How can I access the NotesRichTextItem methods of a item retrieved using GetFirstItem from a Python script?

I'm accesing a Notes database from a Python script using COM, using the code below. When I run it I get the following traceback:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Extras\Datos\Scripts\Python\Notes\", line 13, in <module>
    text = it.GetFormattedText(True, 80)
  File "c:\extras\prog\python25\lib\site-packages\win32com\client\", line 454, in __getattr__
    raise AttributeError, "'%s' object has no attribute '%s'" % (repr(self), attr)
AttributeError: '<win32com.gen_py.Lotus Domino Objects.IItem2 instance at 0x188795360>' object has no attribute 'GetFormattedText'

I see I'm getting a generic NotesItem. Is there a way to retrieve the item as a NotesRichTextItem instead, or to allow the use of this last class' methods on the retrieved item?

from win32com.client import Dispatch
ns = Dispatch('Lotus.NotesSession')
mailsvr = ns.GetEnvironmentString('MailServer', True)
dbdir = ns.GetDbDirectory(mailsvr)
mail = dbdir.OpenMailDatabase()
vw = mail.GetView('($Inbox)')
doc = vw.GetLastDocument()
it = doc.GetFirstItem('Body')
text = it.GetFormattedText(True, 80)
print text

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First, the GetFormattedText method is misleading.  It does not return formatted text, just the plain text with tabs replaced by spaces.  I've never used it.  Instead, I just use the Text property (which is a member of both item classes).

text = it.Text

Unfortunately, there's no good way to get true formatted text from a NotesRichTextItem (even using LotusScript).  The only way that I know of is by using the C API, and even that is not very accurate.

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SistemasRoyalAuthor Commented:
How about simply getting the NotesRichTextItem instead of a NotesItem?
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