Starts at the wedding rather than the pre-OP scene. The opening line (‘It was a fine day’) contrasts with that of chapter 1 (‘It was a rainy day.’)
The relationship between Fio and Ronald ‘obviously wasn’t an equal one. Compared to the Galassias, the Vanettis were nothing more than a small town Family.’
‘Nero turned to the two with a smile, not chiding them for turning up to the grandiose party in everyday wear.’
‘Upon seeing how many bottles were packed into the trunk, Nero let out a whistle.’
The car is a white Phantom - ‘an extremely high-class car no commoner would be able to acquire’.
Avilio points out ‘teasingly’ that the influence of the nearby Orco Family is spreading.
At the part where Corteo’s questioning why Avilio gave them the alcohol as a present: ‘The friend he hadn’t seen in seven years had become a man full of mystery.’ Corteo shrugs and ends his line of inquiry. ‘But if he wasn’t making any money, he wanted to hurry up and leave that place. It wasn’t the place for them. The women were dressed in glamorous attire, and the men were all done up in tuxedos.’
‘Avilio smiled and sidestepped Corteo’s plea. Corteo couldn’t understand what he was thinking at all.’
They introduce Barbero by his slender (non-fighting-type) frame and intelligent looks, Frate by his youthful appearance.
‘Nero ruthlessly thrust reality at Frate, who was cheerfully speaking of the future.’
Nero glares at the cigarette after his father says his deep & meaningful spiel about inhaling time, not smoke.
On Fio and Ronald: ‘the bride’s expression was just a little worried. Her ability to swiftly turn that concern into a smile was due to her awareness that this was a political marriage.’
‘Perhaps noticing Vanno’s glare, Ronaldo brought his bride over.’
Vanno definitely enjoys catching Ronaldo’s arm when he tries to hit Avilio, but his grip slackens the instant Fio calls out to them.
Fio goes back to Ronaldo to improve his mood. ‘Consoled by Fio, Ronaldo’s mood improved and he smiled. Truly, the bride — Fio — was a mature woman who knew the meaning of this marriage.’
Barbero chokes because the alcohol is stronger than expected.
‘Smiling, Avilio turned his gaze upon Corteo.’
Vanno was the most spiritual of the group. ‘When it was his turn to cook, he wouldn’t let them eat without praying.’
(for personal reference) Lacrima lives in the apartment across from Lawless Chronicle.
Corteo is definitely criticizing Avilio for joining up with Vanno.
That’s Vanno’s car Cerotto and Avilio sit in.
Avilio smiles slightly at Cerotto’s amazement in response to him covering himself with the scent of alcohol.
‘He was to stop suspicious people from approaching the apartment. Wincing at the cold, Serpente called out to the sitting man.’
Fango might have noticed Avilio’s killing intent (which would be why he looks up).
When Lacrima tells him to stop, Avilio lightly jerks his head to the side. This is indeed a gesture for her to get out of the way.
‘Fango was a fearsome man. He enjoyed having his life in peril from the bottom of his heart.’
In the anime, we don’t see Avilio fire, but in the novel I’m pretty sure it says Avilio fires and Fango fires back?
Serpente had been bored gulping down booze but he rushes over when he hears the gunshots.
The written flashback when Vanno recognizes Serpente’s knife specifies that Vanno ‘remembered their final conversation. That boyish, innocent smile, too. But Tronco had been murdered. He’d never get to ride in the Phantom he wanted so badly.’
‘Vanno made the sign of the cross over the fallen Serpente, just as he had when he had made his first kill ages back.’
‘It was his first kill, and his first act of revenge.’
‘Corteo had been waiting for Avilio to return from his dangerous assignment. He awoke to the smell of tobacco. It seemed he had fallen asleep on the table.’
‘“……You’re okay?” He relaxed upon seeing Avilio. He had made it back alive.’
“You were here the whole time?”
‘“Yeah. I’d planned to stay awake until you got back, but…” Embarrassed at falling asleep, he headed to the kitchen to make coffee.’
Avilio was really shaken by the disappearance of Serpente’s corpse. He was ‘desperately suppressing’ his emotions when he said the line about being out of town already.
When Avilio asks 'it wasn’t you?’, Corteo ‘couldn’t feel ‘brotherliness’ in Avilio’s gaze at all. His heart broke at the sight of his best friend who had become obsessed with revenge. [or, ‘he felt it was tragic’]
The speakeasy Cerotto works at is in a tight alleyway
'Corteo entered the store. He was an acquaintance, a good partner. He made really good booze. And he was usually friendly. But Cerotto was afraid because of what he had done.’ (re: why he broke the glass in surprise when Corteo entered)
After Corteo accuses him of killing Vanno: ‘Corteo calmly observed Cerotto, who seemed ready to run at any moment. He had to discern this. For the sake of his only close friend……and family.’
He’s relieved when he learns that Cerotto doesn’t know the circumstances of Vanno’s death, because he doesn’t want Cerotto to die. ‘And regardless of whether it was for revenge, he didn’t want Avilio to become a murderer unnecessarily.’
Barbero wants to know if Nero will actually carry through with his threat of killing Avilio if he doesn’t find the body. ‘Nero, who had been down since Vanno’s death, gave a vague reply.’ He’s strongly suspicious of Avilio, but at the same time, when he’d interrogated him, he’d felt something fascinating in the gaze directed at him.
Novel switches placement of Don Orco’s lasagna tantrum and the above scene.
The scene with Fango leaving Don Orco’s restaurant is described as ‘the moment when the Orco Family turned its back on Fango’.
When Ganzo tells Frate to shut up: ‘He was always being treated like a child. He had the feeling he still hadn’t been recognized as a member of the family; it was frustrating, and he was miserable. Sometimes, those feelings turned to resentment against Nero.’
Ronaldo speaks ‘to cover for Frate’. When he sees Ganzo stand down, he smiles at Frate to console him and Frate smiles back, reassured.
Fango is irritated that Gatto’s driving slowly so he can gather his thoughts.
Ganzo can’t stand Ronald, who’s not joined to the Family by blood.
On Frate inclining his head whenever Ronaldo looks at him: ‘Smiling, Ronaldo left the room. It was a meaningful smile.’
Tigre, watching the building for Nero, slackens into a smile at the children playing. ‘He was a good man who loved children at heart.’ But unfortunately his wounds still haven’t healed.
On Fango’s appearance there: ‘the man he least wanted to see just then’.
Novel’s already mentioned Nero’s fascination with Avilio’s gaze so it skips the scene where they’re walking through town.
Barbero suggests going with Nero because he’s aware of his position as Nero’s brain.
Both Frate and Barbero ‘turn suspicious eyes’ on Avilio at his sudden proposition to go with Nero.
‘“This guy’s pretty useful,”” said Nero, quite like he were purchasing Avilio. Barbero, looking at them, suddenly cut in. “By the way, did you decide on a place for the funeral?”
On that topic: ‘Only Corteo was looking at Avilio’s smile: that satisfied, cruel smile...’
‘Vanno had been a deeply religious man. Standing in the shade of a faraway tree, Nero thought the sky might really be weeping for him.’
After Nero tells Avilio to go on ahead: ‘When he turned back, he could see Nero, collapsing in tears. Vanno had been like family to Nero. The pain of losing one’s family — To Avilio, who had felt the full extent of that pain seven years prior, that sight didn’t make his feelings waver in the slightest. Suffer as much as you like. Just as I did……Nero and Avilio’s trip began with them holding onto utterly mismatched thoughts.