The Baron in the Trees

The Baron in the Trees

by

Italo Calvino

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on The Baron in the Trees can help.
The narrator of the novel; Cosimo’s younger brother. Despite being very different from Cosimo in many ways—where Cosimo is stubborn and individualistic, Biagio wants to please, is compliant, and cares what others think—the two are close and mischievous as boys. Their relationship suffers when Biagio agrees to eat the snails their older sister, Battista, has prepared for lunch, while Cosimo refuses and climbs into the trees for good. Initially, Biagio is scared and somewhat hurt when Cosimo announces that he’s going to stay in the trees, as he suspects that Cosimo resents him somewhat for not rebelling with him against the snails. However, Biagio soon comes to terms with Cosimo’s choices and ferries supplies to him for the rest of Cosimo’s life. As a young adult, Biagio tours Europe and shocks people like Voltaire, who have heard of Cosimo and are surprised that Cosimo’s brother is so normal. Following his return, Biagio takes his father, Baron Arminio’s, place and becomes the honorary Baron di Rondò in that he maintains the family’s estate and farms, and pays the taxes. He also gives Cosimo a modest income to live on. Biagio marries, has children, and becomes what he suggests is a normal, predictable nobleman—but he says little about his own life, and instead focuses on his perception of Cosimo. Especially later in life, Biagio expresses views that are shockingly similar to Baron Arminio’s (such as that it’s unbecoming for Cosimo to accept charity). Much of what Biagio relays to the reader comes either directly from Cosimo or is what Cosimo told the audiences who would listen to him tell stories in the square; Biagio makes it clear that he can’t always attest to the truth of Cosimo’s stories. Biagio’s narration after Cosimo’s death suggests that he sees that the Enlightenment died along with his brother, as he suggests that the 19th century began horribly and it’s impossible to say if it will get any better. Without Cosimo, Biagio struggles to truly find meaning, and instead focuses on how everything is changing.

Biagio Piovasco di Rondò Quotes in The Baron in the Trees

The The Baron in the Trees quotes below are all either spoken by Biagio Piovasco di Rondò or refer to Biagio Piovasco di Rondò. 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:
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner edition of The Baron in the Trees published in 2017.
Chapter 1 Quotes

Now, instead, as we dined with the family, childhood’s sad chapter of daily grievances took shape. Our father and our mother were always right in front of us; we had to use knives and forks for the chicken, and sit up straight, and keep elbows off the table—endless!—and then there was our odious sister Battista. A succession of scoldings, spiteful acts, punishments, obstinacies began, until the day Cosimo refused the snails and decided to separate his lot from ours.

Page Number: 3
Explanation and Analysis:

...dull because his life was dominated by thoughts that were out of step, as often happens in eras of transition. In many people the unrest of the age instills a need to become restless as well, but in the wrong direction, on the wrong track; so our father, despite what was brewing at the time, laid claim to the title of Duke of Ombrosa and thought only of genealogies and successions and rivalries and alliances with potentates near and far.

Page Number: 3
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 2 Quotes

But he restrained himself, because he didn’t like repeating the things that his father always said, now that he had run away from the table in an argument with him. He didn’t like it and it didn’t seem right to him, also because those claims about the dukedom had always seemed like obsessions to him...

During Cosimo’s first meeting with Viola, the neighbor girl, Cosimo wants to impress her—but he also doesn’t want to look silly and like he’s obsessed with titles and glory, like Baron Arminio is. This challenge thus becomes a major turning point for Cosimo, as he must figure out who he wants to be when he’s on his own and not simply learning to value what Baron Arminio and the rest of Ombrosa’s nobility value. Biagio’s aside that Cosimo thinks the dukedom sounds like an obsession suggests that Cosimo is a wildly individualistic person, at least when it comes to separating his identity from his family. Were his family to acquire the dukedom, it would eventually fall to Cosimo to be the next duke—something that, even as a child, Cosimo knows he’s not interested in doing. Even this early on in the novel, then, it’s clear that Cosimo is willing to risk angering his family and alienating himself from them if it means he is able to form his own identity and live authentically.

