ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HOMOSEXUALITY

PREFACE

Biographies of gay men and lesbian women discuss their orientation only when unavoidable, as with Oscar Wilde. There have been several encyclopedias and dictionaries of sexuality (beginning with a German one of 1922, the Handbuch der Sexualwissenschaft), but this work is the first to treat homosexuality in all its complexity and variety.

all the efforts of church and state over the centuries to obliterate homosexual behavior and its expression in literature, tradition, and subculture have come to naught, if only because the capacity for homoerotic response and homosexual activity is embedded in human nature, and cannot be eradicated by any amount of suffering inflicted upon hapless individuals.”

The editors are persuaded that the phenomenology of lesbianism and that of male homosexuality have much in common, especially when viewed in the cultural and social context, where massive homophobia has provided a shared setting, if not necessarily an equal duress.”

Perhaps the most difficult obstacle to a simple focus on <homosexuality> is the growing realization that what has been lumped together under that term since its coinage in 1869 is not a simple, unitary phenomenon. The more one works with data from times and cultures other than contemporary middle-class American and northern European ones, the more one tends to see a multiplicity of homosexualities.”

The Greeks who institutionalized pederasty and used it for educational ends take a prominent role, as does the Judeo-Christian tradition of sexual restriction and homophobia that prevailed under the church Fathers, Scholasticism, and the Reformers, and – in altered form – during the 20th century under Hitler and Mussolini, Stalin and Castro.

ACHILLES

He is a tragic hero, being aware of the shortness of his life, and his devoted friendship for Patroclus is one of the major themes of the epic. Later Greek speculation made the two lovers, and also gave Achilles a passion for Troilus. The homoerotic elements in the figure of Achilles are characteristically Hellenic. He is supremely beautiful, kalos as the later vase inscriptions have it; he is ever youthful as well as short-lived, yet he foresees and mourns his own death as he anticipates the grief that it will bring to others. His attachment to Patroclus is an archetypal male bond that occurs elsewhere in Greek culture: Damon and Pythias, Orestes and Pylades, Harmodius and Aristogiton are pairs of comrades who gladly face danger and death for and beside each other. From the Semitic world stem Gilgamesh and Enkidu, as well as David and Jonathan. The friendship of Achilles and Patroclus is mentioned explicitly only once in the Iliad, and then in a context of military excellence; it is the comradeship of warriors who fight always in each other’s ken: <From then on the son of Thetis urged that never in the moil of Ares [nas confusões da guerra] should Patroclus be stationed apart from his own man-slaughtering spear.>”

The friendship with Patroclus blossomed into overt homosexual love in the fifth and fourth centuries, in the works of Aeschylus, Plato, and Aeschines, and as such seems to have inspired the enigmatic verses in Lycophron’s third-century Alexandra that make unrequited love Achilles’ motive for killing Troilus. By the IV century of our era this story had been elaborated into a sadomasochistic version in which Achilles causes the death of his beloved by crushing him in a lover’s embrace. As a rule, the post-classical tradition shows Achilles as heterosexual and having an exemplary asexual friendship with Patroclus. The figure of Achilles remained polyvalent. The classical Greek pederastic tradition only sporadically assimilated him, new variations appeared in pagan writings after the Golden Age of Hellenic civilization, and medieval Christian writers deliberately suppressed the homoerotic nuances of the figure.”

W. M. Clarke, Achilles and Patroclus in Love (1978)

AESCHINES

Athenian orator. His exchanges with Demosthenes in the courts in 343 and 330 reflect the relations between Athens and Macedon in the era of Alexander the Great. Aeschines and Demosthenes were both members of the Athenian boule (assembly) in the year 347-46, and their disagreements led to 16 years of bitter enmity. Demosthenes opposed Aeschines and the efforts to reach an accord with Philip of Macedon, while Aeschines supported the negotiations and wanted to extend them into a peace that would provide for joint action against aggressors and make it possible to do without Macedonian help. In 346-45 Demosthenes began a prosecution of Aeschines for his part in the peace negotiations – Aeschines replied with a charge that Timarchus, Demosthenes’ ally, had prostituted himself with other males and thereby incurred atimia, <civic dishonor>, which disqualified him from addressing the assembly. Aeschines’ stratagem was successful, and Timarchus was defeated and disenfranchised. The oration is often discussed because of the texts of the Athenian laws that it cites, as well as such accusations that Timarchus had gone down to Piraeus, ostensibly to learn the barber’s trade.

AESCHYLUS

QUEM DISSE, JAEGER, QUE NÃO SE PODE SER SOLDADO E POETA AO MESMO TEMPO? First of the great Attic tragedians. Aeschylus fought against the Persians at Marathon and probably Salamis. Profoundly religious and patriotic, he produced, according to one catalogue, 72 titles, but 10 others are mentioned elsewhere. He was the one who first added a second actor to speak against the chorus. Of his 7 surviving tragedies, none is pederastic. His lost Myrmidons, however, described in lascivious terms the physical love of Achilles for Patroclus’ thighs, altering the age relationship given in Homer’s Iliad – where Patroclus is a few years the older, but as they grew up together, they were essentially agemates – to suggest that Achilles was the lover (erastes) of Patroclus.

Plato had Phaedrus point out the confusion, and argue that Patroclus must have been the older and therefore the lover, while the beautiful Achilles was his beloved (Symposium, 180a). Among Attic tragedians Aeschylus was followed by Sophocles, Euripides, and Agathon.

Sophocles (496-406 B.C.), who first bested Aeschylus in 468 and added a third actor, wrote 123 tragedies of which 7 survive, all from later than 440. At least 4 of his tragedies were pederastic. Euripides (480-406 B.C.) wrote 75 tragedies of which 19 survive, and the lost Chrysippus, and probably some others as well, were pederastic. Euripides loved the beautiful but effeminate tragedian Agathon until Agathon was 40. The latter, who won his first victory in 416, was the first to reduce the chorus to a mere interlude, but none of his works survive.

All four of the greatest tragedians wrote pederastic plays but none survive, possibly because of Christian homophobia. The tragedians seem to have shared the pederastic enthusiasm of the lyric poets and of Pindar, though many of their mythical and historical source-themes antedated the formal institutionalization of paiderasteia in Greece toward the beginning of the sixth century before our era.”

(o artigo de William Percy foi transcrito na íntegra)

AFRICA, NORTH

Pederasty was virtually pandemic in North Africa during the periods of Arab and Turkish rule. Islam as a whole was tolerant of pederasty, and in North Africa particularly so. (The Islamic high-water points in this respect may tentatively be marked out as Baghdad of The Thousand and One Nights, Cairo of the Mamluks, Moorish Granada, and Algiers of the 16th and 17th centuries.) The era of Arabic rule in North Africa did, however, witness occasional puritan movements and rulers, such as the Almohads and a Shiite puritanism centered in Fez (Morocco). This puritanism continues with the current King Hassan II of Morocco, who is, however, hampered by an openly homosexual brother.”

400 Franciscan friars left the Spain of Isabel the Catholic and embraced Islam rather than <mend their ways>, as she had commanded them to do.”

Universal throughout pre-colonial North Africa was the singing and dancing boy, widely preferred over the female in café entertainments and suburban pleasure gardens. A prime cultural rationale was to protect the chastity of the females, who would instantly assume the status of a prostitute in presenting such a performance. The result was several centuries of erotic performances by boys, who were the preferred entertainers even when female prostitutes were available, and who did not limit their acts to arousing the lust of the patrons. A North African merchant could stop at the café for a cup of tea and a hookah [narguilé], provided by a young lad, listen to the singing, and then proceed to have sex with the boy right on the premises, before returning to his shop.

The present writer has spoken with a Tunisian supervisor of schools who firmly believes in the death penalty for all homosexuals. Thus, in their rush to modernism, Third World leaders often adopt the sexual standards of medieval Christendom, even as Europe and America are moving toward legalization and tolerance of same-sex activity. Such, at least in part, is also the plight of modern North Africa.”

Tunisia. A small and impoverished country of some 4 million, Tunisia’s high birthrate keeps the country very young – about half the people are under 18. Although it is common to see men walking hand-in-hand (as in all Islamic countries), it would not be wise for a foreigner to adopt the practice with a male lover. Tunisians can easily tell the difference between two friends of approximately equal status (where hand-holding is expected) and a sexual relation (which is <officially> disapproved of and therefore not to be made public).” “In the days of Carthage, the city was known for its perfumed male prostitutes and courtesans. After Carthage was destroyed in the Punic wars, Tunisia became a Roman colony. The country did not regain its independence until modern times. The Romans were supplanted by the Vandals, who in turn surrendered the country to the Byzantine Empire. The rise of the followers of Muhammad swept Tunisia out of Christendom forever, and the country eventually passed into the Turkish Empire, where it remained until the French protectorate.”

Marxist societies abominate homosexuality, and this influence has had a chilling effect on Algeria. The passing tourist will see nothing of such activity, although residents may have a different experience. Another fact is that Algerians do not like the French (because of the war) and this dislike is frequently extended to all people who look like Frenchmen, though they may be Canadian or Polish. It is a strange country, where you can spot signs saying <Parking Reserved for the National Liberation Front> (the stalls are filled with Mercedes Benzes), and also the only place in all of North Africa where the present writer has even seen a large graffito proclaiming <Nous voulons vivre français!> (We want to live as Frenchmen!).

The adventures of Oscar Wilde and André Gide in Tunisia and Algeria before the war are good evidence that this modern difference between the two countries was in fact caused by the trauma of the war. There is better evidence in the history of Algiers long before. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Algiers was possibly the leading homosexual city in the world. It was the leading Ottoman naval and administrative center in the western Mediterranean, and was key to Turkey’s foreign trade with every country but Italy. Of the major North African cities, it was the furthest from the enemy – Europe. It was the most Turkish city in North Africa, in fact the most Turkish city outside Turkey.”

The bath-houses (hammams) of Fez were the object of scandalous comments around 1500. Two factors assume a bolder relief in Morocco, although they are typical of North Africa as a whole. One is a horror of masturbation. This dislike, combined with the seclusion of good women and the diseases of prostitutes, leads many a Maghrebi [africano setentrional] to regard anal copulation with a friend as the only alternative open to him, and clearly superior to masturbation. It also leads

to such behavior being regarded as a mere peccadillo. The other, more peculiarly Moroccan tradition is that of baraka, a sort of <religious good luck>. It is believed that a saintly man can transmit some of this baraka to other men by the mechanism of anal intercourse. (Fellatio has traditionally been regarded with disgust in the region, although the 20th century has been changing attitudes.)”

Malek Chebel, L’Esprit de sérail: Perversions et marginalités sexuelles au

Magreb, Paris: Lieu Commun, 1988.

ALCIBIADES

Reared in the household of his guardian and uncle Pericles, he became the eromenos and later intimate friend of Socrates, who saved his life in battle. His, brilliance enabled him in 420 to become leader of the extreme democratic faction, and his imperialistic designs led Athens into an alliance with Argos and other foes of Sparta, a policy largely discredited by the Spartan victory at Mantinea. He sponsored the plan for a Sicilian expedition to outflank Sparta, which ended after his recall in the capture of thousands of Athenians, most of whom died in the salt mines where they were confined, but soon after the fleet reached Sicily his enemies recalled him on the pretext of his complicity in the mutilation of the Hermae, the phallic pillars marking boundaries between lots of land. He escaped, however, to Sparta and became the adviser of the Spartan high command. Losing the confidence of the Spartans and accused of impregnating the wife of one of Sparta’s two kings, he fled to Persia, then tried to win reinstatement at Athens by winning Persian support for the city and promoting an oligarchic revolution, but without success. Then being appointed commander by the Athenian fleet at Samos, he displayed his military skills for several years and won a brilliant victory at Cyzicus in 410, but reverses in battle and political intrigue at home led to his downfall, and he was finally murdered in Phrygia in 404 [Sócrates, mais velho, foi condenado apenas em 399]. Though an outstanding politician and military leader, Alcibiades compromised himself by the excesses of his sexual life, which was not confined to his own sex, but was uninhibitedly bisexual, as was typical of a member of the Athenian aristocracy. The Attic comedians scolded him for his adventures; Aristophanes wrote a play (now lost) entitled Triphales (The man with three phalli), in which Alcibiades’ erotic exploits were satirized. In his youth, admired by the whole of Athens for his beauty, he bore on his coat of arms an Eros hurling a lightning bolt. Diogenes Laertius said of him that <when a young man, he separated men from their wives, and later, wives from their husbands,> while the comedian Pherecrates declared that <Alcibiades, who once was no man, is now the man of all women>. He gained a bad reputation for introducing luxurious practices into Athenian life, and even his dress was reproached for extravagance. He combined the ambitious political careerist and the bisexual dandy, a synthesis possible only in a society that tolerated homosexual expression and even a certain amount of heterosexual licence in its public figures. His physical beauty alone impressed his contemporaries enough to remain an inseparable part of his historical image.”

Walter Ellis, Alcibiades, New York: Routledge, 1989;

Jean Hatzfeld, Alcibiade: Étude sur l’histoire d’Athènes à la fin du Ve siècle, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1951.

ANARCHISM

Étienne de la Boétie (1530-1563) and William Godwin (1756-1836) wrote two proto-anarchist classics. Boétie’s Discours de la servitude voluntaire (1552-53) (translated as The Politics of Obedience and as The Will to Bondage) is still read by anarchists.” Ver excertos em Português em http://xtudotudo6.zip.net/arch2012-11-01_2012-11-30.html.

Pederasty comes not so much from lack of marriage bed as from a hazy yearning for masculine beauty.” Proudhon

The boy-lover John Henry Mackay (1864-1933), who wrote widely on both pederastic (under the pseudonym Sagitta) and anarchist topics, prepared the first (and only) biography of Stirner in 1898.”

Karl Marx & Frederick Engels had a personal disgust for homosexuality (Engels told Marx to be grateful that they were too old to attract homosexuals). Marx published full-length diatribes against Proudhon, Stirner, and Bakunin. He used Bakunin’s relationship to Nechaev as an excuse for expelling the anarchists from the International in 1872. Lenin later denounced anarchists as politically <infantile>, just as Freudians argued that homosexuality was an arrested infantile (or adolescent) development.”

Thomas Bell, a gay secretary of Frank Harris and a trick[?] of Wilde’s, has written a book on Wilde’s anarchism, available only in Portuguese.[!]”

In Spain during the Civil War (1936-39), anarchists fought against both the fascists and the communists, and for a time dominated large areas of the country. Many gay men and lesbians volunteered to fight in the war, while others worked as ambulance drivers and medics.”

Emma Goldman (1869-1940) is unquestionably the first person to lecture publicly in the United States on homosexual emancipation”

Whether from choice or necessity, anarchists have written extensively against prisons and in favor of prisoners, many of whom either from choice or necessity have experienced prison homosexuality. William Godwin opposed punishment of any kind and all anarchists have opposed any enforced sexuality.”

Both anarchists and gays can be found in the Punk Rock movement. Since many anarchists do not really believe in organizations, they can often be as hard to identify as homosexuals once were. During the early 80s at the New York Gay Pride marches, gay anarchists, S/M groups, gay atheists, NAMBLA, Pag Rag and others all marched together with banners as individual members drifted back and forth between all the groups.”

A major question is whether homosexuals are inherently attracted to anarchism or whether homosexuals have been equally attracted to democracy, communism, fascism, monarchy, nationalism or capitalism. Because of the secrecy, no one can ever figure what percentage of homosexuals are anarchists and what percentage of anarchists are homosexual. But only among anarchists has there been a consistent commitment, rooted in basic principles of the philosophy, to build a society in which every person is free to express him- or herself sexually in every way.”

ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN

His fame rests upon the 168 fairy tales and stories which he wrote between 1835 and 1872. Some of the very first became children’s classics from the moment of their appearance; the tales have since been translated into more than 100 languages. Some are almost child-like in their simplicity; others are so subtle and sophisticated that they can be properly appreciated only by adults.”

It has been speculated that the fairy tale The Little Mermaid, completed in January 1837, is based on Andersen’s self-identification with a sexless creature with a fish’s tail who tragically loves a handsome prince, but instead of saving her own future as a mermaid by killing the prince and his bride sacrifices herself and commits suicide – another theme of early homosexual apologetic literature.”

ANDROGYNY

There is a tendency to consider androgyny primarily psychic and constitutional, while hermaphroditism is anatomical.”

with reference to male human beings <androgynous> implies effeminacy. Logically, it should then mean <viraginous, masculinized> when applied to women, but this parallel is rarely drawn. Thus there is an unanalyzed tendency to regard androgynization as essentially a process of softening or mitigating maleness. Stereotypically, the androgyne is a half-man or incomplete male. In addition to these relatively specific usages there is a kind of semantic halo effect, whereby androgyny is taken to refer to a more all-encompassing realm. Significantly, in this broader, almost mystical sense the negative connotations fall away, and androgyny may even be a prized quality. For example the figures in the Renaissance paintings of Botticelli and Leonardo are sometimes admired for their androgynous beauty. It comes as no surprise that these aspects of the artists were first emphasized by homosexual art critics of the 19th century.”

In Hinduism and some African religions there are male gods who have female manifestations or avatars. A strand of Jewish medieval interpretation of Genesis holds that Adam and Eve were androgynous before the Fall. If this be the case, God himself must be androgynous since he made man <in his own image>. Working from different premises, medieval Christian mystics found that the compassion of Christ required that he be conceived of as a mother. Jakob Böhme (1575-1624), the German seer, held that all perfect beings, Christ as well as the angels, were androgynous. He foresaw that ultimately Christ’s sacrifice would make possible a restoration of the primal androgyny.”

androgyny points the way to a return to the Golden Age, an era of harmony unmarred by the conflict and dissension of today which are rooted in an unnatural polarization.”

Mircea Eliade, Mephistopheles and the Androgyne, New York: Harper and Row, 1965.

ANIMAL HOMOSEXUALITY

In the 1970s the well-publicized reports of the German ethologist Konrad Lorenz drew attention to male-male pair bonds in greylag geese. Controlled reports of <lesbian> behavior among birds, in which two females share the responsibilities of a single nest, have existed since 1885. Mounting behavior has been observed among male lizards, monkeys, and mountain goats. In some cases one male bests the other in combat, and then mounts his fellow, engaging in penile thrusts – though rarely with intromission. In other instances, a submissive male will <present> to a dominant one, by exhibiting his buttocks in a receptive manner. Mutual masturbation and fellatio have been observed among male stump-tailed macaques. During oestrus female rhesus monkeys engage in mutual full-body rubbing. Those who have observed these same-sex patterns in various species have noted, explicitly or implicitly, similarities with human behavior. It is vital, however, not to elide differences. Mounting behavior may not be sexual, but an expression of social hierarchy: the dominant partner reaffirms his superiority over the presenting one. In most cases where a sexual pairing does occur, one partner adopts the characteristic behavior of the other sex. While this behavioral inversion sometimes occurs in human homosexual conduct, it is by no means universal. Thus while (say) Roman homosexuality, which often involved slaves submitting to their masters, may find its analogue among animals, modern American androphilia largely does not. This difference suggests that the cultural matrix is important.” “In the light of this complexity, a simple identification of human homosexual behavior with same-sex interactions among animals is reductive, and may block or misdirect the search for an understanding of the remaining mysteries of human sexuality. Still, for those aspects to which they have relevance, animal patterns of homosexual behavior help to place human ones in a phylogenetic perspective – in somewhat the same way as animal cries and calls have a relation to human language, and the structures built by birds and beavers anticipate the feats of human architecture.

ARISTOCRATIC VICE

In the 17th century Sir Edward Coke attributed the origin of sodomy to <pride, excess of diet, idleness and contempt of the poor>. The noted English jurist was in fact offering a variation on the prophet Ezekiel (16:49). This accusation reflects the perennial truism that wealth, idleness, and lust tend to go together – a cluster summed up in the Latin term luxuria.

The stereotype of aristocratic vice has a sequel in the early 20th-century Marxist notion that the purported increase of homosexuality in modem industrial states stems from the decadence of capitalism; in this view the workers fortunately remain psychologically healthy and thus untainted by the debilitating proclivity. In the Krupp and von Moltke-Eulenburg scandals in Germany in 1903-08, journalists of the socialist press did their best to inflame their readership against the unnatural vices of the aristocracy, which were bringing the nation to the brink of ruin.”

ARISTOTLE

As a thinker Aristotle is outstanding for the breadth of his interests, which encompassed the entire panorama of the ancient sciences, and for his efforts to make sense of the world through applying an organic and developmental approach. In this way he departed from the essentialist, deductive emphasis of Plato. Unfortunately, Aristotle’s polished essays, which were noted for their style, are lost, and the massive corpus of surviving works derives largely from lecture notes. In these the wording of the Greek presents many uncertainties”

Although Aristotle is known to have had several male lovers, in his writings he tended to follow Plato’s lead in favoring restraints on overt expression of homoerotic feelings. He differs, however, from Plato’s ethical and idealizing approach to male same-sex love by his stress on biological factors. In a brief but important treatment in the Nicomachean Ethics (7:5) he was the first to distinguish clearly between innate and acquired homosexuality. This dichotomy corresponds to a standard Greek distinction between processes which are determined by nature (physis) and those which are conditioned by culture or custom (nomos). The approach set forth in this text was to be echoed a millennium and a half later in the Christian Scholastic treatments of Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae, 31:7). In The History of Animals (9:8), Aristotle anticipates modem ethology by showing that homosexual behavior among birds is linked to patterns of domination and submission. In various passages he speaks of homosexual relations among noted Athenian men and boys as a matter of course. His treatment of friendship (Nicomachean Ethics, books 8 and 9) emphasizes its mutual character, based on the equality of the parties, which requires time for full consolidation. He takes it as given that true friendship can occur only between two free males of equal status, excluding slaves and women. Aristotle’s ideas on friendship were to be echoed by Cicero, Erasmus, Michel de Montaigne, and Francis Bacon.

The Problems (4:26), a work attributed to Aristotle but probably compiled by a follower, attributes desire for anal intercourse in men to the accumulation of semen in the fundament. This notion derives from the common Greek medical view that semen is produced in the region of the brain and then transferred by a series of conduits to the lower body.

In England and America a spurious compilation of sexual and generative knowledge, Aristotle’s Masterpiece, enjoyed a long run of popularity. Compiled from a variety of sources, including the Hippocratic and Galenic medical traditions, the medieval writings of Albertus Magnus, and folklore of all kinds, this farrago was apparently first published in English in 1684. A predecessor of later sex manuals, the book contains such lore as the determination of the size of the penis from that of the nose.

ART, VISUAL

Before the 16th century, we find only representations of friendship between women; then in the Venetian school there begins an imagery of lesbian dalliance – but only for male entertainment. Only in recent decades has there been a substantial production of lesbian art by lesbians and for lesbians.”

pe(re)nial tradition

In antiquity the Greeks were noted for their national peculiarity of exercising in the nude. Out of this custom grew the monumental nude statue, a genre that Greece bequeathed to the world. The tradition began a little before 600 B.C. with the sequence of nude youths known as kowoi. (Monumental female nudes did not appear until ca. 350 B.C.) Although archeologists have maintained a deafening silence on the matter, it seems clear that the radiance of these figures can only be explained in the light of the Greek homoerotic appreciation of the male form. Whatever else they may have been, the kowoi were the finest pin-ups ever created.

The Romans did not share the Greek fondness for nude exercise and their attitude toward homosexual behavior was more ambiguous. Perhaps it is not surprising that they favored the old religious subject of the hermaphrodite, the double-sexed being, but now reduced largely to a subject of titillation [erotização – vulgarização]. They also were capable of depicting scenes of peeping toms [machos, provavelmente felinos] that recall the atmosphere of Petronius’s Satyricon.”

After the reign of Hadrian, who died in 138, the great age of ancient homoerotic art was over. Consequently, the adoption of Christianity cannot be said to have killed off a vibrant tradition, but it certainly did not encourage its revival.”

Since Freud’s essay of 1910 the enigmatic figure of Leonardo has offered a special appeal.”

By the turn of the century magazines began to appear in Germany presenting, by means of photographic reproduction, works appealing exclusively to male homosexual taste; lesbian magazines were only to emerge after World War I. Exceptionally, the American George Piatt Lynes (1907-1955) pursued a career in both mainstream and gay media (the latter in his extensive work for the Swiss magazine, Dei Kreis).”

Although the Surrealists sought to explore sexuality, the homophobia of their leader André Breton placed a ban on gay subjects – or at least male ones. Two related figures did explore in this realm however, the writer Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), with his drawings of sailors, and the Argentine-born painter Leonor Fini (b. 1908), with enigmatic scenes of women. The ambitious Russian-born Pavel Tchelitchev (1898-1957), connected with several avant-garde circles in Europe and America, also belongs in this company.”

It may be doubted that the long-standing premises of the modernist aesthetic – its sense of discontinuity, irony, and high seriousness – have been definitively overcome, but there is no doubt that the boundaries of the acceptable have been broadened. This enlargement creates opportunities for gay and lesbian artists. At the same time, however, the tyranny of the market and of critical stereotypes is as great as ever, so that artists are under great pressure to settle into niches that have been prepared for them. It should be remembered that many painters, sculptors, and photographers whose personal orientation is homosexual are as reluctant to be styled <gay artists> as they are to be called neo-expressionist, neo-mannerist, or some other label.”

BALZAC

Vautrin’s secret is that he does not love women, but when and how does he love men? He does so only in the rents of the fabric of the narrative, because the technique of the novelist lies exactly in not speaking openly, but letting the reader know indirectly the erotic background of the events of his story. The physical union of Vautrin with Lucien he presents with stylistic subtlety as a predestined coupling of two halves of one being, as submission to a law of nature. The homosexual aspect of the discourse must always be masked, must hide behind a euphemism, a taunting ambiguity that nevertheless tells all to the knowing reader. The pact struck between Vautrin and Lucien is a Faustian one. Vautrin dreams of owning a plantation in the American South (sic) where on a 100,000 acres he can have absolute power over his slaves – including their bodies. Balzac refers explicitly to examples of the pederasty of antiquity as a creative, civilization-building force by analogy with the Promethean influence of Vautrin upon his beloved Lucien. Vautrin is almost diabolical as a figure of exuberant masculinity, while Lucien embodies the gentleness and meekness of the feminine. The unconscious dimension of their relationship Balzac underlines with magnificent symbolism. He characterizes Vautrin as a monster, <but attached by love to humanity>. Homosexual love is not relegated to the margin of society, as in the dark underworld of the prison, but expresses the fullness of affection with all its physical demands and its spiritual powers.”

Having revealed to the hero and heroine an ideal love, Séraphitus-Séraphita departs for a heaven free of the earthly misery that human beings must endure.”

BARTHES, ROLAND

Barthes introduced into the discussion of literature an original interpretation of semiotics based on the work of the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. His work was associated with the structuralist trend as represented by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Julia Kristeva, Tzvetan Todorov, and others. Attacked by the academic establishment for subjectivism, he formulated a concept of criticism as a creative process on an equal plane with fiction and poetry. Even those favorable to his work conceded that this could amount to a <sensuous manhandling> of the text. The turning point in his criticism is probably the tour de force S/Z (Paris, 1970), analyzing Balzac’s novella about an aging castrato, Sarrasine. Here Barthes turns away from the linear, goal-oriented procedures of traditional criticism in favor of a new mode that is dispersed, deliberately marginal, and <masturbatory>. In literature, he emphasized the factor of jouissance, a word which means both <bliss> and <sexual ejaculation>. Whether these procedures constitute models for a new feminist/gay critical practice that will erode the power of patriarchy, as some of his admirers have asserted, remains unclear.

Barthes, who never married, was actively homosexual during most of his life. Although his books are often personal, in his writing he excluded this major aspect of his experience, even when writing about love. Because of the attacks launched against him for his critical innovations, he was apparently reluctant to give his enemies an additional stick with which to beat him. Barthes’ posthumously published Incidents (Paris, 1987) does contain some revealing diary entries. The first group stems from visits he made, evidently in part for sexual purposes, to North Africa in 1968-69. The second group of entries records restless evenings in Paris in the autumn of 1979 just before his death. These jottings reveal that, despite his great fame, he frequently experienced rejection and loneliness. Whatever his personal sorrows, Barthes’ books remain to attest a remarkable human being whose activity coincided with an ebullient phase of Western culture.”

Sanford Freedman, Roland Barthes: A Bibliographical Reader’s Guide, New York: Garland, 1983.

BEAT GENERATION

The origins of this trend in American culture can be traced to the friendship of three key figures in New York City at the beginning of the 1940s. Allen Ginsberg (1926-[1997]) and Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) met as students at Columbia University, where both were working at becoming writers. In 1944 Ginsberg encountered the somewhat older William Burroughs (1914-[1997]), who was not connected with the University, but whose acquaintance with avant-garde literature supplied an essential intellectual complement to college study. Both Ginsberg and Burroughs were homosexual; Kerouac bisexual. At first the ideas and accomplishments of the three were known only to a small circle. But toward the end of the 1950s, as their works began to be published and widely read, large numbers of young people, <beatniks> and <hippies>, took up elements of their life-style.”

The word beat was sometimes traced to <beatific>, and sometimes to <beat out> and similar expressions, suggesting a pleasant exhaustion that derives from intensity of experience. Its appeal also reflects the beat and improvisation of jazz music, one of the principal influences on the trend. Some beat poets tried to match their writings with jazz in ballroom recitals, prefiguring the more effective melding of words and music in folk and rock. The ideal of spontaneity was one of the essential elements of the beat aesthetic. These writers sought to capture the immediacy of speech and lived experience, which were, if possible, to be transcribed directly as they occurred. This and related ideals reflect a new version of American folk pragmatism, preferring life to theory, immediacy to reflection, and feeling to reason. Contrary to what one might expect, however, the beat generation was not anti-intellectual, but chose to seek new sources of inspiration in neglected aspects of the European avant-garde and in Eastern thought and religion.”

First published in Paris in 1959, his novel Naked Lunch became available in the United States only after a series of landmark obscenity decisions. With its phantasmagoric and sometimes sexually explicit subject matter, together with its quasi-surrealist techniques of narrative and syntactic disjunction, this novel presented a striking new vision. This novel was followed by The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded to form a trilogy. Nova Express (1964) makes extensive use of the <cut-up> techniques, which Burroughs had developed with his friend Brion Gysin. A keen observer of contemporary reality in several countries, Burroughs has sought to present a kind of <world upside down> in order to sharpen the reader’s consciousness. One of his major themes has been his anarchist-based protest against what he sees as increasingly repressive social control through such institutions as medicine and the police. Involved with

drugs for some years, he managed to kick the habit, but there is no doubt that such experiences shaped his viewpoint. His works have been compared to pop art in painting and science fiction in literature. Sometimes taxed for misogyny, his world tends to be a masculine one, sometimes exploiting fantasies of regression to a hedonistic world of juvenile freedom. Burroughs’s hedonism is acerbic and ironic, and his mixture of qualities yields a distorting mirror of reality which some have found, because perhaps of the many contradictions of later 20th-century civilization itself, to be a compelling representation.”

Ted Morgan, Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William Burroughs, New York: Henry Holt, 1988.

BEATS AND HIPPIES

The journalistic word <beatnik> is a pseudo-Slavic coinage of a type popular in the 1960s, the core element deriving from <beat> (generation), the suffix -nik being the formative of the noun of agent in Slavic languages. The term <hippie> was originally a slightly pejorative diminutive of the beat <hipster>, which in turn seems to derive from 1940s jivetalk adjective <hep>, meaning <with it, in step with current fashions>. The original hippies were a younger group with more spending money and more flamboyant dress. Their music was rock instead of the jazz of the beats. Despite differences that seemed important at the time, beats and hippies are probably best regarded as successive phases of a single phenomenon.

Attracted by the prestige of the beat writers, many beats/hippies cultivated claims to be poets and philosophers. In reality, once the tendency became modish only a few of the beat recruits were certifiably creative in literature and the arts; these individuals were surrounded by masses of people attracted by the atmosphere of revolt and experiment, or just seeking temporary separation – a moratorium as it was then called – from the banalities of ordinary American life. At its height the phenomenon supported scores of underground newspapers, which were read avidly by curious outsiders as well.”

Significantly, the street term for the Other, <straight>, could refer either to non-drug users or heterosexuals.”

Mysticism exerted a potent influence among beats and hippies, and some steeped themselves in Asian religions, especially Buddhism, Taoism, and Sufism. This fascination was not new, inasmuch as ever since the foundation of Theosophy as an official movement in 1875, American and other western societies had been permeated by Eastern religious elements. Impelled by a search for wisdom and cheap living conditions, many hippies and beatniks set out for prolonged sojourns in India, Nepal, and North Africa. Stay-at-homes professed their deep respect for American Indian culture.”

Most hippies were heterosexual, but their long hair exposed them to jibes of effeminacy. In this way they could experience something of the rejection that had always been the lot of homosexuals.”

With its adoption of a variant of jive talk, largely derived from black urban speech, the movement has left a lasting impression on the English vernacular, as seen in such expressions as <cool>, <spaced out>, and <rip off>.”

Marco Vassi, The Stoned Apocalypse, New York: Trident, 1972.

BENTHAM, JEREMY (1748-1832)

English philosopher and law reformer. Bentham was the founder of the Utilitarian school of social philosophy, which held that legislation should promote the greatest happiness of the greatest number. (…) His Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789) was eventually extremely influential in England, France, Spain, and Latin America where several new republics adopted constitutions and penal codes drawn up by him or inspired by his writings.

