By Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
The unreliable narrator and the fictitious memoir are long-standing literary traditions. Nineteenth-century Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis makes use of either to superb impression in his novel Dom Casmurro. Narrated by way of Bento Santiago, this memoir seems to be again over a existence jam-packed with the suspicion of betrayal: Bento is confident that his spouse had an affair together with his ally, and that his son was once the results of it. even though he has no genuine proof to aid this trust, Bento turns into so passionate about it that, finally, he commits crimes a long way worse than the suspected adultery to avenge himself. The memoir itself is one of those justification for his activities; Bento, now by myself, recreates the surroundings of his early life and makes an attempt to rewrite the proof of his life--in essence, reconstructing the earlier.
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With her eyes on me, Capitu wanted to know what the news was that bothered me so. When I told her, she turned the color of wax. "But I will not," I assured her quickly, "I will not enter any seminaries. " At first Capitu said nothing. She withdrew her eyes, turned them inward, and let them remain with the pupils vague and unseeing. Her mouth was partly open. She was as one without Then, to give force to my affirmations, I began to swear would not be a priest. In those days I swore a stout oath, with life and death in it.
Santiago, I am Then he calmed not witty; I "My dear What I say himself: have a horror of wit. is the truth, pure and ultimate. One day, when all the books have been burned as useless, there will be someone, maybe a tenor, most likely an Italian, who will teach this truth to DOM CASMURRO [21 men. All is music, my and the do became re, again), this wineglass ] beginning was the do, This wineglass (he was filling it friend. In the etc. is You a brief refrain. Neither do you hear wood or stone, but they're don't hear it?
When I'm master, he'll be kicked out in the street. You'll see, I won't let him stay a minute. " "Cried? " "No, "I don't know; I only heard them there was nothing to cry about. . tell He her not to cry, that finally said that he and came out of the room; then I left my corner so that I wouldn't be caught, and ran out on the veranda. " I shook my fist, and uttered other threats. As I recall them, I do not find that I was ridiculous: adolescence and childhood are not, in this respect, ridiculous; it is one of their privileges.