Page Number: 22-23
Chapter 3 Quotes

From the window I strained my ears to that irregular breath and tried to imagine how it would sound, without the familiar womb of the house, to someone who was just a few yards away but completely entrusted to it, with only the night around him, the only friendly object to which he could cling the trunk of a tree with its rough bark traveled by tiny endless tunnels in which the larvae slept.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 35
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 5 Quotes

She was there waving one of her flags and looking through the telescope when suddenly her whole face brightened and she laughed. We understood that Cosimo had answered her. [...] Certainly from then on our mother changed; her earlier apprehension disappeared, and [...] she finally accepted Cosimo’s strangeness before the rest of us, as if she was satisfied now by the greetings that from then on he sent her every so often, unpredictably—by that exchange of silent messages.

Page Number: 52-53
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 6 Quotes

Cosimo’s first days in the trees had no goals or plans but were dominated only by the desire to know and possess that kingdom of his. He would have liked to explore it immediately to its furthest boundaries, study all the possibilities it offered, discover it tree by tree and branch by branch.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:

That need to enter an element difficult to possess which had driven my brother to make his the ways of the trees was now working in him again, unsatisfied, and communicated to him the desire for a more detailed penetration, a relationship that would bind him to every leaf and scale and feather and flutter. It was the love that man the hunter has for what is alive but doesn’t know how to express except by aiming the gun; Cosimo couldn’t yet recognize it and tried to let it out by intensifying his exploration.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 65
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 10 Quotes

But I couldn’t always escape to join him in he woods. Lessons with the abbé, studying, serving Mass, meals with our parents kept me back: the hundreds of duties of family life to which I submitted, because in essence the sentence that I heard constantly repeated—“One rebel in a family is enough”—wasn’t unreasonable, and left its imprint on my entire life.

Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 100
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 11 Quotes

Understanding the character of Enea Silvio Carrega helped Cosimo in this: he understood many things about being alone that were useful to him later in life. I would say that he always carried with him the troubled image of the cavalier avvocato, as a warning of what a man who separates his fate from that of others can become, and he was successful in that he never came to resemble him.

Page Number: 116-117
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 13 Quotes

Cosimo had always liked to watch people working, but so far his life in the trees, his movements and his hunting, had always answered to isolated and unmotivated whims, as if he were a little bird. Now instead the need to do something useful for his neighbor possessed him. And this, too, if you looked closely, was something he had learned from the company of the bandit: the pleasure of making himself useful, of performing a task indispensable to others.

Page Number: 141
Explanation and Analysis:

Thus by his art he helped to make nature in Ombrosa, which he had always found so benign, increasingly favorable to him, friend at once of his neighbor, of nature, and of himself. And in old age especially he enjoyed the advantages of this wise way of working, when the shape of the trees increasingly made up for his loss of strength.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 142-43
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 14 Quotes

He understood this: that associations make man stronger and bring out the individual’s best talents, and offer the joy, rarely felt if we remain on our own, of seeing how many honest and good and capable people there are, for whom it’s worthwhile to wish for good things (whereas if we live on our own, the contrary more often happens, of seeing people’s other face, the one that causes us to keep our hand on the hilt guard of our sword).

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Page Number: 148
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 16 Quotes

Maybe it was a version dictated by the thought of his father, whose grief would be so great at the news of his half-brother’s death and at the sight of those pitiful remains that Cosimo didn’t have the heart to burden him with the revelation of the cavaliere’s treason. In fact, later, hearing of the depression into which the baron had fallen, he tried to construct for our natural uncle a fictitious glory, inventing a secret and shrewd struggle to defeat the pirates, to which he had supposedly been devoting himself for some time and which, discovered, had led him to his death.

