A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

how do the letters from rome relate to father gonzaga's unhappines


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Father Gonzaga, reliant on authority and established ‘knowledge,’ sends a letter to Rome to get an official verdict from the Pope; but Rome doesn’t get back to him. Father feels slighted by his own church just as the "angel" is slighted by humanity.

"But the mail from Rome showed no sense of urgency. They spent their time finding out in the prisoner had a navel, if his dialect had any connection with Aramaic, how many times he could fit on the head of a pin, or whether he wasn’t just a Norwegian with wings. Those meager letters might have come and gone until the end of time if a providential event had not put and end to the priest’s tribulations."

He was getting nowhere............ and the curious, and even the people who wanted to exploit the angel.

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