PROLOGUE

PEARS HAVE VIRTUALLY NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE. THEIR RAISON D’ETRE IS TO SEDUCE THE SENSES. ACCORDING TO LEGEND, AT THE HEIGHT OF PEAR SEASON, THE SKIN OF A WOMAN GATHERING PEARS IS IMBUED WITH ALL THE SENSUAL QUALITIES OF PEARS: THEIR COLOR, THE TEXTURE OF THEIR PEELS, THE AROMA THEY RELEASE INTO THE AIR. ESPECIALLY DELIGHTFUL IS SAID TO BE THE SCENT RISING FROM THE CLEAVAGE OF A WOMAN USING HER DRESS AS A BASKET FOR CARRYING THE FRUIT INSIDE.

                                                                                      — Stefano

                 “Where did you get such a legend, Stefano?” she asked out of nowhere with a skeptical frown, leaning towards him on her elbow in the shade of their cabana.

                 “Where do you think I got it? “Stefano answered as he usually did, with a question for an answer. “From the maker of all great legends. My daydreams.”

 
 
 
 
 

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