Bentham’s utilitarian ethics led him to favor abolition of laws prohibiting homosexual behavior. English law in his day (and until 1861) prescribed hanging for sodomy and during the early 19th century was enforced with, on the average, 2 or 3 hangings a year. Bentham held that relations between men were a source of sexual pleasure that did not lead to unwanted pregnancies and hence a social good rather than a social evil. He wrote extensive notes favoring law reform about 1774 and a 50-page manuscript essay in 1785. In 1791, the French National Assembly repealed France’s sodomy law but in England the period of reaction that followed the outbreak of the French Revolution made reforms impossible. In 1814 and 1816 Bentham returned to the subject and wrote lengthy critiques of traditional homophobia which he regarded as an irrational prejudice leading to <cruelty and intolerance>. In 1817-18 he wrote over 300 pages of notes on homosexuality and the Bible. Homophobic sentiment was, however, so intense in England, both in the popular press and in learned circles, that Bentham did not dare to publish any of his writings on this subject. They remained in manuscript until 1931 when C.K. Ogden included brief excerpts in an appendix to his edition of Bentham’s Theory of Legislation. Bentham’s manuscript writings on this subject are excerpted and described in detail in Louis Crompton’s 1985 monograph on Byron. Bentham’s views on homosexuality are sufficiently positive that he might be described as a precursor of the modern gay liberation movement. Bentham not only treats legal, literary, and religious aspects of the subject in his notes, but also finds support for his opinions in ancient history and comparative anthropology.”

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The emergence of systematic bibliographical control had to await the birth of the first homosexual emancipation movement in Berlin in 1897. This movement firmly held that progress toward homosexual rights must go hand in hand with intellectual enlightenment. Accordingly, each year’s production was noted in the annual volumes of the Jahrbuch fur sexuelle Zwischenstufen (1899-1923); by the end of the first ten years of monitoring over 1,000 new titles had been recorded. Although surveys were made of earlier literature, up to the time of the extinction of the movement by National-Socialism in 1933, no attempt had been made to organize this material into a single comprehensive bibliography of homosexual studies. Nonetheless, much valuable material was noted in the vast work of Magnus Hirschfeld, Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weisses (Berlin, 1914).”

Athenaeus (fl. ca. A.D. 200), Deipnosophists, Book 13;

Félix Buffiére, Eros adolescent: la pederastie dans la Grece antique (Paris, 1980);

Vern Bullough et al., Annotated Bibliography of Homosexuality (2 vols., New York, 1976);

Wayne R. Dynes, Homosexuality: A Research Guide (New York, 1987).

BRAZIL [HOMOPHOBIA NEWLAND] & PORTUGAL

The Colonial Era. When the Portuguese reached Brazil in 1500, they were horrified to discover so many Indians who practiced the <unspeakable sin of sodomy>. In the Indian language they were called tivira, and André Thevet, chaplain to Catherine de Medici, described them in 1575 with the word bardache, perhaps the first occasion on which this term was used to describe Amerindian homosexuals. The native women also had relations with one another: according to the chroniclers they were completely <inverted> in appearance, work, and leisure, preferring to die rather than accept the name of women. Perhaps these cacoaimbeguire contributed to the rise of the New World Amazon myth.

In their turn the blacks – more than 5 million were imported during almost 4 centuries of slavery – made a major contribution to the spread of homosexuality in the <Land of the Parrots>. The first transvestite in Brazilian history was a black named Francisco, of the Mani-Congo tribe, who was denounced in 1591 by the Inquisition visitors, but refused to discard women’s clothing. Francisco was a member of the brotherhood of the quimbanba, homosexual fetishists who were well known and respected in the old kingdom of Congo-Angola. Less well established than among the Amerindians and Africans, the Portuguese component (despite the menace of the Tribunal of the Holy Office, 1536-62) continued unabated during the whole history of the kingdom, involving 3 rulers and innumerable notables, and earning sodomy the sobriquet of the <vice of the clergy>. If we compare Portugal with the other European countries of the Renaissance – not excluding England and the Netherlands – our documentation (abundant in the archives of the Inquisition) requires the conclusion that Lisbon and the principal cities of the realm, including the overseas metropolises of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, boasted a gay subculture that was stronger, more vital, and more stratified than those of other lands, reflecting the fact that Luso-Brazilian gays were accorded more tolerance and social acceptance. Thirty sodomites were burned by the Inquisition during 3 centuries of repression, but none in Brazil, despite the more than 300 who were denounced for practicing the <evil sin>. They were referred to as sodomitas and fanchonos.

Independence. With Brazilian independence and the promulgation of the first constitution (1823) under the influence of the Napoleonic Code, homosexual behavior ceased to be criminal, and from this date forward there has been no Brazilian law restricting homosexuality [Bolsonaro e seu séquito se encontram quase 200 anos enterrados na História; me admira que não tenham morrido asfixiados em seu ideal de mundo até agora!] – apart from the prohibition with persons less than 18 years of age, the same as for heterosexuals. Lesbianism, outlawed by the Inquisition since 1646, had always been less visible than male homosexuality in Brazil, and there is no record of any mulher-macho (<male woman>) burned by the Portuguese Inquisition. In the course of Brazilian history various persons of note were publicly defamed for practicing homosexuality: in the 17th century 2 Bahia governors, Diogo Botelho and Câmara Coutinho, both contemporaries of the major satirical poet, Gregorio de Matos, author of the oldest known poem about a lesbian in the Americas, Nise. He himself was brought before the Inquisition for blasphemy in saying that <Jesus Christ was a sodomite>. [HAHAHA!] In the 19th century the revolutionary leader Sabino was accused of homosexual practices. A considerable surviving correspondence between Empress Leopoldina, consort of the Brazil’s first sovereign, Dom Pedro, with her English lady in waiting, Maria Graham, attests that they had both a homosexual relationship and an intense homoemotional reciprocity. Such famous poets and writers as Álvares de Azevedo (1831-1852), Olavo Bilac (1865-1918), and Mário de Andrade (1893-1945) rank among the votaries of Ganymede. The list also includes the pioneer of Brazilian aeronautics, Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932), after whose airship the pommes Santos-Dumont were named. At the end of the 19th century homosexuality appears as a literary theme. In 1890 Aluizio Azevedo included a realistic lesbian scene in O Cortiço, and in 1895 Adolfo Caminha devoted the entire novel O Bom Crioulo (which has been translated into English) to a love affair between a cabin boy and his black protector. In the faculties of medicine of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia various theses addressed the homosexual question, beginning with O Androfilismo of Domingos Firmínio Ribeiro (1898) and O Homosexualismo: A Libertinagem no Rio de Janeiro (1906) by Pires de Almeida – both strongly influenced by the European psychiatrists Moll, Krafft-Ebing, and Tardieu. From 1930 comes the first and most outspoken Brazilian novel on lesbianism, O Terceiro Sexo, by Odilon Azevedo, where lesbian workers founded an association intended to displace men from power, thus setting forth a radical feminist discourse.

In 1976 appeared the main gay journal of Brazilian history, O Lampião (The Lantern)[!], which had a great positive effect on the rise of the Brazilian homosexual movement.” “One of the chief battles of gay activists is to denounce the repeated murders of homosexuals – about every 10 days the newspapers report a homophobic crime.”

Recently the transvestite Roberta Close appeared on the cover of the main national magazines, receiving the accolade of <the model of the beauty of the Brazilian woman>. In the mid-1980s more than 400 Brazilian transvestites could be counted in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris; many also offer themselves in Rome. When they hear the statistics of the Kinsey Report, Brazilian gays smile, suggesting through experience and <participant observation> that in Brazil the proportion of predominantly homosexual men is as high as 30%.

Brazil, once the paradise of gays, has entered a difficult path.” Premonitório. Mas falava apenas da AIDS.

BUDDHISM

Among world religions, Buddhism has been notable for the absence of condemnation of homosexuality as such.”

For an account of the earliest form of Buddhism, scholars look to the canonical texts of the Tipitaka preserved in the Pali language and transmitted orally until committed to writing in the 2nd century B.C. These scriptures remain authoritative for the Theravada or Hinayana school of Buddhism, now dominant in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. The Pali Canon draws a sharp distinction between the path of the lay-person and that of the bhikkhu (mendicant monk, an ordained member of the Buddhist Sangha or Order). The former is expected primarily to support the Sangha and to improve his karmic standing through the performance of meritorious deeds so that his future lives will be more fortunate than his present one. The bhikkhu, in contrast, is expected to devote all his energies to self-liberation, the struggle to cast off the attachments which prevent him from attaining the goal of nirvana in the present lifetime.”

all acts involving the intentional emission of his semen are prohibited for the monk; the insertion of the penis into a female or male is grounds for automatic expulsion from the Sangha, while even masturbation is a (lesser) offense.” “there is no law against a monk receiving a penis into his own body.”

The full rules of the vinaya are not applied to the samanera or novice monk, who may be taken into the Sangha as early as 7 years old and who is generally expected though not obligated to take the Higher Ordination by the age of 21. In this way the more intense sexual drive of the male teenager is tacitly allowed for. A samanera may masturbate without committing an offense. Interestingly, while a novice commits a grave offense if he engages in coitus with a female, requiring him to leave the Sangha, should he instead have sex with a male he is only guilty of a lesser offense requiring that he reaffirms his samanera vows and perform such penance as is directed by his teacher. This may be the only instance of a world religion treating homosexual acts more favorably than heterosexual ones.”

it has been speculated that homosexual orientation may arise from the residual karma of a previous life spent in the opposite gender from that of the body currently occupied by the life-continuum. This explanation contains no element of negativity but rather posits homosexuality as a <natural> result of the rebirth cycle.”

The form of Buddhism which spread northward into Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia from its Indian heartland came to be known as the Mahayana. It de-emphasized the dichotomy between monk and lay-person and relaxed the strict vinaya codes, even permitting monks to marry (in Japan). The Mahayana doctrinally sought to obliterate categorical thinking in general and resolutely fought against conceptual dualism. These tendencies favored the development of positive attitudes toward homosexual practices, most notably in Japan.”

When Father Francis Xavier arrived in Japan in the mid-16th century with the hope of converting the Japanese to Christianity, he was horrified upon encountering many Buddhist monks involved in same-sex relationships; indeed, he soon began referring to homoeroticism as the <Japanese vice>. Although some Buddhist monks condemned such relationships, notably the monk Genshin, many others either accepted or participated in same-sex relationships. Among Japanese Buddhist sects in which such relationships have been documented are the Jishu, Hokkeshu, Shingon, and Zen.”

Zen, that form of Buddhism perhaps most familiar to Westerners, emerged during the 9th century. In the Zen monasteries of medieval Japan, same-sex relations, both between monks and between monks and novices (known as kasshiki and shami), appear to have been so commonplace that the shogun Hojo Sadatoki (whom we might now refer to as <homophobic>) initiated an unsuccessful campaign in 1303 to rid the monasteries of same-sex love. Homoerotic relationships occurring within a Zen Buddhist context have been documented in such literary works as the Gozan Bungaku, Iwatsutsuji, and Comrade Loves of the Samurai [1972]. The blending of Buddhism and homoeroticism has continued to figure prominently in the works of contemporary Japanese writers, notably Yukio Mishima and Mutsuo Takahashi.”

the Gelugpas [seita tibetana dos Lamas que se sucedem] condemned heterosexual intercourse for monks, believing that the mere odor resulting from heterosexual copulation could provoke the rage of certain deities. Such misogynistic and anti-heterosexual notions may have encouraged same-sex bonding.”

Among those who may be credited with introducing the West to Buddhism are Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau, both of whom are thought to have loved members of the same sex and both of whom blended elements of Buddhism with elements of other spiritual traditions in their work. In the latter half of the 20th century, many American gays are practitioners of Buddhism, and the blending of homoeroticism and Buddhism may be found in the work of a number of gay American writers and musicians including Allen Ginsberg, Harold Norse, Richard Ronan, Franklin Abbott, and Lou Harrison.”

BYRON

The most influential poet of his day, with a world-wide reputation, Byron became famous with the publication of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-

18), an account of his early travels in Portugal, Spain, Albania, and Greece. The proud, gloomy, guilt-ridden, alienated Harold defined the <Byronic hero> who was to reappear in various guises in Byron’s later poems, notably in Manfred, The Corsair, and Lara. The type became a defining image for European and American romanticism. Forced into exile in 1816 because of the scandal caused by his wife’s leaving him, Byron settled in Italy, principally in Venice. There he wrote his sparkling satire on cant and hypocrisy, Don Juan. He spent the last months of his life in Greece, trying to help the Greeks in their struggle to gain independence from the Turks.”

Because of the intense homophobia of English society these poems were ostensibly addressed to a woman, as the name Thyrza and Byron’s use of feminine pronouns implied.”

publicity about his love affair with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh, compounded the scandal [of his homosexuality].”

Byron’s last three poems, On This Day I Complete My 36th Year, Last Words on Greece, and Love and Death, poignantly describe his love for Loukas, which was not reciprocated.”

A surreptitiously published erotic poem, Don Leon, purporting to be Byron’s lost autobiography, probably written in 1833, had set forth many of the facts about Byron’s homosexuality but was dismissed as an unwarranted libel. An edition appeared in 1866 but it remained unknown to all but a few specialists. When the Fortune Press reprinted it in 1934, the publication was confiscated by the British police.”

CAESAR

In addition to his three wives and several mistresses, Julius Caesar had a number of homosexual affairs.”

Arthur D. Kahn, The Education of Julius Caesar: A Biography, a Reconstruction, New York: Schocken, 1986;

Caesar, Gallic Wars (uma prosa bélica comemorativa cortante)

CAPOTE

American novelist and journalist. Capote became famous at the age of 24 with his elegant, evocative book Other Voices, Other Rooms, which concerns the growing consciousness of a boy seeking to comprehend the ambivalent inhabitants of a remote Mississippi house. Dubbed <swamp baroque>, this short novel was easily assimilated into then-current notions of Southern decadence. (…) In 1966 he published In Cold Blood, a <non-fiction novel> about the seemingly senseless murder of a Kansas farm family by two drifters. In preparing for the book, Capote gained the confidence of the murderers, and was thus able to make vivid their sleazy mental universe.”

Capote became the confidant of rich and famous people, especially women, and he gathered their stories for incorporation in a major work which was intended to rival Marcel Proust. Yet when excerpts from this work-in-progress were published in magazines, not only were they found to be vulgar and lacking in insight, but Capote began to be dropped by the socialites he had so unsubtly satirized. Dismayed, the writer sank more and more into a miasma of alcohol, cocaine, and valium – his only consolation the devoted love, or so he claimed, of a succession of straight, proletarian young men whom he prized because of their very ordinariness.”

CARAVAGGIO

Caravaggio came under the protection of Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, a homosexual prelate. During this period he painted several works showing ambiguous or androgynous young men, including The Musicians (New York, Metropolitan Museum). Efforts have been made to deny the homoerotic implications of these works, but they seem feeble.”

caravaggio1

Only after World War II did his reputation begin to climb, attaining remarkable heights in the 1980s, when even the abstract artist Frank Stella praised him. In 1986 Derek Jarman’s stylish film Caravaggio was released, presenting the artist as bisexual, but emphasizing the homosexual side.”

caravaggio2
Baco/Dionísio pelas mãos do pintor bissexual italiano.

CASTRATI

The castrati were male singers emasculated in boyhood to preserve the soprano or contralto range of their voices, who from the 16th century to the 19th played roles in Italian opera.” “Boys are commonly mischievous, unruly, and troublesome, and by the time they have really been trained their voices are usually on the edge of breaking; falsettists do not share these drawbacks, but their voices have a peculiar, unpleasant quality, and as a rule cannot attain as high a range as the soprano.”

The elaborate a cappella style, which began to flourish about the middle of the 15th century, required a much wider range of voices and a higher degree of virtuosity than anything that had gone before, and for this task the existing singers were inadequate. The first response took the form of Spanish falsettists of a special kind, but by the end of the 16th century these had yielded to the castrati, who also dominated the new baroque art form – the opera, which was the principal musical activity of the Italian nation in the next two centuries. Opera was unlike legitimate theatre in that it traveled well; it was the first form of musical entertainment that was both popular and to a certain degree international, so that a star system transcending national borders arose. Leading singers were discussed, criticized, and compared in fashionable drawing rooms from Lisbon to St. Petersburg. (…) If other nations had some form of native opera, this ranked lower on the cultural scale and was indifferently sung, while the Italian version enjoyed the highest standard of singing that had ever been known, and will in all likelihood never again be attained. France alone refused admission to Italian singers, and virtually banned the castrati; but Frenchmen, like other Europeans, were full of praise for the opera of Italy.

Since no recording devices existed in the heyday of the castrati, the modern critic has no way of judging the quality of their performance, yet 6 generations of music-lovers preferred the voices of these <half-men> to those of women themselves and of whole men.

In this economic stratum, however, it was accepted that any male child who betrayed the slightest aptitude for music should be sold into servitude, just as in modern Thailand children are sold by their parents to labor in factories or serve in brothels. The successful castrato naturally tried to conceal his humble origins and pose as the scion of an honorable family. The singing-masters of that era were responsible for the perfection of the art of the castrati; no one since has rivaled them in perseverance and thoroughness, and in their perfect command of the capabilities and shortcomings of the human vocal organs. They usually worked in a conservatorio, though sometimes they had their own singing schools or tutored pupils on the side.

Since canon law condemned castration and threatened anyone involved in it with excommunication, which could be reinforced by civil penalties, the business had to be carried on more or less clandestinely, and everywhere prying questions brought only misleading and deceitful answers. The town of Lecce in Apulia, and Norcia, a small town in the Papal States about 20 miles east of Spoleto, are mentioned as notorious for the practice, though the castrati themselves came from all parts of the peninsula. The doctors most esteemed for their skill in the operation were those of Bologna, and their services were in demand not just in Italy but abroad as well.

The curriculum entailed much hard work, and was thorough and comprehensive; as much attention was given to the theory of singing as to its actual practice. Between the ages of 15 and 20, a castrato who had retained and embellished his voice, and passed the various tests with greater or lesser distinction, was considered ready for his debut. On contract to some opera house, he would often first be seen in a female part, for which his youth and fresh complexion would particularly suit him. His looks and unfamiliarity would perhaps gain him greater success than his art would have merited, to the rage and envy of his senior colleagues. Once his name was made, he would have his clique of admirers who attended en masse his every performance and extolled him as their idol; aristocratic ladies and gentlemen would fancy themselves in love with him and manipulate a piquant interview. Backstage, the rivalry with other singers could rage with intense virulence; and a castrato who was too vain and insolent might be assassinated by the hirelings of a rival’s protector. If, however, the performer did not please his audience, he would be doomed to touring small provincial opera houses, or to performing in a church choir. Dissatisfied with his situation, he could set off for Bologna, the marketplace for the musical profession in Italy, to better his fortunes. The castrati came in for a great amount of scurrilous and unkind abuse, and as their fame increased, so did the hatred of them. They were often castigated as malign creatures who lured men into homosexuality, and there were admittedly homosexual castrati, as Casanova’s accounts of XVIII century Italy bear witness. He mentions meeting an abbé whom he

took for a girl in disguise, but was later told that it was a famous castrate. In Rome in 1762, he attended a performance at which the prima donna was a castrato, the minion of Cardinal Borghese, who supped every evening with his protector. From his behavior on stage, <it was obvious that he hoped to inspire the love of those who liked him as a man, and probably would not have done so as a woman.> He concludes by saying that the holy city of Rome forces every man to become a pederast, even if it does not believe in the effect of the illusion which the castrati provoke.”

Opponents of castration have claimed that the practice caused its victims an early loss of voice and an untimely death, while others have affirmed that castration prolonged the life of the vocal cords, and even that of their owner. There is no solid evidence for either contention: the castrati had approximately the same life span as their contemporaries, and retired at roughly the same age as other singers. The operation appears to have had surprisingly little effect on the general health and well-being of the subject, any more than on his sexual impulses. The trauma was largely a psychological one, in an age when virility was deemed a sovereign virtue.A castração tardia não elimina a libido, ao contrário da crença vulgar. Não há solução fácil para o dilema da energia! Eu-nuco El-niño or neverminds

Toward the end of the XVIII century castrati went out of fashion, and new styles in musical composition led to the disappearance of these singers. Meyerbeer was the last composer of importance to write for the male soprano voice; his Il Crociato in Egitto, produced at Venice in 1824, was designed especially for a castrato star. Succeeding generations regarded their memory with derision and disgust, and were happy to live in an age when such products of barbarism were no longer possible. A few castrati performed in the Vatican chapel and some other Roman churches until late in the XIX century, but their vogue on the operatic stage had long passed.”

Angus Heriot, The Castrati in Opera

CATAMITE

The Latin common noun, catamitus, designating a minion or kept boy, is usually derived from the Greek proper name Ganymede(s), the favorite of Zeus. Another possible source is Kadmilos, the companion of the Theban god Kabeiros. The word entered English in 16th century as part of the Renaissance revival of classical literature, and has always retained a learned, quasi-exotic aura. The term could also be used as a verbal adjective, as <a catamited boy>.” “In modern English the termination -ite tends to be perceived as pejorative, as in Trotskyite (vs. Trotskyist) and sodomite.”

CATULLUS

Born at Verona, he spent most of his life in Rome, but kept a villa near his birthplace at Smirno on Lake Garda. Often considered the best Republican poet, he imitated Sappho as well as other archaic, classical, and Hellenistic models, upon which he often improved, and which he combined with native Latin traditions to create stunning, original pieces. He wrote poems, 250 of which survive, of happiness and bitter disappointment. Some are addressed to his mistress Clodia, 10 years his senior, whom he addressed as Lesbia (though with no insinuation of what we now call lesbianism), and who was unfaithful to him with other men. Homophobic Christians and modern schoolmasters have, however, greatly exaggerated the importance of the poems to Lesbia, which amount to no more than 1/8 of the Catullan corpus.”

Sophisticated and fastidious, he set the standard for the Augustan poets of love Ovid, Horace, Vergil, and Propertius. In the Silver Age even Martial acknowledged his debt to Catullus’ epigrams. Like those poets, and most specifically Tibullus, he showed little inhibition and equal attraction to boys and women, but also shared the traditional attitude that the active, full-grown male partner degraded the passive one, and that the threat to penetrate another male symbolized one’s superior virility and power. On the other hand, the accusation of having been raped by another male has a largely negative force”

CENSORSHIP AND OBSCENITY

The practice of tolerating certain hand-produced materials clearly shows that censorship is concerned not simply with the prohibition of materials, but with the size of the audience. It is for this reason that medical and other books dealing with sexual matters formerly had the crucial details in Latin.”

The urge to censor is probably ultimately rooted in fear of blasphemy, the apprehension that if utterances offensive to the gods are tolerated their wrath will fall on the whole society. It was impiety toward the gods for which Socrates was tried and condemned in 399 B.C. The Roman erotic poet Ovid was banished by the puritanical emperor Augustus in A.D. 8.”

Since the monasteries had a monopoly on producing manuscripts, it was assumed that such oversight was not necessary. In fact the abbey scriptoria not only copied erotic materials from Greco-Roman times, but created their own new genres of this type. In any event, the medieval authorities were concerned more with doctrinal deviation than with obscenity.” “The centralization of printing in the hands of a relatively few firms made it possible to scrutinize their intended productions before publication; only those that had passed the test and bore the imprimatur [seal] could be printed. It was then only necessary to make sure that heretical materials were not smuggled in from abroad. In Catholic countries this system was put in place by the establishment, under the Inquisition, with the Index of Prohibited Books in 1557. In countries where the Reformation took hold the control of books was generally assumed by the government. In England the requirement that books should be licenced for printing by the privy council or other agents of the crown was introduced in 1538. These origins explain why the activity of censors was for long chiefly concerned with the printed word. Revealingly, this system is still in force in Communist countries today [1990].”

The French author Nicolas Chorier contrived an even more ambitious ruse for his pansexual dialogues of Aloisia Sigea (1658(?)), which purported to be a translation into Latin by a Dutch author (Jan de Meurs) working from a Spanish original by a learned woman.” Entendeu? Uma tradução para o latim (língua culta) de um escrito erudito (mas vulgar) de uma espanhola, feito por um holandês, para circular na França!

Many French books, unwelcome to throne and altar, were published in Geneva, in Amsterdam, and in Germany. With the coming of the French revolution, however, all restraints were off. Thus the large works which the Marquis de Sade had composed in prison were published, as well as two fascinating homosexual pamphlets, Les enfans de Sodome and Les petits bougres au manège. Although controls were eventually tightened again, Paris gained the reputation (which lasted until about 1960) among English and American travelers as the place where <dirty books> could be obtained.

Through his prudish editions of Shakespeare, Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825) gave rise to the term <bowdlerize>. At the ports, an efficient customs service kept all but a trickle of works deemed to be obscene from coming in. In the United States, the morals crusader Anthony Comstock (1844-1915) not only fought successfully for stringent new legislation, but as head of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice [haha] he claimed responsibility for the destruction of 160 tons of literature and pictures. The restrictions on malleability proved to be particularly hard on publishers of homosexual material, and this problem was not overcome until the ONE, Inc. case in 1954. A landmark in freedom to read books in the United States was the 1931 Ulysses case. Shortly thereafter, however, Hollywood instituted a system of self-censorship known as the Hays Office. This device effectively prevented any direct representation of homosexual love on the silver screen for decades, the only exceptions being a very few foreign films shown at art houses. During this period book publishers practiced their own form of self-censorship by insisting that novels featuring homosexual characters must doom them to an unhappy end.

Only after World War II did the walls begin to come tumbling down in English-speaking countries. In Britain the publishers of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence were acquitted after a spectacular trial in 1960. In America Grove Press had obtained a favorable court decision on the availability of Lady Chatterley in 1959; three years later the firm went on to publish Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer without difficulty. The travails of a book containing explicit homosexual passages, William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, were more extended. In 1958 authorities at the University of Chicago refused to permit publication of excerpts in a campus literary review. This led to the founding of a new journal, largely to publish the Burroughs text; once this had been done, a lengthy court battle ensued. Only in 1964 was the way clear for the whole novel to be issued by Grove Press. (The book had been published in Paris in 1959.)

Subsequently, a series of United States Supreme Court decisions made censorship impractical, and for all intents and purposes it has ceased nationally, though local option is sometimes exercised. This cessation permitted the appearance and sale of a mass of sexually explicit

books, films, and magazines. The only restriction that is ubiquitously enforced is the ban on <kiddy porn>, photographs and films of children engaging in sexual acts. In an unlikely de facto alliance, two groups emerged at the end of the 1970s in America to reestablish some form of censorship: one consisting of fundamentalists and other religious conservatives; the other of feminist groups [haha].

Michael Barry Goodman, Contemporary Literary Censorship: The Case of Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1981;

Rocco, Alcibiades The Schoolboy (1652) (diálogo êmulo de Platão apólogo da pederastia)

CERVANTES

For 5 years he was a captive in Algiers, where he was on surprisingly good terms with a homosexual convert to Islam; he refers several times in his writings to the pederasty that flourished in the Ottoman empire – on his return from Algiers he was accused of unspecified filthy acts. His marriage was unhappy, and women in his works are treated distantly. Like Manuel Azaña, he put a very high value on freedom.

While Cervantes presented the male-female relationship as the theoretical ideal and goal for most people, the use of pairs of male friends is characteristic of his fiction, and questions of gender are often close to the surface. In his masterpiece Don Quixote (1605-15), which includes cross-dressing by both sexes, the middle-aged protagonist has never had, and has no interest in, sexual intercourse with a woman. A boy servant who appears fleetingly at the outset is replaced by the unhappily-married companion Sancho Panza. The two men come to love each other, although the love is not sexual.”

Verbete por Daniel Eisenberg

Louis Combet, Cervantes ou les incertitudes du désir, Lyon: Presses Universitaires, 1982 (review in MLN, 97 [1982], 422-27);

Rosa Rossi, Ascoltare Cervantes, Milan: Riuniti, 1987 (Spanish translation: Escuchar a Cervantes, Valladolid: Ámbito, 1988);

Luis Rosales, Cervantes y la libertad, 2ed., Madrid: Cultura Hispánica, 1985;

Ruth El Saffar, Cervantes and the Androgyne, Cervantes, III (1983);

______. Beyond Fiction: The Recovery of the Feminine in the Novels of Cervantes, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

CHINA

The civilization of China emerged from pre-history during the first half of the 2nd millennium B.C. in the valley of the Huang-He (Yellow River), spreading gradually southwards. Over the centuries China has exercised extensive influence on Korea, Japan, and southeast Asia. Inasmuch as Chinese society has traditionally viewed male homosexuality and lesbianism as altogether different, their histories are separate and are consequently treated in sequence in this article.

During the latter part of the Zhou, homosexuality appears as a part of the sex lives of the rulers of many states of that era. Ancient records include homosexual relationships as unexceptional in nature and not needing justification or explanation. This tone of prosaic acceptance indicates that these authors considered homosexuality among the social elite to be fairly common and unremarkable. However, the political, ritual and social importance of the family unit made procreation a necessity. Bisexuality therefore became more accepted than exclusive homosexuality, a predominance continuing throughout Chinese history.

The Eastern Zhou produced several figures who became so associated with homosexuality that later generations invoked their names as symbols of homosexual love, much in the same way that Europeans looked to Ganymede, Socrates, and Hadrian. These famous men included Mizi Xia, who offered his royal lover a half-eaten peach, and Long Yang, who compared the fickle [volúvel] lover to a fisherman who tosses back a small fish when he catches a larger one. Rather than adopt scientific terminology, with associations of sexual pathology, Chinese litterateurs preferred the aesthetic appeal of these literary tropes [figures of speech].”

One incident in the life of Dong Xian became a timeless metaphor for homosexuality. A tersely worded account [relato oral sucinto] relates how Emperor Ai [last Han] was sleeping with Dong Xian one afternoon when he was called to court. Rather than wake up his beloved, who was reclining across the emperor’s sleeve [manga, sobra de tecido], Ai took out a dagger and cut off the end of his garment. When courtiers inquired after the missing fabric, Emperor Ai told them what had happened. This example of love moved his courtiers to cut off the ends of their own sleeves in imitation, beginning a new fashion trend.

The Jin dynasty (265-420) poet Zhang Hanbian wrote a glowing tribute to the 15-year-old boy prostitute Zhou Xiaoshi. In it he presents the boy’s life as happy and care-free, <inclined toward extravagance and festiveness, gazing around at the leisurely and beautiful>. A later poet, the Liang dynasty (502-557) figure Liu Zun, tried to present a more balanced view in a poem entitled Many Blossoms. In this piece he shows the dangers and uncertainty associated with a boy prostitute’s life. His Zhou Xiaoshi

<knows both wounds and frivolity

Withholding words, ashamed of communicating.>

Although these poems take opposite perspectives on homosexual prostitution, the appearance of this theme as an inspiration for poetry points to the presence of a significant homosexual world complete with male prostitutes catering [sendo ofertados] to the wealthy.”

The high profile of male prostitution led the Song rulers to take limited action against it. Many Confucian moralists objected to male prostitution because they saw the sexual passivity of a prostitute as extremely feminizing. In the early 12th century, a law was codified which declared that male prostitutes would receive 100 strokes of a bamboo rod and pay a fine of 50,000 cash. Considering the harsh legal penalties of the period, which included mutilation and death by slicing, this punishment was actually quite lenient. And it appears that the law was rarely if ever enforced, so it soon became a dead letter.”

Legal intervention peaked in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) when the Kang Xi Emperor (r. 1662-1723) took steps against the sexual procurement of young boys, homosexual rape, and even consensual homosexual acts.” “it seems that the traditional government laissez-faire attitude toward male sexuality prevented enforcement of the law against consensual homosexual acts.”

A thirst for knowledge of homosexual history led to the compilation of the anonymous Ming collection Records of the Cut Sleeve (Duan xiu pian) which contains vignettes of homosexual encounters culled from nearly two millennia of sources. This anthology is the first history of Chinese homosexuality, perhaps the first comprehensive homosexual history in any culture, and still serves as our primary guide to China’s male homosexual past.”

In Fujian province on the South China coast, a form of male marriage developed during the Ming. Two men were united, the older referred to as an <adoptive older brother> (qixiong) and the younger as <adoptive younger brother> (qidi). The younger qidi would move into the qixiong’s household, where he would be treated as a son-in-law by his husband’s parents. Throughout the marriage, which often lasted for 20 years, the qixiong was completely responsible for his younger husband’s upkeep. Wealthy qixiong even adopted young boys who were raised as sons by the couple. At the end of each marriage, which was usually terminated because of the familial responsibilities of procreation, the older husband paid the necessary price to acquire a suitable bride for his beloved qidi.” [!!!]

The famous 17th century author Li Yu wrote several works featuring male homosexuality and lesbianism. The greatest Chinese work of prose fiction, Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng), features a bisexual protagonist and many homosexual interludes. And the mid-19th century saw the creation of A Mirror Ranking Precious Flowers (Pinhua baojian), a literary masterpiece detailing the romances of male actors and their scholar patrons.”

