Regular acquaintances, friendships, and interactions accommodate a certain amount of competition.
The more competitive individuals can channel their energies in ways that may disrespect or honor the achievements and personalities for whom dear feelings purportedly are experienced and long-term interactions supposedly are anticipated. According to the saying, all ways fair and foul emerge as options in regard to love and war. But fights to the finish and no holds barred approaches by their very nature go against the cherished, predictable element of permanency within familial, friendly, and peer relationships.
And yet that is the tack that Strega Amelia appears to embrace against her childhood friend during a visit that becomes permanent in “Strega Nona Meets Her Match.”