"Sigismundo Celine's initiation as a Speculative Freemason occured on the night of July 23, 1768.
He had been puzzling over Uncle Pietro's questions for five days and had gone through stages of ecstacy, irritation, boredom, increased sensitivity, and sudden flashes of anger at the whole mystifying business. If the Masons had something important to teach, he thought in these moments of rebellion, why not just teach it and be done. But he knew the answer. From music, he had already discovered that some things simply cannot be taught; they can only be learned.
On the evening of July 23, Sigismundo was in the living room of Giancarlo Tennone, his fencing teacher, with Uncle Pietro.
"The lodge meets in the garden," Uncle Pietro explained. "You can probably guess why."
Sigismundo understood: Tennone's house had the traditional Mediterranean architecture, with four wings, each wing being the side of a square. The garden formed the middle and was therefore the furthest spot from any streets or neighboring houses. It was the place most invulnerable to spies, especially if each wing of the house had a lookout stationed to ensure that no stranger approached uninvited.
Tennone stepped into the room from the garden. He was wearing a lamb-skin apron with five Hebrew letters on it.