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So, this is ancient Italy, like in the 14th century, just before pizza was invented. Sophia is the daughter of a famous painter named Antonio Barducci. In ancient Italy, girls are not allowed to paint, so Sophia, who is very talented, paints for her father secretly. That sounds odd, doesn't it, that women aren't allowed to paint? I mean, women couldn't be soldiers, or politicians in ancient times, but... forbidden from painting? Does something sound unconvincing here?

Right off the bat we have the first problem with this book. Guess what? I did some research. There have been Italian women painters throughout history. The entire premise of this book, that women were not allowed to paint, is a lie.

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The story opens with Sophia being boned by her husband Giorgio. Giorgio grunts and groans like a boar as he fills her with his Italian sperm.  Sophia hates Giorgio because he's not sensitive, treats her like a sperm receptacle, and doesn't allow her to paint (which she does anyway in secret with her father, the famous painter Antonio Barducci).

Giorgio hates Sophia because despite squirting her with gallons of sperm, she still hasn't produced a child, specifically a son. Maybe he's using the wrong hole?

Anyway, Sophia's famous painter father Barducci goes to a meeting with a bunch of Italians when a different bunch of Italians come in and kill them all. Why? Why ask why? Especially when you won't get an answer from this book. Let's say, "Just because." (It's presented as clan warfare, but the lack of explanation makes it seem like an inauthentic plot device.)

A dying Barducci tells Sophia to take one of her paintings to a rival painter named Manzini and tell Manzini to give her a job. Since girls can't legally make paintings, they have to work in secret and Barducci hopes Manzini will give Sophia a job. Then, his role in the plot completed, Barducci conveniently dies.

Sophia is angry with Giorgio when she learns he is aligned with the group of Italians who killed her father. She thinks Giorgio is a real dick. Giorgio tells her he doesn't love her, but is using her as a sperm test tube with legs to create a son for him. He smacks her around. The author of the book paints Giorgio as a real two dimensional villain, making him totally unlikeable.

Sophia decides to recover the painting she made. After too many pages of dithering, she recovers it. By the way, in 14th century Italy (Tuscany) they call paintings panels. So from now on when I talk about panels, I'm talking about paintings.

Giorgio tries to bone her that night but Sophia lies and tells him she is bleeding from her vagina in especially disgusting amounts and Giorgio leaves her alone.

Sophia meets a servant named Marcello. She tells Marcello that she knows that he is the bastard son of Barducci, which makes Marcello her half brother. Barducci boned a servant many years ago and the unanticipated byproduct of 10 seconds of extreme pleasure produced Marcello.

Sophia asks Marcello for a favor. She wants to go to a town called Siena to get a job with the painter Manzini and wants Marcello to escort her there. There is a lot of risk involved because if Giorgio finds out what's doing, he'll cut off Marcello's nuts or worse.

Sophia pretends to be docile and obedient to Giorgio. Giorgio, believing she is sincere, becomes more gentle with her in turn, "penetrating her more slowly at night".

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