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the neutrality of this globe

“Take a look now at the neutrality of this globe that carries us through space like a lifeboat heading for shore: today a virtuous couple sleeps on the same plot of ground that once held a sinning couple. 39 mais palavras

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A crass, low act

“But this same man who was overjoyed by the departure of the other, a while later practiced … No, I won’t talk about it on this page. 41 mais palavras

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many other novelistic touches

“I made a great effort to win her good will, then her trust. When I obtained her trust, I made up a pathetic story about my love for Virgília, a situation before her marriage, her father’s resistance, her husband’s harshness, and I don’t know how many other novelistic touches. 25 mais palavras

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the perfect expression of human idiocy

“He told me that frugality wasn’t necessary in order to understand Humanitism, much less to practice it. That philosophy enjoyed easy accommodation with the pleasures of life, including table, theatre, and love, and that, quite the contrary, frugality could be an indication of a certain tendency toward asceticism, which was the perfect expression of human idiocy.” 9 mais palavras

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a certain cadaveric contraction

I’m beginning to regret this book. Not that it bores me, I have nothing to do and, really, putting together a few meager chapters for that other world is always a task that distracts me from eternity a little. 47 mais palavras

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the letters of your youth

Uninstructed reader, if you don’t keep the letters from your youth, you won’t get to know the philosophy of old pages someday, you won’t enjoy the pleasure of seeing yourself from a distance, in the shadows, with a three-cornered hat, seven-league boots, and a long Assyrian beard, dancing to the sound of Anachreonic pipes. 15 mais palavras

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Machado de Assis and racial prejudice

The height of racial prejudice hurts human dignity and even disregards history. Just to remind, in 2011 was shown on Brazilian TV channels an advertising video about Caixa Econômica Federal where Machado de Assis is represented by a white-skinned character, while he was of black origin. 267 mais palavras

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