Within a few generations, China shifted from a relative tolerance of homosexuality to open hostility. The reasons for this change are complex and not yet completely understood. First, the creation of colloquial baihua literary language removed many potential readers from the difficult classical Chinese works which contained the native homosexual tradition. Also, the Chinese reformers early in the century began to see any divergence between their own society and that of the West as a sign of backwardness. This led to a restructuring of Chinese marriage and sexuality along more Western lines. The uncritical acceptance of Western science, which regarded homosexuality as pathological, added to the Chinese rejection of same-sex love. The end result is a contemporary China in which the native homosexual tradition has been virtually forgotten and homosexuality is ironically seen as a recent importation from the decadent West.

Communist China. In the People’s Republic of China, homosexuality is taken as a sign of bourgeois immorality and punished by <reeducation> in labor camps. Officially the incidence of homosexuality is quite low. Western psychologists, however, have noted that the official reporting of impotence is much higher in mainland China than in the West. It seems that many Chinese men, unfamiliar with homosexual role models, interpret their sexuality solely according to their attraction to women. Nevertheless, a small gay subculture has begun to develop in the major cities since the end of the Maoist era [?]. Fear of discovery and lack of privacy tend to limit the quality and duration of homosexual relationships. And for the vast majority of Chinese living in the conservative country-side, homosexual contacts are much more difficult to come by.” “With the 1997 return of Hong Kong to China approaching, British liberals have supported a last minute repeal of the sodomy law.”

Traditionally, Chinese people have viewed male homosexuality and lesbianism as unrelated. Consequently, much of the information we have on male homosexuality in China does not apply to the female experience. Piecing together the Chinese lesbian past is frustrated by the relative lack of source material. Since literature and scholarship were usually written by men and for men, aspects of female sexuality unrelated to male concerns were almost always ignored.” “Sex manuals of the period Ming include instructions integrating lesbian acts with heterosexual intercourse as a way of varying the sex lives of men with multiple concubines.”

Li Yu’s first play, Pitying the Fragrant Companion (Lianxiangban), describes a young married woman’s love for a younger unmarried woman. The married woman convinces her husband to take her talented beloved as a concubine. The 3 then live as a happy ménage-à-trois free from jealousy. A more conventional lesbian love affair is detailed in Dream of the Red Chamber, in which a former actress regularly offers incense to the memory of her deceased beloved.”

The most highly developed form of female relationship was the lesbian marriages formed by the exclusively female membership of Golden Orchid Associations. A lesbian couple within this group could choose to undergo a marriage ceremony in which one partner was designated <husband> and the other <wife>. After an exchange of ritual gifts, a wedding feast attended by female friends served to witness the marriage. These married lesbian couples could even adopt young girls, who in turn could inherit family property from the couple’s parents. This ritual was not uncommon in 19th-century Guangzhou province. Prior to this, the only other honorable way for a woman to remain unmarried was to enter a Buddhist nunnery.” “The existence of Golden Orchid Associations became possible only by the rise of a textile industry in south China which enabled women to become economically independent. The traditional social and economic attachment of women to the home has so far prevented the emergence in modem China of a lesbian community on even so limited a scale as that of male homosexuals.”

Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng, Golden Lotus ou The Plum [Ameixa] in The Golden Vase (2013) (título original: Jin ping mei) (novela de costumes, considerada o “Lolita” oriental), s/ data precisa (~séc. XVI; ed. por Zhang Zhupo no século seguinte). trad. francesa: La merveilleuse histoire de Hsi Men avec ses six femmes (1), Fleur en fiole d’or (2);

Pai Hsien-yung, The Outsiders (Niezi) (inspirou um filme homônimo, de 1986)

CHRISTIANITY

ORÍGENES” DO MAL II: “By about A.D. 200, the church had come to recognize the texts making up the New Testament as a single canon. After some hesitation, the Hebrew Bible, known to Christians as the Old Testament, was taken from Judaism and also accepted as divinely inspired. From this point onwards, Christian doctrines were elaborated by a group of intellectuals, known as the Fathers of the Church or the Patristic writers, beginning with such figures as Origen, Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian.” “Though they based their exegesis upon the Bible, they were inevitably influenced by philosophical and religious currents of their own time, especially Greek Stoicism and Neo-Platonism and by rival mystery cults such as Manichaeanism and Gnosticism.” “Still today there are differences on such sexually related topics as divorce, celibacy, and so forth between Roman Catholics and members of various eastern branches of Christianity which date from the foundations of Christianity, including Coptic, Nestorian, and various Orthodox Churches. In practice, most of these churches have been more tolerant of homosexuality than the Roman Catholic Church and its Protestant off-shoots.”

RESUMO DAS CONFISSÕES DE UM HOMEM POUCO SANTO

St. Augustine (d. 430), one of the great scholars of the ancient world, had converted to the austere faith of Manichaeanism after receiving a classical education. It seemed to his mind more suited to his Neo-Platonic and Stoic ideals than the Christianity of his mother. In Manichaean belief, which drew heavily from Zoroastrianism, intercourse leading to procreation was particularly evil because it caused other souls to be imprisoned in bodies, thus continuing the cycle of good versus evil.

Augustine was a member of the Manichaean religion for some 11 years but never reached the stage of the Elect in part because of his inability to control his sexual appetites. He kept a mistress, fathered a child, and according to his own statement, struggled to overcome his lustful appetites everyday by praying: <Give me chastity, and continence, but do not give it yet>. Recognizing his own inability to give up sexual intercourse, Augustine finally arrived at the conclusion that the only way to control his venereal desire was through marriage. He expelled his mistress and his son from his house, became engaged to a young girl not yet of age for wedlock (probably under 12 years of age), and planned a marriage. Unable to abstain from sex, he turned to prostitutes, went through a religious crisis, and in the process became converted to Christianity.

HA-HA: “All other sex was sinful including coitus within marriage not performed in the proper position (the female on her back and facing the male) and using the proper appendages and orifices (penis in vagina). St. Augustine’s views became the views of the western church centered in Rome.” “In general there was no extensive discussion of homosexuality by any of the early Church Fathers, and most of the references are incidental.”

The Augustinian views were modified in the 13th century [o que houve nestes 7 séculos além de monges devassos e burros?] by St. Thomas Aquinas, who held that homosexual activities, though similar to other sins of lust, were more sinful because they were also sins against nature. The sins against nature in descending order were (I) masturbation, (2) intercourse in an unnatural position, (3) copulation with the same sex (homosexuality and lesbianism), and (4) sex with non-humans (bestiality).

One of the key sources in the early medieval Church is the penitential literature. Originally penance had been a way of reconciling the sinner with God and had taken place through open confession. The earliest penitentials put sexual purity at a high premium, and failure to observe the sexual regulations was classified as equal to idolatry (reversion to paganism) and homicide. Ultimately public penance was replaced by private penance and confession which was regulated by the manuals or penitentials designed to guide those who were hearing them. Most of the early penitentials classified homosexual and lesbian activities as equivalent to fornication. Later ones classified such activities as equivalent to adultery although some writers distinguished between interfemoral intercourse and anal intercourse and between fellatio or oral-genital contacts. Anal intercourse was regarded as being the most serious sin.“Sodomy came to be regarded as the most heinous of sexual offenses, even worse than incest, and as civil law began to take over from canon law, it could be punished as a capital crime.”

Antes só dormia, hoje sodomia.

Só dormia, ou será que prazer também? No lato sensucht

Calvin & Child Harolde: “Catholics denounced Calvin for his supposed pederasty, a charge that was completely unfounded.”

NADA COMO COMER O BRIOCO DUMA INDIAZINHA: “In 1730-31 the great Dutch persecution of sodomites occurred, and in the accompanying propaganda the old charges against Roman Catholicism were revived. In Catholic countries themselves, the dissolution of the Jesuit order in 1773 was preceded by accusations of sodomy.”

Graciano, A Harmony of Discordant Canons (1140)

St. Peter Damián (1007-1072), Liber Gomorrhianus

CHURCHES, GAY

The emergence of Christian churches with predominantly gay and lesbian congregations, as well as interest groups within or allied to existing denominations, is a recent phenomenon, centered in the English-speaking world. There are records of homosexual monks, nuns, and priests, especially in the later Middle Ages and in early modern times, but no indication that they even thought of organizing on the basis of their sexual preference. Christian homosexuals drawn to particular parishes, where cliques [panelinhas] occasionally even became a visible segment of the congregation, would not openly avow this shift in the church’s character: they remained closeted gay Christians, so to speak.”

Some maintain that Jesus – an unmarried man in a Jewish milieu where marriage and procreation were de rigueur even for the religious elite – had a passionate relationship with John, the beloved disciple. Liturgically and sociologically the UFMCC tends to be of a <low church> character, with notable exceptions in some congregations. The evangelical fundamentalist domination of the UFMCC may be regarded as a response to the homophobic vehemence of the mainstream fundamentalist churches, which drives gay Christians out of their fold with a vengeance and forces them into an external redoubt, in contrast to the relatively more tolerant atmosphere, hospitable to internal gay caucuses [panelinhas, partidos], of the more liberal churches.”

CICERO

Roman politician, orator, and writer, who left behind a corpus of Latin prose (speeches, treatises, letters) that make him one of the great authors of classical antiquity. Unsuccessful in politics, he was overestimated as a philosopher by the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and underestimated in modern times, but was and is ranked as one of the greatest masters of Latin style. His career as an orator began in 81 B.C., and from the very beginning his speeches revealed his rhetorical gifts. His denunciation of Verres, the proconsul who had plundered the province of Sicily, opened the way to his election as aedile, praetor, and then consul, but subsequently the intrigues of his enemies led to his banishment from Rome (58/57), followed by his triumphal return. In the civil war he took the side of Pompey and so failed again, but was pardoned by the victorious Caesar, after whose death he launched a rhetorical attack on Mark Antony. The formation of the triumvirate meant that Cicero was to be proscribed by his opponent and murdered by his henchmen.”

In the last turbulent century of the Roman republic in which he lived, a contrast between the austere virtue of earlier times and the luxury and vice of the present had become commonplace. Also, as we know from the slightly later genre of satirical poetry, a taste for salacious gossip had taken root in the metropolis. In his orations Cicero remorselessly flays the homosexual acts of his enemies, contrasting homosexual love with the passion inspired by women which is <far more of natural inspiration>.”

Something of the Roman antipathy to Greek paiderasteia transpires from Cicero’s condemnation of the nudity which the Greeks flaunted in their public baths and gymnasia, and from his assertion that the Greeks were inconsistent in their notion of friendship. He pointedly noted: <Why is it that no one falls in love with an ugly youth or a handsome old man?> Effeminacy and passive homosexuality are unnatural and blameworthy in a free man, though Cicero remained enough under the influence of Greek mores to express no negative judgment on the practice of keeping handsome young slaves as minions of their master.” “The Judaic condemnation of homosexuality per se had not yet reached Rome, but the

distinction that had existed in Hellenic law and custom between acts worthy and unworthy of a citizen was adopted and even heightened by the com[cu]bination of appeal to Roman civic virtue and his own rhetorical flair.”

The term patientia used with reference to Verres implies the passivity in sexual relations that is degrading and unworthy of a free man, just as in the case of Mark Antony, charged with having <prostituted himself to all>, much like the Timarchus whom Aeschines had denounced centuries earlier in Athens for a like failing [op. cit. – para mais detalhes, vide seção OBRAS RECOMENDADAS em https://seclusao.art.blog/2019/09/28/do-espirito-das-leis-de-montesquieu-abreviado-na-traducao-de-jean-melville-com-comentarios-e-aprofundamentos-de-rafael-aguiar-indicacoes-de-leituras-durante-o-tratado-e-ao-final/].”

SMEAR CAMPAIGN: “Cicero’s rhetoric thus had two sides: the attempt to discredit opponents by inflammatory imputations of homosexual conduct and of sexual immorality in general – a type of smear to be followed in political life down to modern times”

CIRCUMCISION

GENEALOGIA DA PROFILAXIA: “Male circumcision, or the cutting away of the foreskin [prepúcio] of the penis, has been practiced by numerous peoples from remotest antiquity as a religious custom, while to some modern homosexuals it has an aesthetic and erotic significance. It has been speculated that the custom originated somewhere in Africa where water was scarce and the ability to wash was limited. Thus the Western Semites (Israelites, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Arabs, Edomites, Syrians), who lived in an area where water was never really plentiful, also observed the custom, while the Eastem Semites (Assyrians and Babylonians), in an area where water was more abundant, did not circumcise. This is true also of the Greeks and other Aegean peoples who always lived near the water.”

Jesus never mentioned circumcision, though the Jewish rite was (Luke 2:21) performed upon him on his 8th day as it was with all other males of his community of faith – hence the designation of the calendar in which the first day of the year is January 1 as <circumcision style>. In the early church the party of Paul of Tarsus which opposed circumcision was victorious, and uncircumcised Greeks and Romans poured into the new faith, so that to this day the majority of European men have retained their foreskins. With the coming of the faith of Islam, however, in the VII century the Middle East and North Africa became a stronghold of the practice of circumcision. Hindus and Buddhists avoid it, hence East Asians – and Amerindians – retain their foreskins.”

In the late 20th century the trend is being reversed in America as more and more medical articles – and some books – have argued that the operation in most cases is needless.”

There are even groups of men who have retained their foreskins (and others who admire them); these individuals with generous or pronounced <curtains> are in demand.”

Bud Berkeley & Joe Tiffenbach, Circumcision: Its Past, Its Present, and Its Future, San Francisco: Bud Berkeley, 1983-84;

Rosemary Romberg, Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma, South Hadley, MA: Bergin & Garvey, 1985;

Edward Wallerstein, Circumcision: An American Health Fallacy, New York: Springer Publishing Co., 1980.

CLASS

When there are no children to raise there is more discretionary income, so that adopting a homosexual lifestyle provides a margin for class enhancement.” “An established gay man or lesbian may put resources which parents would use for raising the status of their children into helping a lover-protegé. The mentor may also provide private lessons in manners and business acumen.” “Curiously, some parents seem to tolerate same-sex alliances by their offspring more easily than those that cross class or racial lines. § Internalizing the folk belief that homosexuals are more <artistic>, some gay men cultivate musical, theatrical, and culinary tastes that are above their <station> – and above their income. Acquisition of these refined preferences, together with <corrected> speech patterns, hinders easy communication with former peers, though there are many factors that work for geographical and psychological distance between homosexuals, on the one hand, and their families and original peer groups, on the other. Given their relative freedom, some individuals may be inclined to experiment with <class bending>, [sinuosidade de classe] sometimes with paradoxical results.”

There is class, and there is class fantasy.”

CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA

Greek church father. Born in Athens, probably of pagan and peasant ancestry, he is not to be confused with Clement, bishop of Rome, author of the New Testament epistle. After his conversion, Clement of Alexandria traveled widely to study under Christians, finally under the learned Pantaenus in Alexandria. Of the early Fathers, he had the most thorough knowledge of Greek literature. He quoted Homer, Hesiod, the dramatists, and (most of all) Platonic and Stoic philosophers. Sometime before 200 he succeeded Pantaenus, whom he praised for his orthodoxy, as head of the catechetical school at Alexandria, but in 202 he had to flee the persecution unleashed by the emperor Septimius Severus and perhaps died in Asia Minor.”

Although Clement’s christianity has been criticized as being too Hellenized, his serene hope and classical learning helped convert the upper classes. His pseudo-Platonic doctrine that homosexuality was particularly noxious because it was <against nature> served to combine that strand of classical philosophy with Hellenistic Jewish homophobia, most trenchantly exemplified by the Alexandrian philosopher Philo Judaeus (20 B.C.-A.D. 45), to justify persecution of sodomites. He thus preceded and stimulated the homophobia of the Christian emperors, from Constantine’s sons to Justinian, and of the two most influential Fathers, John Chrysostom and Augustine of Hippo.

CLERGY, GAY

that there is a psychological affinity between religious ministry and hemophilia” Edward Carpenter

The patrician John XII (938-964) went so far as to model himself on the scandalous Roman emperor Heliogabalus, holding homosexual orgies in the papal palace – a practice imitated by Benedict IX (1021-ca. 1052).” “paradoxically the enforcement of celibacy on priests and even attempts to impose it on those in lesser orders increased the danger of homosexuality.”

Friars, who unlike the monks were free to wander among the laity without much supervision, became notorious as seducers of boys as well as women, whose confessions they often heard to the disgruntlement [desabono] of parish priests. Many homosexual clergy, then as now, confessed to one another and were formally absolved. Indeed, the confessional at times became the locus of seduction.

Philip IV of France charged Boniface VIII not only with heresy, usury, and simony, but with sodomy and masturbation as well.”

The Renaissance in Italy, with its revival of classical antiquity and love of art, saw a number of popes who were interested in their own sex. Among them were the anti-pope John XXIII (d. 1419), who began his career as a pirate. Entering the clergy he quickly acquired the reputation of an unblushing libertine. The humanist pope Pius II (1405-1464) watched boys run naked in a race at Pienza, noting a boy <with fair hair and a beautiful body, though disfigured with mud>. The vain Venetian Paul II (1417-1471) toyed with adopting the name Formosus. Affecting the most lavish costumes, he was attacked by his enemies as <Our Lady of Pity>. His successor, Sixtus IV (1414-1482), made his mark as an art patron, erecting the Sistine chapel. He also elevated to the cardinalate a number of handsome young men. Julius II (1443-1513), another art-loving pope, provoked such scandal that he was arraigned under various charges, including that of sodomy, but he managed to survive the attempt to depose him. His successor, the extravagant Medici Leo X (1475-1521), became embroiled in intrigues to advance favorite nephews, a hobby that strained the treasury to the utmost. Julius III (1487-1555), who had presided over the Council of Trent before his pontificate, was nonetheless sometimes seen at official functions with catamites [<coroinhas>], one of whom he made a cardinal.”

The anticlerical literature of the last decades of that century delighted in exposing cases in which a clergyman had committed a sexual offense, to the point where in 1911 the Pope had to issue the motu proprio decree Quamvis diligenter forbidding the Catholic laity to bring charges against the clergy before secular courts. This step unilaterally abolished the principle of the equality of all citizens before the law established by the French Revolution, reinstating the <benefit of clergy> of the Middle Ages. The anticlerical literature of that period still needs study for the light that it can shed on the homosexual subculture of the clerical milieux.”

The Bible for Believers and Unbelievers (1922) (clássico anticlerical russo)

The Rule of St. Benedict, chapter 22.

Transcrição completa do capítulo 22 das regras de São Benedito (regulamento dos monges na alta idade média):

CHAPTER XXII: HOW THE MONKS ARE TO SLEEP

Let them sleep singly in separate beds. Let them receive bedding suitable to their manner of life, at the discretion of the abbot. If it can be done, let all sleep in one room: but if their number does not allow of this, let them repose by tens or by twenties with their seniors who have charge of them. Let a candle burn continually in the dormitory until morning. Let them sleep clothed and girded with girdles or cords, but let them not have knives at their sides while they sleep, lest by chance while dreaming they wound a sleeper; and let them be monks always ready; and upon the signal being given let them rise without delay and hasten one after the other, yet with all gravity and decorum, to be ready in good time for the Work of God. Let not the younger brethren have their beds by themselves, but among those of the seniors: and let them be allowed gently to encourage one another as they rise for the Work of God, because some may feel drowsy and listless.”

COCTEAU, JEAN

The Infernal Machine (peça)

COLETTE

A happy childhood is a bad preparation for contact with human beings.”

COLOR SYMBOLISM

A current Russian term for a gay man is golubchik, from goluboy, <blue>, evidently through association with the <blue blood> of the aristocracy of the Old Régime.”

According to Havelock Ellis, one could not safely walk down the streets of late 19th century New York wearing a red tie without being accosted, since this garment was then the universal mark of the male prostitute.” “Because of the <scarlet woman>, the great Whore of Babylon of the book of Revelation, that color has acquired a strong association with prostitution and adultery”

In American culture the word lavender – a blend of red and blue (as in <lavender lover>, The Lavender Lexicon, etc.) – almost speaks for itself.”

The mid-1980s saw public display at rallies and marches of a rainbow Gay Pride Flag, consisting of six parallel stripes ranging from bright red to deep purple. The juxtaposition of colors stands for the diversity of the gay/lesbian community with regard to ethnicity, gender, and class – perhaps also connoting, in the minds of some, the coalition politics of the Rainbow Alliance headed by Jesse Jackson.”

COMICS

The first true comic strips were introduced in 1897 as a circulation-building device in the Sunday supplements of the Hearst newspapers. The now-familiar pulp comic book was a creation of the Depression: the first commercial example is Famous Funnies of 1934. Although these strips generally affirmed middle-class values, and certainly contained not the slightest overt indication of sex, they were regularly denounced by pundits as a pernicious influence on the young.”

Batman, appearing in 1939, featured the adventures of a playboy detective and his teenage ward, Robin. Although the relationship is portrayed as a simple mentor-protegé one, some teenage male readers were able to project something stronger into it. This aspect was certainly flirted with in the campy television off-shoot beginning in 1966, though this series reflects a much changed cultural climate. In 1941 there appeared Wonder-woman, featuring an Amazon with special powers living on an all-woman island. This strip – contrary to the expressed wishes of its creators – served as a focus for lesbian aspirations. In the 1970s it was rediscovered by the women’s movement as a proto-feminist statement.

In the late 1940s Blade drew several illustrated stories, including The Barn and Truck Hiker, that can be considered predecessors of the gay comics. Circulated underground, they have been officially published only in recent years. Somewhat later the wordless strips of supermacho types created by Tom of Finland began to circulate in Europe.

It was the American counterculture of the 1960s, however, which first made possible the exploration of taboo subjects in a context of crumbling censorship restrictions. In 1964 a Philadelphia gay monthly, Drum, began serializing Harry Chess by Al Shapiro (A. Jay). Modeled on a popular television series, Harry Chess was both macho and campy, though explicit sex scenes were veiled. In the 1970s no-holds-barred examples appeared drawn by such artists as Bill Ward, Sean, and Stephen (Meatman).”

COMING OUT

A few gays and lesbians report no memory of a coming out process; they always considered themselves homosexual and were never <in the closet>. Others have reported a sudden revelation of their own homosexuality which does not fit into any theory of stages but has brought them from apparently heterosexual to comfortably homosexual virtually overnight.”

The self-help literature for gay and lesbian youth is quite explicit in designating parents as the crucial factor in the youth’s coming out process. Those who do not come out to their family, according to G.B. MacDonald, become <half-members of the family unit: afraid and alienated, unable ever to be totally open and spontaneous, to trust or be trusted… This sad stunting of human potential breeds stress for gay people and their families alike – stress characterized by secrecy, ignorance, helplessness, and distance.> The scientific literature, however, has largely ignored the role of parents, having centered on gay and lesbian adults.”

CONTEST LITERATURE

Diálogos.

Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon

Pseudo-Lucian, Affairs of the Heart

CONTRARY SEXUAL FEELING

the linguistic remnant of the first, uncertain psychiatric attempt to grapple with the problem of homosexuality.”

COUNTERCULTURE

Apparently the term counterculture is an adaptation of the slightly earlier <adversary culture>, an expression coined by the literary critic Lionel Trilling (1905-1975). In many respects the counterculture constituted a mass diffusion – fostered by diligent media exploitation – of the prefigurative beat/hippie phenomenon. As American involvement in the Vietnam War increased, in the wake of opposition to it the counterculture shifted from the gentle <flower-child> phase to a more aggressive posture, making common cause with the New Left, which was not, like the radicalism of the 30s, forced by economic crisis to focus on issues of unemployment and poverty. Of course radical political leaders were accustomed to decry the self-indulgence of the hippies, but their followers, as often as not, readily succumbed to the lure of psychedelic drugs and the happy times of group togetherness accompanied by ever present rock music.”

MESSIANISMO EPIDÊMICO: “The counterculture shamelessly embraced ageism: <Don’t trust anyone over thirty.> Observing this precept cut young people off from the accumulated experience and wisdom of sympathetic elders. Moreover, it meant that the adherents of the movement themselves quickly became back numbers as they crossed over the 30-year line. In regard to gay adherents, the distrust of older people tended to reinforce the ageism already present in their own subculture. To be sure, the full force of such problematic effects has become evident only in retrospect. Although outsiders, and some insiders as well, exaggerated the fusion of the counterculture and the New Left, still the convergence of massive cultural innovation with hopes for fundamental political change gave the young generation a heady sense of imminent revolution.”

The psychiatrist Thomas Szasz and others correctly perceived the link between the campaign to decriminalize marijuana and the efforts to reform sex laws.” “many assumed that homosexuals were essentially counterculturist, leftist, and opposed root and branch to the established order. Subsequent observation has shown, not surprisingly perhaps, that a majority of gay men and lesbians were (and are) liberal-reformist and even conservative, rather than revolutionary in then-overall political and social outlook.”

CROWLEY, ALEISTER

After the turn of the century Crowley’s public career began, and he was regularly attacked in the press as <The Great Beast> and <The Wickedest Man in the World>.”

Raulseixismo: <There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.>

In a 1910 memoir Aleister Crowley proclaimed, <I shall fight openly for that which no Englishman dare defend, even in secret – sodomy! At school I was taught to admire Plato and Aristotle, who recommend sodomy to youths – I am not so rebellious as to oppose their dictum; and in truth there seems to be no better way to avoid the contamination of woman and the morose pleasures of solitary vice.>

he advanced beyond the grade of Magus to the supreme status of Ipsissimus.” E o Quico?

Scarcely known today outside occult circles, Crowley is an extravagant instance of the concern with heterodox religion that has flourished among some male homosexuals who could find no peace within established Christianity, and more recently among female adherents of <the craft>. Through his voluminous writings Crowley foreshadowed the emergence of the <Age of Aquarius>.”

Israel Regardie, The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley, St. Paul: Llewellen Publications, 1970.

CRUISING

Nicole Ariana, How to Pick up Men, New York: Bantam, 1972;

Mark Freedman & Harvey Mayes, Loving Man, New York: Hark, 1976, chapter 2;

John A. Lee, Getting Sex, Toronto: General, 1978 [Tinder on paper for human beings as archaic as those from a century ago];

Publius Ovid, Art of Love [~1A.D., obra seminal do “flerte” e “sondagens de sexo casual”, homo e heteronormativas!]

CUBA

The largest island of the Antilles chain, home to 10 million Spanish-speaking people” Para 2017, o censo ainda não aponta população superior a 11.5 milhões.

The British, French, and Dutch seized islands from the Spanish or colonized vacant ones as naval bases or sugar plantations; like the pirates they seldom brought women along. All 3 European powers were involved in the notorious triangular trade, shipping molasses or rum to Europe, guns and trinkets from there to Africa, and slaves back to the West Indies.”

Cuba began to excel in sugar production after 1762. Havana became a glittering metropolis, rivaling New York and Rio de Janeiro, by 1800. The slave population, including huge numbers of males imported for work in the cane fields or molasses manufacturing, grew from fewer than 40,000 in 1770 to over 430,000 seventy years later. The census of 1841 reported that more than half the population was non-white (black and mixed blood) and that 43% were slaves. Males outnumbered females by 2 to 1 in the center and west and were just equal in the east. Other islands in the Caribbean had even greater sexual imbalances. Documentation for the homosexuality that must have abounded is scarce but the earlier prevalence can be assumed from attitudes and customs that still survive.”

With Spain’s adoption of the Napoleonic Code in 1889, homosexuality was decriminalized 3 years after the abolition of slavery.”

During World War I, Europe was closed to North Americans and Cuba, especially Havana, became a resort for the more adventurous. Prosperity increased with a rise in commodity prices. Also, the Prohibition in the United States after 1920 left Cuba as an oasis where liquor still flowed freely. Casino gambling and prostitution were also legal. A favorite port of call of cruise ships [pun intended!], Havana flourished as a mecca for pleasure-seekers.”

The post-war collapse of commodity prices was to some extent offset by tourism. Everything was for sale in Havana under the dictator Fulgencio Batista, whose 1952 coup ousted an outwardly democratic but venal and nepotistic predecessor.

Old Havana had gay bars. Moral laxity, characteristic of the slave-rooted Caribbean economy, the Napoleonic Code, and the weakness of the Catholic Church (which was mainly Spanish, urban and upper class) produced an environment where gays were only mildly persecuted and could buy protection from corrupt officials. Drugs, especially marijuana, which flourished throughout the Caribbean, were available in Cuba long before they won popularity in the United States.”

Exploiting popular revulsion against continuing political corruption as well as resentment of the diminishing but still important American domination, Fidel Castro led an ill-assorted group of liberals, patriots, and Marxists, including some gays, to victory over Batista in 1959. Only after he came to power did the United States realize that Castro was an avowed Communist. The American Central Intelligence Agency then tried and failed to assassinate him. His triumph was sealed by the missile crisis of 1962 when Khrushchev agreed to withdraw the missiles in return for Kennedy’s promise never to try to invade Cuba.”

Soviet hostility toward homosexuality since 1934, when Stalin restored the penal laws against male homosexuals, combined with traditional Latin American machismo and Catholic homophobia, made the existence of Cuban homosexuals wretched and oppressive. To prevent their <contamination> of youth, thousands of gays in the 1960s were placed in work camps known as Military Units to Increase Production (UMAP). Although the camps were abolished by the end of the decade, other forms of discrimination continued. Article 359 of the Cuban penal code prohibits public homosexuality. Violations are punished with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 years. Parents must discourage their children from homosexuality or report their failure to officials as Articles 355-58 mandate. Articles 76-94 punish with 4 years imprisonment sexual deviation regarded by the government as contrary to the spirit of Socialism.”

The gifted playwright and fiction writer Virgilio Piñera (1912-1967) returned from Argentina in 1957 and after Castro’s triumph worked for several of the newspapers of the regime. On October 11, 1961, he was arrested and jailed for homosexuality. Che Guevara personally denounced him.”

Allen Young, Gays under the Cuban Revolution

DANDYISM

The dandy has been since antiquity the man who prides himself on being the incarnation of elegance and of male fashion. The word itself stems from the Romantic period in the 19th century, when the character type reached its apogee; England and France were the principal countries in which it flourished. Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) was one of the first to perceive that the type was not limited to the age just preceding his own, but had emerged across the centuries in some celebrated historical figures. Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly (1808-1889) wrote an Essay on Dandyism and George Brummel (1845), dealing with Beau Brummell (1778-1840), the most famous English representative of the dandy in the London of George IV.

History of the Type. Ancient Greece saw two classical specimens of the dandy: Agathon and Alcibiades. In Plato’s Symposium Agathon is a poet and tragedian, not merely handsome, but obsessed with the most trivial details of his wardrobe. Aristophanes shows him using a razor to keep his cheeks as smooth and glistening as marble, wearing sumptuous clothing in the latest Ionian fashion. Later in the same dialogue Alcibiades also enters the stage, the most dazzling figure of the jeunesse dorée of Athens, richer and more influential than Agathon, and never sparing any expenditure that would enhance his renown.”

Another aesthete of this era, Oscar Wilde, affected a particularly striking costume when he made a lecture tour of the United States, capitalizing on a character featured in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience (1881).”

Rationale. The relation of the dandy to male homosexuality is complicated. As a rule the homosexual – more than the male who is attracted to women – feels the need to distinguish his person in some way, is more conscious of the world of male fashion and more likely to be narcissistically preoccupied with his image. Naturally not all the dandies of the past were homosexual or bisexual, and an element of leisure class self-demarcation and snobbery enters into the picture. Since it is usually the male of the species whom nature makes physically more noteworthy, the male-female antithesis in style of dress that has prevailed in Western culture since the French Revolution reverses the immemorial state of affairs. The notion that only a woman may be preoccupied with her wardrobe and that a man should dress simply and even unobtrusively is of recent date.”

DANTE ALIGHIERI

As a youth he had a profound spiritual experience in an encounter with the young Beatrice Portinari; after her death he submerged himself in the study of philosophy and poetry. In 1302 Dante was banished from Florence, pursuing his literary career in various other cities of Italy.”

The presence in both the Inferno and the Purgatorio of groups of <sodomites> has given rise to a series of debates over the centuries. These passages must be interpreted in the larger context of the great poem’s situations and personnel.” “The sodomites of the Inferno (cantos 15 and 16) are seen running under a rain of fire, condemned never to stop if they wish to avoid the fate of being nailed to the ground for a hundred years with no chance of shielding themselves against the flames. Having recognized Dante, Brunetto Latini (ca. 1212-1294) called him to speak with him, voicing an important prophecy of Dante’s future. In describing his fellow sufferers, Latini mentioned a number of famous intellectuals, politicians, and soldiers.

In the Purgatorio (canto 26) the sodomites appear in a different context – together with lustful heterosexuals. The two categories travel in opposite directions, yelling out the reason for their punishment.

How can one account for the striking deference and sympathy that Dante shows for the sodomites? This matter began to puzzle commentators only a few years after the poet’s death.

Dante’s education took place in the 13th century when Italy was beginning to change its attitudes toward homosexual behavior. Conduct which had been a transgression condemned by religion but viewed with indulgence by everyday morality assumed increasing seriousness in the eyes of the laity. For Dante it was still possible – as it had commonly been through the first half of the 13th century – to separate human and divine judgment with respect to sodomy.”

IDADE DAS LUZES E O BURACO ESCURO: “For Dante’s commentators sodomy was a sin of such gravity that it was inconceivable for them to treat with respect men seared with such <infamy>.”

