Going To Naples

The reading assignment for the Eudora Welty brown bag lunch series this month is the short story “Going To Naples” from The Bride of the Innisfallen.

The story is a romantic shipboard comedy about a group of Italian/American travellers aboard the Pomona sailing from New York to Naples.  Some are elderly people declaring that they are “going home to die” and some are traveling “back home” for a visit  but the story really revolves around Mrs. C. Serto and her daughter Gabriella.  Mrs. Serto’s goal is centered around securing a suitable match for her daughter.  Upon arrival in Naples, the mother/daughter duo are reunited with Mrs. Serto’s mother and a bit of role reversal takes place.

The story has nothing to do with actually being in Naples but since we are once again faced with winter precipitation here in the deep south I thought it could be uplifting to think of a warmer climate and dream of going to Naples!

Let’s go…

coast of Naples Italy

Naples is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and was the most bombed city in World War II…


the city is often called an open-air museum due to the large number of statues and monuments…

Naples Italy

Miss Welty’s story “Going To Naples” could be described as a series of events, perhaps even as a small snapshot of a short period of time, as there is no real arc or conclusion.   A huge cast of characters involved in almost slap-stick comedy carry you along with them on their voyage across the sea.  It is an entertaining read and if you are like me, stuck in the wintry weather, a portal to a sunny spot if only in the imagination.

I hope you will read”Going To Naples” and travel along with me…

dog in boat

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  1. The story sounds charming. What a beautiful place! Ah, looking forward to warmer times.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Yes, I hope that you are ice free over there today – we have escaped ice so far here in Jackson, just cold and rainy.

  2. Ingrid taylor says:

    You hit the nail on the head!!!! I love the line Lets go!!!,

  3. mnestorc@aol.com says:

    I wish we could! I know you are busy over there cooking for tomorrow – see you then!