the Duomo to seek shelter. On the way to... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...first met, but to no avail. In the middle of June, Michele, Pino’s father, sends Mimo to Casa Alpina, a camp in the mountains run by a priest named Father Re.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...happy to see him. Father Re sends Pino inside to eat dinner and reunite with Mimo. Mimo is happy to see his brother, though he is sad to hear about what’s... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Father Re departs for Madesimo and Pino goes inside. Seeing the state of his brother, Mimo helps Pino to the shower to clean Nicco’s blood off of him. Later, Father Re... (full context)
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Winter arrives and after a brief trip home for Christmas, Pino and Mimo spend it at Casa Alpina. One night, Alberto invites Pino to a party at the... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Pino’s next escort mission is undertaken with Mimo. Their job is to escort a small family and an old violinist whom they know... (full context)
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...troublesome for Mrs. Napolitano. Before long, she suggests that she return to Casa Alpina with Mimo. Pino tells her that doing so isn’t possible and that it would put everyone in... (full context)
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...with. He gets everyone up with relative ease, except Mrs. Napolitano, who is petrified. Eventually, Mimo talks Mrs. Napolitano into attempting the climb. She tries but falls. After a brief pep... (full context)
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...everyone with rope. Almost everyone gets across without too much difficulty, including Mrs. Napolitano. However, Mimo crosses last and does so carelessly. Pino warns him to be more careful and just... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Pino yells his brother’s name and Mimo eventually answers. With the help of Mr. D’Angelo, the father of the family he is... (full context)
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The group begins to panic, including Mimo. However, Pino takes charge and asks the men to help him clear the snow. The... (full context)
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...watch as the D’Angelos make their way to them. Once the group arrives, Pino and Mimo say their goodbyes. As they depart, Pino asks Mrs. Napolitano if she would play “Nessun... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Along with Pino and Father Re, Rauff goes back outside and finds Mimo chasing after an ox. Mimo tells Pino, Father Re, and Rauff that he’s having trouble... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...from their date and Leyers dismisses Pino for the day. Pino returns home and finds Mimo, who’s come home to visit. Mimo tells Pino that he plans to join the partisans,... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...wakes up to the sound of boots outside his door. He gets up and finds Mimo pointing a gun at him. Still under the impression that Pino is a traitor, Mimo... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...placed on the back of his head. Almost immediately, Pino realizes that the gunman is Mimo. Mimo tells Pino that he’s learned the truth about his resistance efforts and apologizes for... (full context)
Chapter 28
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On his way to the Hotel Regina with Leyers, Pino spots Mimo pointing a gun at a Nazi vehicle and ordering the Germans to put down their... (full context)