That Dante had spoken of Brunetto Latini and the sodomites with too much sympathy because he too shared their feelings was the conclusion of one anonymous commentator of the 14th century. Another wild suggestion is that the shameless Latini had made an attempt on Dante’s own virtue, and that hence Dante’s gentle words are in reality sarcasm that must be understood <in the opposite sense> (Guiniforto dei Bargigi; 1406-ca. 1460). Then, foreshadowing a thesis that would be favored by medical opinion in the 12th century, it was suggested that there were two types of sodomites, those by <choice> and those who are such by <necessity>.”

The debate on Dante’s motives has continued until our own day. In 1950 Andre Pezard devoted a whole book, Dante sous la pluie de feu, to an effort to show that the sin for which Brunetto and his companions were being punished was sodomy not in the usual sense, but in an allegorical one: sodomie spirituelle, which in Brunetto’s case meant having used the French language as a medium for one of his works.

The authoritative Encyclopedia Dantesca has sought to bring the conflict to an end, taking adequate account of Dante’s indulgent judgment as the correct key for solving the supposed <enigma> of the band of sodomites. As regards the reason for Brunetto Latini’s presence among the sodomites, Avalle D’Arco’s recent confirmation of the attribution to him of a long love poem directed to a man, S’eo son distretto inamoramente, shows that it was probably on the basis of facts that were publicly known in Dante’s time that he was consigned to Hell.” Aposto o cu que você já deu o cu.

DICKINSON, EMILY (1830-1886)

American poet. After brief periods at Amherst Academy and Holyoke Female Seminary, she settled into an outwardly uneventful life keeping house for her family. Dickinson never married. The real events in her life are her writings, which have assumed classic status in American literature.

These homoerotic poems are never joyous, but that is to be expected in a society where heterosexual marriage was virtually believed inevitable and there was little possibility of two unrelated women establishing a life together if they were not wealthy through independent inheritance.”

DIONYSUS

Greek god associated with wine and emotional exuberance. Although the name occurs in linear B tablets [?] from the end of the second millennium B.C., his figure absorbed additional elements from Thrace and the East in the following centuries. Dionysus, called Bacchus in Latin, was the son of Zeus and a mortal, Semele. When his mother unwisely besought Zeus to reveal himself in his true form, she was incinerated, but the embryo of her son escaped destruction. Zeus then inserted it into his own thigh and carried the child to term. This quality of being <twice born>, once from a woman and once from a man, points to the ambiguity of the god, who though male had effeminate traits. In literary and artistic representations, he sometimes served as a vehicle for questioning sex roles, otherwise strongly polarized in ancient Greece.

According to the late-antique writer Nonnus, Dionysus fell in love with a Phrygian boy, Ampelos, who became his inseparable companion. When the boy was killed in a bull-riding accident, the grief-stricken Dionysus turned him into a vine. As a result, the practices of vine cultivating and grape harvesting, of wine making and drinking, commemorate this deeply felt pederastic relationship: in honoring the vine (ampelos in Greek), one honors the god through his beloved.

In historic times Dionysus attracted a cult following consisting largely of women, the Bacchae or maenads. During the ritual followers abandoned their houses and work to roam about in the mountains, hair and clothing in disarray, and liberally imbibing wine, normally forbidden to women. At the height of their ecstasy they would seize upon an animal or even a child, tear it to pieces, and devour the uncooked flesh, by ingesting which they sought to incorporate the god and his powers within themselves. From a sociological point of view, the Bacchic cult is a <religion of the oppressed>, affording an ecstatic relief to women, whose status was low. Occurring only once during the year, or once every two years, these Dionysiac rites were bracketed off from the normal life of the Greek polis, suggesting comparison with such later European customs as the feast of fools, the carnival, the charivari, and mardi gras.

The maenads assume a major role in Euripides’ tragedy, The Bacchae (406 BC). Accompanied by his female followers, Dionysus appears in Thebes as a missionary. Unwisely, King Pentheus insults and arrests the divine visitor; after he has been rendered mad and humiliated, the transgressor is dismembered by the maenads. Interpretations of the play differ: a warning of the consequences of emotional excess versus a reaffirmation of the enduring presence of humanity’s irrational side. The subject probably attracted Euripides as a phenomenon of individual and group psychology in its own right, but it is unlikely that he intended it as a forecast of modern gay liberation in the <faery spirituality> mode, as Arthur Evans has argued. Inasmuch as the sexuality of The Bacchae was not pederastic, the Greek audience would not have seen the play as homosexual (a concept foreign to their mentality), but rather as challenging gender-role assumptions about men and women, whatever their sexual orientation. That the parts of the maenads were taken by men was not exceptional: women never appeared on the Greek stage.

Bacchanalian rites were introduced into Rome during the Republic. Men joined women in the frenzied gatherings, and (according to the historian Livy) there was more debauchery among the men with each other than with the women. Apart from their orgiastic aspects, the rites caused concern because they crossed class lines, welcoming citizens, freed men and slaves alike. Condemned as a subversive foreign import, the Senate suppressed the Bacchanalia in 186 BC, but they evidently were soon revived. Roman sarcophagi of the 2nd and 3rd century of our era show Bacchic scenes, projecting hopes for an afterlife spent in Dionysic bliss. In its last phases the cult of Dionysus emerged as an other-worldly mystery religion, showing affinities with Mithraism, the religion of Isis, and Christianity. Meeting now behind closed doors, members of the sect recognized one another by passwords and signs.

Although the early Christians regarded all pagan worship as demonic, they were not averse to purloining the Bacchic wine harvest imagery for their own sarcophagi and mosaics. Some Bacchic reminiscences recur in drinking songs of medieval goliardic poets, notably the Carmina Burana.”

At the end of the 16th century the flamboyant bisexual painter Caravaggio created a notably provocative image of Bacchus-Dionysus (Florence, Uffizi Gallery).” Veja pintura no verbete do pintor mais acima.

The most influential latter-day evocation of the god occurs in The Birth of Tragedy (1872) of Friedrich Nietzsche, who exalted the category of the Dionysiac as an antidote for excessive rationality in the interpretation of ancient Greece and, by implication, in modern life as well.

Nietzsche’s ideas were modernized and correlated with anthropology and psychoanalysis by the classical scholar E.R. Dodds, who in turn influenced the poet W.H. Auden. Together with his lover, Chester Kallman, Auden turned Euripides’ play into an opera libretto entitled The Bassarids.”

Karl Kerenyi, Dionysus: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life, London: Routledge, 1976.

DREAMS

When a dream has homosexual content, the hermeneutic process is complicated by the ethical assumptions of the dreamer and the interpreter, which reflect the attitudes of society toward same-sex experience.

To understand their dream experiences human beings have formulated a lore to which the ancients gave the name oneirocritical. Because the ancient world accepted homosexual interest and activity as part of human sexuality, the dream interpreters of the eastern Mediterranean cultures could calmly explain the homoerotic episodes in dreams in terms of their overall system of signs and meanings and without anxiety. Such was the work of Artemidorus of Daldis (middle of the 2nd century), which alludes to pédérastie and homosexual dream sequences and assigns them a specific, often prophetic meaning. Not so the Christian Middle Ages; the literature of dreams became exclusively heterosexual because the taboo with which theology had tainted sexual attraction to one’s own sex imposed a censorship that is only now being lifted.”

DRUGS

It should be noted that there has never been a country or society in which unrestricted use of all psychoactive drugs has been permitted over any period of time.”

In some users hallucinogens cause terrifying experiences; psychological problems can be exacerbated, and brain damage caused. The action of stimulants is often followed by a compensatory negative experience through which the body restores its equilibrium.”

Society can tolerate drug use if it is encapsulated within an artistic, recreational, religious, or therapeutic context; while some are able to so control their usagé, for many that is a daunting or impossible condition, at least in our present culture”

education is more effective than prohibition. Exaggeration of drugs’ harmful effects reduces respect for law, overwhelms the courts and prisons, inhibits research on any therapeutic use of drugs, makes drugs of controlled strength and purity unavailable, gives drugs the glamour of the forbidden, and encourages progression to ever more dangerous yet legally equal substances. As with alcohol during America’s Prohibition (1920-33), the supply of illegal drugs has become a very profitable industry, and not a passive or benign one. Foreigners who supply drugs sometimes justify their actions to themselves and their countrymen as a means of striking back at the political and economic power of the United States.”

during the 1960s, there were a considerable number of reports of people becoming aware of homoeroticism for the first time while under the influence of LSD especially. Drugs have also been used by musicians, artists, and writers who claim that the substances help them create, although this claim is controversial, perhaps because if substantiated it would be a powerful argument for drug use.”

The use of hashish (cannabis), eaten in sweets rather than smoked, is found in the Bible (Song of Songs 5:1; I Samuel 14:25-45), and there is evidence of psychic use of hemp (marijuana), from which hashish is made, from pre-historic times. Herodotus, for example, reports its popularity among the Scythians. However, widespread use of hashish begins in Islam in the 12th and 13th centuries. While the Koran prohibited wine, which because of distribution costs was somewhat more expensive than today, it was silent on hashish, which was also much less expensive. There was debate about whether the Koran’s silence was to be taken as approval, or whether prohibition was to be inferred from the treatment of wine; still, as long as it remained a minority indulgence it was tolerated, as wine usually was. Hashish users became a subculture; in particular it is linked to the mystical Sufis, who made a cult and ritual of its use. However, almost every Islamic poet from the 13th to the 16th centuries produced at least some playful poems on hashish, although wine poetry is much more abundant.”

Hashish was thought to cause effeminacy, a preference for the passive sexual role, and a loss of interest in sex. However, it was also prized as the drug of scholars and lovers of young men, and an aid in seduction of the latter. Turkish soldiers frequently ate hashish together before going into battle.

Coffee was introduced to Europe in the 17th century from the Turkish empire. Both within Islam and in Europe coffee was at first a similarly controversial drug, subject to occasional legal restriction or suppression. Its use in coffee-houses, later cafés, was typical of intellectuals and dissidents.”

The first half of the 20th century was characterized by a wave of reaction against drugs and the establishment of legal controls throughout Westem Europe and North America. However, the tensions of the 1960s, against a backdrop of the Holocaust and the invention and use of the atomic bomb, brought on a new wave of drug use. The hedonistic use of cannabis increased greatly; its enthusiasts promoted it as an aid to sensual and sexual enjoyment. The Beat generation, especially William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, had already turned to potent psychedelics as a means of self-improvement; they became part of the short-lived counterculture of the late 1960s. The discovery of psychedelics was in part due to progress in anthropology and archeology. The use by native peoples of mescaline (peyote), psilocybin (mushrooms), and other psychedelics became known, and the possible role of such substances in visions and oracles of the ancient Mediterranean world was proposed by scholars. The hallucinogenic properties of the most potent psychedelic yet known, lysergic acid diethylamine-25 (LSD), were discovered in 1943” “until it became too controversial, it was manufactured by a pharmaceutical company for research in psychotherapeutic treatment.”

The gay bar remains the only gay institution in many American communities, as it was almost everywhere until the 1970s.”

Poppers are a vasodilator of transitory effect, and cause a <high> from a drop in blood pressure; users say that the intensity and/or duration of orgasm is increased, that muscles (such as throat and anal sphincters) and gag reflexes are relaxed, and that feelings of increased union or <melting> with the sex partner result. Many users report that continued use (a single inhalation produces effects only for a few minutes) inhibits erections, while other users seem unaffected. Likewise, some users say the poppers encourage passivity and complete relaxation, while others report no such effect. Headaches and dizziness are sometimes reported as side effects.” “In the early 1980s poppers were accused of being a co-factor in the development of AIDS, and they were made illegal in some areas, although the accusation remains unproven.”

EFFEMINACY, HISTORICAL SEMANTICS OF

In reading older texts it is important to bear these differences in mind, for the term effeminate can be used slightingly of a womanizer [mulherengo] as well as of a <womanish> man.

The ancient Greeks and Romans sharply differentiated the active male homosexual, the paiderastes (in the New Testament arsenokoites, literally <man-layer>), from the passive partner, the cinaedus or pathicus (New Testament Greek malakos; Hebrew, rakha). The Greeks also sometimes used the term androgynos, <man-woman>, to stigmatize the passive homosexual. Beginning with the Old Attic comedies of Aristophanes, the passive is a stock figure of derision and contempt, the active partner far less so. Because of the military ideals on which ancient societies were founded, passivity and softness in the male were equated with cowardice and want of virility. A seeming exception is the god Dionysus – whose effeminate characteristics are, however, probably an import from the non-Greek East.

In ancient Rome the terms mollis (soft) and effeminatus acquired special connotations of decadence and enervating luxury. By contrast the word virtus meant manliness. The Roman satirists took sardonic delight in flagellating the vices of luxury that were rampant among the upper classes of a nation that, once rude and war-like, had succumbed to the temptations that followed its successful conquest and plunder of the entire ancient world. The classical notion of effeminacy as the result of luxury, idleness, and pampered self-indulgence is thus far removed from the claim of some gay liberationists today to kinship with the exploited and down-trodden.

The old Icelandic literature stemming from medieval Scandinavia documents the condemnation of the argr, the cowardly, unwar-like effeminate (compare Modern German arg, <bad>). The Latin term mollities (softness) entered early Christian and medieval writings, but often with reference to masturbation. It may be that the 18th-century English term molly for an effeminate homosexual is a reminiscence of Latin mollis.”

In the 16th century the French monarch Henri III assembled an entourage of favorites whose name mignon connotes effeminacy and delicacy. In French also the original meaning of bardache was the passive partner of the active bougre. English writings of the 17th and 18th century frequently denounced foppery [dandismo], sometimes homosexual but more often heterosexual.”

Restoration times also witnessed the popularity of the self-referencing habit of male homosexuals adopting women’s names: Mary, Mary-Anne, Molly, Nance or Nancy, and Nelly. The habit occurs in other languages as well – Janet in Flemish; Checca (from Francesca) in Italian; Maricón (from Maria) in Spanish; and Adelaida in Portuguese.”

19th-century English witnessed a semantic shift of a number of terms originally applied to women to provide opprobrious designations of male homosexuals. Thus gay had the meaning of a loose woman, prostitute; faggot, a slatternly woman –, and queen (or quean), a trollop. Even today the popular mind tends to the view that gay men seek to imitate women, or even become women –, the considerable number of unstereotypical, masculine homosexuals are not taken into account.”

Termagant and virago, though pejorative, do not suggest variance of sexual orientation. The girl who is a tomboy has always been treated more indulgently than the boy who is a sissy.”

Men who cross-dress as women are of two kinds. Some go to great lengths to make the simulation credible, an effort that may be a prelude to transsexualism. In other instances the simulation is imperfect, a kind of send-up. Although some feminists have interpreted such cross-dressing exercises as mockery of women, it is more likely that they signify a questioning of gender categories. In any event, transvestism is not normally held to lie within the province of effeminacy, which is thought to be the adjunction of feminine traits in a person otherwise fully recognizable as masculine.”

Hans Herter, Reallexikon fur Antike und Christentum, 4 (1959).

EGYPT

Traditionally the pharaohs married their half-sisters, a custom that other peoples considered curious. Self-confident in their cherished habits and customs, the Egyptians nonetheless cherished a distinct sense of privacy, which restricted discussion of erotic themes in the documents that have come down to modern times. Most of our evidence stems from temples and tombs, where a full record of everyday life could scarcely be expected. Unfortunately, Egypt had no law codes comparable to those known from ancient Mesopotamia.”

The realm of mythology provides several instances of homosexual behavior. In order to subordinate him, the god Seth attempted to sodomize his brother Horus, but the latter foiled him, and tricked Seth into ingesting some of his (Horus’s) own semen. Seth then became pregnant. In another myth the ithyphallic god Min anally assaulted an enemy, who later gave birth to the god Thoth. Both these stories present involuntary receptive homosexuality as a humiliation, but the act itself is not condemned; in the latter incident the god of wisdom is born as a result. (In another myth the high god engenders offspring parthenogenetically by masturbation.) While it is sometimes claimed that the ancient Egyptians were accustomed to sodomize enemies after their defeat on the battlefield, the evidence is equivocal.”

In what is surely history’s first homosexual short story, King Pepy II Neferkare (2355-2261) makes nocturnal visits to have sex with his general Sisinne. This episode is significant as an instance of androphilia – sex between two adult men – rather than the pederasty that was dominant in the ancient world. From a slightly earlier period comes the Tomb of the Two Brothers at Thebes, which the excavators have explained as the joint sepulcher of two men, Niankhnum and Khnumhotep, who were lovers. Bas reliefs on the tomb walls show the owners embracing affectionately.”

Queen Hatshepsut (reigned 1503-1482 BC) adopted male dress and even wore a false beard; these male attributes probably stem from her decision to reign alone, rather than from lesbianism.

A figure of particular interest is the pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV; reigned ca. 1372-1354 BC), who was a religious and artistic reformer. Although this king begat several daughters with his wife, the famous Nefertiti, in art he is often shown as eunuch-like, with swollen hips and feminine breasts. According to some interpreters these somatic features reflect a glandular disorder. Other scholars believe that they are a deliberate artistic stylization, so that the appearance of androgyny may convey a universal concept of the office of kingship, uniting the male and the female so as to constitute an appropriate counterpart of the universal god Aten he introduced. Scenes of Akhenaten caressing his son-in-law Smenkhkare have been interpreted, doubtfully, as indicating a homosexual relation between the two.”

ELLIS, HAVELOCK

Pioneering British writer on sexual psychology. Descended from a family with many generations of seafarers, Henry Havelock Ellis was named after a distinguished soldier who was the hero of the Indian Mutiny. Early in life he sailed twice around the world and spent some years in Australia. In boarding school he had some unpleasant experiences suggesting a passive element in his character, and his attachments to women were often more friendships than erotic liaisons. At the age of 32 he married Edith Lees, a lesbian; after the first year of their marriage all sexual relations ceased, and both went on to a series of affairs with women. By nature an autodidact, Ellis obtained in 1889 only a licentiate in Medicine, Surgery, and Midwifery from the Society of Apothecaries – a somewhat inferior degree that always embarrassed him. More interested in his literary studies than in the practice of medicine, he nevertheless collected case histories mainly by correspondence, as his autobiography makes no mention of clinical practice.

ERA DE AQUARIUS: “In the atmosphere that prevailed after the disgrace of Oscar Wilde (May 1895), publication in England was problematic, but under doubtful auspices the English edition was released in November 1897.”

Sexual Inversion was the first book in English to treat homosexuality as neither disease nor crime, and if he dismissed the current notion that it was a species of <degeneracy> (in the biological sense), he also maintained that it was inborn and unmodifiable – a view that he never renounced. His book, couched in simple language, urged public toleration for what was then regarded as unnatural and criminal to the highest degree. To a readership conditioned from childhood to regard homosexual behavior with disgust and abhorrence, the book was beyond the limits of comprehension, and a radical publisher and bookseller named George Bedborough was duly prosecuted for issuing <a certain lewd wicked bawdy scandalous and obscene libel>” “The book was to appear in two later editions as the second volume of Ellis’ Studies in the Psychology of Sex, which in its final format extended to 7 volumes covering the whole of sexual science as it existed in the first three decades of the 20th century.” “Ellis never endorsed the explanations offered by Freud and the psychoanalytic school, so that the third edition of Sexual Inversion (1915), which was supplemented by material drawn from Magnus Hirschfeld’s Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weibes, published a year earlier, presented essentially the standpoint of 1904. The next in radical character was the measured discussion of masturbation, which Victorian society had been taught to regard with virtual paranoia as the cause of numberless ills.

EPHEBOPHILIA

The term ephebophilia seems to have been coined by Magnus Hirschfeld in his Wesen der Liebe (1906)

ANTI-AQUILINO (BANQUETE): “those with bearded faces who had outgrown the stage at which they were appropriate as the younger partners in pederasty, but not yet old enough to marry: the prime age for military service. The ancient Greek age of puberty was likely in the mid-teens rather than the younger ages typical of contemporary Western society.”

In other societies, ephebes are legally on a par with younger children, but in practice sexual activities with them are not as harshly repressed as with the younger group.”

The combination of heightened sexual energy with a lack of heterosexual outlets (owing to marriage ages in the twenties and restrictions on pre-marital opportunities) and low incomes (characteristic of males still in school, military service, or just beginning to acquire work experience) has in many societies made heterosexual ephebes more available for trade (one-sided) relationships with homosexuals than any other group of heterosexual males.

For many ephebophiles, the naïveté of ephebes is a source of attraction, their enthusiasm for new experiences (including sexual and romantic involvements) contrasted with what is perceived to be the more jaded and skeptical attitudes of other adults.”

The ancient Greeks acknowledged this trait with the term philephebos (fond of young men) and philoboupais (one who is fond of over-matured boys, <bull-boys> or <husky young men>), but generally slighted it in favor of the pederastic preference. Nevertheless, the athletic games of which the Greeks were so fond featured nude ephebes, the size of whose members received public acclaim, and the victors basked in adulation; Pindar wrote odes to them.”

In the 20th century, the dominance of the androphile model of male homosexuality has tended to subsume, appropriate, and obscure the ephebophile current, and to consider it as a mode of adult-adult relationships rather than as a distinctive type of preference.”

EPICUREANISM

Knowledge of Epicureanism, the classical rival of Stoicism, is fragmentary because Christians, disliking its atheistic materialism, belief in the accidental existence of the cosmos, and ethical libertarianism, either failed to copy or actually destroyed the detested works. Of all the numerous works composed in antiquity, only Lucretius’ philosophical poem De rerum natura survives intact. Diogenes Laertius reported that Epicurus wrote more than anyone else, including 37 books On Nature. A typical maxim: <We see that pleasure is the beginning and end of living happily>.

Epicurus (341-270 BC), the founder of the school, served as an ephebe in Athens at 18 and then studied at the Academy, a fellow classmate of Menander, when Aristotle was absent in Chalcis. Having taught abroad, where he combatted the atomist philosophy of Democritus, he returned to Athens and bought his house with a garden in 307-6. There he taught until his death, allowing women and slaves to participate in his lessons – to the shock of traditionalists. Only a few lines of his works survive. Apparently he likened sexual object choice, whether of women or boys, to food preferences – a parallel that often recurred in later times. His beloved Metrodorus predeceased him.

[O LEITMOTIF INCONSCIENTE DO BLOG] The Epicurean school, consisting of scholars who secluded themselves from society in Epicurus’ garden, lived modestly or even austerely. Stoics, however, libeled the secretive Epicureans because of their professed hedonism, accusing them of profligacy of every kind despite the fact that Epicurus felt that pleasure could be attained only in restraint of some pursuits that in the long run bring more pain than the temporary pleasure they seem to offer. Natural pleasures are easily satisfied, others being unnecessary. The ideal was freedom from destiny by satisfying desire and avoiding the pain of desires too difficult or impossible to satisfy. By freeing man from fear of gods and an afterlife and by teaching him to avoid competition in politics and business it liberates him from emotional turmoil. Friendship was extremely important to Epicureans.”

Lucretius (ca. 94-55 BC) seems not to have added any ideas to those taught by Epicurus himself. But others, like the fabulously rich general Lucullus, whose banquets became proverbial, excused their gross sensuality by references to Epicurus’ maxims. Julius Caesar proclaimed himself an Epicurean. Under the Empire Stoicism vanquished its rival and vied with Christianity, which when triumphant anathematized Epicureanism.”

the Soviet Communists, who naturally ranked Epicurus above Plato as the greatest philosopher of antiquity.” ???

Gassendi (1592-1655) [neo-epicurean] exerted enormous influence on both Newton and Leibniz.”

FAGGOT

One of the most persistent myths that have gained a foot-hold in the gay movement is the belief that faggot derives from the basic meaning of <bundle of sticks used to light a fire>, with the historical commentary that when witches were burned at the stake, <only presumed male homosexuals were considered low enough to help kindle the fires>.

The English word has in fact three forms: faggot, attested by the Oxford English Dictionary from circa 1300; fadge, attested from 1588; and faggald, which the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue first records from 1375. The first and second forms have the additional meaning <fat, slovenly woman> which according to the English Dialect Dictionary survived into the 19th century in the folk speech of England.

The homosexual sense of the term, unknown in England itself, appears for the first time in America in a vocabulary of criminal slang printed in Portland, Oregon in 1914, with the example <All the fagots (sissies) will be dressed in drag at the ball tonight>. The apocopated (clipped) form fag then arose by virtue of the tendency of American colloquial speech to create words of one syllable; the first quotation is from the book by Neis Anderson, The Hobo (1923): <Fairies or Fags are men or boys who exploit sex for profit.> The short form thus also has no connection with British fag as attested from the 19th century (for example, in the novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays) in the sense of <public school boy who performs menial tasks for an upper-classman>.

In American slang faggot/fag usurped the semantic role of bugger in British usage, with its connotations of extreme hostility and contempt bordering on death wishes. In more recent decades it has become the term of abuse par excellence in the mouths of heterosexuals, often just as an insult aimed at another male’s alleged want of masculinity or courage, rather than implying a sexual role or orientation.

The ultimate origin of the word is a Germanic term represented by the Norwegian dialect words fagg, <bundle, heap>, alongside bagge, <obese, clumsy creature> (chiefly of animals). From the latter are derived such Romance words as French bagasse and ltalian bagascia, <prostitute>, whence the parallel derivative bagascione whose meaning matches that of American English faggot/fag, while Catalan bagassejar signifies to faggot, <to frequent the company of loose women>.

The final proof that faggot cannot have originated in the burning of witches at the stake is that in English law both witchcraft and buggery were punishable by hanging, and that in the reign of the homosexual monarch James I the execution of heretics came to an end, so that by the time American English gave the word its new meaning there cannot have been in the popular mind even the faintest remnant of the complex of ideas credited to the term in the contemporary myth. It is purely and simply an Americanism of the 20th century.

Given the fact that the term faggot cannot refer to burning at the stake, why does the myth continue to enjoy popularity in the gay movement? On the conscious level it serves as a device with which to attack the medieval church, by extension Christianity in toto, and finally all authority. On another level, it may linger as a <myth of origins>, a kind of collective masochistic ritual that willingly identifies the homosexual as victim.

FASCISM

The term fascism derives from fasces, the bundles of rods carried by the lictors of ancient Rome to symbolize the unity of classes in the Republic. Fascism is the authoritarian movement that arose in Italy in the wake of World War I. Although Hitler admired its founder Mussolini and imitated him at first – the term Führer is modeled on Duce – one cannot simply equate his more radical National Socialist movement with the Italian phenomenon, as writers of the left are prone to do.”

Not essentially racist like Nazism or anti-bourgeois like Marxism, Italian fascism, with its corporative binding of workers and employers, has been less consistently hostile to homosexuals.”

Mussolini also argued in a discussion of a draft penal code in 1930 that because Italians, being virile, were not homosexuals, Italy needed no law banning homosexual acts, which he believed only degenerate foreigners to practice. A ban would only frighten such tourists away, and Italy needed the money they spent to improve its balance of payments and shore up its sagging economy. Napoléon had promulgated his code, which did not penalize homosexual acts between consenting adults, in northern Italy in 1810, and thus decriminalized sodomy. It had already been decriminalized in Tuscany by Grand Duke Leopold, the enlightened brother of Joseph II. The Albertine Code of 1837 for Piedmont-Sardinia was extended to all its dominions after the House of Savoy created a united Kingdom of Italy, a task completed in 1870. Pervasive was the influence of the jurist Marquis Cesare Beccaria, who argued against cruel and unusual punishments and against all offenses motivated by religious superstition and fanaticism.

Thus Italy with its age-old <Mediterranean homosexuality> in which women were protected, almost secluded – upper-class girls at least in the South being accompanied in public by dueñas –, had like other Latin countries allowed female prostitution and closed its eyes to homosexuality. As such it had became the playground par excellence during the grand tour of the English milords, and also the refuge of exiles and émigrés from the criminal sanctions of the Anglo-American common law and the Prussian code. The Prussian Code was extended in 1871-72 to the North and then South German territories incorporated in the Reich, including ones where the Code Napoleon had prevailed in the early part of the century. Byron and John Addington Symonds took refuge in Italy, as William Beckford did in Portugal and Oscar Wilde in Paris. Friedrich Alfred Krupp’s playground was in Capri, Thomas Mann’s in Venice, and Count Adelswárd Fersen’s also in Capri.”

Personally, Mussolini was somewhat of a sexual acrobat, in that he had a succession of mistresses and often took time out in the office to have sex with one or another of his secretaries.”

Believing in military strength through numbers, Mussolini did more than Hitler to subsidize parents of numerous progeny, thus hoping to increase Italy’s population from 40 to 60 million.”

However, after he formed the Rome-Berlin Axis with Hitler in 1936, Mussolini began, under Nazi influence, to persecute homosexuals and to promulgate anti-Semitic decrees in 1938 and 1939, though these were laxly enforced, and permitted exceptions, such as veterans of World War I.”

Oppressing homosexuals more than Jews, Mussolini’s regime rounded up and imprisoned a substantial number, a procedure poignantly depicted in Ettore Scola’s excellent film A Special Day (1977).” “Even exclusive homosexuals, if they were not unlucky, survived fascism unscathed.”

Admiral Horthy seized control of Hungary from the communist Bela Kun in 1920 and as Regent unleashed a <White Terror> largely directed against Jews, two years before Mussolini marched on Rome with his black-shirts.”

Fascists were less consistent and more divided among themselves than even communists or Nazis. After all, they had no sacred text like Das Kapital or Mein Kampf, and further were not ruling only a single powerful country.” “Czechoslovakia, the only democracy in Central Europe to survive this period, simply continued the Austrian penal code of 1852 that penalized both male and female homosexuality.”

The great homosexual poet Federico García Lorca was shot by a death squad near Granada in 1936; it is said that they fired the bullets through his backside to <make the punishment fit the crime>.” “More than Mussolini, Franco resisted the theories and pressures of Hitler, whom he regarded as a despicable (and perhaps deranged) upstart. It has been argued that Franco was not a fascist at all and that he actually maintained a pro-Jewish policy, granting asylum to refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe and attempting to protect Sephardic Jews in the Balkan countries. In his last years he in fact liberalized Spain to a certain extent, allowing among other things a resurgence of gay bars, baths, and culture even before the accession of King Juan Carlos upon his death in 1975. Today Spain is one of the freest countries in Europe.”

Naturally Latins, like Slavs, being considered inferior peoples by Hitler, did not in general espouse racism (Hitler had to make the Japanese honorary Aryans to ally with them in the Tripartite Pact of 1937), so they had no reason to think of homosexuals in his terms.”

FASCIST PERVERSION, BELIEF IN

Fascism and National Socialism (Nazism) were originally distinct political systems, but their eventual international ties (the <Rome-Berlin axis>) led to the use of <fascist> as an umbrella term¹ by Communist writers anxious to avoid the implication that <National Socialism> was a type of socialism. Neither in Italy nor in Spain did the right-authoritarian political movements have a homosexual component. Rather it was in Weimar Germany that the right-wing paramilitary groups which constituted the nucleus of the later National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) attracted a considerable number of homosexuals whose erotic leanings overlapped with the male bonding of the party. This strong male bonding, in the later judgment of their own leaders, gave the Nazis a crucial advantage in their victory over the rival Social Democratic and communist formations in the early 1930s.

The most celebrated of the homosexuals in the Nazi Party of the 1920s was Ernst Rohm, whose sexual proclivities were openly denounced by left-wing propagandists, but this did not deprive him of Hitler’s confidence until the putsch of June 30, 1934, in which he and many of his homosexual comrades in arms were massacred.”

¹ Discordo, mas segue o jogo.

theorists such as Wilhelm Reich who were opposed to homosexuality [?] could claim that the right-wing youth were <becoming more homosexual>. The victory of National Socialism at the beginning of 1933 then reinforced Communist and émigré propagandists in their resort to <fascist perversion> as a rhetorical device with which they could abuse and vilify the regime that had defeated and exiled them – and which they hoped would be transient and unstable.

In particular, the statute by which Stalin restored the criminal sanctions against homosexuality that had been omitted from the penal codes of 1922 and 1926 was officially titled the <Law of March 7, 1934> – a pointed allusion to the anniversary of the National Socialist consolidation of power one year earlier.”

In the United States Maoists charged that the gay liberation movement of 1969 and the years following was an example of <bourgeois décadance> that would vanish once the triumph of socialism was achieved. “

Samuel Igra, Germany’s National Vice, London: Quality Press, 1945.

FILM

Adolescent alienation was the theme of Rebel without a Cause (1955), in which, however, the delicate Sal Mineo character dies so that James Dean can be united with Natalie Wood.”

In the book Midnight Express the hero admitted to a gay love affair in prison, but in the movie version (1978) he rejects a handsome fellow inmate’s advances.”

Screen biographies of gay people have had similar fates. Michelangelo and Cole Porter appear as joyful heterosexuals; Oscar Wilde could not be sanitized, to be sure, but he was presented in a <tasteful> manner (3 British versions, 2 in 1960, one in 1984). Recent screen biographies have been better; the documentary on the painter Paul Cadmus (1980) is open without being sensational; Prick Up Your Ears, on the life of Joe Orton, is as frank as one can wish, though it somehow misses the core of his personality.”

