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Concerning the eccentricities of Cardinal…

Concerning the eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli (original 1926; edition 1926)

by Ronald Firbank

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Title:Concerning the eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli
Authors:Ronald Firbank
Info:London, G. Richards, 1926.
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Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli by Ronald Firbank (1926)



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Ronald Firbank whips up a ‘froth of choirboys’ in his 1926 novel Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli. One choir boy, the ‘impish Chicklet’, is portrayed as an unobtainable tease. After serving dinner, Chicklet bids His Eminence good night and says, ‘And if you should want me sir . . .’ Chicklet forgets his responses during Mass one day and the cardinal locks him in a vault full of coffins. He later relents, unlocks the vault where he finds Chicklet fast asleep. As he mutters, ‘...and lead us not into temptation’, Chicklet wakes up and provokes the cardinal to chase him round and round the cathedral while the boy openly flirts and mocks him. The unfortunate Don Alvaro Narciso Hernando Pirelli, Cardinal-Archbishop of Clemenza, dies of a heart attack and is found naked on the floor the next morning. ( )
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Ronald Firbank's Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli (1926) begins in an old cathedral, where the elaborately-robed cardinal is performing a baptism... of a puppy. By the end of this short novel (and his life), he grows even more eccentric, to put it mildly, and ends up in the cathedral wearing nothing. Bridgid Brophy called this almost forgotten novel one of the three greatest novels of the twentieth century.
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