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Sources, Part VII
When they got back to the school the boy gave the bag of nuts back to Don Camillo. "When you come back from outside they take everything like this away," he explained in a low voice. "That's where I sleep, said the boy, pointing to a barred second-storey window with a box-like protuberance under it that blocked the sight of the ground below." The boy then pointed to a similarly barred window on the ground level. "In that hall are the closets where we hang our clothes," he said. "I'll try to walk along it on my way upstairs and that way I'll be able to wave goodbye."

Don Camillo waited for the boy to appear at the window. The narration continues: "After what seemed like an endless time, he heard a whisper. Giacomino had opened a window and was waving to him from behind the bars. Don Camillo walked over and handed him the bag of nuts. Then he started to walk away, but something made him turn back. He could see nothing of Giacomino but a pair of eyes, but these eyes were so filled with tears that Don Camillo broke out in a cold perspiration. By some mysterious process his dangerously powerful hands found themselves twisting the iron bars and the iron bars bent and gave away. When the opening was large enough, Don Camillo stretched out an arm, grasped the boy's collar and pulled him through."

Later, as the boy slept on Don Camillo's couch, a frantic old man Grolini showed up waving a telegraph from the school's headmaster. He told the priest that the boy had run away and that he would kill him when he saw him. "Nothing doing," Don Camillo replied, "That boy was made to follow in your footsteps and live on the land. He simply can't stay away from the country." Don Camillo then frightened the old man by telling him that his son could be anywhere, or nowhere, based on the old man's behavior toward him.

After sending the farmer home to fret and pray, Don Camillo waited till the next day to return Giacomino to his home. As the boy happily chased after his ecstatic dog old Grolini told the priest, "The headmaster called me up this morning. He can't understand how the boy could have twisted two heavy inron bars."

"'He's an able boy, I tell you,'" said Don Camillo. "'He'll make a very good farmer. And it's better to farm for love than to study for fear of a beating.'"

The story concludes by saying: "And Don Camillo went away very fast, because he had just felt a peanut in his pocket and couldn't wait to eat it." --Gary
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