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They were at Gatwick, Colin and Archie, waiting to check in, and Colin refusing to think about whether it was a good idea. Already Archie was talking to the young Italian ahead of them in the queue, who had the new kind of iPod he wanted. Colin knelt down by his suitcase to get out his copy of I promessi sposi, which he was still working his way through in Italian. He wasn’t wholly pleased to find Archie could speak Italian too, albeit only in the present tense; he didn’t want him running off speaking Italian all over Rome.

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