In The Third Sex (West Germany, 1959) a sophisticated older man has an entourage of teenage boys. Although this film purveys dated ideas of homosexuality, it went farther in explicitness than anything that Hollywood was able to do for over a decade. Federico Fellini’s celebrated La Dolce Vita (1960) is a multifaceted portrait of eternal decadence in chic circles in Rome.”

One breakthrough came in 1967 when the legendary Marlon Brando portrayed a closeted homosexual army officer in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye, a film which drew a <Condemned> rating from the Catholic Church.” Who gives a fuck (literally)!

Sunday Bloody Sunday: this film was notable for the shock experienced by straight audiences at a kissing scene between Peter Finch and Murray Head. Perhaps the most notorious of the gay directors was Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose Fox and His Friends (1975) deals with homosexuality and class struggle. Fassbinder’s last film was his controversial version of a Genet novel, Querelle (1982). The death of Franco created the possibility of a new openness in Spanish culture, including a number of gay films. Influenced by Luis Buñuel, Law of Desire (1986) by Pedro Almodóvar is surely a masterpiece of comic surrealism.”

Already in the 1920s some major directors were known to be gay, including the German Friedrich W. Murnau and the Russian Sergei Eisenstein.”

During their lifetimes Charles Laughton and Montgomery Clift had to suffer fag-baiting taunts from colleagues, while Rock Hudson remained largely untouched by public scandal until his death from AIDS in 1985. Tyrone Power and Cary Grant were decloseted after their deaths. The sexuality of others, such as Errol Flynn and James Dean, remains the subject of argument. In Germany the stage actor and film director Gustav Grundgens managed to work through the Nazi period, even though his homosexuality was known to the regime.”

In 1969, however, hardcore porno arrived, apparently to stay. Some 50 theatres across the United States specialized in the genre, and where the authorities were willing to turn a blind eye, sexual acts took place there, stimulated by the films.”

Much of the early production was forgettable, but in 1971, in Boys in the Sand starring Casey Donovan (Cal Culver), the director-producer Wakefield Poole achieved a rare blend of sexual explicitness and cinematographic values.”

In the later 80s AIDS began to devastate porno-industry workers, gay and straight, and safe sex procedures became more rigorous on the set (it should be noted, however, that long before AIDS, by strict convention, pornographic film ejaculations were always conducted outside the body, so as to be graphically visible; hence film sex was always basically <safe sex>).”

PROVAVELMENTE ULTRAPASSADO: “Lesbian porno exists only as scenes within films addressed to heterosexual males, their being, thus far, no market for full-length lesbian films of this nature. A number of independent lesbian film-makers have made candid motion pictures about lesbian life, but they are not pornographic.”

Carel Rowe, The Baudelairean Cinema: A Trend Within the American Avant-Garde, Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1982.

FLAUBERT

From his early years at the lycée onward, he preferred the pen to his father’s scalpel, and single-handedly edited a minor journal, the Colibri, that clumsily but clearly foretold his future talent. In Paris he read Law but never took the degree for reasons of health, and there met Maxime Du Camp, with whom he formed a close friendship. Together they traveled through Brittany and Normandy in 1847, bringing back a volume of reminiscences that was to be published only after Flaubert’s death (Par les champs et par les grèves, 1885). Between October of 1849 and May of 1851 the two traveled in Egypt and Turkey, and there Flaubert had a number of pédérastie experiences which he related in his letters to Louis Bouilhet.”

BORING FASHION: “On his return to France Flaubert shut himself up in his country house at Croisset, near Rouen. Instead of aspiring to self-discovery in the manner of the Romanticists, Flaubert sought to bury his own personality by striving for the goal of art in itself, and he devoted his entire life to the quest for its secrets. His ferocious will to be in his works <like God>, everywhere and nowhere, explains the nerve-wracking effort that went into each of his novels, in which nothing is left to the free flow of inspiration, nothing is asserted without being verified, nothing is described that has not been seen.” “This explains the multiple versions that are periodically uncovered of almost every one of his works, with the sole exception of Madame Bovary (1857), which led to his being tried for offending public decency.”

In 1857 he traveled to Tunisia to collect material for a historical novel set in Carthage after the First Punic War. Salammbô (1862), abundantly documented, is so rich in sadistic scenes, including one of a mass child-sacrifice, that it horrified some contemporary readers.”

In 1874 he published La tentation de saint Antoine, a prose poem of great power and imagination. His last work, Bouvard et Pécuchet (issued posthumously in 1881), is an unfinished study in male bonding.”

Sodomy is a subject of conversation at table. You can deny it at times, but everyone starts ribbing you and you end up spilling the beans. Traveling for our own information and entrusted with a mission by the government, we regarded it as our duty to abandon ourselves to this manner of ejaculation. The occasion has not yet presented itself, but we are looking for one. The Turkish baths are where it is practiced. One rents the bath for 5 fr., including the masseurs, pipe, coffee, and linen, and takes one’s urchin into one of the rooms. – You should know that all the bath attendants are bardaches [homossexuais passivos].”

FOUCAULT

at the end of his life he surprised the world with 2 successor volumes with a different subject matter: the management of sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome. While completing these books he was already gravely ill, a fact that may account for their turgid, sometimes repetitive presentation. In June 1984 Michel Foucault died in Paris of complications resulting from AIDS.”

O CONTINENTE SE ESMIGALHA: “Discontent with the systems of Marx and Freud and their contentious followers had nonetheless left an appetite for new <mega-theories>, which the Anglo-Saxon pragmatic tradition was unable to satisfy.”

This concept of discontinuity was all the more welcome as the ground had been prepared by an influential American philosopher of science, Thomas Kuhn, whose concept of radical shifts in paradigm had been widely adopted. In vain did Foucault protest toward the end of his life that he was not the philosopher of discontinuity; he is now generally taken to be such.”

Not since Jean-Paul Sartre had France given the world a thinker of such resonance. Yet Foucault’s work shows a number of key weaknesses. Not gifted with the patience for accumulating detail that since Aristotle has been taken to be a hallmark of the historian’s craft, he often spun elaborate theories from scanty empirical evidence. He also showed a predilection for scatter-gun concepts such as episteme, discourse, difference, and power; in seeking to explain much, these talismans make for fuzziness. Foucauldian language has had a seductive appeal for his followers, but repetition dulls the magic and banalization looms.”

FOURIER

French Utopian philosopher and sexual radical. Fourier spent much of his life in Lyon, trapped in a business world which he hated with a passion. Disillusioned in childhood by the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the people around him, he gradually formulated an elaborate theory of how totally to transform society in a Utopian world of the future known as Harmony, in which mankind would live in large communes called Phalansteries.

Fourier hid his sexual beliefs from his contemporaries, and it was more than a century after his death before his main erotic work, Le nouveau monde amoureux, was first published. (…) Fourier did not believe that anyone under 16 had any sexual feelings, nor did he understand the psychology of sadism, pedophilia, or rape, so that his sexual theories are not entirely suitable for modem experimentation. (…) He recognized male homosexuals and lesbians as biological categories long before Krafft-Ebing created the modern concept of immutable sexual <perversions>.” “He wrote some fictional episodes in the vein of William Beckford, one of which describes the seduction of a beautiful youth by an older man.”

FRANCE

French politics and literature have exercised an incalculable influence on other countries, from England to Quebec, from Senegal to Vietnam. Whether justified or not, a reputation for libertine hedonism clings to the country, and especially to its capital, Paris – by far the largest city of northern Europe from the 12th to the 18th centuries (when London surpassed it), making France a barometer of changing sexual mores.”

The heavy-drinking later Merovingians, descendants of the Frankish king Merovech and his grandson Clovis, who conquered all Gaul, were barbarians who indulged their sensual appetites freely. Lack of control allowed considerable sexual license to continue into the more Christianized Carolingian period (late 8th-9th centuries), and probably to increase during the feudal anarchy that followed the Viking invasions of the 9th and 10th, but in the 11th century the church moved to regulate private conduct according to its own strict canons.”

The term sodomia, which appears in the last decades of the 12th century [?], covered bestiality, homosexual practices, and <unnatural> heterosexual relations of all kinds.” “Popes organized the Inquisition against them and invoked the bloody Albigensian Crusade which devastated much of Languedoc, homeland of a sensual culture tinged by Moslem influences from the south. The word bougre itself survives to this day as English bugger, which in Great Britain, apart from legal usage, remains a coarse and virtually obscene expression.”

The guilt of the Templars remains moot to this day; while some may have been involved in homosexual liaisons, the political atmosphere surrounding the investigation and the later controversy made impartial judgment impossible. A persistent fear of sexuality and a pathetic inability to stamp out its proscribed manifestations, even with periodic burning of offenders at the stake and strict regulations within the cloister, plagued medieval society to the end.”

Henri III was celebrated for his mignons, the favorites drawn from the ranks of the petty nobility – handsome, gorgeously attired and adorned adolescents and magnificent swordsmen ready to sacrifice their lives for their sovereign. Although the king had exhibited homosexual tendencies earlier in life, these became more marked after a stay in Venice in 1574. Yet neither he nor the mignons scorned the opposite sex in their pursuit of pleasure, and there is no absolute proof that any of this circle expressed their desires genitally. Yet a whole literature of pamphlets and lampoons by Protestants and by Catholic extremists, both of whom disapproved of the king’s moderate policy, was inspired by the life of the court of Henri III until his assassination in 1589.”

Even the entourage of Cardinal Richelieu included the Abbé Boisrobert, patron of the theatre and the arts, and founder of the French Academy, the summit of French intellectual life. His proclivities were so well known that he was nicknamed <the mayor of Sodom>, while the king who occupied the throne, Louis XIII, was surnamed <the chaste> because of his absolute indifference to the fair sex and to his wife Marie de Medici.”

In his posthumously published novel La religieuse, Denis Diderot indicted convents as hot-houses of lesbianism.”

The Revolution secured the release (though only for a time) of the imprisoned pansexual writer and thinker, the Marquis D.A.F. de Sade, who carried the transgressive strain in the Enlightenment to the ultimate limits of the imagination.”

The novels of Jean Genet, a former professional thief, treated male homosexuality with a pornographic frankness and style rich in imagery unparalleled in world literature. Genet enjoyed the patronage of the dominant intellectual of the time, the heterosexual Jean-Paul Sartre, who also wrote about homosexuality in other contexts.”

Innovations such as a computerized gay bulletin board – the Minitel – reached France, but also the tragic incursion of AIDS (in French, SIDA), spread in no small part from Haiti and the United States.”

FREE-MASONRY

The fraternal order of Free and Accepted Masons is a male secret society having adherents throughout the world. The order is claimed to have arisen from the English and Scottish fraternities of stone-masons and cathedral builders in the late Middle Ages. The formation of a grand lodge in London in 1717 marked the beginning of the spread of free-masonry on the continent as far east as Poland and Russia. From its obscure origins free-masonry gradually evolved into a political and benevolent society that vigorously promoted the ideology of the Enlightenment, and thus came into sharp and lasting antagonism with the defenders of the Old Régime.”

The slogan Liberty, Equality, Fraternity immortalized by the French Revolution is said to have begun in the lodges of the Martinist affiliate.”

FREUDIAN CONCEPTS

Five aspects of Freud’s psychoanalytic work are relevant to homosexuality, though by no means have all of them been fully appreciated in the discussion of the legal and social aspects of the subject. These include: (1) the psychology of sex; (2) the etiology of paranoia; (3) psychoanalytic anthropology; (4) the psychology of religion; and (5) the origins of Judaism and Christianity. In regard to the last two the psychoanalytic profession in the United States has notably shied away from the implications of the founder’s ideas, in no small part because of its accommodation to the norms of American culture, including popular Protestant religiosity.”

Freud pointed out that the pederast is attracted only to the male youth who has not yet lost his androgynous quality, so that it is the blend of masculine and feminine traits in the boy that arouses and attracts the adult male” “with a narcissistic starting point they seek youthful sexual partners resembling themselves, whom they then love as the mother loved them. He also determined that alleged inverts were not indifferent to female stimuli, but transferred their arousal to male objects.”

Recent investigations have sought to confirm this insight for paranoia in male subjects only, and in all likelihood it is related not just to the phenomenon of homosexual panic but to the generally higher level of societal anxiety and legal intolerance in regard to male as opposed to female homosexuality. This would also explain why lesbianism is invisible to the unconscious: the collective male psyche experiences no threat from female homosexuality.”

The outcome of Freud’s explorations in this direction [anthropology] was Totem and Taboo (1913), which despite the break with his Swiss colleague in that year is the most Jungian of all his works.” “While Hellenic civilization could distinguish between father-son and erastes-eromenos relationships, Biblical Judaism could not, and expanded its earlier prohibition of homosexual acts with a father or uncle to a generalized taboo. It is perhaps pertinent that pedophilia (sex with pre-pubertal children), as distinct from pederasty, usually involves members of the same family, not total strangers. Also, extending this mode of thinking, the fascination which some homosexual men have for partners of other races may be owing to the unconscious guilt that still adheres to a sexual relationship with anyone who could be even remotely related to them, which is to say a member of the same ethnic or racial group.” “Totemism and exogamy are the two halves of the familiar Oedipus complex, the attraction to the mother and the death wishes against the rival father.” “Freud then appealed to Robertson Smith’s writings on sacrifice and sacrificial feasts in which the totem is ceremonially slain and eaten, thus reenacting the original deed. The rite is followed by mourning and then by triumphant rejoicing and wild excesses –, the events serve to perpetuate the community and its identity with the ancestor. After thousands of years of religious evolution the totem became a god, and the complicated story of the various religions begins. This work of Freud’s has been condemned by anthropologists and other specialists, yet it may throw considerable light on aspects of Judeo-Christian myth and legend that cluster around the rivalry of the father and his adolescent son – in which the homosexual aggressor is, ostensibly, seeking to destroy the masculinity of his rival by <using him as a woman>.

Obsessional neurosis is a pathological counterpart of religion, while religion may be styled a collective obsessional neurosis.”

From the secondary sources that he had read, Freud surmised that the lawgiver Moses was an Egyptian who had opted for exile after religious counter-revolution had undone the reforms of the first monotheist, Akhenaten. His Egyptian retinue became the Levites, the elite of the new religious community which received its law code, not from him, but from the Midianite priest of a volcanic deity, Jahweh, at the shrine of Kadesh Barnea. This last site, amusingly enough, presumably took its name from the bevy of male and female cult prostitutes who ministered at its shrine. The Biblical Moses is a fusion of the two historic figures.

Freud also, on the basis of a book published by the German Semiticist Ernst Sellin, posited the death of Moses in an uprising caused by his autocratic rule and apodictic pronouncements. The whole notion was based upon a reinterpretation of some passages in the book of Hosea, which because of its early and poetic character, not to speak of the problems of textual transmission, poses enormous difficulties even for the expert.” “Judaism is a religion of the father, Christianity a religion of the son, whose death on the cross and the institution of the eucharist are the last stage in the evolution that began with the slaying and eating of the totem animal by the primal horde.”

The particular emphasis with which Freud contradicted Magnus Hirschfeld’s notion that homosexuals were a biological third sex led – together with a tendency (not confined to psychoanalysis) to deny the constitutional bases of behavior – to the assertion that homosexuality was purely the result of <fixation> in an infantile stage of sexual development provoked by the action or inaction of the parents. (…) Thus in the popular mind the belief that homosexuality is somehow a failure of psychological development has its underpinning in the Freudian concepts.”

his legacy has quietly worked in favor of toleration”

FRIENDSHIP, FEMALE ROMANTIC

When Sarah’s family discovered that she had run off with a woman instead of a man, they were relieved – her reputation would not suffer any irreparable harm (as it would have had her accomplice been male). Her relative Mrs. Tighe observed, <Sarah’s conduct, though it has an appearance of imprudence, is I am sure void of serious impropriety. There were no gentlemen concerned, nor does it appear to be anything more than a scheme of Romantic Friendship.> The English, during the second half of the 18th century, prized sensibility, faithfulness, and devotion in a woman, but forbade her significant contact with the opposite sex before she was betrothed. It was reasoned, apparently, that young women could practice these sentiments on each other so that when they were ready for marriage they would have perfected themselves in those areas. It is doubtful that women viewed their own romantic friendships in such a way, but – if we can place any credence in 18th century English fiction as a true reflection of that society – men did. Because romantic friendship between women served men’s self-interest in their view, it was permitted and even socially encouraged. The attitude of Charlotte Lennox’s hero in Euphemia (1790) is typical. Maria Harley’s uncle chides her for her great love for Euphemia and her obstinate grief when Euphemia leaves for America, and he points out that her fiancé <has reason to be jealous of a friendship that leaves him but second place in Maria’s affection>; but the fiancé responds, <Miss Harley’s sensibility on this occasion is the foundation of all my hopes. From a heart so capable of a sincere attachment, the man who is so happy as to be her choice may expect all the refinements of a delicate passion, with all the permanence of a generous friendship.>

The most complete fictional blueprint for conducting a romantic friendship is Sarah Scott’s A Description of Millennium Hall (1762), a novel which went through four editions by 1778.”

Mrs. Delany’s description of her own first love (in The Autobiography and Correspondence of Mrs. Delany, ed. Sara L. Woolsey) is typical of what numerous autobiographies, diaries, letters, and novels of the period contained. As a young woman, she formed a passionate attachment to a clergyman’s daughter, whom she admired for her <uncommon genius … intrepid spirit … extraordinary understanding, lively imagination, and humane disposition.> They shared <secret talk> and <whispers> together –, they wrote to one another every day, and met in the fields between their fathers’ houses at every opportunity. <We thought that day tedious,> Mrs. Delany wrote years later, <that we did not meet, and had many stolen interviews>. Typical of many youthful romantic friendships, it did not last long (at the age of 17, Mrs. Delany was given in marriage to an old man), but it provided fuel for the imagination which idealized the possibilities of what such a relationship might be like without the impingement of cold marital reality. Because of such girlhood intimacies (which were often cut off in an untimely manner), most women would have understood when those attachments were compared with heterosexual love by the female characters in 18th century novels, and were considered, as Lucy says in William Hayley’s The Young Widow, <infinitely more valuable>. They would have had their own frame of reference when in those novels, women adopted the David and Jonathan story for themselves and swore that they felt for each other (again as Lucy says) <a love passing the Love of Men>, or proclaimed as does Anne Hughes, the author of Henry and Isabella (1788), that such friendships are <more sweet, interesting, and to complete all, lasting, than any other which we can ever hope to possess; and were a just account of anxiety and satisfaction to be made out, would, it is possible, in the eye of rational estimation, far exceed the so-much boasted pleasure of love.>

Saint Mery, who recorded his observations of his 1793-1798 journey, was shocked by the <unlimited liberty> which American young ladies seemed to enjoy, and by their ostensible lack of passion toward men. The combination of their independence, heterosexual passionlessness, and intimacy with each other could have meant only one thing to a Frenchman

in the 1790s: that <they are not at all strangers to being willing to seek unnatural pleasures with persons of their own sex>. It is as doubtful that great masses of middle and upper-class young ladies gave themselves up to homosexuality as it is that they gave themselves up to heterosexual intercourse before marriage. But the fiction of the period corroborates that St. Mery saw American women behaving openly as though they were in love with each other. Charles Brockden Brown’s Ormand, for example, suggests that American romantic friends were very much like their English counterparts.”

But love between women, at least as it was lived in women’s fantasies, was far more consuming than the likes of Casanova could believe. Women dreamed not of erotic escapades but of a blissful life together. In such a life a woman would have choices; she would be in command of her own destiny; she would be an adult relating to another adult in a way that a heterosexual relationship with a virtual stranger (often an old or at least a much older man), arranged by a parent for consideration totally divorced from affection, would not allow her to be. Samuel Richardson permitted Miss Howe to express the yearnings of many a frustrated romantic friend when she remarked to Clarissa, <How charmingly might you and I live together and despise them all>.”

FRIENDSHIP, MALE

For Plato, friendship is rather part of the philosopher’s quest: a link between the world of the senses in which we live and the eternal world.”

How could the masculinity of a youth be preserved in a homosexual relationship with an older man? That was the kernel of the problem for the Greeks. For the Romans it was the perennial anxiety that a free citizen might take a passive role in a sexual relationship with a slave. Homosexuality in itself was not the problem for either: it was in the forms that homosexuality might take that the difficulty lay.”

Homosexuality and friendship: they may well appear at first as two discrete histories, one of society and the other of sexuality. But if one tries to follow their subterranean currents in the Europe of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, one will end by finding oneself drawn into writing about something larger. One will find oneself writing about power and the power not only of judges but of words.”

Marriage itself was redefined, with implicit consequences for friendship. A society that had observed the tradition of arranged marriages between unequal partners was confronted with a need for change. Under the influence of the middle-class ideology of the 18th century, society now accepted the principle of a marriage founded upon the affinity of equals, upon love rather than family interest. In this sense husband and wife could now be friends, and friendship was no longer invested with an exclusively homo-social character. The decisive shift in this direction occurred in England, where the Industrial Revolution and the ideology of classical liberalism went hand in hand.”

So Romanticism revived the classical model of friendship for which Hellenic antecedents could always be held up as an ideal by such homosexual admirers of antiquity as Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a thinker who in Goethe’s words <felt himself born for a friendship of this kind> and <became conscious of his true self only under this form of friendship>.”

While Ernst Röhm could boast, late in 1933, that the homoerotic component in the SA and SS had given the Nazis the crucial edge in their struggle against the Weimar system, homophobic writers could call for the suppression of all forms of overt male homosexuality and the enactment of even more punitive laws – which were in fact adopted in 1935.”

Certain women feel more comfortable in their dealings with gay men, just because they know that they do not have to be constantly on guard against sexual aggression, but can have close relationships, both social and professional, that attain high levels of creativity and imagination.”

The use of friend or friendship as an euphemism for the homosexual partner (lover) and the liaison itself persists. Recently the compilers of newspaper obituary columns have taken to describing the lifelong companion of a deceased homosexual as <his friend>, in contexts where a heterosexual would be survived by the spouse and children.” Haha

Edward Carpenter, Ioläus: An Anthology of Friendship (1902)

GAMES, GAY

Anyone was allowed to compete regardless of race, sex, age, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or athletic ability. In keeping with the Masters Movement in sports, athletes competed with others in their own age group. The track and field and swimming events were officially sanctioned by their respective national masters programs. Athletes participated, not as representatives of their respective countries, but as individuals on behalf of cities and towns. There were no minimum qualifying standards in any events.”

The organizers of the Gay Games have experienced considerable legal difficulties. Before the 1982 Gay Games, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) filed a court action against the organizers of the Gay Games, which were going to be called the Gay Olympic Games. In 1978, the United States Congress passed the Amateur Sports Act which, among other things, granted the USOC exclusive use of the word Olympic. Although the USOC had allowed the Rat Olympics, Police Olympics, and Dog Olympics, it took exception to the term Gay Olympic Games. Two years later, the USOC continued its harassment of the Gay Games and filed suit to recover legal fees in the amount of $96,600.”

GAY

The word gay (though not its 3 later slang meanings) stems from the Old Provençal gai, <high spirited, mirthful>. A derivation of this term in turn from the Old High German gahi, <impetuous> (cf. modem German jah, <sudden>), though attractive at first sight, seems unlikely. Gai was a favorite expression among the troubadours, who came to speak of their intricate art of poetry as gai saber, <gay knowledge>. Despite assertions to the contrary, none of these uses reveals any particular sexual content. In so far as the word gay or gai has acquired a sexual meaning in Romance languages, as it has very recently, this connotation is entirely owing to the influence of the American homosexual liberation movement as a component of the American popular culture that has swamped the non-Communist world.

Beginning in the 17th century, the English word gay began to connote the conduct of a playboy or dashing man about town, whose behavior was not always strictly moral but not totally depraved either; hence the popularity of such expressions as <gay lothario>, <gay deceiver>, and <gay blade>. Applied to women in the 19th century (or perhaps somewhat before), it came to mean <of loose morals; a prostitute>: <As soon as a woman has ostensibly lost her reputation we, with grim inappositeness, call her gay> (Sunday Times, London, 1868).”

The expansion of the term to mean homosexual man constitutes a tertiary stage of modification, the sequence being lothario, then female prostitute, then homosexual man.”

The word (and its equivalents in other European languages) is attested in the sense of <belonging to the demimonde> or <given to illicit sexual pleasures>, even specifically to prostitution, but nowhere with the special homosexual sense that is reinforced by the antonym straight, which in the sense of heterosexual was known exclusively in the gay subculture until quite recently.”

Although it has not been found in print before 1933 (when it appears in Noel Ersine’s Dictionary of Underworld Slang as gay cat, <a homosexual boy>), it is safe to assume that the usage must have been circulating orally in the United States for a decade or more. (As Jack London explains in The Road of 1907, gay cat originally meant – or so he thought – an apprentice hobo, without reference to sexual orientation.) In 1955 the English journalist Peter Wildblood defined gay as <an American euphemism for homosexual>, at the same time conceding that it had made inroads in Britain. Grammatically, the word is an adjective, and there has been some resistance to the use of gay, gays as nouns, but this opposition seems to be fading.”

Many lesbian organizations now reject the term gay, restricting it to men, hence the spread of such binary phrases as <gay and lesbian> and <lesbian and gay people>.”

GAY STUDIES

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825-1895), whose Forschungen zur mannmännhchen Liebe (Researches on Love between Males), published from 1864 to 1870, ranged in an encyclopedic manner over the history, literature, and ethnography of past and present.”

In England John Addington Symonds may be considered the first gay scholar, since he composed two privately printed works, A Problem in Greek Ethics and A Problem in Modern Ethics, the latter of which introduced to the English-speaking world the recent findings of continental psychiatrists and the new vision of Ulrichs and Walt Whitman. Symonds was also a major contributor to the first edition of Havelock Ellis’ Sexual Inversion (German 1896, English 1897). At the same time the American university president Andrew Dickson White quietly inserted into his 2-volume History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896) a comprehensive analysis and demolition of the Sodom legend. In the same year Marc-André Raffalovich published his Uranisme et unisexualité (Uranism and unisexuality), with copious bibliographical and literary material, some from German authors of the 19th century, which he supplemented at intervals in a series of articles in the Archives d’anthropologie criminelle down to World War I.”

psychoanalytic biographies of famous homosexuals, a genre initiated by Freud’s philologically rather weak Eine Kindheitserinnerung des Leonardo da Vinci (A Childhood Reminiscence of Leonardo da Vinci; 1910).”

The interest of geneticists in twin studies led to some papers on the sexual orientation of monozygotic and dizygotic twins, a field pioneered by Franz Kallmann. While certain issues continue to be disputed, the study of monozygotic twin pairs has revealed concordances as marked as those for intelligence and other character traits, albeit with a complexity in the developmental aspect of the personality that earlier thinkers had not fully appreciated.”

black studies and women’s studies are by their very nature interdisciplinary. In 1976, for example, ONE Institute, the independent Los Angeles homophile education foundation, articulated the subject in the following fields: anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, education, medicine and biology, psychiatry, law and its enforcement, military, religion and ethics, biography and autobiography, literature and the arts, the homophile movement, and transvestism and transsexualism (An Annotated Bibliography of Homosexuality, New York, 1976).”

In anthropology there is a continuing temptation to ethno-romanticism, that is over-idealizing the exotic culture one is studying, viewing it as natural, non-repressive, organic, and so forth.”

GENET, JEAN

The homosexuality of Genet’s characters is explicit, and the scenes of love-making attain the limit of physical and psychological detail, recounted in the argot of the French criminal underworld (which largely defies English translation) and in a style once possible only in pornographic novels sold <under the counter>. If the homosexuality of the heroes of Genet’s novels has a strong sado-masochistic component, their love is depicted with honesty and tenderness. The plot construction borders on free association, while the sordid and brutal aspects of male love are not suppressed or denied.” “Since French writing shapes literary trends throughout the world, the influence of Genet on future depictions of homosexual experience is likely to mount.”

GERMANY

In the Passion of Saint Pelagius composed in Latin by Roswitha (Hrotswith) of Gandersheim, there is the story of the son of the king of Galicia in Spain who, captured by the Moslem invaders, was approached by Abderrahman with offers of the highest honors if he would submit to his pederastic advances but violently refused – at the cost of his life. The Latin poem on Lantfrid and Cobbo relates the love of two men, one homosexual, the other bisexual. A High German version of Solomon and Mololf composed about 1190 makes an allusion to sodomy, while the Eneid of Heinrich von Veldeke has the mother of Lavinia, the daughter of King Latinus of Italy accuse Aeneas of being a notorious sodomite to dissuade her from marrying him. Moriz von Craun, a verse narrative of ca. 1200, makes the emperor Nero the archetype of the mad sodomite, who even wishes to give birth to a child. In his rhymed Flauenbuch (1257), Ulrich von Lichtenstein presents a debate between a knight and a lady, in which the latter accuses men of preferring hunting, drinking, and boy-love to the service of women. About the same time the Austrian poet Der Strieker used references to Sodom and Gomorrah in his negative condemnation.”

Prussia was the first German state that in 1794 abolished the death penalty for sodomy and replaced it with imprisonment and flogging. After 1810 many states (including Bavaria, Württemberg, and Hannover) followed the model of the Code Napoleon in France and introduced complete impunity for homosexual acts, a policy reversed in 1871 in favor of the anti-homosexual Paragraph 175 of the uniform Imperial Penal Code.”

In German poetry, however, the homosexual theme was rare before the 19th century. Friendship between men is, to be sure, a frequent subject of poetry (especially in Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, Wilhelm Heinse, even in Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen and others), but the amicable feelings depicted in them are clearly demarcated from the longing of pederasts and sodomites, and the boundary between friendship and sexuality is seldom if ever crossed (though possibly in F.W.B. von Ramdohr, Venus Urania, 1798, Part 2, pp. 103ff.)”

The flowering of a gay movement in the first third of the 20th century was the outstanding feature that set the homosexuals in Germany apart from those in other countries.”

The campaign for the abolition of Paragraph 175 provoked an enormous literature of books, pamphlets, and articles pro and con, so extensive that by 1914 the criminologist Hans Gross could write that everything that anyone could ever have to say on the subject had by then appeared in print. There was also a profusion of gay and lesbian poetry, short stories, and novels. Such mainstream authors as Hans Henny Jahnn, Klaus Mann, Thomas Mann, Anna Elisabet Weihrauch, and Christa Winsloe also discussed the theme. This cultural efflorescence lent substance to the claim of Weimar Germany to be a land of cultural innovation, though to be sure the Republic had its dark side as well.”

If until then Germany was probably unique and unparalleled in the world in terms of governmental liberalism and of opportunities for homosexual life, then the same was true in reverse for the Nazi era from 1933 to 1945: at least 10,000 homosexual men, stigmatized with the pink triangle, were confined in German concentration camps under the Holocaust during those 12 years, and many of them were killed.”

In West Germany after about 1948 conditions returned to what they had been before 1933. Although the Nazi version of Paragraph 175 remained on the books, homosexual organizations, bars, and gay magazines were tolerated in many West German cities and in West Berlin. In East Germany, to be sure, only the milder pre-1933 version of paragraph 175 was in force, but homosexual life was subject to restrictions on the part of the state and the police, so that gay men and lesbians had scarcely any opportunity to organize and express their views freely.”

Richard Plant, The Pink Triangle, New York: Henry Holt, 1986.

GIDE, ANDRÉ

In 1891 Gide met Oscar Wilde, the flamboyant aesthete, who set about ridding him of his inhibitions – with seductive grace. Gide’s first really striking work of moral <subversion> was Les Nourritures terrestres (The Fruits of the Earth, 1897), a set of lyrical exhortations to a fictional youth, Nathanaël, who is urged to free himself of the Christian sense of sin and cultivate the life of the senses with sincerity and independence. During the political turmoil of the 1930s Gide returned to the same themes and stylistic manners in Les nouvelles nourritures (1935).”

In 1895 he married his cousin, Madeleine Rondeaux, and suffered an acute conflict between her strict Christian values and his own yearning for self-liberation, together with his awakening homosexual drives. The never-ending battle within himself between the puritan and the pagan, the Biblical and the Nietzschean, caused his intellect to oscillate between two poles that are reflected in his succeeding books. In Les Caves du Vatican (The Vatican Cellars, 1914), the hero, Lafcadio, <lives dangerously> according to the Gidean formula and commits a seemingly senseless murder as a psychologically liberating <gratuitous act>. A further series of short novels have an ironic structure dominated by the viewpoint of a single character, while his major novel, Les Fauxmonnayeurs (The Counterfeiters, 1926) has a Chinese-box like structure meant to reflect the disorder and complexity of real life.”

Limited in scope as they were, Gide’s four dialogues constituted a remarkable achievement for their time by blending personal experience, the French literary mode of detached presentation of abnormal behavior, the traditional appeal to ancient Greece, and the then quite young science of ethology – the comparative study of the behavior of species lower on the evolutionary scale.”

Gide, Retour de l’U.R.S.S. (Back from the USSR, 1936)

GILGAMESH

This Mesopotamian figure ranks as the first tragic hero in world literature. The Epic of Gilgamesh has survived in Sumerian, Akkadian, and Hittite versions that go back to the 3rd millennium before our era. Lost from sight until the decipherment of the cuneiform script retrieved the literatures of early Mesopotamia, the epic is a blend of pure adventure, morality, and tragedy. Only the final version, that of Assurbanipal’s library in Nineveh, has survived in virtually complete form, but all the episodes in the cycle existed as separate poems in Sumerian. The setting of the story is the 3rd millennium, and the original language was Sumerian, the Paleoeurasian speech of the first literate civilization of Mesopotamia, which continued like Latin to be copied as a dead language of past culture even after it was displaced by the Eastern Semitic Akkadian.”

