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The Godfather Commentaries #115

“You won’t get lucky,” Hagen said. “Sollozzo is too smart. …I’m guessing he’s trying to line up support from the other New York Families so that we won’t go after him when the old man gives us the word.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 115, Paragraph 9, Sentences 34, 35 & 39 Hagen is absolutely […]

The Godfather Commentaries #114

Hagen shook his head. “He’s OK but he won’t be able to talk for another couple of days. …There’s cops all over the hospital and Tessio’s men hang around too, just in case. In a couple of days he’ll be all right and then we see what he wants us to do. Meanwhile we have […]

The Godfather Commentaries #113

Sonny said, “He’s a smart guy, the smartest our Family ever came up against. Maybe he figured we’re just stalling until the old man gets better or we can get a line on him.” Hagen shrugged, “Sure, he figures that. But he still has to negotiate. He has no choice. I’ll get it set up […]

The Godfather Commentaries #112

Hagen shook his head. “…Anyway I haven’t been able to set up a top-notch go-between he’ll trust. But he must know he has to negotiate now. He missed his chance when he let the old man get away from him.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 115, Paragraph 1, Sentences 1 & 4 – 6 Hagen’s […]

The Godfather Commentaries #111 – Part 2

“With a slight electric shock, Michael realized they were talking about Paulie Gatto and that little Paulie was dead, murdered by that jolly wedding dancer, Clemenza.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 113, Paragraph 3, Sentences 10 – 13 Since it is now 1945 and Michael was born in 1920, he is only 25 years old […]

The Godfather Commentaries #111 – Part 1

“With a slight electric shock, Michael realized they were talking about Paulie Gatto and that little Paulie was dead, murdered by that jolly wedding dancer, Clemenza.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 113, Paragraph 3, Sentences 10 – 13 It may seem a fine point to you, and I doubt that Michael used his terms carefully […]

The Godfather Commentaries #110

“But he (Fredo) had also been the most obedient son to his father. And yet everyone knew that the Don had given up on this middle son ever being important to the business. He wasn’t quite smart enough, and failing that, not quite ruthless enough. He was too retiring a person, did not have enough […]

The Godfather Commentaries #109

“Michael shrugged. He had seen soldiers in the same condition on the battlefield. But he had never expected it to happen to Freddie. He remembered the middle brother as being physically the toughest one in the family when all of them were kids.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 113, Paragraph 3, Sentences 6 – 9 […]

The Godfather Commentaries #108

“Freddie was still under sedation in his own room of his parents’ house. …”Christ,” Sonny said to Michael when the left Freddie’s room, “he looks like he got plugged worse than the old man.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 113, Paragraph 2, Sentences 2 & 4 The case of Freddie – Federico – is a […]

The Godfather Commentaries #107

“THE day after the shooting of Don Corleone was a busy time for the Family. …Tom Hagan was busy trying to find a mediator satisfactory to both parties so that a conference could be arranged with Sollozzo.” The Godfather, Chapter 8, Page 112, Paragraph 1, Sentences 1 & 3 Growing up in an Italian family, […]