My Italian word of the day: rifuggiava

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I have set myself the challenge of translating ‘Storia di una Capinera’ by Giovanni Verga into English at the rate of a word a day.

Verga: Storia di una capinera (book cover)

Verga: Storia di una capinera (book cover)

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The next new word in the text is ‘si rifuggiava’.

My dictionary gives this as:

si rifuggiava (vi) = sought refuge, was seeking refuge, took refuge, was taking refuge

si rifuggiava is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative of the verb rifuggiarsi = to seek refuge, take shelter.

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Here is an example:

La bambina si rifugiava sui ginocchi della nonna. = The little girl took refuge on the knees of her grandmother.

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The story so far

Original text:

Storia di una capinera

Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era timide, triste, malaticcia ci guardava con occhio spaventato; si rifuggiava

My translation:

Story of a blackcap

I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was timid, sad, sickly it watched us with terrified eye; taking shelter

an alternative:

I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: timid, sad and sickly it watched us with a terrified eye; taking shelter (cowering)

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Vocabulary:

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