By GIORGIO FALETTI. Translated by ANTONY SHUGAAR.
Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER R. BEHA
Giorgio Faletti's antihero is caught up in a drama that involves the Mafia, the Red Brigades and the Italian government.
China complains to Japan over fishing boats
BEIJING — China on Monday lodged a formal complaint with Japan about fishing boats plying waters off a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, even as the nations' foreign ministers vowed to pursue warmer ties. Beijing and Tokyo have repeatedly ...
ZURICH — Local officials have decided that this city's expanding legal sex industry needs to be better organized. Zurich municipal authorities have proposed a series of changes to existing prostitution regulations that would allow prostitutes to continue plying their trade, but only in three specific zones — including one equipped with new booths to welcome their clients.
Cleopatra Vll 自幼就受父命嫁給異母弟的「埃及艷后」（事實上她不是「后」而是女王）。
- The woman ruler of an empire.
- The wife or widow of an emperor.
[Middle English emperesse, from Old French, feminine of empereor, emperor. See emperor.][émpris]
Catherine I, Empress of Russia
Her Majesty the Empress
an empress dowager
n. (Abbr. Mdm.)
- pl., Mes·dames (mā-dăm', -däm'). Used formerly as a courtesy title before a woman's given name but now used only before a surname or title indicating rank or office: Madam Ambassador.
- Used as a salutation in a letter: Dear Madam or Sir.
- madam Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Right this way, madam.
- madam The mistress of a household.
- madam A woman who manages a brothel. See Usage Note at mistress.
[Middle English madame, from Old French ma dame. See Madame.]
1 [U]((縮約形はma'am))ご婦人；奥様, 奥さん；お嬢さん（▼(1)女性に対するていねいな呼びかけで, ma'amほど用いない. ⇒SIR (2)×Madam ［Ma'am］ Brownとはいわず, Miss ［Mrs., Ms. ］ Brownという）
2 主婦；((古風))（売春宿の）女将(おかみ)；((英略式))なまいき［尊大］な（若い）女.［古フランス語ma dame (my lady)］
1 愛人, 不倫相手の女性, 情婦, めかけ. ⇒LOVER[類語]
keep a mistress
2 権威［権力］をもつ女性, 女性支配者；（家・施設などの）女主人；おかみ
a mistress of society
the mistress of a house
be one's own mistress
the mistress of the Seas
the Mistress of the Adriatic
the mistress of the night
the Mistress of the World
a mathematics mistress
6 ((古・詩))恋人, 愛人.
be (a) mistress of ...〈女性が〉…を自由にできる
She was a complete mistress of the household arts.
v., plied (plīd), ply·ing, plies (plīz). v.tr.
- To use diligently; wield: ply a knitting needle.
- To engage in diligently; practice: plied the carpenter's trade. See synonyms at handle.
- To traverse or sail over regularly: Trading ships plied the routes between coastal ports.
- To continue offering something to; ensure that (another) is abundantly served: plied their guests with excellent food.
- To assail vigorously.
ply one's wit
2 ((文))〈仕事・商売を〉営む, に励む
ply one's trade
3 ［ply A with B］
ply her with whiskey(3) 〈A（人）にB（質問・懇願など）を〉しつこくする
ply a person with questions
1 （…に）精を出す((at, with ...))
ply at Shakespeare
2 ((文))〈船・バスなどが〉（…間を）定期的に往復する, 通う((between ...)).
3 ((英))〈赤帽・運転手などが〉（…で）客待ちする((at ...))；（客などを）待つ((for ...)).4 〈船が〉風に逆らって進む.
- A woman who has a continuing sexual relationship with a usually married man who is not her husband and from whom she generally receives material support.
- A woman in a position of authority, control, or ownership, as the head of a household: "Thirteen years had seen her mistress of Kellynch Hall" (Jane Austen).
- A woman who owns or keeps an animal: a cat sitting in its mistress's lap.
- A woman who owns a slave.
- A woman with ultimate control over something: the mistress of her own mind.
- A nation or country that has supremacy over others: Great Britain, once the mistress of the seas.
- Something personified as female that directs or reigns: "my mistress . . . the open road" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
- A woman who has mastered a skill or branch of learning: a mistress of the culinary art.
- Mistress Used formerly as a courtesy title when speaking to or of a woman.
- Chiefly British. A woman schoolteacher.
[Middle English maistresse, from Old French, feminine of maistre, master, from Latin magister. See master.]
USAGE NOTE English has no shortage of terms for women whose behavior is viewed as licentious, but it is difficult to come up with a list of comparable terms used of men. One researcher, Julia Penelope, stopped counting after she reached 220 such labels for women, both current and historical, but managed to locate only 20 names for promiscuous men. Murial R. Schultz found more than 500 slang terms for prostitute but could find just 65 for the male terms whoremonger and pimp. A further imbalance appears in the connotations of many of these terms. While the terms generally applying only to women, like tramp and slut, are almost always strongly negative, corresponding terms used for men, such as stud and Casanova, often carry positive associations. • Curiously, many of the negative terms used for women derive from words that once had neutral or even positive associations. For instance, the word mistress, now mainly used to refer to a woman who is involved in an extramarital sexual relationship, originally served simply as a neutral counterpart to mister or master. The term madam, while still a respectful form of address, has had sexual connotations since the early 1700s and has been used to refer to the owner of a brothel since the early 1900s.