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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Chapter One


On the last Saturday in August, 1945, Miss Constanzia Corleone, daughter of Don Vito Corleone, married Carlo Rizzi. Her father had invited hundreds of people to the wedding at his huge house on Long Island, just outside NewYork.As the guests arrived, Don Corleone welcomed them all, rich and poor, with an equal show of love.

Many of the guests had reason to be grateful to Don Corleone for their good luck in life, and they called him ‘Godfather’* to his face. Standing next to him as he welcomed the guests were two of his three sons, Santino — or Sonny, as he was called — was the eldest.

He was a tall, strong, good-looking man with thick brown hair. He looked uncomfortable in his white shirt and black suit. The second son, Fredo, was completely different. He was weak- looking and pale, with sad dark eyes and thin lips. The youngest son, Michael, was sitting at a table in the corner of the garden with his girlfriend, Kay.

There was a gentle, innocent quality to him, with his soft dark eyes and full lips, but his army uniform suggested that this was not a weak man. Just a quiet one. He was embarrassed by all the singing and dancing, but he was quietly pleased that Kay was enjoying herself. This was the first time that she had met his family. ‘Who’s that funny little fat man over there?’ she asked, her eyes shining with excitement. ‘He looks about sixty years old but he’s dancing like a teenager.’ ‘That’s Pete Clemenza,’ Michael said. ‘He’s an old friend of my father’s.’

* Godfather: the head of an important family in the Mafia, which is a secret group of criminals. It is used here as a title of great respect.

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