Sometimes a thing you enjoy lasts too short a time. So you must enjoy what little experience you have.
So did Giorgio Bassani enjoy his Micol, a Jewish girl, in Ferrara on the Po di Volano, under the time of Mussolini.
Incidentally, Il Gattopardo had never seen daylight had it not been for Giorgio Bassani.
Giorgio and Micol had grown up in Ferrara, in Emilia Romagna, north of Bologna. Vittorio De Sica made Ferrara famous with his film Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, based on the Bassani series of books of the war time events in Ferrara.
Micol and all her family were captured by the Nazis. They died in a German concentration camp.
If an Italian emigrated to America, he was sometimes given the name of his native town in America.
Vito Andolini became Vito Corleone in the Mario Puzo novel The Godfather.
An Immigrant, a Ferrara, settled in the Bronx. He begot a son, Abel.
Abel Ferrara became a movie director and in 1993 he directed the film Body Snatchers.
In the film, plant-like pods take over human bodies. They are the body snatchers. Aliens of course.
A little boy saw his mother fall asleep and subsequently be taken over by an alien.
He said: They come when you sleep.
I kind of liked that phrase.
And I have used it sometimes in diverse meanings.
It is something that sticks in the mind.
They come when you sleep.