Page Number: 167
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 18 Quotes

And there, with naive youthful fervor, he explained the ideas of the philosophers and the wrongs of sovereigns and how states could be governed according to reason and justice.

Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 1887
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 21 Quotes

He saw her: she was circling the pool, the little gazebo, the amphoras. She looked at the trees that had grown enormous, with hanging aerial roots, the magnolias that had become a forest. But she didn’t see him, he who sought to call her with the cooing of the hoopoe, the trill of the pipit, with sounds that were lost in the dense warbling of the birds in the garden.

Page Number: 217
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 24 Quotes

This fact that the heir of the baronial title of Rondò had begun to live on public charity seemed to me unbecoming, and above all I thought of our dear departed father, if he had known.

Page Number: 256
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 25 Quotes

How the passion for a life of association that Cosimo always displayed was reconciled with his perpetual flight from civil society I’ve never understood, and it remains one of the larger peculiarities of his character. One might say that the more determined he was to stay hidden up in his branches, the greater the need he felt to create new relations with the human race.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Page Number: 267-68
Explanation and Analysis:

It was an idea of universal society that he had in mind. And every time he worked to bring people together, whether for specific goals like the fire watch or the defense against the wolves, or whether in trade confraternities [...] there was always an atmosphere of conspiracy, of a sect, of heresy, and in that atmosphere the discourse passed easily from the particular to the general, and just as easily from the simple rules of a manual trade to the plan of establishing a world republic of equals, of the free and the just.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Page Number: 2668
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 28 Quotes

And to say that Cosimo in that time had written and distributed a Plan of a Constitution for a Republican City with Declaration of the Rights of Men, Women, Children, Domestic and Wild Animals, Including Birds, Fish, and Insects, and of Plants Both Forest Trees and Vegetables and Grasses. It was a beautiful work, which could serve as a guide for all who govern; instead no one took it under consideration, and it remained a dead letter.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Related Symbols: Ombrosa’s Native Trees
Page Number: 289
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 30 Quotes

Now I don’t know what this nineteenth century, which began so badly and continues worse, has in store. The shadow of the Restoration weighs on Europe: all the innovators—whether Jacobins or Bonapartists—defeated; absolutism and Jesuits hold the field again; the ideals of youth, the Enlightenment, the hopes of our eighteenth century all ashes.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Page Number: 301
Explanation and Analysis:

Then, the vegetation has changed: no more the holm oaks, the elms, the oaks; now Africa, Australia, the Americas, the Indies extend branches and roots here. The ancient trees have retreated upward: on top of the hills the olives, and in the mountain woods pines and chestnuts; down on the coast it’s an Australian red with eucalyptus, elephantine with ficus, enormous and solitary garden plants, and all the rest is palms, with their disheveled tufts, inhospitable desert trees.

Related Characters: Biagio Piovasco di Rondò (speaker), Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò
Page Number: 306
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire The Baron in the Trees LitChart as a printable PDF.
The Baron in the Trees PDF

