What did the gang think of Scipio after his truth was discovered? In Unit 28, how does Scipio defend himself? Was it somewhat sympathetic? Is his sympathetic view of stealing things from his father...

What did the gang think of Scipio after his truth was discovered? In Unit 28, how does Scipio defend himself? Was it somewhat sympathetic? Is his sympathetic view of stealing things from his father for sustaining the gang understood by everyone? What was each of the children's view on it? Did Prosper sympathized him and if he does, show one testimony.  

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The following quotes sum up nicely how Prosper and the rest of the gang felt about Scipio's deception. 

"But Prosper felt terrible.  He felt betrayed. Deceived.  What was Scipio doing in this house? Who was he really?"

and then later this one:  

All his mysterious 'I can cope on my own' and his 'I don't need adults' -- they're all lies.  He must have really had a laugh at us. Hey let's play street-kid for awhile, that sounds fun! And we fell for it. 

The gang reacted exactly as I would expect them to react.  They felt betrayed.  With the realization of the betrayal, they felt hurt.  There was pain involved knowing that their supposed leader had lied to them all of this time.  Then shortly after the shock and hurt, anger followed.  The group of kids were not happy with Scipio and essentially wanted nothing more to do with him.  I guess what made it ever worse for the gang, specifically Prosper, is that Scipio didn't even try to explain himself when confronted.  He didn't even seem apologetic.  He just stared at the ground. 

I do not sympathize with Scipio.  I do not think that any of the gang does either.  They are poor orphan kids on the run.  Scipio is from a place that they have always dreamed of being from.  Prosper sums it up quite nicely with this quote spoken to Scipio.  

"What were you thinking, taking on the Conte's job? You've never broken in anywhere.  And I bet that when you turn up at the hideout you probably just let yourself in with a key through some door we don't know about. Thief Lord! My god, we were so stupid." Propsper looked at Scipio contemptuously, but inside he felt numb with sadness and disappointment." 

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After Prosper and the gang had found out the truth about Scipio they became stunned and feel betrayed. Victor was looking for the brothers' hideout and as per learning from Bo that they dwell at an abandoned movie theatre, he was searching for ones, and in finding so, had paid a visit to the house of Dottore Massimo - the owner of the Stella, whose son was Scipio. Victor learns the fact and when he was trapped by the children, he tells the children to visit the house.

When Prosper gets inside and sees Scipio -

Prosper felt terrible.  He felt betrayed. Deceived.  What was Scipio doing in this house? Who was he really?

and then later:

"All his mysterious 'I can cope on my own' and his 'I don't need adults' -- they're all lies.  He must have really had a laugh at us. Hey let's play street-kid for awhile, that sounds fun! And we fell for it."

The other children could not even believe that their magnificent, so-called "The Thief Lord", was nothing but a fraud. With the realization of the betrayal, they felt hurt.  There was pain involved knowing that their supposed leader had lied to them all of this time. Then shortly after the shock and hurt, anger followed.  The group of kids were not happy with Scipio and essentially wanted nothing more to do with him. 

In Unit 29, the Hornet had said to Scipio –

"You have to go back. We can't afford to have your father turning the whole city upside down because his son has run away. I mean, how long would it take him to think of his old movie theatre? He'd get half the police force of Venice out here in no time. We're in enough trouble as it is".

This goes the thing about when they found out his real mask.

 And about Scipio defending himself to Hornet's charge -

"I see," he said. "You are not going to throw out Prosper and Bo, even though it is completely there fault the detective came sneaking around here in the first place. But I - I'm not allowed to stay. I showed you this place. I gave you money and warm clothes. I even brought you the mattresses - and I nearly drowned in Mosca's rotten boat in doing it. When it got cold, I brought you blankets and heaters. Do you think that it was easy to steal all those things from my parents?"

What he had said, had truth and logic in it. Though, it was true that he had lied many times back and had still acted like a leader to those children. When I came to know that Scipio was a liar, I was as dumbfounded as the children. But, after hearing his speech, I came to thought about the bright side, the things what Scipio had done to survive them. It was very sympathetic.

But Mosca immediately gave a cold answer –

“Of course it was easy.” Mosca gave a look of utter contempt. “They probably suspected the maid, or another of your thousand of servants.””

Prosper, at the end of Unit 29, commiserated him –

“Stop it, Riccio!” Prosper interrupted him angrily. “I’ve seen Scipio’s father. You wouldn’t dare to steal even a single spoon off him, let alone tell him about it. ”

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You can learn a great deal from reading chapter-29. I guess you should handle some questions on your own. Read the Unit, thoroughly and then, figure it out what everyone of the gang felt about him. It is worth reading several times. Hope I have helped.

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