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Subject: April RAL - The Shoemaker's Wife Chapters 5-8
Date Posted: 3/13/2013 11:51 PM ET
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Round Two...Ding, ding, ding!!!

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Date Posted: 4/3/2013 8:57 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/3/2013 1:24 PM ET
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I loved the fact that the little nuns shook down the priest for the money to send Ciro to America! 

Date Posted: 4/3/2013 2:33 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/4/2013 12:24 PM ET
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Enza Ravanelli, whom we met on page 13, loses her little sister, Stella, to an unknown disease.  Anyone have a idea what it might have been?

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This bugs me too!

I've been wondering what illness could have caused the sudden bruising and almost immediate death. I'm thinking I may have to start Googling medical conditions to beat down my curiosity. "A fever" in those days could have been anything...it was such a catch-all term for just about anything that ails ya back in the day.

I wish the doctor had whispered to Stella's parents what it was...

Date Posted: 4/4/2013 5:01 PM ET
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I've no idea either Lauri, but it sure was fast.

Date Posted: 4/4/2013 10:47 PM ET
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Cheryl, I liked that part too!

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Date Posted: 4/6/2013 10:32 PM ET
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Also, glad Concetta had to confess & leave town.

Date Posted: 4/13/2013 1:20 PM ET
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Concetta is a meanie!!

I mentioned on the first thread...I googled the symptoms and most of the diseases that had bruises and fever were related to forms of leukemia, which would not have been so sudden.  I bet it was Meningitis.  One description I read mentioned that the rash that comes with it is often misdiagnosed by parents because it looks more like small bruises than the prickly spots you normally associate with a "rash".  And meningitis can definitely cause sudden death.  Kinda makes sense.

I love those nuns, and the way they tried to prepare the boys for the outside world.  They were definitely mothers to them!

Date Posted: 4/16/2013 10:52 AM ET
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I finished up this section and am well into the next.   I too really loved those nuns! 

Date Posted: 4/17/2013 12:27 AM ET
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Ahhhh...meningitis! Thanks for a possible solution to that conundrum, Christa!

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