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If on a winter's night a traveler

If on a winter's night a traveler

by Italo Calvino

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Character Role Analysis

Ludmilla, Lotaria

Talk about opposite styles of reading. While Lotaria seeks to preserve her innocent pleasure in reading, Lotaria considers this form of pleasure downright irresponsible, choosing instead to constantly criticize everything she reads. The problem with Lotaria's reading, though, is that she has an agenda that she brings to books, which essentially keeps her from ever learning anything new or growing as a person. Calvino definitely does not approve.


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