those stubborn souls, the biellese
a farmer was on his way down to biella one day the weather was so stormy that it was next to impossible to get over the roads but the farmer had important business and pushed onward in the face of the driving rain
he met an old man, who said to him, "a good day to you! where are you going, my good man, in such haste?"
"to biella," answered the farmer, without slowing down.
"you might at least say, 'god willing'"
the farmer stopped, looked the old man in the eye, and snapped, "god willing, i'm on my way to biella but even if god isn't willing, i still have to go there all the same"
now the old man happened to be the lord "in that case you'll go to biella in seven years," he said "in the meantime, jump into this swamp and stay there for seven years"