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What is your lucky item you cherish or pray too for good fortune The Lucky lira plays an important symbolic role in Nino Riccis novel Lives of the Saints The coin was a sign of life saving properties it also served as a protective talisman against evil and most importantly symbolized Vittorios loss of innocence As a result of Vittos faith in the coin he is able to better cope with his misfortunesThe lucky one lira was given to Vitto for his seventh birthday by Luciano a restaurant owner in Rocca Secca and a friend of his moms Luciano explained that during the war in a field in Greece he had found it and the coin had saved his life it deflected a bullet heading directly at his heart Vottorio accepted the coin not knowing how it would impact his life The 1927 dented one lire given to Vitto symbolized a life saving property of the coin We lost the battle and many of my friends were killed It was like a bad dream But that night when I was sitting in my tent I found a little hole in my shirt pocket like a bullet hoe Then I remembered the coin I had pecked up and when I took it out of my pocket I saw the mark on the wing Thats when I realized that the coin had saved my life Luciano pg65The quote illustrates what happened to Luciano and the lucky lira will further serve to protect Vittos lifeThe lucky lira is again working its magic when Vittorio is ambushed by the older boys on the mountain and Fabrizio comes to his rescue but in return Vitto betrays him and to know also that I had sunk so low in shame now that no magic or miracle could ever reclaim me Vittorio pg128The quote shows Vittorio believing that the lira cannot save
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