The old woman squinted at them. “Raw eggs,” she said. “Raw eggs and not having a man around the house. That’s how I’ve done it.”

“Done what?” Luciano said.

“Lived to this ripe old age. Lived to be 116 years old. That’s what you came to talk to me about, isn’t it?”

“It could be something else,” volunteered Giovanni.

“Oh yes, you came to interview this old bat for something else. I’ve lived in this town since I was born and nothing interesting has ever happened here. So I tell you what I told everyone else: raw eggs, and no boyfriends.”

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