Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, Il

What is that?
"" 1 9th-Century Europe""
Is it interesting?

- Quite.
- Let me read it after you.

Look, I understand how you feel,
but you have to admit...

we're not so badly off here.
Granted: no more mixed marriages.
That's actually not too--
No phone listings,
no public schools...

and that, I must agree, is serious.
So is being barred
from the armed forces.

No obituaries in the newspapers...
and now, no servants.
But apart from that...
you'll admit we can still live,
move about, own property.

- In effect, be a citizen.
- Third-class.

Third-class, if you will,
but still a citizen who can...

enjoy his basic rights.
Such as?
There have always been
few enough rights for anyone.

We weren't the first
to be persecuted. That is true.

But we all kept quiet
as long as we weren't hit.

I don't think you should
keep yourself so isolated...

or refuse to come to the phone.
It's very bad for you
to segregate yourself.

For your poor brother
and sister too...

because, naturally,
they imitate you.

Like giving up the Tennis Club.
They're not expelling you.

Nor me from
the Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t you see, good God,
that you’re playing into the hands...

of the very people
who want us to stop being...