Biagio Piovasco di Rondò Character Timeline in The Baron in the Trees

The timeline below shows where the character Biagio Piovasco di Rondò appears in The Baron in the Trees. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
On June 15, 1767, Biagio’s brother, Cosimo, eats with the family for the last time. The family—Baron Arminio Piovasco di... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...He maintains his home as though he expects an invitation to court any day, though Biagio isn’t sure if he expects an invite to the court of Austria or France. The... (full context)
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...Kurtewitz during the war; he married the Generalessa in the hope of becoming a duke. Biagio says that his parents essentially live in the era of the Wars of Succession, even... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
As children, Cosimo and Biagio climb trees, explore the countryside, and slide down the banisters. Cosimo begins to clash with... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Battista’s insistence on cooking snails drives Cosimo and Biagio to rebellion. After Battista presents a dish in which she makes decapitated snail heads and... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Battista prepares snail soup and snails for the main course. Biagio, tired of fighting, gives in quickly. This disappoints Cosimo, so Cosimo grabs his hat and... (full context)
Chapter 2
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...and Baron Arminio come into the garden and make a show of ignoring Cosimo, while Biagio tries to get Cosimo’s attention. Biagio knows that Cosimo is still angry at him. Cosimo... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Cosimo climbs over the wall into a magnolia tree in the D’Ondarivas’ garden. Biagio explains that from this point on, he’s recounting the story as Cosimo shared it with... (full context)
Chapter 3
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
For Biagio, the afternoon seems to drag on forever. He meets Cosimo in the mulberry with cake... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Baron Arminio calls for the boys and Biagio goes. He tells Cosimo that he’s going to report back on what their father says,... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...to ignore Cosimo in the hope that the cold and discomfort will bring him down. Biagio looks outside and strains his ears to hear the sea. He wonders what it would... (full context)
Chapter 4
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Biagio admits that he’s not sure it’s true that in the olden days, a monkey could... (full context)
Chapter 5
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
...a map. She sometimes picks up small colored flags and signals to Cosimo, which makes Biagio feel betrayed—the Generalessa never played games with them before now. Occasionally, Cosimo answers her. His... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
...offers a dish in Cosimo’s direction, but Baron Arminio slaps her and sends her inside. Biagio yearns to follow Cosimo now that he’s playing with the fruit thieves. He spends a... (full context)
Chapter 6
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...Cosimo feels suddenly desperate and races through the trees all the way to the forest. Biagio suspects that Cosimo wants to master something difficult, but that Cosimo doesn’t yet know how... (full context)
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Cosimo returns to the di Rondò garden, carrying the cat by its tail. Biagio alerts the Generalessa to Cosimo’s wounds, and she prepares a package of medical supplies to... (full context)
Chapter 7
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...and his prospects of becoming a duke now that his heir lives in the trees. Biagio notes that this was a silly worry, as Ombrosa’s residents laugh at Baron Arminio’s requests... (full context)
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...family’s spiritual leader—he’s a Jansenist. The only person Baron Arminio trusts is the cavalier avvocato. Biagio notes that he and Cosimo must’ve been jealous that their father seemed to love his... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
...and is either bad at keeping books or the di Rondò affairs are worse than Biagio realizes. He dresses in Turkish outfits and spends his days outside. When he is inside,... (full context)
Chapter 8
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Biagio worries about Cosimo in the rain. The Generalessa initially insists that Cosimo will be fine,... (full context)
Chapter 9
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...The Count d’Estomac decides to visit on his family’s way to France. Baron Arminio introduces Biagio and then explains that Battista won’t show since she’s a nun, but Battista appears in... (full context)
Chapter 10
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...while fig trees are unpredictable and sticky. Walnut trees seem like palaces and make even Biagio want to climb up and live there. Cosimo spends lots of time happily sitting in... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
In the winter, Cosimo makes himself a fur jacket and goatskin trousers. Biagio notes that winters at this time are mild—hard winters only seem to arrive later with... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
The one thing missing in Cosimo’s life is a dog. Biagio performs the task of a hunting dog when he can, but the family constantly repeats... (full context)
Chapter 11
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...and fish. He seems to become a lot like an animal or a tree, but Biagio thinks that it’s still clear that he’s a human through and through. Despite this, Cosimo... (full context)
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
...off the property, so that Baron Arminio can’t dip into the earnings or insert himself. Biagio notes that in any case, Baron Arminio is terrified of bees and would never allow... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