Gilgamesh is announced at the outset as a hero: two-thirds god and one-third man, endowed by the gods with strength, with beauty, with wisdom. His sexual demands upon the people of Uruk are insatiable: <No son is left with his father, for Gilgamesh takes them all . . . His lust leaves no virgin to her lover, neither the warrior’s daughter nor the wife of the noble.> In reply to their complaints Aruru, the goddess of creation, forms Enkidu out of clay. <His body was rough, he had long hair like a woman’s. He was innocent of mankind; he knew not the cultivated land.> To tame the wild man a harlot offers her services, <she made herself naked and welcomed his eagerness, she incited the savage to love and taught him the woman’s art.> At the conclusion, the transforming power of eros has humanized him; the wild animals flee from him, sensing that as a civilized man he is no longer one of them. The metamorphosis from the subhuman and savage to his new self proves strikingly how love is the force behind civilization.”

Gilgamesh has two dreams with symbolism which presages the homoerotic relationship which the gods have planned for him and the challenger Enkidu. In the Akkadian text there are puns on the words lusru, <ball (of fire), meteorite>, andiezru, <male with curled hair>, the counterpart of the harlot, and on hassinu, <axe>, and assinu, <male prostitute>. Gilgamesh’s superior energy and wisdom set him apart from others and make him lonely; he needs a male companion who can be his intimate and his equal at the same time, while their male bond stimulates and inspires them to action. After a wrestling match between Enkidu and Gilgamesh in which the latter triumphs, the two become comrades. Their erotic drive is not lost, but rather transformed and directed to higher objects; it leads to a homoerotic relationship that entails the rejection of Ishtar, the goddess of love. A liaison of this kind is not contingent on the physical beauty of the lover, it endures until death. Gilgamesh himself abandons his earlier oppressive conduct toward Uruk and comes to behave like a virtuous ruler who pursues the noble goals of fame and immortality through great deeds. But a dream warns Gilgamesh: <The father of the gods has given you kingship (but) everlasting life is not your destiny … Do not abuse this power, deal justly with your servants in the palace.>

To obtain the secret of everlasting life he journeys far across the sea to Utnapishtim, who tells him the Babylonian version of the story of the Deluge. On his return he carries with him a flower that has the power of conferring eternal youth, but loses it to a serpent lying beside a pool and so reaches Uruk empty-handed, yet still able to engrave the tale of his journey in stone. Gilgamesh has been transformed by a love that makes him seek not the pleasures of the moment, but virtue, wisdom, and immortality, hence the motif of the epic is that male bonding is a positive ingredient of civilization itself.

George F. Held, “Parallels between The Gilgamesh Epic and Plato’s Symposium”, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 42 (1983) (artigo)

GOETHE

BIOGRAFIAS PARTE II & III: “Settling at Weimar under the patronage of the ducal heir and elected to the Privy Council, he became leader in that intellectual center, associating with Wieland, Herder, and later Schiller. His visit to Italy recorded in Italienische Reise and probably involving pederastic adventures inspired him anew as did his intimate friendship with Schiller. Even after he married in 1806 he continued his frequent love affairs with women. His autobiographical Wilhelm Meister, a Bildungsroman or novel of character formation [probably boring…], and the second part of Faust (in 1832), exalted his reputation further, although he was already first in German literature. The non-exhaustive Weimar edition of his works extends to over 130 volumes.

Knaben hebt ich wohl auch, doch

lieber sind mir die Mädchen,

Hab ich als Mädchen sie sätt, dient

sie als Knabe mir noch.

If I have had enough of one as a girl, she still serves me as a boy.”

In the play Egmont (1788) the hero’s enemy Alba is embarrassed by his son’s intense emotional bonding with Egmont. The figure of Mignon, the waif girl in Wilhelm Meister, could be androgynous. In his Travels in Switzerland [DV] he waxed rapturous over the sight of a nude comrade bathing in the lake, and in the West Eastern Divan (1819, enlarged edition, 1827), he used the pretext of being inspired by Persian poetry to allude to the <pure> love which a handsome cupbearer evokes from his master (sec. 9).”

GREECE, ANCIENT

Paiderasteia, or the love of an adult male for an adolescent boy, was invested with a particular aura of idealism and integrated firmly into the social fabric. The erastes or lover was a free male citizen, often a member of the upper social strata, and the eromenos or beloved was a youth between 12 and 17, occasionally somewhat older. Pedophilia, in the sense of erotic interest in young children, was unknown to the Greeks and the practice never approved by them. An interesting question, however, is what was the average age of puberty for ancient Greek boys? For some men (the philobupais type), the boy remained attractive after the growth of the first beard, for most he was not – exactly as with the modern pederast.”

It formed part of the process of initiation of the adolescent into the society of adult males, of his apprenticeship in the arts of the hunter and warrior. The attachment of the lover to his boy eroticized the process of learning, making it less arduous and more pleasurable, while reinforcing the bond between the mentor and his pupil.”

a biological universal – the physical beauty and grace of the adolescent that invest him with an androgynous quality soon lost when he reaches adulthood.”

The achievements of their own history necessarily rested upon the legacy of 3,000 years of cultural evolution in the Semitic and Hamitic nations. In technology and material culture they – and their successor peoples – never went far beyond the accomplishments of the non-Indo-European civilizations of the East. It was in the realm of theory and philosophy that the Greeks innovated – and created a new model of the state and society, a new conception of truth and justice that were the foundations of Western civilization.”

Sir Francis Galton calculated in the late 19th century that in the space of 200 years the population of Athens – a mere 45,000 adult male citizens [número controverso] – had produced 14 of the 100 greatest men of all time. This legacy – the <Greek miracle> – owed no small part of its splendor to the pederastic ethos that underlay its educational system and its civic ideal.”

Marriage and fatherhood were part of the life cycle of duties for which the initiation and training prepared the eromenos. Needless to say, family life did not hinder a male from pursuing boys or frequenting the geisha-like hetairai. Down to the 4th century BC, however, the really intense and reciprocal passion that the modern world calls romantic love was reserved for relationships between males. Only in the Hellenistic period (after 323 BC) was the additional possibility of love between man and wife recognized.”

A INSÂNIA E O RANCOR DO MESTRE: “The misinterpretations have been reinforced by the strictures of the elderly Plato in the Laws, where an element of resentment toward the young and of embitterment at his own failures and disappointments as a teacher seems to have been at work. This text, however it may anticipate later judeo-Christian attitudes and practices, was never typical of Greek thought on the subject. The evidence of the classical authors shows that as late as the early 3rd century of our era the Greeks accepted pederasty non-chalantly as part of the sexual order, without condemnation or apprehension.”

The Greeks knew nothing of the Book of Leviticus, cared nothing for the injunctions it contained, and scarcely even heard of the religious community for which it was meant down to the beginning of the Hellenistic era, when Judea was incorporated into the empire of Alexander the Great. On the other hand, there is evidence that in the Zoroastrian religion pederasty was ascribed to a demonic inventor and regarded as an inexpiable sin, as a vice of the Georgians, the Caucasian neighbors of the Persians – just as the Israelites identified homosexual practices with the religion of the heathen Canaanites whose land they coveted and invaded. However, the antagonism between the Greeks and the Persians precluded any adoption of the beliefs and customs of the <evil empire> – against which they won their legendary victories. The Greek spirit – of which pederasty was a vital component – stood guard over the cradle of Western civilization against the encroachments of Persian despotism. Only on the eastern periphery of the Hellenic world – where Greeks lived as subject peoples under Persian rule – could the Zoroastrian beliefs gain a foothold.

Oral-genital sexuality seems not to have been popular, but this was probably for hygienic reasons specific to the ancient world.”

The career of Sappho suggests that lesbian relations in ancient Greece took the same pattern, that is to say, they were corophile – between adult women and adolescent girls who were receiving their own initiation into the arts of womanhood. But the paucity of evidence makes it difficult to assay the incidence of the phenomenon, especially as Greek sexual mores were entirely androcentric – everything was seen from the standpoint of the adult male and free citizen. The subordinate status of women and children was taken for granted, and the effeminate man was the object of ridicule if not contempt, as can be seen in the plays of Aristophanes and his older contemporary Cratinus.”

It is true that the more abstract thinking of the Greeks ultimately recognized the parallel between male and female homosexuality, beginning with a passage in Plato’s Laws (636bc) in which both are stigmatized as <against nature> – a concept which the Semitic mind, incidentally, lacked until it was adopted from the Greek authors translated in the Middle Ages.”

Toward the end of the 2nd millennium the Mycenean era closed with a series of disasters, both natural catastrophes and wars – of which the Trojan war sung by Homer was an episode. During this period the Dorians invaded Greece, blending with the older stocks. One landmark paper on Greek pederasty, Erich Bethe’s article of 1907, ascribed pederasty to the military culture of the Dorian conquerors, an innovation ostensibly reflected in the greater prominence of the institution among the Dorian city-states of history.”

The sexual lives of the Greeks were free of ritualistic taboos, but enacted in a context of comrade simplified in the devotion of Achilles and Patroclus, which foreshadowed the pederastic ideal of the Golden Age. The lyric poetry composed in the dawn of Greek literature was rich in allusions to male love, between gods and between mortals.”

In a mere 4 centuries Greek civilization had matured into a force that intellectually and militarily dominated the world – and laid the foundations not just for Western culture, but for the entire global meta-system of today. What followed was the Hellenistic era, in which Greek thought confronted the traditions of the peoples of the east with whom the colonists in the new cities founded in Egypt and Syria mingled. The emergence of huge bureaucratic monarchies effectively crushed the independence of the city-states, eroding the base of the pederastic institution with its emphasis on civic initiative. The outcome of this period, once Rome had begun its eastward expansion, was Roman civilization as a derivative culture that blended Greek and indigenous elements. Even under Roman rule the position of the Greek language was maintained, and the literary heritage of previous centuries was codified in the form in which, by and large, it has been transmitted to modern scholars and admirers.”

For nearly 200 years scholars have argued the Homeric question: Did one, two, or many authors create the two great epic poems known as the Illiad and the Odyssey? What were the sources and techniques of composition of the author (or authors)? The current consensus favors a single author utilizing a traditional stock of legends and myths – the final redaction may have taken place as late as 640 BC. A second question arises in connection with these epic poems: Did they recognize homoerotic passion as a theme, or was this an accretion of later times?” “Homer may not have judged the details of their intimacy suitable for epic recitation, but he was not oblivious to a form of affection common to all the warrior societies of the Eastern Mediterranean in antiquity. The peculiar resonance of the Achilles-Patroclus bond probably is rooted in far older Near Eastern epic traditions, such as the liaison between Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the Mesopotamian texts.

PLATÃO CHATEADÍSSIMO: “The famous Athenian lawgiver Solon was also a poet, and in two surviving fragments (13 and 14) he speaks of pederasty as absolutely normal.”

Despite the mutilated and fragmentary state in which Sappho’s poetry has been transmitted, she was hailed in antiquity as the <tenth Muse>, and her poetry remains one of the high points of lyric intensity in world literature. In the 19th century philologists tried to reconcile her with the Judeo-Christian tradition by dismissing the lesbian interpretation of her poems as libelous, and misinterpreting or misusing bits of biographical data to make her nothing but the strait-laced mistress of a girls’ finishing school.”

Anacreon of Teos [Ceos?], who flourished in the mid-6th century, owes his fame to his drinking songs, texts composed for performance at the symposia, which inspired an entire genre of poetry: anacreontic.”

Herodotus, the <Father of History>, used the data that he gathered on his

extensive travels to point up the relativism of moral norms. Among the phenomena that he reported was the Scythian institution of the Enarees, a shift in gender that puzzled the Greeks, who called it the nousos theleia or <feminine disease>, but can now be identified as akin to the shaman and the berdache/bardache of the sub-Arctic and New World cultures. Profiting from the insights of the pre-Socratic thinkers, Herodotus anticipated the findings of modern anthropology in regard to the role of culture in shaping social norms. The consequence of his relativistic standpoint was to discredit absolutist concepts of <revealed> or <natural> morality and to allow for a pluralist approach to sexual ethics.”

Thanks to a surviving oration of Aeschines, the Contra Timarchum of 346 BC, we know of the restrictions that Athenian law placed on the homosexual activity of male citizens: the male who put his body in the power of another by prostituting himself incurred atimia or infamy, the gymnasia anathose who had authority over youth were subject to legal control, and a slave could not be the lover of a free youth. There is no evidence for parallel statutes elsewhere, and certainly no indication that homosexual behavior per se was ever the object of legal prohibition, or more stringently regulated than heterosexual, which had its own juridical norms.”

In the writings of Plato and Xenophon, Socrates basks in a strongly homophile ambiance, as his auditors are exclusively male, even if he was no stranger to heterosexuality and had a wife named Xanthippe who has come down in history as the type of the shrewish wife. His chief disciple, Plato (ca. 429-347 BC), whose thought cannot easily be disentangled from that of his teacher, never married, and left a record of ambivalence toward sexuality and homosexuality in particular that is one of the problematic sides of his thinking. His influence on Western civilization has been incalculable. One of the ironies of history is that the atypical hostility to pederasty in the elderly Plato, probably reflecting both personal resentment and envy and the decline of the institution in the 4th century (while anticipating later <puritan> attitudes), was often received with enthusiasm in later centuries, becoming a Hellenic source of Christian homophobia.“he inculcated the notion of sexual activity as ignoble and demeaning, which was integrated with the absolute <purity> of biblical Judaic ascetic ideal of complete asexuality which was to have fateful consequences for homosexuals in later centuries. A completely negative approach to pederasty emerges in one of his last works, the Laws, the product of the pessimism of old age disappointed by Athenian democracy and the failure of his ambitions at statecraft in Sicily. In the 1st book Plato calls homosexual acts <against nature> (para physin) because they do not lead to procreation, and in the 8th book (836b-839a) he proposes that homosexual activity can be repressed by law and by constant and unrelenting defamation, likening this procedure to the incest taboo. The designation of homosexual acts as <contrary to nature> found its way into the New Testament in a text that intertwined Judaic myth with Hellenic reasoning, Romans 1:18-32. This passage argues that <the wrath of God is revealed from heaven> in the form of the rain of water that drowned the Watchers and their human paramours and the rain of fire that obliterated the homosexual denizens of Sodom and Gomorrah. Later Christian thinkers were to insist that the morality of sexual acts was coterminous with procreation, and that any non-procreative gratification was <contrary to nature>, but this view never held sway in pagan antiquity, so that Plato himself cannot be charged with the tragic aftermath of this belief and the attempt to impose it upon the entire population by penal sanctions and by ostracism. The attempt of modern Christian historians to prove that Plato’s idiosyncratic later attitude corresponded to the mores of Athenian society, or of Greece as a whole, is unfounded.

Plato was succeeded by the almost equally influential Aristotle (384-322 BC), who sought to correct some of the imbalances in his teacher’s work and bring it more in line with experience.” “In the Nicomachean Ethics (1148b) he undertook to differentiate two types of homosexual inclination, one innate or constitutionally determined (<by nature>) and one acquired from having been sexually abused (<by habit>). He stated categorically that no fault attached to behavior that flowed from the nature of the subject (thereby contradicting Plato’s assertion that homosexuality per se was unnatural), while in the second type some moral fault could be imputed. In the 13th century Thomas Aquinas utilized this passage in arguing that sodomy was unnatural in general, but connatural in some human beings; yet in quoting Aristotle he suppressed the mention of homosexual urges as determined <by nature>, so that Christian theology has never been able to accept the claims of gay activists that their behavior had innate causes. At all events, Aristotle can be cited in favor of the belief that in some forms, at least, homosexuality is inborn and unmodifiable.

The successors of Plato and Aristotle, the Stoics, are sometimes regarded as condemnatory of pederasty, but a closer examination of their texts shows that they approved of boy-love and engaged in it, but counseled their followers to practice it in moderation and with ethical concern for the interests of the younger partner [= Epicureans].”

the pseudo-Aristotelian Problemata (IV, 26) claims that the propensity to take the passive role in anal intercourse is caused by an accumulation of semen in the rectum that stimulates activity to relieve the tension.”

pangenesis – the belief that the semen incorporated major parts of the body in microscopic form; yet the belief that the male seed alone determines the formation of the embryo (only in the 19th century was the actual process of fertilization of the ovum observed and analyzed).”

The Hippocratic treatise On Airs, Waters, and Places touched upon the effeminacy of the Scythians, the so-called nasos theleia, which it ascribed to climate – a view that was to recur in later centuries. The Greek adaptation of late Babylonian astrology created the individual horoscope – which included the factors determining sexual characterology. Such authors as Teucer of Babylon and Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria named the planets whose conjunctions foretold that an individual would prefer his or her own sex or would be effeminate or viraginous. Because Greek religion and law did not condemn homosexual behavior, it fell into the category of an idiosyncrasy of temperament which the heavenly bodies had ordained, not of a pathological condition that entitled the bearer to reprieve from the severity of the law. Ptolemy taught, for example, that if the influence of Venus is joined to that of Mercury, the individuals affected <become restrained in their relations with women but more passionate for boys> (Tetrabiblos, III, 13). The astrological texts make it abundantly clear that the ancients were familiar with the whole range of sexual preferences – a knowledge that psychiatry was to recoup only in modern times.”

GREECE, MODERN

The modern Greeks derived their sexual mores, like their music, cuisine, and dress, from their overlords the Turks rather than from ancient Greece. During the long Ottoman domination from the fall of Byzantium in 1453 to 1821 and in Macedonia and Crete until 1911, and in Anatolia and Cyprus even today, the descendants of the Byzantines who did not convert to Islam preserved their language and religion. Orthodox bishops were given wide political authority over their flocks whom they helped the Turks fleece. The black (monastic) clergy were forbidden to marry, and they were often inclined to homosexuality. Greeks, like Armenians, often rose in the hierarchy at the Sublime Porte, sometimes as eunuchs. Also they served as Janissaries in the Ottoman regiments which were taught to revere the Sultan as their father, the regiment as their family, and the barracks as their home. Forbidden to marry, they engaged in sodomy, particularly pederasty, and in such Ottoman vices as opium and bribery. Along with the Armenians, Greeks became the chief merchants of the Empire, especially dominating the relatively backward Balkan provinces where they congregated in the cities and towns as Jews did in the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth.”

Winckelmann e Byron morreram durante a guerra de independência da Grécia.

GREEK ANTHOLOGY

The Greek Anthology is another name for the Palatine Anthology preserved in a unique manuscript belonging to the Palatine Library in Heidelberg. It was assembled in the 10th century by the Byzantine scholar Constantine Cephalas on the basis of 3 older collections: (1) the Garland of Meleager, edited at the beginning of the 1st century BC; (2) the Garland of Philippus, which probably dates from the reign of Augustus; and (3) the Cycle of Agathias, collected in the reign of Justinian (527-535) and including only contemporary works. But in addition Cephalas incorporated in his anthology the Musa Puerilis or <Boy-love Muse> of Strato of Sardis, who probably flourished under Hadrian (second quarter of the 2nd century). It is probable that the segregation of the poems on boy-love from the rest of the anthology (with the mistaken inclusion of some heterosexual pieces) reflects the Byzantine attitude, quite different from that of the pagan Meleager who indifferently set the two themes side by side. These poems, assembled in the 12th book of the Anthology (with others scattered elsewhere in the collection), are monuments of the passion of an adult male for an adolescent boy (never another adult, as some modern scholars have suggested; XII, 4 is the most explicit testimony on this matter) that was an integral part of Greek civilization. The verses frankly reveal the mores and values of Greek pederasty, exalting the beauty and charm of the beloved youth, sounding the intensity of the lover’s attachment, and no less skillfully describing the physical practices to which these liaisons led, so that it is not surprising that the complete set of these poems was not published until 1764.

HANDBALLING

This sexual practice involves the insertion of one partner’s hand – and sometimes much of the arm – into the rectum of the other. Before attempting such insertion the nails are pared and the hand lubricated. Sometimes alcohol and drags are used by the receptive partner as relaxants. This practice acquired a certain popularity – and notoriety under the name of fistfucking – in a sector of the gay male leather/S&M community in the 1970s. A few lesbians have also reported engaging in it. A medical term, apparently uncommon, has been proposed for handballing: brachiproctic eroticism.

It need scarcely be stressed that handballing is dangerous in all its variations, as puncturing of the rectal lining may lead to infection and even death. Although handballing does not directly expose the passive partner to AIDS or to sexually transmitted diseases, by scratching or scarring the rectal wall it may create tiny portals for the invasion of microbes during a subsequent penetration. With the new emphasis on safe sex in the 1980s, handballing has greatly declined, and it will probably be relegated to history as one of the temporary excesses of the sexual revolution.”

It may be conjectured that the recent resort to the practice is due to medical knowledge of operations in which the anus is dilated, since the ordinary individual scarcely credits that such enlargement is possible or desirable. In a late Iranian version of the binding and riding of the god of darkness Ahriman by the hero Taxmoruw, the demonic figure breaks loose by means of a trick and swallows the hero; by pretending to be interested in anal intercourse the brother of Taxmoruw manages to insert his arm into Ahriman’s anus and retrieve the body from his belly. The brother’s arm – the one that entered the demon’s anus – becomes silvery white and stinking, and the brother has to exile himself voluntarily so that others will not become polluted. The myth is interesting as linking the forbidden sexual activity with stigmatization and outlawry of the perpetrator. There seems to have been no term for handballing in the Greek language, though siphniazein (from the island of Siphnos) has been defined as to <insert a finger in the anus>. This harmless practice has long been known, and it may have served as a kind of modest precedent.”

HELIOGABALUS / ELAGABALUS

O imperador teria vivido apenas 18 anos – como regente, 4!

he reigned in a style of luxury and effeminacy unprecedented even in the history of Rome. He sent out agents to comb the city for particularly well-hung partners for his couch, whom he made his advisers and ministers. His life was an endless search for pleasure of every kind, and he had his body depilated so that he could arouse the lusts of the greatest number. His extant portraits on coins suggest a sensual, even African type evolving through late adolescence. The refinements which he innovated in the spheres of culinary pleasure and of sumptuous interior decoration and household furnishing are mentioned by the historians of his reign as having survived him and found emulators among the Roman aristocracy of later times. For what Veblen called <conspicuous consumption> he set a standard probably unequaled until the Islamic middle ages.

His sexual personality cannot be reduced to a mere formula of passive-effeminate homosexuality, although this aspect of his erotic pleasure-seeking is the one stressed by his ancient biographers. He loved the role of Venus at the theatre and the passive role in his encounters with other men, yet he was married several times and even violated a Vestal virgin, but remained childless.”

As high priest of the Syrian deity Elagabal he sought to elevate the cult of the latter to the sole religion of the Empire, yet he did not persecute the Christians. Family intrigues ultimately cost him the favor of the soldiers who murdered him and his mother on March 11, 222. Unique as he was in the history of eroticism and of luxury, he has inspired writers from the 3rd century biographer Aelius Lampridius in the Scriptores Historiae Augustas through the later treatments of Jean Lombard, Louis Couperus, and Stefan George to Antonin Artaud and Alberto Arbasino.

HOLOCAUST, GAY

The genocide of Jews and Gypsies in Nazi-occupied Europe has overshadowed the persecution and murder of male homosexuals, which is only now beginning to be recognized and analyzed from the few surviving documents and memoirs. Regrettably, in the immediate post-war period most of those who wrote about the concentration and extermination camps, and even courts which dealt with the staffs and inmates of the camps, treated those sent there for violating the laws against homosexual offenses as common criminals deserving the punishment meted out to them by the Third Reich. The final insult to the victims of Nazi intolerance was the decision of the Bundesverfassungsgericht (Federal Constitutional Court) in Karlsruhe on May 10, 1957, which not only upheld the constitutionality of the more punitive 1935 version of Paragraph 175 of the Penal Code because it <contained nothing specifically National-Socialist> and homosexual acts <unquestionably offended the moral feelings of the German people>, but even recommended doubling the maximum penalty – from 5 to 10 years. If any other victims of National-Socialism had been rebuffed in this manner by a West German court, there would have been outraged demonstrations around the globe; but this one went unprotested and ignored – above all by the psychiatrists who until recently never missed an opportunity to assert that <homosexuality is a serious disease> – for which ostracism and punishment were the best if not the only therapy. Until the late 1980s homosexuals, along with Gypsies, were denied compensation by the West German authorities for their suffering and losses under the Nazis.

Günther (1891-1968), professor of rural sociology and racial science first at Berlin and then at Freiburg im Breisgau, the chief authority on such matters in the Third Reich, held that the genetically inferior elements of the population should be given complete freedom to gratify their sexual urges in any manner that did not lead to reproduction because they would painlessly eliminate themselves from the breeding pool.”

National-Socialism in Germany, like Marxism-Leninism in Russia, was a conspiracy of the 17th and the 19th centuries against the 18th-century Enlightenment” OK

Among all modern states for which figures can be compiled, Nazi Germany offers the horrible example of suicides increasing rather than decreasing in wartime.”

HOMER

Although dramatically dated to Mycenean times, the late 2nd millennium BC, the epics sometimes refer to things that cannot predate 650 or even 570, because interpolations existed in one form or another when 7th century poets cited the epics.”

It is difficult to detect all interpolations and changes, especially additions of Attic terms as high culture became increasingly centered in Athens, where the Peisistratids in the mid-6th century had the epics recited annually at a festival, and many believe the first texts written well over a century after the latest possible date for Homer’s death. A definitive text resulted only from the efforts of 2nd century editors in Alexandria. These texts became almost sacred to the Greeks, whose education was based on them even until the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

Homer failed to depict institutionalized pederasty, to which almost all subsequent writers referred, many making it central. Though poets and artists around 600 BC make the earliest unmistakable references to institutionalized pederasty, Homer mentioned Ganymede twice, <the loveliest born of the race of mortals, and therefore the gods caught him away to themselves, to be Zeus’ wine-pourer, for the sake of his beauty, so he might be among the immortals> (Iliad, 20, 233-35) and Zeus’ giving Tros, Ganymede’s father, <the finest of all horses beneath the sun and the daybreak> (Iliad, 5, 265ff.) as compensation for his son. Sir Moses Finley concluded that <the text of the poems offers no directly affirmative evidence at any point; even the two references to the elevation of Ganymede to Olympus speak only of his becoming cup-bearer to Zeus.> Sir Kenneth Dover denied that these passages implied pederasty: <It should not be impossible for us … to imagine that the gods on Olympus, like the souls of men in the Muslim paradise … simply rejoiced in the beauty of their servants as one ingredient of felicity.> However, the Abrahamic religions’ taboo on homosexuality did not exist in Hellenic and Etruscan antiquity. Societies that had the formula <eat, drink, and be merry> held that banquets should fittingly issue in sexual revelry. Anachronisms such as those of Finley and Dover should therefore be dismissed, even though Homer’s allusions to Ganymede may be pederastic interpolations like those ordered by the Peisistratids – successors of Solon, who introduced institutionalized pederasty into Athens – to antedate the cultural prominence of Athens.

HUMBOLDT

MAGNUM OPUS: Voyage aux regions equinoxiales du nouveau continent (30 vols.!)

Mas não só: Cosmos: Outline of a Physical Description of the World (5 vols.!) (1862)

O FIM DE UMA ERA: “It was the last attempt by a single individual to collect within the pages of a work of his own the totality of human knowledge of the universe; after his time the increasing specialization of the sciences and the sheer accumulation of data made such a venture impossible.” Embora Le Bon seja um respeitável polímata, outrossim.

Through the accounts of his findings – models for all subsequent undertakings – he made significant contributions to oceanography, meteorology, climatology, and geography, and furthered virtually all the natural sciences of his time; but above all else he was responsible for major advances in the geographical and geological sciences.”

HYDRAULIC METAPHOR

The idea that sexual energy accumulates in the body until sufficient pressure is generated to require an outlet has over the centuries had considerable appeal. The notion acquires plausibility through observation of the wet dream, which eventually occurs in males if the semen is not evacuated through intercourse or masturbation.”

The first statement of the doctrine is probably owing to the Roman philosopher-poet Lucretius who says that the semen gradually builds up in the body until it is discharged in any available body (On the Nature of Things, IV, 1.065).”

As a device for relieving erotic tension, a homosexual outlet stands on the same plane as a heterosexual one. A curious attestation of the hydraulic concept comes from colonial America. In his reflections on an outbreak of <sodomy and buggery> in the Bay Colony, William Bradford (1590-1637) noted: <It may be in this case as it is with water when their streams are stopped or dammed up; when they get passage they flow with more violence and make more noise and disturbance, than when they are suffered to run quietly in their own channels.>

Some Victorians defended prostitution as a necessary evil. Without this safety valve, they held, the pent-up desires of men would be inflicted on decent women, whose security depends, ironically, on their <fallen> sisters. The Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler even extended this belief by analogy to hustlers and male homosexuals.”

Despite its appeal, the metaphor is not unproblematic. The hydraulic idea rests upon materialist reductionism, identifying the accumulation of semen with the strengthening of sexual desire. Yet the two do not necessarily act in concert, as anyone knows who has visited some sexual resort such as a sauna and felt sexual desire far more frequently than the body is able to replenish its supply of semen.”

INCARCERATION MOTIF

This term refers not to literal incarceration or confinement but to an aspect of gender dysphoria – the idea that a human body can contain, locked within itself, a soul of the other gender. In their adhesion to this self-concept, many pre and post-operative transsexuals unknowingly echo a theme that has an age old, though recondite history.”

Foreign as this idea is to the rationalistic Jew of the 20th century, and to the Biblical and Talmudic periods of Judaism as well, it is first mentioned by Saadiah Gaon (882-942), the spiritual leader of Babylonian Jewry, who rejected it as an alien doctrine that had found its way into Judaism from the Islamic cultural milieu.”

The transmigration of a man’s soul into the body of a woman was considered by some Kabbalists a punishment for the commission of heinous sins, such as man’s refusing to give alms or to communicate his own wisdom to others.”

In the Hollywood film Dog Day Afternoon (1975), which was based upon a real incident in Brooklyn a few years earlier, the character Leon asserts that <My psychiatrist told me I have a female soul trapped in a male body> (…) So a doctrine of medieval Jewish mysticism has entered the folklore of the gay subculture, and thence passed into the mainstream of American popular culture as a metaphor for a profound state of alienation.”

JUNG

The two thinkers increasingly diverged, particularly after Jung published his own ideas in a book entitled The Psychology of the Unconscious (1912), later renamed Symbols of Transformation. At the first meeting of the International Psychoanalytic Association in Munich in 1913, the rift between Jung and Freud turned to open hostility, and the two never met again. In April 1914 Jung resigned as President of the Association. Between 1913 and 1917 Jung went through a period of deep and intensive self-analysis; he now asserted that he had never been a Freudian, and set about creating his own school, which he dubbed analytical psychology in contrast to psychoanalysis.” Diferentão…

his Collected Works amount to eighteen volumes.” “He treated not only psychology and psychotherapy, but also religion, mythology, social issues, art and literature, and such occult and mystical themes as alchemy, astrology, telepathy and clairvoyance, yoga, and spiritualism.”

KEYNES

A polymath [raça resiliente!], Keynes cultivated many interests, from book collecting to probability theory. His real importance, however, stems from the epistemic break he achieved with the classical theory of economics, changing the landscape of that discipline for all time. Keynes was no ivory-tower theorist, and the 30-year boom in Western industrial countries (1945-75) has been called the Age of Keynes.”

In the Apostles he met his lifelong friends Lytton Strachey and Leonard Woolf. Believing himself ugly, Keynes tended to be shy in the presence of the undergraduates he admired. In 1908, however, he began a serious affair with the painter Duncan Grant, whom he later said to be the only person in whom he found a truly satisfying combination of beauty and intelligence.”

In 1908, however, he obtained a lecturer-ship in economics at King’s College, and the courses he gave there were the foundation of his later writings in the field. As editor of the Economic Journal he actively promoted new trends in the discipline outside of Cambridge. Yet he did not turn immediately to the core of the subject, as he spent a number of years writing a challenging Treatise on Probability, which was published in 1921.”

ESCASSEZ DE RECURSOS (GAYS) & SEMENTES DO NAZISMO: “Keynes elected to enter the Treasury where, despite the chronic disapproval of the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, he worked wonders in managing the wartime economy. During this period the homosexual members of Bloomsbury (Keynes included) found their supply of eligible young men cut off, and began to engage in flirtations and even liaisons with women. After the end of the war Keynes spent a frustrating period as an adviser at the Paris peace conference [for British to see!], trying to limit voracious Allied demands for reparations from defeated Germany. Returning to London, he set down his pungent reflections on the event in what became his most widely read book, The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919), which eroded the resolve of the Allies to enforce the Treaty of Versailles, at least in its financial provisions.

In 1925 Keynes, now famous, married the noted ballerina Lydia Lopokova. He became an adviser to government and business, consolidating his practical knowledge of economic affairs. These experiences contributed to his great book, General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936).”

[PET-ROYAL]TIES: “Economic difficulties after 1975 subjected Keynesian views, which had become orthodoxy, to contemporary reassessment.”

