He got in the car and left, but after he'd gone a hundred yards, he slapped himself on the forehead, cursed, began a dangerous U-turn, and the three motorists behind him vociferously let him know that:
One, he was a tremendous cornuto*.And, seventy-nine pages later:
Two, his mother was a woman of easy virtue.
Three, his sister was worse than his mother.
(H)e crept along at barely five miles per hour, driving everyone who happened to be behind him crazy. Every motorist, when each managed to pass him, felt obliged to insult him. Thus, he was a(n):
faggot, according to a trucker;Sartarelli's decision to retain the Italian cornuto does much to convey the novel's local flavor. It was a laudable decision.
asshole, according to a priest;
cornuto, according to a nice lady;
ba-ba-ba-, according to a stutterer
What memorable crime-fictional insults have you read?
* cornuto: Italian for "cuckold," cornuto is a common insult throughout the country but a special favorite among southerners, Sicilians in particular.
© Peter Rozovsky 2009