The Baron in the Trees

The Baron in the Trees

by

Italo Calvino

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Cavalier Avvocato Enea Silvio Carrega Character Analysis

Cosimo, Biagio, and Battista’s uncle; he’s Baron Arminio’s illegitimate brother. The cavalier avvocato spent much of his youth in a Muslim country (Biagio suspects Turkey) and was extremely happy there. There, he learned about hydraulics and aqueduct systems and was supposedly in contact with sultans and other people of major import. The cavalier avvocato ends up back in Italy when Cosimo and Biagio are young, and they dislike him and distrust him from the start. This is in part because he speaks more Turkish than French or Italian, and partly because he seems so wildly unhappy and stifled. This, however, is mostly a product of Baron Arminio’s treatment of his brother. Though Biagio recognizes that Baron Arminio must’ve loved his brother, Baron Arminio is overbearing and often talks over the cavalier avvocato. He also makes the cavalier avvocato keep the estate’s records, a difficult task. Despite having very practical skills, the cavalier avvocato is extremely idealistic and struggles to finish everything he starts. However, Cosimo begins to reevaluate his thoughts on his uncle when he discovers that the cavalier avvocato keeps bees, as this makes Cosimo think that the cavalier avvocato is not so strange after all—he is simply a private person. Cosimo also takes the cavalier avvocato as an example of how not to be: the cavalier avvocato separates himself from society as much as possible, something that Cosimo takes great care not to do. The cavalier avvocato dies when Cosimo catches him working with Turkish pirates to steal goods from Ombrosa. His death is tragic, as Cosimo recognizes that the Turkish pirates who behead him believe he ratted them out—when all he really wanted was likely to return to the only place he was ever happy. Cosimo tells fantastical stories about the cavalier avvocato’s death after the fact, in part to make Baron Arminio feel better.

Cavalier Avvocato Enea Silvio Carrega Quotes in The Baron in the Trees

The The Baron in the Trees quotes below are all either spoken by Cavalier Avvocato Enea Silvio Carrega or refer to Cavalier Avvocato Enea Silvio Carrega. 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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). 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 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:
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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
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Cavalier Avvocato Enea Silvio Carrega Character Timeline in The Baron in the Trees

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Chapter 1
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...the family for the last time. The family—Baron Arminio Piovasco di Rondò; his brother, the cavalier avvocato ; his wife, the Generalessa; their daughter Battista; the tutor Abbé Fauchelafleur; along with eight-year-old... (full context)
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...court of Austria or France. The Abbé seems to not care about anything, while the cavalier avvocato steals entire turkey thighs during dinner. The Generalessa has military manners all the time, so... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...to the road and when the Abbé passes, he tosses something small at him. The cavalier avvocato disappears, but Cosimo can’t figure out where he went. Cosimo climbs between several trees in... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...the family peers outside. They can just see Cosimo’s legs dangling from the oak. The cavalier avvocato makes odd comments in Turkish, and Battista seems perturbed that she’s not the one keeping... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...in the D’Ondarivas’ garden. To make it even more aggressive, he sends servants and the cavalier avvocato rather than going himself. (full context)
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The D’Ondarivas’ servants are confused and think that the cavalier avvocato is looking for a parrot, but they let him in. Cosimo and Viola ignore the... (full context)
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As if there’s nothing amiss, the cavalier avvocato approaches the Marquis d’Ondariva and begins to share an idea for a water feature in... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...as the 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... (full context)
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The cavalier avvocato spends little time in his study, mostly speaks in Turkish, and is either bad at... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Cosimo has the opportunity to get to know the cavalier avvocato , and he discovers that his uncle isn’t at all useless. In the summer, the... (full context)
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...notes that the air is roaring with the sound of bees. He shouts for the cavalier avvocato , who calmly says the bees are swarming and fetches a pot and a pan.... (full context)
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The cavalier avvocato often joins Cosimo in the trees to discuss the plans. They never move on to... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...with water and hoists them to the top of tall trees. He then puts the cavalier avvocato to work developing plans for pools and dams, and Cosimo supervises landowners, woodcutters, and the... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Around this time, Cosimo begins to notice the cavalier avvocato behaving strangely. He begins spending time at the port, chatting with sailors about pirate activity.... (full context)
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While watching for fires one night, Cosimo sees the cavalier avvocato walking rapidly down to the valley. This is unusual; the cavalier avvocato usually goes to... (full context)
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...he’d never attend another hanging, and he can’t bear the thought of essentially sentencing the cavalier avvocato to death. Cosimo decides to take the middle road by frightening the pirates and the... (full context)
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Cosimo feels triumphant until he sees the cavalier avvocato racing for the boat. He leaps into Cosimo’s boat and begins to row for the... (full context)
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The cavalier avvocato begins to hail a nearby pirate ship. Cosimo hides and watches two pirates lift his... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Cosimo told a very different story. He first insists that pirates kidnapped and killed the cavalier avvocato and then, when Baron Arminio becomes depressed, Cosimo constructs a glorious story in which the... (full context)
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...to plan: he’s still not a duke, Cosimo is still in the trees, and the cavalier avvocato is dead. Baron Arminio begins to rave against the Jesuits and dies. Cosimo follows the... (full context)
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...the city and tells stories from his tree. He often recounts the story of the cavalier avvocato ’s end, but in order to appease his listeners, he adds in the part about... (full context)