Lovers Liars – by E. Cossovich
How many adventures and of how many different kinds often happen on Vesuvius!
It is said, as two Englishmen, a gentleman and a young lady, together agreed to eternalize their love on the top of our mountain.
In front of the steaming crater they renewed their oaths of constancy and fidelity, and calling witnesses the elements, they promised each other, that if any of them had been betrayed, the one would have thrown himself into the roaring crater.
But one year was not over, that the fair lady gave her hand to a rich Neapolitan gentleman and the betrayed lover in despair rushed … into the chasms of business and went to marry a banker’s daughter, who swore less, but had more value
Vesuvius willingly gave up his victim, from which we can argue that man (taken in its broadest sense) in England or elsewhere is always the same.