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A Mandolin
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA Mandolin - Credit: Henrik Sendelbach
Finally, nearly halfway through the book, Captain Correlli's mandolin makes her first appearance.   A member of the lute family, the mandolin is plucked or strummed.  Many different sizes and styles of mandolin are found across the world.  Later, Correlli reveals that his mandolin is a roundback from Naples.  



  A plectrum is a small piece of bone or metal used to pluck the strings.