The Scarlattina Letter
It would take a stronger man than I to resist this joke….
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, today’s Il Messaggero reports, is confined to his home in Arcore (Province of Monza e Brianza) with a case of scarlet fever and has cleared his official schedule for the rest of the week. Among other things, this means he won’t have the chance to pop over to the Abruzzo yet again to take credit for (something about earthquake victims).
Only someone very, very distingué and genteel, however (i.e., not me) could refrain from noting that scarlet fever is one of those illnesses that adults tend to catch only when they spend a lot of time with children.