A brindisi is an Italian word for a toast. The root of the word is from an old German phrase meaning "I offer it to you" (Ich bring dir es). The town of Brindisi may have influenced the contraction of the phrase, but the words are not etymologically related.
Here the caretaker and his dog, Vigilante, entertain the author and her company with a salute to "Intellect".
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The Land of Manfred, Prince of Tarentum and King of Sicily:Rambles in Remote Parts of Southern Italy, with special reference to their historical associations