...move on to actually building anything, and Cosimo seems relieved about this. In the present, Biagio notes that the cavalier avvocato could’ve done much more with hydraulics: he was passionate and... (full context)
Chapter 12
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Biagio passes books to Cosimo from the family library at first, but because Gian dei Brughi... (full context)
Chapter 13
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...Brughi instills in him a lifelong passion for reading and learning. After the bandit’s death, Biagio often finds Cosimo with a book, taking notes. Cosimo begins to seek out the Abbé... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...Cosimo’s education. He begins writing to the greatest scientists and philosophers of the age, and Biagio laments that he hasn’t been able to find his brother’s papers. Cosimo constructs shelves to... (full context)
Chapter 15
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...behaving strangely. He begins spending time at the port, chatting with sailors about pirate activity. Biagio explains that Barbary pirates still make raids, but these days they steal cargo rather than... (full context)
Chapter 16
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
Biagio tells the reader that at first, Cosimo told a very different story. He first insists... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...can’t enter. Instead of throwing dirt on the coffin, Cosimo throws a branch. This makes Biagio think that the entire family was just as distant from Baron Arminio as Cosimo was. (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...adds in the part about Zaira to make them feel sorry for the old man. Biagio suggests that this was the most truthful version, but Cosimo gradually distorted the story over... (full context)
Chapter 19
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...has many lovers all over the valley. Men become territorial, and women whisper and tell Biagio about their meetings with Cosimo. Cosimo stops wearing furs and dresses in a tailcoat—and it’s... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...turns into a fantastic and complicated story of adventures, including a chapter on marriage law. Biagio suggests that the book’s epilogue should’ve said that the author, after establishing the perfect state... (full context)
Chapter 20
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio admits that he doesn’t have much to say about this period. He turns 21, and... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio returns to Ombrosa when he receives word that the Generalessa is ill. He finds Cosimo... (full context)
Chapter 22
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...sets Viola off and often misspeaks. She never tells him what makes her angry, though Biagio suggests that Cosimo may purposefully misunderstand her. When they fight, Viola gets on her horse... (full context)
Chapter 23
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio says that for the most part, the people of Ombrosa gossip about Cosimo but treat... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...they also argue jealously as Cosimo suspects she sees other men while she’s gone. Once, Biagio journeys to Paris on business and in a salon, he runs into Viola. She gives... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio suspects that this was a time of torment for all four lovers, even Viola. Sir... (full context)
Chapter 24
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
People have always believed that Cosimo is mad, but Biagio says that it’s undeniable now. Cosimo begins to wear feathers on his head and clothes,... (full context)
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...also begins to write and print pamphlets, which eventually turns into in The Biped Monitor. Biagio worries about Cosimo, especially since that winter, Cosimo does little but sleep and accept bowls... (full context)
Chapter 25
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio doesn’t become a Freemason until after the first Napoleonic campaign, so he’s not sure when... (full context)
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Because of the secrecy surrounding Freemasonry, Biagio doesn’t have the opportunity to learn much about Cosimo’s dealings with the local lodge. Some... (full context)
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Biagio admits he never understood why Cosimo loved associations so much after fleeing from society, but... (full context)
Chapter 26
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio says that in this sense, Ombrosa experiences many of the same things that caused the... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
The harvest continues like a party while terrified nobles, including Biagio, lock themselves in their villas. The people celebrate and sing as Cosimo lectures on Rousseau... (full context)
Chapter 27
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Biagio explains that Cosimo told so many wild tales about his exploits during the war that... (full context)
Chapter 28
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Coming of Age, Family, and the Individual Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
...be Cosimo. He leaves, but never bestows any honors on Cosimo. Cosimo doesn’t care, but Biagio says the family would’ve been pleased. (full context)
Chapter 29
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
...Napoleon’s army fails in Russia. Cosimo sits on the edge of the road, looking east. Biagio suspects he’s imagining Napoleon returning and asking for Cosimo’s writings so they can save the... (full context)
Chapter 30
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Biagio tells the reader that he’s not sure what the 19th century has in store. It... (full context)
Virtue, Dignity, and Kindness Theme Icon
The Age of Enlightenment vs. The Romantic Era Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Biagio says that Cosimo started sleeping in the walnut tree in the square. He refused to... (full context)
Education, Connectedness, and the Written Word Theme Icon
Civilization vs. Nature Theme Icon
Biagio says that as he writes, he stops and goes to the window. Now, the sky... (full context)