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    campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...

    Dear Teachers,
    From Mirror, Mirror:
    "Vicente joined the throng of peasants doing their common business in the sunny campi and the shadowy alleys."
    What do the sunny campi and the shadowy alleys refer to? I thought peasants worked on farms.
    "...from Rome to Rimini on the coast of the purple Adriatic..."
    Why is Adriatic "purple" (as the color)?
    "I'm not overly religious, but perhaps the Duke has selected his agent wisely. For if I can't be easily comforted by the notion of celestial helpers, nor can I read dark meanings into the writhings of coincidence."
    What does it mean by "read dark meanings into the writhings of coincidence"?

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    Re: campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...

    Wouldn't 'campi' be fields?
    I'm not sure on the colour, but seas can be dark and Homerrefers to the sea as wine-dark, which would be similar.
    He doesn't see sinister patterns of fate in coincidental events.

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    #3

    Re: campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...

    Err...what does "see sinister patterns of fate in coincidental events" mean?

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    Re: campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...

    He sees coincidence as coincidence and not part of destiny

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    #5

    Re: campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...

    Thanks for your patience with my questions!

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    #6

    Re: campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...

    You're welcome.

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