Surprisingly, in the decades after the conviction of Oscar Wilde, his numerous affairs with young men never caused the slightest legal or even social trouble. This charmed life can be explained only by his combination of extreme personal brilliance, family and professional connections, and remarkable self-confidence.”

KLEIST HEINRICH VON (1777-1811)

German playwright and short story writer, whose The Broken Pitcher is esteemed as possibly the greatest of (and among the few) German comedies. Overshadowed by his contemporary, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kleist’s significance came to light only after his suicide at age 34, a secretive joint pact made with a terminally ill female friend.

Kleist’s slim literary production (8 plays and 8 short stories) vividly and violently captures the historical break between Enlightenment rationalism and Romantic mysticism, often framed as either a psychological conflict (Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, Penthesilea) or a political one (Prinz Friedrich von Homburg, Die Hermannsschlacht). A profound sense of the irrational and absurd permeates Kleist’s works. In stories such as Michael Kohlhaas or Earthquake in Chile, individuals stand powerless before arbitrary circumstances. Kleist’s remarkable heroines, who bear uncanny resemblance to Kleist psychologically, act from the unconscious, for example when The Marquise of O. places a newspaper ad in hopes of discovering the gentleman responsible for her pregnant condition, or when Penthesilea’s confusion between love and war leads her, while intending to kiss her lover Achilles, instead to tear him from limb to limb with her bare hands and teeth.”

LAUTRÉAMONT, o Conde que faltava ao Marquês

Ducasse [nome de batismo] certainly shows more strongly the influence of Baudelaire and Sade than does any other writer. Like Sade, he is rarely studied in universities.”

LAWRENCE, DAVID HERBERT (1885-1930)

Born in a mining area of Nottinghamshire, Lawrence derived much of the problematic of his work from the tension between his coal-miner father, representing for him the physical and the elemental, and his mother, a former school-teacher, who stood for the world of higher culture, politeness, and civilization. Having attended a 2-year teacher training course in Nottingham (his only higher education), Lawrence wrote two early novels, The White Peacock (1911) and The Ties-passer (1912), while teaching at Croydon. In 1912 he eloped with the German-born Frieda von Richthofen Weekley, and the two led a bohemian life of wandering on the continent until the outbreak of World War I. During this period he wrote and published his first masterpiece, Sons and Lovers (1913), an intensely autobiographical novel [more so?].

Women in Love (1921) [currently reading!] has, despite the title, an extraordinary emphasis on the male love affair (though it is non-genitally expressed [forçação de barra, i.m.o.]) between the wealthy Gerald Crich and the school-teacher Rupert Birkin. These aspects were further explored in the Prologue to the book [!], which Lawrence withheld from publication.”

LORCA

In the famous Residencia de Estudiantes, he met and collaborated with such future celebrities as Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, with the latter of whom he had an amorous relationship of several years’ duration.”

An extensive literature exists concerning the mechanics of and motives for his death, which immediately became an international incident and a symbol of fascist stupidity and anti-intellectualism. Lorca’s leftist sympathies, friends, and relatives would be sufficient to explain his execution, but much evidence suggests that his sexual orientation, activities, and writings were at least as important.”

A CANALHA (ESPERO QUE NÃO CUIDEM DO MEU ESPÓLIO!): “The House of Bernarda Alba, suppressed by his family, in 1945.”

MCCARTHYISM (BOECHATISMO NO BRASIL CONTEMPORÂNEO)

The political tactics of the United States Senator from Wisconsin Joseph R. McCarthy (1908-1957)(*) have since the 50s been labeled McCarthyism. They consisted in poorly founded but sensationally publicized charges against individuals in government service or public life whom McCarthy accused on the Senate floor of being Communists, security risks, or otherwise disloyal or untrustworthy. Senator McCarthy’s campaign did not spare <sex perverts in government>, and so it made homosexuality an issue in American political life for the first time since the founding of the republic.Homossexualidade restrita ao Triângulo das Bermudas.

(*) Oxalá nosso expoente morresse tão jovem! (P.S.: Escrito antes de sua inesperada – hoho, que clichê – morte!)

It is also noteworthy that the danger of blackmail which Magnus Hirschfeld and his Berlin Scientific-Humanitarian Committee had used as an argument for the repeal of Paragraph 175 was now turned against homosexuals to deny them employment in the name of <national security>. This factor and others worked so strongly in McCarthy’s favor that despite bitter opposition he was reelected in 1952 in the Eisenhower landslide that brought the Republican Party back to the White House after 20 years of Democratic rule.

Once the Republicans had become the majority party for a brief time, McCarthy’s tactics became a source of embarrassment to them [huhu, quantas semelhanças…], and in 1954 a campaign was launched against him in the Senate which included the (true) accusation that a young University of Wisconsin graduate employed in his office in 1947 to handle veterans’ affairs had been arrested as a homosexual and then promptly fired, and the (probably false) accusation that McCarthy himself was a homosexual, which Senator Ralph Flanders of Vermont included in his denunciation. However, it was alleged that McCarthy’s marriage in 1953 at the age of 45 was motivated by his need to squelch the rumors of his own sexual deviation; the marriage remained childless, though the couple did adopt a little girl. What is significant in retrospect is that Roy Cohn, a young attorney who was one of McCarthy’s chief aidés [sponsored by him] during his heyday, was a lifelong homosexual who died of AIDS in 1986 [meme Cazuza de direita]. Censured by the Senate in 1954, McCarthy thereafter faded in political importance, and when he died in 1957 no great wave of emotion went through the ranks of either his friends or his enemies.”

The policy of denying employment to homosexuals on moral grounds and as security risks, however, remained long after McCarthy himself.”

In France, after André Gide published his negative reflections on his trip to the Soviet Union in 1936-37, he was attacked by his former Communist associates as a pédé (faggot).”

The sexual aspect of McCarthyism has an ancestry going as far back as Aeschines, Cicero, and the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r. 527-565), whose laws against sodomites forged the <crime of those to whom no crime could be imputed>, a weapon for political intimidation and blackmail that even the enlightened 20th century has not deprived of its cutting edge.”

PEDOPHILIA

the term <p(a)edophilia> was first used in English only as recently as 1906, by Havelock Ellis. It had previously appeared as a specific form of sexual pathology in a German article of 1896 by Richard von Krafft-Ebing. Because the term <pedophilia> originated in a medical context and today connotes disease, efforts have been made to replace it. Pederasty is sometimes used as a synonym, or as a term restricted to post-pubescent adolescents, but in the present writers’ view, it should properly be restricted to the Greek custom it originally designated, which, though a form of pedophilia as we understand it, is not congruent with it.” “The earlier average age for puberty within the last century also means that classical texts (and even more recent ones) which speak of relations with mid-teenage boys were not necessarily referring to sexually mature individuals. (The term ephebophile has been used to describe erotic attraction to boys in their late teens, who are considered adults in many if not all cultures.)” “woman/girl (korophile)” “<Child molestation> or <abuse>, terms current in the media, and in psychological and legal discourse, are neither descriptive of the phenomenon, nor value-free, as academic discourse requires.

That variant of pedophilia occurring between men and boys – male homosexual pedophilia – will be the chief focus of this article. This choice is dictated by several considerations, including the context of the article, the dearth [escassez] of research on korophile relationships, and the fact that until very recently man/boy relationships were accepted as a part, and indeed were a major part, of male homosexuality.”

pedophilia might be considered a remnant, more evident in some persons than others, of the instinct to nurture and protect the young of the species, which in human development has come to serve an educational (including sex-educational) or initiatory purpose in some societies. The attempt to root pedophilia in man’s biological inheritance is controversial, but a cross-cultural survey of man/boy pedophilia at least suggests that it is a universal phenomenon, which, when accepted by a society, generally carries a socially constructed meaning related to the acculturation process for boys.”

Several of these societies (as the Melanesians) believe that without receiving the man’s semen through fellatio the boy cannot physically mature.”

TRANSIÇÃO GRÉCIA-ROMA: “As the function of same-sex relationships increasingly became hedonistic, the age limits broke down: we find increasing references to homosexuality between men (particularly in the satiric poets, who make it clear that this was still scorned) and, to a lesser extent, to the sexual use of very young children.”

That Ganymede was more than an artistic convention is shown by the number of artists who were charged with sodomy with boys, especially their studio assistants. Histories of the Renaissance record similar charges involving popes, poets, and nobles.”

Incarcerated pedophiles continue to be subject to coercive procedures to alter their sexual interest or reduce its level. Although surgical castration is no longer employed, chemical dosages and aversion therapy may be used without the subject’s consent.”

Much of the <research> that exists on pedophilia today reflects a predetermination that adult-child sexual contacts are evil or pathological, and merely documents the point of view with which the authors began. There has been no lack of evidence by which such negative pre-suppositions could be supported, because in the same way that studies of homosexuality until quite recently were limited by the source of their research subjects, resulting in a portrayal of homosexuals as criminal, troubled, and unhappy, most studies of pedophilia examine only cases which have come before either courts or psychiatrists, precisely those where the subjects are most under stress or disturbed. In many countries, research into pedophile relationships under other circumstances is legally

impossible: if a researcher should find a healthy, quietly functioning relationship he or she would be required to report it for prosecution under <child protection> laws. These factors, plus the sensationalism surrounding the topic, assure that much of what is written on the subject is, and will continue to be, worthless.”

Pedophile organizations have linked their arguments to support of the rights of children. While emphasizing that these rights most certainly include the power to say ‘no’ to any unwanted sexual contact as well as the opportunity to say ‘yes’ to contacts children desire, some groups go further than others in espousing a broad range of children’s liberation issues. Related to the question of legal rights for children is the issue of the child’s consent in pedophile relationships. Those speaking for the protection of children frequently assert that children are incapable of consenting to such sexual relationships, sometimes justifying this assertion by the child’s lack of experience or knowledge of long-range consequences of an act. It has been answered that children can and do consent, or at least are quite capable of rejecting experiences they find distasteful, and that the proper response is to empower children to be able to say ‘no’ effectively. This impasse raises the issue of what consent means – freedom to refuse, simple assent, or an <informed> consent that is probably not realized in most human relationships? Closely related to this is the issue of power, and the assertion that the power imbalance between the adult and the younger partner in a pedophile relationship is so great that it inevitably leads to coercion and exploitation. Various responses have been made: either that the power imbalance is not so clear-cut as the critics state, particularly citing the power of the child to terminate the relationship; or that while power imbalances are inherent in all human relationships, they do not necessarily lead to exploitation, but can be used for benevolent ends, and the real issue is not the power imbalance but the use of power.

Child pornography is the sharpest point of attack on pedophilia and pedophiles. Included in this attack are the imputation that children are always abused in the production of such images, and the fear that such images will stimulate the abuse of children. It has been shown that this issue has been exploited for political purposes, and the statistics on the amount of such material exaggerated beyond proportion. Despite rhetoric, it has not been demonstrated that any more connection exists between pedophilia and child pornography than between any other sexuality and its pornography: either to show that pedophiles are more likely to create or use pornography than other persons, or that child pornography encourages sexual contacts with children. Indeed, the Kutschinsky study of the Danish experience with pornography, which has never been refuted, demonstrated that sexual assaults on children declined with the availability of pornography. Pedophiles who have responded to this issue have noted that there is no reason that depictions of children nude or even engaged in sexual actions should be any more or less objectionable than such depictions of adults, and argue that the true issue, as with all pornography, is whether coercion actually is employed in making it. The issues of child prostitution and the sexual exploitation of children in Third World countries have also been used to attack pedophiles and, by implication, pedophilia. Once it is acknowledged that pedophiles are by no means the only persons who engage in <sex tourism> or patronize prostitutes, the debate again seems to resolve itself into issues of power and consent. A defense has been offered that the right of self-determination in sexual behavior for the individual choosing prostitution should apply here. Poverty, however, may diminish the individual freedom of choice in these situations.”

???, Men and Boys [“America’s first anthology of homosexual poetry”];

Bleibtreu-Ehrenberg, Tabu Homosexualität: Die Geschichte eines Vorurteils (The taboo of homosexuality: The history of a prejudice), 1978;

______., Mannbarkeitsriten: Zur institutionellen Päderastie bei Papuas und Melanesiern (Rites of passage into manhood: On institutional paederasty in Papuas and Melanesians), 1980;

______., Der Weibmann: Kultischer Geschlechtswechsel im Schamanismus, eine Studie zur Transvestition und Transsexualität bei Naturvölkern (Androgynous: Cultic sex change in shamanism, a study on transvestism and transsexualism in primitives), 1984;

______., Paidika 1/3 (The Journal of Paedophilia): Der pädophile Impuls: Wie lernt ein junger Mensch Sexualität? (The paedophile impulse: Toward the Development of an Aetiology of Child-Adult Sexual Contacts from an Ethological and Ethnological Viewpoint), 1988;

Cook & Howells, Adult Sexual Interest in Children, 1981;

Fraser, Death of Narcissus, 1976;

Mackay, Books of the Nameless Love, 1913 (sécs. XIX-XX; o pai do “associacionismo pedofílico”);

Theo Sandfort, The sexual aspect of paedosexual relations: The experiences of 25 boys with men, 2000.

SCHOPENHAUER

Through a large inheritance from his father the celebrated misanthrope enjoyed financial independence so that he could devote his life completely to philosophy. Even today Schopenhauer’s ethic of compassion possesses great philosophical significance.”

Schopenhauer’s teleologically oriented conception of nature therefore had to assume in male homosexual behavior – the only form he discussed – a <stratagem of nature> (in the words of Oskar Eichler). Referring to Aristotle he hypothesized that young men (supposedly boys just past puberty) and likewise men who are too old (the magic boundary is here the age of 54) are not capable of begetting healthy and strong offspring, because their semen is too inferior. As nature is interested in perfecting every species, in men older than 54 <a pédérastie tendency gradually and imperceptibly makes its appearance>. When he formulated this argument Schopenhauer himself was 71 years old, so that he could have harbored a homosexual tendency for some years.”

Schopenhauer was himself the father of at least two illegitimate children and had many unhappy affairs with women. He passionately admired Lord Byron and like him came to the conclusion that women could be considered beautiful only by <the male intellect clouded by the sexual instinct>. In intellectual and aesthetic respects Schopenhauer had homosexual preferences. In a letter to his admirer Julius Frauenstadt he stressed that <even women’s faces are nothing alongside those of handsome boys>. Bryan Magee hypothesizes that the philosopher systematically suppressed his gay tendencies, a view shared by Oskar Eichler and others. Thirty years after the publication of the third edition of The World as Will and Representation Oswald Oskar Hartmann adopted Schopenhauer’s teleological explanation of homosexuality, suggesting that the first champions of homosexual rights voluntarily followed Schopenhauer’s arguments.”

SEPARATISM, LESBIAN

In its strongest form, lesbian separatism means social, cultural, and physical separation from all who are not lesbians. As society is now constituted this option is possible only for a very few. Many lesbians who regard themselves as separatists seek to live and work in circumstances that are as far as possible <women’s space>, without insisting on the absolute exclusion of men.”

Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata (411 BC) shows Athenian women seceding from their city in a <sex strike>, but only temporarily – until the men agree to make peace. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), a pioneering American socialist and feminist, wrote a novel, Herland (1915; reprinted 1979), depicting a Utopia in Africa populated only by women.”

Outsiders tend to label lesbian separatists as <women who hate men>. In their defense, separatists often say that what they are opposed to are the domineering, aggressive aspects of male behavior, rather than men themselves. They wish to make a clear statement that will set them apart from the ambivalent stance of heterosexual women, even those who profess feminism. Separatists believe that such straight women enter too readily into complicity with the power structure of patriarchy; by continuing to meet the sexual and emotional needs of men, these women give aid and comfort to the enemy.

Some women choose to form communes on <women’s land>, setting themselves apart from all males, including male children and animals. In so doing they hold that they are creating liberated zones in which their natures can grow unhampered by the dictates of patriarchy.”

Some women have entered lesbian separatism for a number of years as part of a process of personal growth, only to emerge later with a more complex position. This seems to have been the experience of a principal theorist of the movement, Charlotte Bunch, who remains a radical lesbian feminist.”

SHAKESPEARE

Of tenant farmer stock and the son of a glover, Shakespeare was born in the provincial town of Stratford-upon-Avon in England; however, the very few facts known about his life are derived from various legal documents. In 1582, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had 3 children within the next 3 years; the following 5 years are unaccounted for, but by 1594 he was involved in the theatre world in London as both an actor and a playwright. He enjoyed an increasingly successful theatrical career until his retirement in 1612 and his return to Stratford.”

Shakespeare’s prolonged separation from his wife and the stipulation in his will that she inherit his <second best bed> has sparked much debate about his sexuality.”

Historically, theatrical companies of Shakespeare’s time did not employ women; instead, their roles were played by boys, apprentices to the companies. In adherence to the laws and sympathies of the times, the plays were, therefore, unable to display any overtly sexual behavior, but one of Shakespeare’s most frequent plot devices was to have his heroines disguise themselves as boys, particularly in the comedies. Thus, what in reality was a boy pretending to be a woman pretending to be a boy leads to some psychologically acute and complex scenes with homoerotic suggestions, such as the encounters between Rosalind (as Ganymede, a name rich in suggestiveness) and Orlando in As You Like It and Viola (as Caesario) and Orsino in Twelfth Night.

For more substantive evidence, one must turn instead to Shakespeare’s sequence of 154 poems in the form of sonnets, published surreptitiously in 1609 and immediately protested by their author. Probably intended as a personal exercise for private circulation, the sonnets may be the works that reveal something of the man himself; in them, Shakespeare names the persona Will, an obviously personal and intimate diminution of William, and, as in most of the Renaissance sonnet sequences, their subject is erotic love. Dedicated to Mr. W.H., who has been variously identified as the Earl of Southampton, a boy actor named Willy Hewes, Shakespeare himself (in a misprint of his initials), someone unknown to history, or someone invented, the first 126 are clearly homoerotic, while most of the others concern a woman conventionally called <the Dark Lady>. Historically, those scholars who begrudgingly admit to their subject matter try to discount their message. Most claim that the attraction the persona feels for the fair young man is either platonic or unconsummated; others assert that the poems are only examples of the Renaissance male friendship tradition. Still others insist on the fallacy of equating the persona with the poet and confusing literature with autobiography.”

Joseph Pequigney, Such Is My Love: A Study of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

SOCRATES

In early life he was interested in the scientific philosophy of his time and is said to have associated with Archelaus the physicist, but in the period best known to posterity he had abandoned these interests and was concerned solely with the right conduct of life, a quest which he conducted by the so-called <Socratic> method of cross-examining the individuals whom he encountered. While serving in the army he gained a great reputation for bravery, and as one of the presidents of the Athenian Assembly at the trial of the generals after the battle of Arginusae, he courageously refused to put an illegal motion to the vote despite the fury of the multitude.”

There has been considerable dispute over the precise meaning of the indictment, but the first part seems not to have been serious, while the second amounted to a charge that he had a <subversive> influence on the minds of the young, which was based on his known friendship with some of those who had been most prominent in their attacks on democracy in Athens. He made no attempt to placate the jury and was found guilty and sentenced to die by drinking a cup of hemlock.”

He probably rejected the conventional Greek religious beliefs of his time, yet professed or created no heterodox religious doctrines. From time to time he had paranormal experiences, signs, or warnings which he interpreted as guideposts to his own conduct.

His sexual life, apart from the unhappy marriage, reflected the Greek custom of paiderasteia to the fullest. He was both the teacher of the young men who frequented his circle and the lover of at least some of them. As a boy of 17 he had been the favorite of Archelaus, because he was in the bloom of youthful sensuality, which later gave place to serious intellectual concerns.”

he was never given to a coarse and purely sensual pederasty; if the beauty of the young Alcibiades made an intense and lasting impression on him, he never forgot his duty as a teacher to guide his youthful pupils toward perfection.” “As a bisexual Hellene, Socrates was always responsive to the beauty of the male adolescent and craved the companionship of young men; as a philosopher he practiced and taught the virtues of moderation and self-control. He endures as one of the outstanding examples in antiquity of a teacher for whom eros was an inspiration and a guide.

Because Socrates is a major figure in Western tradition, his sexual nature posed a continual problem. From Ficino to Johann Matthias Gesner (1691-1761) scholars sought to address the question discreetly. The Marquis de Sade was bolder, using socratiser as a verb meaning to sodomize. Even today, however, many classicists choose to evade the problem.”

SODOM AND GOMORRAH

These legendary cities have been traditionally located in the vicinity of the Dead Sea, where they constituted two members of a pentapolis, the Cities of the Plain. According to the Old Testament account in Genesis 14, 18, and 19, God overthrew 4 of the 5 cities in a rain of brimstone and fire. The names of Sodom and Gomorrah, especially the former, have become proverbial. Echoes of the episode recur in the Bible and in the Koran, as well as in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic exegetical and homiletic writings. From the first city, Jewish Hellenistic Greek formed the derivative sodomites, from which medieval Latin obtained the noun of agent sodomita – as a result, the connection with male homosexuality is for many axiomatic. However the matter is more complex.”

The ancient world’s rudimentary science of geology correctly related this barrenness to the circumstance that the water level of the Dead Sea had in prehistoric times been far higher; the sinking of the water level had exposed the previously inundated, now strikingly arid and sterile region to the gaze of the traveler.”

to the Bedouin living east and south of the Dead Sea it suggested the etiological inference that at one time the area surrounding this salinized body of water had been a fruitful garden belt. Yet the inhabitants of the cities of the plain had even in the midst of their abundance and prosperity denied hospitality to the poverty-stricken and the wayfarer, while the luxury in which they wallowed led them inevitably into effeminacy and vice (the parallel in the Hellenistic world was the city of Sybaris, whose proverbial self-indulgence gave the English language the word sybaritic). For this reason they were punished by the destruction of their cities and the conversion of the whole area into a lifeless desert.”

In Genesis 14:12 Lot is taken captive when Sodom is conquered by the 4 kings who have allied themselves against the Cities of the Plain; Abraham saves him by military intervention in the manner of a tribal sheikh with his retinue of 318 warriors. In 19:4-9 the Sodomites threaten Lot’s guests with gang rape, but are miraculously blinded and repelled, and in 19:13, 15 the angelic visitors warn Lot of the imminent destruction of the city so that he and his family can leave just in time to escape the rain of brimstone and fire. This underlying motif explains why Lot later <feared to dwell in Zoar> (19:30), even though God has spared the place as a reward for his model hospitality toward the 2 visitors. Over the centuries Sodom and Gomorrah, along with the Babylon of the Book of Revelation, came to symbolize the corruption and depravity of the big city as contrasted with the virtue and innocence of the countryside, a notion cherished by those who idealized rural life and is still present, though fading in 20th century America.”

These volcanic eruptions, which have left traces still to be seen at the present day, inspired the <rain of brimstone and fire> (burning sulfur) of Genesis 19:24, which supplemented the notion that the 4 cities had been <overthrown> (destroyed by an earthquake) that figures in Genesis 19:25.” Sempre o nº 4!

+ Judges 19; Romans 1:18

the currency in antiquity of world destruction legends, in which the earth is annihilated either by water (kataklysmos) or by fire (ekvyrosis). The story of Noah and the deluge is the rendering of the first in the book of Genesis, while the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a localization of the second, in which the catastrophe is limited to 4 cities in the vicinity of the Dead Sea (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim) even though the epilogue involving Lot and his daughters clearly derives from a universal conflagration myth.”

If the human race were annihilated with the exception of a single family, the earth could be repeopled only by means of sexual unions ordinarily condemned as incestuous.”

World destruction fantasies [are] associated in modern clinical experience with the early stages of schizophrenia.”

Astrological literature supplied the ancients with an entire list of calamities that betokened divine wrath, as in Luke 21:11, all of which were later ascribed to retribution for <sodomy>. Fear of homosexual aggression plays a role in these paranoid fantasies, of the sort analyzed by Freud in the classic Schreber case.”

The notion of sodomy is an innovation of Latin Christianity toward the end of the 12th century; it is not found in Jewish or Byzantine writings.” “In the late Middle Ages the tendency of the allegorizing mind to parallelism led to the notion that Gomorrah, the twin city of Sodom, had been a hotbed of lesbianism, even though there was nothing in either Testament that would suggest such a construction.”

TURING, ALAN (1912-1954)

He seems to have been a brilliant, awkward boy whose latent genius went unnoticed by all his teachers; he also had no friends until his very last years at Sherborne. Then he fell in love with a fellow science enthusiast, Christopher Morcom: the Platonic friendship was returned, and Alan Turing was for the first time in his life a happy young man. He had dreams of joining Christopher at Trinity, to pursue science together – unfortunately, Christopher Morcom suddenly died (from a much earlier infection with bovine tuberculosis).”

Turing spent two years in America, at Princeton University, and, on his return to Britain, was drafted into British cryptanalysis for the war effort. Turing was already unusual among mathematicians for his interest in machinery; it was not an interest in applied mathematics so much as something which did not really have a name yet – applied logic. His contribution to the design of code-breaking machines during the war led him deeper and deeper into the field of what would now be called computer programming, except that neither concept existed at the time. He and a colleague named Welshman designed the Bombe machines which were to prove decisive in breaking the main German Enigma ciphers. For his contribution to the Allied victory in World War II Turing was named an Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1946. (…) He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1951.”

The earliest inventor of such a device was the eccentric 19th century Charles Babbage, who could not obtain the necessary hardware to implement his ideas.”

He was brought to trial and sentenced to a year’s probation under the care of a psychiatrist, who proceeded to administer doses of female hormone to his patient, this being the current <wonder-therapy> which replaced castration as an attempt to kill the sexual instinct. For the entire year, Turing underwent the humiliation of femininization (<I’m growing breasts!>, he confided to a friend), but emerged seemingly intact from the public ordeal. He committed suicide in 1954, by eating an apple he had laced with cyanide.”

WHITMAN, WALT

A VIDA TEM DESSAS: “Often acclaimed as America’s greatest poet, Whitman, of working-class background, was self-taught, but as a printer, school teacher, journalist, and editor he contributed fiction and verse in the worst modes of the day to the best literary journals. There is no evidence of his genius until he suddenly began to write scraps of what was to become Leaves of Grass in his notebooks.”

It has in fact been argued that Leaves is an inverted mystical experience. This work, which encompassed his complete poetic opus, was first published in 1855 with 12 poems (Song of Myself being rather lengthy); the second edition (1857) had 32, the third (1860) 156, and so on through various printings and editions until 1881. Beginning in 1860, Whitman not only added poems (including the homoerotic Calamus collection), but dropped them, changed them, and rearranged the order. He has often been criticized for making changes, but he clearly did not do so for purposes of concealment.”

In his more programmatic poems, Whitman was always careful to say he and she, him and her. Women are permitted to have sexual lives, and he sympathizes with a prostitute, but they are generally thought of and idealized as perfect mothers for the new race of Americans.”

It was his explicitness about male-female sex that shocked his early readers. Only a few homosexuals in England and some readers in Germany caught what is now obvious to any reader who can admit what he sees on the page. The 2nd and 3rd sections of Song of Myself are homosexual in their imagery, as is the subsequent discussion of the body and soul, which climaxes in the intercourse between body and soul in the 5th section. One might also cite the tremendous sweep of eroticism from section 24 to the climax of fulfillment in male intercourse in section 29.”

He was not merely the poet of an idealized Jacksonian democracy nor of a new political structure, but of a culture bound together by love and religious faith in which each person could fulfill his or her own sexual nature.”

Whitman, who was disappointed at his contemporary reception, would have been gratified by his reputation in the 20th century, which is too widespread to more than mention. He is the democratic poet and a progenitor of the development of poetry beyond traditional metrical practice in the United States and foreign countries. A remarkable number of modern poets have paid him tribute in prose or verse, among the most notable being Ezra Pound, Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, Fernando Pessoa, and Allen Ginsberg.”

WOOLF, VIRGINIA

Virginia Woolf was educated largely through reading books in the family library. Unlike her brothers, she did not go to university, and this perceived slight was later to sustain her feminist critique of discrimination against women. In 1912 she married Leonard Woolf, a brilliant Cambridge graduate who had served as a judge in Ceylon, and her sister Vanessa married the art critic Clive Bell. The two couples were major figures in the Bloomsbury group, which also included such male homosexual writers as E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, and Lytton Strachey. Through much of her life Virginia suffered from severe spells of mental depression, and it was partly to provide work therapy that she and Leonard founded the Hogarth Press in 1917.”

Virginia Woolf remained a virgin until her marriage, and found the idea of sex with a man repellent. At the time of their engagement she warned Leonard of this aversion, and their sexual relations seem to have been rare. Before marriage Virginia Stephen was closely attached to her sister Vanessa – loving her almost to the point of <thought-incest> –, and was deeply involved platonically with Madge Vaughan, a daughter of John Addington Symonds, and Violet Dickinson, to whom she wrote an enormous number of letters. Throughout her life, Woolf was to draw emotional sustenance from her intense relations with other women.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out (1915), concerns the trip of a young Englishwoman to South America, followed by her engagement and death there. While this novel was conventional in form, Jacob’s Room (1922) joined the mainstream of innovative modernism through its poetic impressionism and indirection of narrative development. After this work, which marks her real beginning as a literary artist, Woolf secured her place in modernism by a series of carefully wrought books. Mrs. Dalloway (1925) blends interior monologue with the sights and sounds of a single day in central London. To the Lighthouse (1927) explores the tensions of the male-female dyad in the form of a holiday trip of Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey. Its fantastic form notwithstanding, Orlando (1928) is of great personal significance, tracing the biography of the hero-heroine through 4 centuries of male and female existence. This book is a tribute to, and portrait of, her lover Vita Sackville-West, whom she had met in 1922. Woolf’s most ambitious novel is probably The Waves (1931) which presents the contrasting personalities of 6 characters through a series of <recitatives> in which their inner consciousness is revealed.

Shortly after completing her last book, Between the Acts (1941), she suffered a final bout of mental illness and drowned herself in a river near her country home. The posthumous publication of Virginia Woolf’s Letters and Diaries have revealed some unattractive aspects of her personality: she was xenophobic and snobbish, sometimes given to expressions of personal malice, as well as anti-Semitic and homophobic sides. Yet she participated wholeheartedly in the Bloomsbury ethic of individual fulfillment and social enlightenment. Her use of stream-of-consciousness techniques, and other sophisticated literary devices, places her very near the front rank – if not within it – of modernist writers in English.

With the general decline of the Bloomsbury ethos in the middle decades of the century, Woolf’s reputation seemed to fade. In the 1970s, however, feminist critics hailed her as a major champion of then-cause. There is no doubt that A Room of One’s Own (1929), and its sequel, Three Guineas (1938), are powerful pleas for women’s creative independence. Yet her own feminism was fluid and variable, and thus not easily accommodated to present-minded uses. Throughout her life she struggled valiantly against mental illness, succeeding in building up an imposing corpus of writings while expressing her own emotional feelings in her deep relationships with women.”

WORKING CLASS, EROTICIZATION OF

One of the reasons why Walt Whitman had such an impact on English homosexuals of this period was that his praise of democracy was (mis)understood in large part as a veiled plea for such prince-and-pauper liaisons.

“AS NOVAS AVENTURAS DE ROBINSON CRUSOE; Sendo a Segunda e Última Parte de Sua Vida, E Contando as Estranhezas e Surpresas de Suas Viagens por Três Cantos do Mundo.” – VERSÃO CONDENSADA EM 177 (183) PARÁGRAFOS – Tradução inédita para o português, com a adição de comentários e notas explicativas, de Rafael A. Aguiar

Confira a 1ª parte das atribulações do marinheiro Robinson Crusoe pela América Central, também de modo condensado e em português, no post do Seclusão de 06-06-18 em https://seclusao.art.blog/2018/06/06/a-vida-e-as-aventuras-de-robinson-crusoe-em-291-293-paragrafos-traducao-inedita-para-o-portugues-com-a-adicao-de-comentarios-e-notas-de-rafael-a-aguiar/.

Edição-base: Seeley, Service & Co., David Price, 1919. Original grátis em Gutenberg.org. O escritor original do livro chama-se Daniel Defoe. Esta é, como deixei explícito acima, a continuação de “A Vida e As Aventuras de Robinson Crusoe”.

DISCRETO GLOSSÁRIO DE UMA PALAVRA, ÚNICO PARÁGRAFO EM INGLÊS QUE VOCÊS LERÃO NESTE ARTIGO

Huguenots: “a French Protestant of the 16th and 17th centuries. Largely Calvinist, the Huguenots suffered severe persecution at the hands of the Catholic majority, and many thousands emigrated from France. ORIGIN: French, alteration (by association with the name of a Geneva burgomaster, Besançon Hugues) of eiguenot, from Dutch eedgenot, from Swiss German Eidgenoss <confederate>, from Eid <oath> + Genoss <associate>.” Oxford Dictionary of English

TRADUÇÃO DOS PRINCIPAIS TRECHOS DA OBRA

1

Aquele provérbio natal, que não cansam de repetir na Grã-Bretanha, a saber, <Gênio e figura, até à sepultura>¹, nunca fez tanto sentido quanto em minha própria Biografia.

