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The statement too, that" he spoke only Bolognese in his own family" is an exaggeration. With the elder members of the familyhis father, his mother, and his sister, Signora Minarelliit was so; and there was a cousin of his, named Antonia Mezzofanti, a lively and agreeable old dame, and a frequent guest at the house of his sister, to whom he was much attached, and with whom he delighted to converse in the plea-sant dialect of Bologna. But the children of his sister were all well educated, and, like the educated classes throughout all the provincial cities of Italy, habitually spoke the common and classical Italian language. Even after Mezzofanti came to Rome, when questioned as to the number of languages that he spoke, he often used jestingly to reply: " fifty, and Bolognese." Note 1
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