Similar to the tale of the brothers who dig up the land searching for treasure, only to find that the “treasure” is the crops they now plant. In this case the “treasure” seekers dig a manure pit. Good character in old man Marinese. He is an incoherent jabberer, loving gardener and courageous in the face of the pistol-waving treasure seekers.
Fifty Great European Short Stories. Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.