Tobino, after a short and bitter summing up of the years spent at Maggiano - bitter in the sense that he felt remorseful about not being able to protect his patients better from the devasting effects of the hospital closures -, reflects on his present day situation, and his regrets that he never had children or a woman by his side.
Marion Tobino describes how psychiatric patients have changed thanks to the introduction of psychtropic drugs: how it is possible to interact with them in direct conversation, how they are able to leave their rooms in the hospital and walk about outside, how they can write a newspaper.
The writer, talking about the success of his literary works, stops briefly to talk about Le Libere donne di Magliano - The Liberated Women of Magliano, underlining how this book, which was even read in the schools, dealt with the idea of madness in its natural state, when not assuaged by drugs.
Tobino recounts the story of a patient from Pistoia who when she arrived at the hospital, was gripped by a sense of blame, she felt responsible for all the troubles in the world. There was no real cure for this condition, and the husband added that she was much altered, that all her affection towards her children had vanished. There was no point in giving her drugs. One day this delirium started to fade of its own accord, she started to return to normality and her feelings emerged once more in pure and sound form.
Remembrance of the Resistance, on 25th April, 1964 through the writings and letters of Partisans as recounted by various actors. In this selected piece Enrico Maria Salerno recites Il Giglio di quell'amore (Il Clandestino) - The Lily of That Love (Underground), the poem written by Tobino and which reflects on the disappointment of those who took part in the Resistance.
Tobino declares that of all the books he has written, the one that most represents him is "Biondo era e bello - Blonde and Beautiful" (This is a clear reference to the personage of Manfredi in Dante's Inferno and Tobino has dedicated the same title to Dante himself in order to overturn the received image of Dante) He recites some verses of Dante( which display Dante's own greed for political infomation about his fellow Florentines) which kept him company whilst in Libya.