Chestnuts from the chestnut lady

If Caterina was known by everyone in the village, the region and, most probably, the entire world, it wasn’t because of the chestnuts rolled up in newspaper cones that she sold throughout October in Mussol Square.

(…) If the chestnut lady’s reputation travelled by word of mouth till it was known by the entire population of the planet, it was because of the “chestnuts”* that she gave out left, right and centre, every single day, to everyone that got on her nerves.

*to give some a “chestnut” in Catalan means to give them a slap.

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