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Sei un tesoro» gli disse lei, voltandosi a baciargli il fianco pennuto. Terminati i lavori di casa, Anselma si vestì e andò in salotto.

Quella sera, per la prima volta, Luisito le volò sulla spalla. Era già in camicia da notte e stava andando a lavarsi i denti. Temeva che gli artigli fossero appuntiti, invece Luisito si posò con grande delicatezza. Mentre stavano davanti alla specchiera, le sfiorò con il becco il lobo dell'orecchio. » domandò Anselma arrossendo lievemente. » rispose il pappagallo vorticando le ali da fermo. 3. L'aria era così satura di umidità che neanche le pale del ventilatore riuscivano a creare il minimo refrigerio.

La nuora, ad esempio. Ormai la pioggia batteva con violenza contro i vetri, l'allarme di un'auto saliva dalla strada, sovrastato dalla sirena dei pompieri. Non era possibile continuare a riordinare, perciò si sedette in poltrona, si coprì le gambe con un plaid e chiamò Luisito accanto a sé. Il pappagallo planò sullo schienale, da lì scese sul bracciolo e si accoccolò, gonfiando tutte le piume. «Krak krak krak» bisbigliava piano, come fosse un discorso che faceva a sé stesso prima di addormentarsi.

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