Art and culture

The Tale of the Child and the Doctor

January 26, 2011
Il racconto di Masca bambino

It was a dark and cold night and the doctor in Perletto was in his bed. His maid woke him up saying that someone had called because they needed him in a house outside of the village. The doctor prepared his carriage and left. While he wae traveling in the middle of the country he heard a child’s voice calling from the side of the road.

He stopped, loked and found a little child, a few months old, naked and crying. He took him up and protected him from the cold under his coat, then kept running to the house where he was going.

Right then ane bells sang the Ave Maria and the doctor crossed himself. Suddenly, a cold wind started blowing and a voice out of nowhere shouted “Kill him, kill him”.

The child that the doctor was holding answered “I can’t this bastard has crossed himself”. The doctor was very scared and opened his coat.

A little ugly monster flew away and disappeared.

Taken from: D. Bosca, B. Murialdo, L. Carbone – Racconti di Masche – Famija Albeisa 1979.

Photo by Bruno Murialdo (