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The Life of Galileo

Federzoni grinds the lenses for Galileo Galilei’s first telescope, a simple task that somehow makes him another of Galileo’s students (despite being older than either Andrea or the Little Monk). While a skilled workman and devoted friend, Federzoni lacks any kind of formal education. As such, he doesn’t speak Latin at all and he struggles to understand the complicated, Latinate arguments put forth by Galileo’s intellectual opponents. He is never embarrassed by these struggles, though, and he even seems comfortable engaging those opponents once Galileo has required them to make their arguments in Italian. Like Andrea and the Little Monk, Federzoni turns his back on Galileo after he recants his research.

Federzoni Quotes in The Life of Galileo

The The Life of Galileo quotes below are all either spoken by Federzoni or refer to Federzoni. 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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Scene 4 Quotes

Right, then let's have new textbooks.

Related Characters: Federzoni (speaker), Galileo Galilei, Cosimo de Medici
Page Number: 38
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Scene 13 Quotes

Wine-pump! Snail-eater! Did you save your precious skin?

Related Characters: Andrea Sarti (speaker), Galileo Galilei, The Little Monk, Federzoni
Page Number: 94
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Federzoni Character Timeline in The Life of Galileo

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When Galileo arrives with his lens-grinder and friend, Federzoni, the rest of the court accompany him upstairs. He talks to Cosimo’s scientists about how... (full context)
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...the subject of Copernicus, he has amassed a group of pupils in the form of Federzoni, Andrea, and the Little Monk. The group is meeting when a former student enters. The... (full context)
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The book is delivered to Federzoni, who can’t read the title, as it’s in Latin. Andrea reads it for him (it’s... (full context)
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...present Aristotle’s argument in Latin, but Galileo demands that he translate it into Italian for Federzoni’s sake. Through the experiment, they discover that Aristotle was again wrong, and Federzoni laughs at... (full context)
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Federzoni replies that this surely won’t be a problem, since the peasants can’t read the Latin... (full context)
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In Rome, Virginia, Federzoni, the Little Monk, and Andrea await the outcome of Galileo’s questioning by the Inquisition. All... (full context)
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...of light. Galileo then asks about his pupils, whom he says he led into error. Federzoni resumed his career as a lens grinder. The Little Monk returned to the Church. And... (full context)