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Part 3 Daivan

Chapter 7

Bernardo’s Answer

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At my sudden question, Bernardo runs his hair through his long hair.

berndaivanp1-1-1 Bernardo: The heart of living as the Mafia?  …You mean, living as a made man in Cosa Nostra?

Oh?  He’s seriously putting some thought into the question.  Bernardo makes a show of massaging his scalp before opening his mouth.

berndaivanp4-1-1 Bernardo: I think … it’s extending our protection to the regular folk…  No, to our brethren as well.  We protect the weak.
giandaivanp1-2-1 Gian: That seems like a pretty complicated answer.
berndaivanp4-2-1 Bernardo: I simplified it down for you, though?  Well, perhaps it is a little too concise.

Bernardo takes off his glasses and blows onto it, probably to shoo away some dirt specks or something.

berndaivanp1-2-1 Bernardo: For example … you mentioned you were distant with your godparent?
giandaivanp3-2-1 Gian: Yeah.  I think it’s some relative on my mom’s side, but I’m not really sure.  After my parents died, I think I saw the person maybe once, but that’s about it.

Usually, though, a godparent’s someone who watches over the kid in times of trouble, even though they’re not the kid’s real parents.  I don’t really remember having any contact with mine.

berndaivanp4-2-1 Bernardo: But you’ll also be in a position to receive requests from couples here and there soon.  They’ll come to you with requests of ‘Please come to my child’s Baptism.’
giandaivanp1-3-2 Gian: Me a godfather, eh…

Il padrino.  Godfather.  He’s the guardian for the whole of someone’s life, all the way from baptism to death.  I hear it’s a tradition straight from our Italian roots.

When a normal person comes looking for a godfather for their kid, they’re, well, generally looking for Mafia protection.

We have the parents’ full cooperation – for the sake of themselves and their kids.

The kids grow up under the family’s wing, and as a result, a powerful bond’s formed and perpetuated…

…Well, at least, that’s how it is in theory.  In reality … sigh…

berndaivanp4-3-1 Bernardo: I’m already supervising six children.  I see them every now and then, but they’re quite the cute little tykes.  I look forward to their weddings.

A godfather, mm…  Me in a church, swathed in suit and baby in hand, standing perfectly unruffled with a tranquil grin…  I try to imagine it but fail.

I’m really no good with suits.

giandaivanp2-3-1 Gian: We gift the weak with their daily grain and guardianship … huh…

I mutter this to myself and, perhaps because of the specific example he’d given, I think I have a better feel for the answer than before.

The more charismatic, the better care you take of your underlings, the more you’re beloved.  The more you’re beloved, the more you earn.  And the more you earn, the better care you can give to the ones around you.

I can feel it in my skin.  It’s a continuous cycle the family’s kept going.  I think this is what Bernardo’s getting at.

berndaivanp4-1-1 Bernardo: The weak come seeking our protection, and it is precisely this that supports the family.  We have to answer their pleas.  It’s our duty.
giandaivanp3-3-1 Gian: Hmm.  That’s pretty unexpected.  Didn’t think you were the type.
berndaivanp1-2-1 Bernardo: It’s up to you whether you think it’s just pretty words or not.  …But if you don’t have one pretty ideal like that, where’s the thrill in raking in the dough?

I thought Bernardo just prioritized his loyalty and his family over everything, and that was all there was to him,

…so seeing him have a motive that isn’t simply “loyalty” is like a whole new angle of him.

berndaivanp4-1-1 Bernardo: You treasure those around you – you treasure the men below you – more than you do yourself.  After all, you yourself are under the protection of those above you.

Meaning the captains are being protected by the Boss, too.  …Bernardo really loves the Boss…

giandaivanp1-3-2 Gian: Then the Boss at the tippity-top’s … just giving protection to everyone under him?  All give and no take?  Doesn’t the Boss get nothing from this then?
berndaivanp1-1-1 Bernardo: The Boss receives a different something else in return.  That’s what I believe.  I don’t think I can put it in just a few words, though.

What’s this thing he can’t sum up “in a few words?”  This “something else?”

Money?  Power?  Respect?  Fear?  Hm, what else could there be…?

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A hand’s on my shoulder, shaking me back to reality.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ageha
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 22:00:46

    [The more charismatic, the better care you take off your underlings, the more you’re beloved.] <– of
    […But if you don’t have one pretty ideal that, where’s the thrill in raking in the dough?]<– The "that," throws me off. I don't get this sentence.

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  2. Pijon
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 03:49:53

    Hmm… Upon first playing the game it seems like Alessandro is Gian’s father, but somewhere along the way that theory went flat. There’s too much a connection for Gian to merely be his nephew, so the next logical conclusion is that Gian is his Godchild. But with this tidbit of info, Alessandro doesn’t seem to his Godfather- since this game is generally above the curve when it comes to detail. I could be wrong …but if that is the case, it would be a little disappointing that Gian merely didn’t recognize Alessandro even though they’d met previously, a la Togainu No Chi with Akira and Nano. And you know, also with the other character in this very game that Gian met in his childhood and forgot about. ._. They wouldn’t pull the same card twice… right? My fingers crossed that their relationship is so mind bogglingly complicated that it fails to make sense.

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    • terracannon876
      Apr 15, 2014 @ 07:32:07

      Saa. ;D

      All I can say is that Gian’s whole childhood, especially before he was … 5? 10? is incredibly muddled. There’s some contradictory information floating around.

      …Also remember (and I saw this speculation online so I can’t lay claim to it, but I do think it’s very true) that Gian is the narrator, so anything we learn from the main game is based on what he remembers. Ever heard of unreliable narrators?😉

      If we take this into account, everything given by official materials matches up since the contradictory information all came from Gian.

      I hope this helps your question😀 I actually wondered this same thing for a long time as had come up with this complicated theory involving adultery and stuff until I read the unreliable narrator theory. Not to say that it’s guaranteed to be true … but if there’s one reliable source, it’s the official sources, and they have stated their stance on the matter, so it’s reasonable to think something is up with the “facts” in the game surrounding this.

      I’m so happy someone is thinking deeply on this ^o^ I hope I didn’t rant too much😄

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