Yet the infinite sadness of "Rosso Malpelo" is more harrowing than the pity of "The She-Wolf" and "Ieli
." But no--I feel that the tragic fury of carnal desire in "The She-Wolf" yields only a little in emotional force to the very different, unpurged desolation of "Rosso Malpelo." The boy whose nickname gives that story its title is called malpelo ("evil-haired") because he has red hair, and he has red hair because he's wicked and malicious--"an ugly thing, a surly, sullen brat whom everybody avoided, that you gave a kick to when he got too close." The "you" speaking here are the Sicilian villagers whose men go down into an underground quarry to dig sand (as Malpelo and other children do too).