Qualquer um admitiria que depois de 35 anos de aflições, e uma seqüência de circunstâncias infelizes, que poucos homens, se é que algum antes, vieram a sofrer, e depois de quase 8 anos de paz e tranqüilidade em sua plenitude; amadurecido, e à ocasião justamente em que tudo me era ponderável graças a minha experiência de vida, cônscio do que é que constitui verdadeiramente a existência e a rotina de um homem feliz e qual é o lugar do homem devoto; eu dizia, qualquer um sabedor desses detalhes admitiria que aquele meu temperamento nômade descrito no meu primeiro livro e a propensão a aventuras inconseqüentes deviam estar agora cortados pela raiz, sem qualquer reminiscência, permitindo a este corpo velho, de 61, repousar no seu lar, podendo contar mas não reviver tais histórias e peripécias.

Aliás, vou além ainda, e digo que mesmo sem o peso da idade meus motivos para aventuras estavam extintos, agora que não tinha mais riquezas que caçar; não havia nada que eu não pudesse obter mais facilmente: se ganhasse 10 mil libras, isso não me tornaria mais rico; eu já possuía mais do que o suficiente para mim e meus entes queridos; fora que o que eu já tinha crescia sozinho, a olhos vistos; sem uma prole numerosa, fato é que eu nem mesmo conseguia gastar tudo que lucrava mesmo se eu tentasse viver da forma mais luxuriosa possível, porque só pessoas de famílias numerosas e cheias de serviçais o conseguem com alto grau de certeza; também não era materialista nem hedonista, aliás, nunca tivera essas inclinações; em suma, eu não tinha o que fazer da vida senão descansar e ficar ocioso, desfrutando de tudo o que eu tinha, contemplando, enquanto isso, toda essa riqueza se multiplicar diariamente ainda mais. (…) portanto, se esse impulso vital de querer ir para o exterior ainda existia em mim, é porque não passava de um mal crônico, de uma doença. Se tenho de justificar de forma mais mundana, talvez fosse minha ânsia de rever minha plantation inaugurada na ilha, e o estado da colônia equatorial, o que atormentava minha cabeça. Sonhava muitas vezes com isso, e me perdia em especulações e exercícios imaginativos, ao longo do dia: era minha obsessão predominante, e todo meu pensar se exercitava tão ativamente nessa <gestão do negócio da ilha> que, me diziam, eu falava dormindo; duvido que esse mal tivesse cura: na verdade ele passou a se manifestar de forma tão violenta que minhas intenções prorrompiam sem aviso em meus discursos, a princípio ocasionalmente, depois amiúde; a ponto de fazer-me soar cansativo e monótono, porque qualquer conversação acabava sempre tomando a mesma direção; eu me tornara um impertinente, a contragosto! E, o pior de tudo, podia percebê-lo claramente…”

¹ Optei por uma tradução mais conservadora do provérbio. Outras alternativas poderiam ser: “Pau que nasce torto morre torto”; “Mania de moço, uma vez velho, não se conserta mais”, “Caráter e aparência são um só, desde o nascimento até o dia da nossa morte”, “Do destino não se escapa”, etc.

2

minha esposa, que obviamente notou o fato, uma vez chamou minha atenção com severidade, e disse que por trás desse comportamento involuntário e incontrolável devia haver algo maior, um segredo, um poder sobrenatural ou da Providência sobre minha pessoa, que me determinara de antemão a seguir meu caminho, i.e., voltar; e ela confessou que, a despeito do desagrado pessoal, nada me obstava de cumprir meus desígnios, que se Deus chamava, eu não tinha por que recusar por conta de ter mulher e filhos.”

3

<Seja franca, querida,> tomei coragem para dizer; <você deseja minha partida?> – <Não,> retrucou ela visivelmente alterada, <É a última coisa que eu desejaria; mas se você estiver determinado a ir,> emendou, <e se eu constituir o único obstáculo a sua viagem, não tema, pois irei consigo: mesmo que considere isso muito precipitado para alguém da sua idade, e da sua condição, se tiver de ser, será,> começando a chorar, <mas não consigo deixá-lo; porque se for um decreto dos Céus e uma missão que você tem de cumprir, não há o que fazer; e se os Céus decretam-no, Ele também fará da sua missão a minha, e me aproveitará como bem entender, porque somos um só>.

Esse desabafo sensibilizante de minha mulher me trouxe de volta à razão, e comecei a considerar lucidamente o que estava prestes a fazer; corrigi de pronto meus modos dispersos e irrequietos, e empreendi uma luta encardida comigo mesmo para retomar o controle; depois de quase 3 décadas, eu não tinha a menor obrigação de voltar lá, e não foram anos dourados, devo relembrar, mas de tédio e dor, e desastres, e Deus direcionou tudo para acabar bem, a despeito de tudo; quão louco tem de ser um idoso rico para, depois do sonhado regresso, ir de novo de encontro a Caríbdis, coisa que até se perdoa em corações jovens e na mente ambiciosa dos pobretões?

4

comprei uma pequena fazenda no condado de Bedford, no Leste da Inglaterra, decidido a viver ali toda minha aposentadoria. Minha casa era cômoda o suficiente, e a terra era do jeito que eu queria: se cultivada, podia ser bem melhorada; o que eu queria era algo que me fizesse me sentir ocupado e ativo, administrando plantações e culturas (…) pois bem, alojei-me, trouxe comigo minha família, comprei arados, rastelos, carroça, bestas de carga, vacas, ovelhas, e, doando-me com compromisso, logo me tornei <senhor desta terra>, como se não fosse um bilionário, em não mais do que meio ano. Minha mentalidade se tornou a mentalidade de um perfeito homem do campo, sem espaço para mais cogitações que lidar com meus empregados, aperfeiçoar a terra, cercá-la, preparar mudas, fazer podas, etc.; e eu vivia, pelo menos assim pensava, a mais deliciosa das existências que a natureza era capaz de oferecer, ou que um homem, nascido para as desgraças do mundo lá fora, podia finalmente encontrar.”

5

Agora sim eu me achava enquadrado naquela condição mediana de vida de que meu pai tanto falava, algo parecido com o que o poeta bucólico descreve como o ideal campesino:–

<Livre de vícios, livre de preocupações,

A velhice não traz dores, nem a mocidade tentações.>

Mas, no meio de toda essa felicidade, um golpe da invisível Providência me desarranjou de novo”

6

Esse golpe, essa porrada, foi a perda da minha mulher. (…) Ela fez mais por mim e pelo meu gênio errante do que as lágrimas de uma mãe, os conselhos de um pai, os alertas de amigos, ou do que minha própria razão poderiam ter feito.”

7

Quando ela se foi, o mundo todo me pareceu esquisito. Eu era nesse novo mundo tão forasteiro quanto eu fui nos Brasis, quando lá desembarquei pela primeira vez; e me sentia na mesma solidão, exceto pela assistência dos meus servos, da minha remota ilha. Não sabia mais o que pensar ou fazer. Via o mundo ocupado demais em outras coisas: uma parte batalhando o próprio pão, outra esbanjando-o em vis excessos ou prazeres vãos, mas sem dúvida ambas as partes no mesmo nível de miséria, posto que no fim ninguém conseguia cumprir seus objetivos; os hedonistas sofriam diariamente de seus vícios; e só o que faziam era acumular material para novas tristezas e futuros arrependimentos; e os trabalhadores gastavam toda sua energia na labuta cotidiana pela manutenção da energia vital, que ironia: todos vivendo num círculo sem-fim de tristeza, tarefas inúteis, sem recompensas que justificassem os próprios esforços.”

8

certamente havia alguma razão e um propósito superior na vida para tudo isso que ocorria, fosse algo que se devesse possuir, ou algo que fizesse sentido almejar continuamente, desse lado de cá da cova.”

9

todos os entretenimentos pueris da minha fazenda, do meu jardim, do meu rebanho, e da minha família, que anteriormente me possuíam completamente, já nada eram para mim, haviam se tornado insípidos, e eram enfim como música para um homem surdo, ou como comida para alguém sem o sentido do paladar. Eu simplesmente me resolvi a deixar minha casa e o sedentarismo, abandonar minha fazendinha e regressar a Londres; mesmo demorando alguns meses, prometi-o e cumpri-o.”

10

Nada pode ser uma prova mais cabal de um Além, de uma outra vida num mundo invisível, do que a coincidência entre causas materiais secundárias e a idéia principal das coisas conforme a formamos ao longo dos anos em nossa mente, relação essa patente somente para nós mesmos, perfeitamente selada em nosso espírito e incomunicável.”

11

Apuramos se tratar de um navio mercante francês de 300 toneladas, partindo de Québec de volta à França. O capitão nos deu um relato detalhado dos apuros de seu navio; como o incêndio principiou na sala do leme pela negligência do condutor; que após o primeiro alerta se imaginou que o problema houvesse sido inteiramente contido; mas não demoraram a descobrir que algumas fagulhas do primeiro fogo atingiram uma parte do navio tão difícil de alcançar que havia se tornado impossível combater as chamas”

12

O luto e o medo são facilmente descritos: suspiros, lágrimas, gemidos, movimentos típicos da cabeça e das mãos, entre outros detalhes fisiológicos que sintetizam suas muitas faces; mas o excesso de alegria, a surpresa causada pela súbita felicidade, encerra milhares de extravagâncias difíceis de captar. Alguns se encontravam às lágrimas; alguns em rompantes de aparente fúria, golpeando-se a si próprios, como se tivessem acabado de escapar da suprema agonia; alguns deliravam, pareciam meros lunáticos; outros corriam pelo navio fazendo muito barulho com os pés, outros crispando as mãos; alguns dançavam, alguns cantavam, alguns davam risada, muitos outros choravam, outros estavam tão perplexos e atônitos que não conseguiriam falar; outros ainda enfermiços, vomitando; muitos estonteados, prestes a desmaiar a qualquer momento; uns poucos, vi ainda, ajoelhavam-se fazendo o sinal da cruz e dando graças a Deus.”

13

Sem dúvida os franceses têm licença para demonstrar maior volatilidade nos nervos, povo mais apaixonado e espirituoso que é, sendo mais vivazes e transparentes que a gente de tantas nações. Não sou filósofo o suficiente para determinar a causa; mas nada do que tenha visto antes se equiparava a isso. Os êxtases sofridos pelo pobre Sexta-Feira, meu confiável selvagem, seriam a segunda cena mais memorável que posso evocar; e a surpresa do capitão e seus dois escudeiros, que resgatei das mãos dos vilões que aportaram na ilha, eis o <bronze> desse pódio; mas, como eu digo, nada pode se comparar a esse momento, nem as expressões de Sexta-Feira nem nada ulterior que me ocorreu.

Essas extravagâncias todas que enumerei, as mais díspares inclusive, não só se reuniam num espaço reduzido num intervalo de tempo realmente curto em todos os rostos que eu podia contemplar como de momento a momento levavam cada qual a um transporte diferente; o mesmo homem que testemunhávamos agora abatido, quase sem sentidos, no instante seguinte deixava a estupidez e a confusão de lado e se punha a dançar e fazer histrionices de bobo-da-côrte; só para, em seguida, ser visto arrancando os cabelos e rasgando as próprias roupas, reunindo os pedaços da veste rasgada sob os próprios pés, e em seguida pulando feito um maníaco; não acabava aí o ciclo, e víamo-lo expulsar as lágrimas comprimidas, depois estontear e nausear, e, caso não prestassem socorros, provavelmente este mesmo homem estaria hoje na cova. E não digo que isso ocorreu com um ou dois, com dez ou 20, mas com a grande maioria desses homens, e, se me lembro bem, nosso cirurgião foi obrigado a fazer a sangria em aproximadamente 30 marinheiros.”

14

se o excesso de contentamento pode desprover o homem da razão num grau tão elevado, o que não poderão as extravagâncias da mente raivosa, irada e instigada?”

15

quiçá o português não pode ser melhor capitão que o turco, se é que não é sempre alguém pior.”

16

Nosso cirurgião ordenou que os homens fervessem a carne enquanto eles permanecessem, mantendo sob vigilância a cozinha, prevenindo que qualquer vítima esfomeada se atirasse sobre alguma carne crua, ou ainda aquém do ponto, e ordenou que fosse dada uma ração módica de cada vez: essas precauções eram necessárias para salvar a vida desses homens, que doutra forma teriam se matado através dessa mesma comida da qual ficaram privados por tantos dias.”

17

Mas foi tudo em vão; se eu não tivesse subido a bordo, e comigo seus próprios comandante e oficiais, com bons conselhos na ponta da língua, e até algumas ameaças de cortar-lhes as refeições, creio que eles teriam arrombado a cozinha de tanto desespero, tirando a carne das brasas impacientemente—“

18

Acontece que a miséria dos pobres passageiros da cabine era de outra natureza, e ainda pior que as outras; no princípio, a companhia náutica tinha tão pouca ração até para si própria que a racionavam ainda mais para essas outras pessoas, nos primeiros dias, até simplesmente negligenciarem-nas totalmente passado algum tempo: o que significa que por 6 ou 7 dias essas pessoas das cabines não tiveram uma migalha de comida, afora que já nos dias da véspera essa alimentação era muito rala. A pobre mãe, que, como os homens relataram, era uma mulher de bom senso e bem-educada, dividiu tudo que podia com tanta afeição por seu filho que por fim não lhe restou nada a não ser jejuar por completo para ainda dar-lhe de comer; quando o nosso colega do navio alcançou o alojamento, ela se encontrava no chão do convés, com as costas contra a parede, entre duas cadeiras, que haviam sido firmemente atadas, e sua cabeça estava mergulhada entre seus ombros como se fôra um cadáver, embora ainda conservasse a vida.”

19

ela morreu na mesma noite. O jovem, que foi salvo ao preço da vida de sua amável genitora, não estava muito afastado dali; estava deitado num leito, estirado, nas últimas. Ele tinha um pedaço de luva velha na boca, tendo devorado o restante do tecido; porém, sendo mais moço e tendo ainda mais energia que sua mãe, o rapaz foi ressuscitado com algum líquido; pouco depois, com 2 ou 3 colheres de sopa de qualquer coisa, ele adoeceu terrivelmente, vindo a vomitar.

Ele já estava sob cuidados e sabíamos que sobreviveria; a questão agora era a coitada da doméstica dessa família: ela também estava estirada sobre o convés, fielmente ao lado de sua senhora, parecendo alguém que sucumbiu a um surto de apoplexia, lutando contra a morte. Seus lábios tinham se desconjuntado; uma de suas mãos estava grudada a uma das pernas da cadeira, e foi incrivelmente difícil fazê-la se soltar; o outro braço estava cruzado sobre a cabeça, os pés juntos, espremidos contra as pernas da mesa da cabine: em síntese, a moça não parecia mais que um cadáver, uma moribunda em transição para o estado vegetativo. Além da fome além da imaginação, a criatura só conseguia delirar sobre a morte, mas o pior era, como nos contaram depois, que sentia um grande pesar pela sua patroa, falecida, que ela vira definhar vagarosamente diante de seus olhos, já há coisa de 2 ou 3 dias, que ela muito amava. Não sabíamos o que fazer com esta pobre garota; quando nosso cirurgião, homem de conhecimento e competência indiscutíveis, com muita aplicação, pô-la fora de perigo, ela ainda precisou ficar acamada e sob observação um bom número de dias.”

20

excursões marítimas não eram como temporadas no campo. Nossa missão era trazer alívio a essa tripulação estropiada, mas não seguir doravante com eles; e embora eles estivessem inclinados a seguir viagem conosco, isto é, percorrendo o mesmo trajeto durante dias, não podíamos atrasar nossa própria viagem por causa de outra embarcação, sem mastros. Como o capitão solicitara nossa ajuda para providenciar um novo mastro principal, e qualquer arremedo que fosse possível para servir de mastro frontal, acabamos por reter nosso avanço 3 ou 4 dias; tendo-lhes oferecido cinco tambores repletos de carne de boi, outro com carne de porco, dois com biscoitos, além de uma boa quantidade de ervilha, farinha e outros suprimentos que podíamos doar; bem como 3 tonéis de açúcar, algum rum e um pouco de dinheiro, despedimo-nos e partimos para nossas próprias aventuras, levando conosco, graças à insistência deles, o jovem e a doméstica, junto com todos os seus pertences.

O rapaz de que se fala tinha lá seus 17 e era um sujeito humilde mas sensível e cheio de viço, embora muito abalado pela morte da mãe, sem contar que tinha perdido o pai poucos meses antes, em Barbados. Com efeito, ainda a bordo do navio francês, ele implorara ao cirurgião para vir ter comigo, e me pediu para levá-lo, explicando que sua mãe ter morrido foi culpa dos marinheiros cruéis, que o que eles fizeram foi assassinato. (…) a fome não conhece amigos, não há para ela conhecidos, próximos, não se ouve a justiça nem o direito, ela não padece de remorso e é incapaz de compaixão. O cirurgião contou como estávamos viajando para bem longe, ressaltando que lá ele não veria nenhum conhecido, e que talvez isso fosse deixá-lo numa situação tão delicada e precária quanto aquela em que o encontráramos, ou seja, a passar fome.”

21

os selvagens que chegaram a minha ilha não eram propriamente aqueles que chamamos Caribes, mas <ilheiros>, isto é, nativos de alguma outra pequena ilha dos entornos, e outros bárbaros da mesma estirpe, que habitavam realmente mais perto de nossa localização geográfica do que aqueles.”

22

<Ora, Sexta,> eu disse, <você acha que acharemos alguém aqui ou não? e acha que encontraremos seu pai?> O rapaz ficou estatelado como um tronco pensando na morte da bezerra um bom intervalo; mas quando nomeei seu pai, a pobre e sensível criatura sentiu-se abatido, e pude ver lágrimas rolarem abundantemente por sua face.”

23

<ele muito tempo morreu, muito tempo; ele velho demais.>

24

Faria qualquer homem chorar, em que pese a mais dura continência, assistir as primeiras reações de Sexta-feira ao reencontrar seu pai (…) suporiam o sujeito enfeitiçado. Mas, no dia seguinte, até um cachorro riria ao testemunhar como se manifestou sua paixão: de manhãzinha, caminhando com seu pai pela praia várias horas a fio, sempre segurando respeitosamente a mão do velho, como se fosse uma dama; e com freqüência ele corria até o barquinho para regalar seu pai com alguma coisa, fosse um cubo de açúcar, um trago de whisky, um biscoito ou qualquer petisco similar.”

25

Para resumir, se a mesma afeição filial se achasse entre os cristãos da nossa civilização, não haveria necessidade do quinto mandamento¹.”

¹ Não matarás.

26

O primeiro espanhol que, como eu disse, eu conhecia muito bem, foi aquele mesmo cuja vida eu salvara. Ele se aproximou do barco, acompanhado por mais um, segurando ele também uma bandeira de trégua; e não só ele não me reconheceu a princípio como ele não teria reconhecido, ou não demonstrou nenhum sinal de reconhecimento, até que eu abrisse minha boca. <Senhor,> disse-lhe eu em Português, <vosmecê não me conhece?> Diante do quê ele não respondeu um <a>, mas, entregando sua espingarda a seu acompanhante, ergueu os braços, gritando algo em Espanhol que eu não pude distinguir completamente; então se adiantou e me abraçou, me contando que era inexcusável não reconhecer a face do anjo enviado para salvar sua vida; ele proferiu uma abundância de elogios com muita elegância, como um espanhol bem-educado sempre sabe fazer, e, em seguida, chamando a atenção de seu companheiro, que esperava, instou-o a ir e chamar todos os seus camaradas. Depois me perguntou se eu gostaria de fazer uma visita a minha antiga habitação, onde espontaneamente me retransmitiria minha soberania sobre tudo, sem deixar de me mostrar as <acanhadas> melhorias que realizaram nas cavernas durante esse período.”

27

Quanto aos três bárbaros (assim o espanhol os denominava) que foram deixados para trás, e dos quais, ele confidenciou, tinha uma longa história que contar, os espanhóis diziam se sentir mais à vontade entre os canibais que entre os britânicos, ou talvez se sentissem, se seu número não fosse tão modesto: <E,> continuou, <se eles fossem mais fortes estaríamos faz tempo no purgatório;> e ao dizê-lo ele fez o sinal da cruz sobre o peito. <Mas, señor, creio que não o desagradará saber como, forçados pela pura necessidade, fomos obrigados, em prol de nossa preservação, a desarmá-los todos, e torná-los reféns, uma vez que eles jamais se submeteriam a uma chefia minimamente razoável, preferindo ser facínoras que governar com bom senso.”

28

<Esses, señor, são alguns dos señores que devem suas próprias vidas a você;> e, virando-se para eles, e me apontando, me apresentaram com toda a pompa; eles ficaram muito alegres e todos se aproximaram, um a um, não como marinheiros, ou sujeitos da plebe, ou gentalha, mas realmente como embaixadores ou nobres, e eu um monarca ou grande conquistador”

29

seu pavor foi como o dos irmãos de José, quando ele contou-lhes quem ele era de verdade, e a história de sua exaltação na corte do Faraó”

30

Eles evitaram se aproximar por 3 semanas; nesse ínterim, para azar deles, apresentou-se a ocasião para minha fuga, como mencionei na primeira parte de minhas prodigiosas aventuras, minha retirada completa da ilha, que eu pensava definitiva, aliás; deixando, assim, três dos mais impudentes, brutos, insubmissos e repelentes vilões para trás, figuras com que nenhum homem de bem gostaria de cruzar em toda sua vida – isso tudo para a desgraça e o desalento dos pobres espanhóis deixados na ilha para sofrer.”

31

não que eles houvessem recusado acomodar os espanhóis em seus domínios nem fornecer suprimentos, porque de começo eles se deram diplomaticamente bem.”

32

os ingleses não faziam nada a não ser expedições vadias pela ilha, assassinando papagaios, capturando tartarugas; e, quando regressavam à noite, os espanhóis ainda por cima lhes davam de comer.

Os espanhóis não teriam dado importância alguma a essa tentativa de humilhação, caso isolado, mesmo que considerassem-no um péssimo proceder; porém, os ingleses eram incapazes de deixá-los sozinhos por muito tempo, com o temperamento mau que eles tinham. E como miseráveis com inclinações diabólicas, cheios de maldades gratuitas, não comeriam eles mesmos se com isso os outros não pudessem comer também. (…) não demorou para que esse clima ruim estourasse em guerra franca: e começou com a insolência e a grosseria que se pode imaginar – sem qualquer razão, sem provocação do lado hostilizado, contrária mesmo à natureza, e mesmo ao senso comum das gentes; e embora o relato do conflito tenha me sido dado inicialmente só pelos espanhóis, que considero aqui como os acusadores (supostas vítimas), nada do que eles me disseram foi depois desmentido por nenhum inglês.”

33

Os espanhóis, desprezando sua ameaça, disseram aos britânicos para tomar cuidado sobre como atacavam suas plantações e rebanhos; porque caso o fizessem seriam alvejados como não mais que simples bestas ferozes, para onde quer que tentassem escapar depois do ato; e se por um acaso sucedesse de um dos agressores ser capturado vivo, decerto seria enforcado como exemplo geral. E, no entanto, a voz do juízo não os alcançou ainda assim, e deram as costas aos espanhóis, espumando e praguejando como Fúrias.”

34

e é bizarro que podia haver circunstâncias em que 3 homens praticassem assédio contra 19, e ainda assim receber clemência em retaliação.”

35

esses 3 insubordinados nunca se deram ao trabalho de… trabalhar – isto é, ao menos para eles próprios – exceto o mínimo possível, sazonalmente, quando dava-lhes na veneta. Contudo, os compreensivos e tolerantes espanhóis disseram que, se eles aceitassem viver socialmente, amistosamente, vigiando pelas plantações dos companheiros estrangeiros, mesmo que não cultivassem nada e que não produzissem nada, estavam convidados a se servir das porções amealhadas pelo árduo e sistemático trabalho dos espanhóis, que não deixariam 3 homens semi-nômades perecerem de fome enquanto pudessem ajudar de alguma forma. Que eles fossem, portanto, itinerantes e vadios o quanto quisessem, desde que não frontalmente prejudiciais; então, convivendo, ao menos, bem durante 1 ou 2 meses, os espanhóis decidiram que eles poderiam reaver suas armas, e deram-lhes liberdade para vaguear pelas matas armados, como dantes.

Menos de uma semana depois dessa diminuição das restrições, o trio de ingleses já se exibia tão insolente e tão hostil quanto antes. Contudo, um incidente ocorreu presentemente que evitou que novo desentendimento estourasse, porque algo externo passaria a ameaçar a integridade de todos os residentes na ilha sem exceção. Fizeram uma trégua.”

36

Ficou decidido que se todos os selvagens fossem vistos num só exército, e longe o bastante de suas canoas, eles seriam atacados, em que pese se tratasse de 100 soldados inimigos; mas esse plano não foi colocado em prática, porque muitos grupos pequenos se dispersaram mais de duas milhas um do outro, se espalhando pela ilha; e, como ficou mais claro logo depois, tratava-se de um concerto – agonístico, é verdade – de duas nações distintas.

Depois de discutirem um bom tempo sobre que curso as ações deviam tomar, decidiram-se afinal, enquanto ainda estava escuro, por enviar o velho, o pai de Sexta-feira, como espião, para que descobrisse, se possível, informações destes visitantes indesejados, como qual era o objetivo deles na ilha, o que eles fariam na seqüência, etc. O velho não pestanejou; deixando-se ficar praticamente nu (o melhor disfarce nessa ocasião), igualando-se fisionomicamente a seus rivais, ele partiu. Depois de uma ou duas horas, voltou e relatou que esteve entre eles e passou despercebido, e concluiu que eram dois grupos separados, de duas grandes nações, que estavam em guerra e já haviam tido grandes batalhas em seus próprios territórios; como ambos os lados tiveram muitos prisioneiros, cada tribo se empenhou no próprio banquete antropofágico, mas por mera casualidade acabaram aportando na mesma ilha para realizar duas cerimônias independentes, embora iguais, do nosso ponto de vista. Essa coincidência como que aguou a cerveja de cada lado, para usar uma expressão bem européia. Ficou implícito entre os chefes militares de ambas as partes que o desempate, em campo neutro, desta guerra estalaria logo ao nascer do sol; afora isso, o velho espião não notou qualquer desconfiança, em ambos os lados, da existência de moradores na ilha cerimonial.”

37

O pai de Sexta-feira utilizou todos os argumentos à mão para persuadir sua gente a permanecer reunida, escondida, para não ser vista de forma alguma; ele garantiu que a segurança de todos dependia dessa discrição; que os selvagens acabariam se matando sozinhos, sendo que os poucos sobreviventes ainda por cima usariam os barcos para voltar sem outras ações potencialmente perigosas; que só nos cabia assistir a mútua destruição diante de nossos narizes.”

38

me confessaram que a perspectiva de serem devorados como carne de gado e de carneiro, mesmo que isso só acontecesse depois que fossem completamente abatidos, guardava em si algo de tão horripilante que chegava a nausear o pensar nisso, enchendo suas mentes com os piores presságios; a ponto de que os espíritos desses homens se sentiram derrotados e cabisbaixos por semanas a fio. Essa extraordinária comoção serviu até para abrandar a natureza dos 3 mandriões ingleses; por muito tempo eles foram pessoas tratáveis, laboriosas e solidárias – plantavam, semeavam, aravam, colhiam, e foram se <espanholizando> ao longo das semanas. Mas com o decorrer do tempo e a degradação natural da mente vil, esquecedora dos perigos, voltaram a se comportar como bárbaros incivis, o que os conduziu ao maior dilema desde que pisaram nesta ilha.

39

os aborígenes capturados na última batalha nunca se tornaram bons assistentes e guerreiros, como eu tive a felicidade de encontrar em meu querido amigo Sexta-feira, que me queria tão bem quanto minha carne queria aos meus ossos.”

40

Mas o governador espanhol persistiu no Não; foi um inglês que salvou-lhes a vida a todos, e ele jamais consentiria em condenar um inglês à morte, ainda que um inglês houvera matado metade dos espanhóis; mais: ele disse que se ele mesmo fôra assassinado por um inglês, e tivesse tempo para falar antes de expirar por completo, conceder-lhe-ia o perdão.”

41

Eles viveram nessa espécie de apartheid por volta de 6 meses, e finalmente tiveram o produto de sua primeira colheita, embora pequena fosse, conseqüência natural de ter sido reservada a eles uma porção diminuta de terra. Partindo do zero, eles tiveram muitos trabalhos a realizar; e na hora de confeccionar louça e utensílios que-tais, sentiram enorme dificuldade, e não podiam executar a tarefa”

42

Os espanhóis disseram, as suas costas, Bon voyajo; e ninguém esperava revê-los nessa vida.

43

Não existe nação cristã sob o sol capaz de propagar o bem ao invés do mal.”

44

Qual teria sido o problema, e o quê tê-los-ia feito voltar?”

45

os espanhóis e o pai de Sexta-feira viviam no meu antigo lar, que eles haviam ampliado sensivelmente. Mais três servos, capturados à última batalha contra os selvagens, viviam com eles; estes cuidavam das principais plantações da colônia, proviam a barriga de todos na ilha e cooperavam com tudo que podiam, ou no que julgavam necessário.

Mas o mais incrível da história é como sujeitos tão refratários e brigões entrariam em acordo tão rápido quanto às mulheres, sem que dois indivíduos escolhessem a mesma mulher para si, ainda mais tendo em conta que duas ou três delas eram incomparáveis, isto é, tratava-se visivelmente das mais bonitas do bando; mas seja como for eles trilharam o bom caminho da razão e evitaram querelas inúteis entre si”

46

minha ilha era habitada em três lugares diferentes, ou, como eu deveria dizer, três cidades começavam a se configurar.

E é interessante observar que, como sói acontecer no mundo (o que a Providência divina, onisciente e benéfica, pretende com essa disposição das coisas eu não me aventuro a cogitar), os dois sujeitos mais honestos acabaram com as duas piores esposas (…) já aqueles nascidos para procurar sempre levar vantagem em tudo, esses obtiveram três esposas ponderadas e muito sábias; não que as duas primeiras de que falo fossem ruins no sentido do temperamento ou humor, porque as 5 eram realmente criaturas agradáveis, discretas, contidas e submissas, esposas ideais, mais para escravas que para mulheres ocidentais; o problema era sua falta de capacidade e engenho, ou indústria, para o trabalho e certa falta de asseio.”

47

um dos companheiros mais recorrentes da mente pródiga nunca abandonava essas duas mulheres, quer seja, o instinto da preguiça. É verdade, elas plantavam milho e sabiam cercar o terreno; mas nunca o dito de Salomão coube melhor que nessa situação: <Andei pelas vinhas dos preguiçosos, e elas abundavam em espinhos>

48

Depois da ida das canoas cheias de selvagens, os espanhóis espreitaram mais uma vez; e alguns inclusive se dirigiram ao local onde os aborígenes haviam desembarcado, para descobrir qual era seu negócio na praia. Aqui, para sua grande surpresa, encontraram 3 selvagens deixados para trás, caídos em sono profundo. Devia ser a sesta pós-banquete com restos humanos praticado por essas bestas”

49

sejam quais forem os relatos sobre a crueldade espanhola no México e no Peru, fato é que eu nunca me deparei com um grupo de 17 homens, antes, de qualquer nação estrangeira que fosse, tão coesamente modesto, ponderado, virtuoso e tão bem-disposto, leve e cortês, como o desses espanhóis!”

50

<eles encontraram minha plantação no caramanchão e arrancaram todos os pés sem dó>

51

Os índios eram extremamente civis para com eles, e eles retribuíam a cordialidade fazendo-os visitas; mas proibiram, sob pena de morte, qualquer índio desse novo acampamento de fazer o inverso, ou seja, visitar o acampamento dos homens brancos, porque a última coisa que queriam era serem traídos novamente. (…) eles ensinaram os selvagens a trabalhar o vime para confeccionar cestas e que-tais, mas o curioso é que cedo os próprios mestres foram superados pelos alunos: eles passaram a criar uma abundância de variedades de objetos com seus conhecimentos artesanais recém-adquiridos, peneiras, gaiolas de pássaro, prateleiras, além das cestas de costume; não só: cadeiras, bancos, camas, sofás, cada vez coisas mais elaboradas. E bastou um primeiro empurrão.”

52.0

In trouble to be troubled,

Is to have your trouble doubled.”

52a

Quem em aflição se aflige, os apuros se duplica.”

52b

O aflito que se aflige, fica duas vezes mais aflito.”

52c

O aflito que anda em círculos é um aflito ao quadrado.

52d

Quem está mal e se preocupa, fica muito pior.”

52e

Quem cai num poço e pára pra pensar no fundo, pede pra afundar.

52f

Se estiver no inferno, NÃO abrace o capeta!

53

Ele me disse como era notável que ingleses possuíssem a maior firmeza de espírito no meio das atribulações, maior que a de qualquer outro indivíduo dentre os povos conhecidos; e que seu infeliz império, a Coroa Espanhola, e seus vizinhos os portugueses, eram os menos indicados para lutar contra as desgraças; seu primeiro reflexo, sentido o baque, era desesperar, sucumbir, estrebuchar e morrer, sem se deter meditando em possíveis remédios para o mal.”

54

Depois me relataram como os selvagens que viviam entre eles nutriam expectativas de que o homem branco participasse com eles em suas guerras; e, é verdade, como estes possuíam armas de fogo consigo, se não tivessem administrado pessimamente as munições e acabado completamente sem pólvora, teriam sido uma grande mão na roda para os selvagens, e além disso poderiam estar seguros contra qualquer eventual traição futura”

55

eu os presenteei com dez garrafas de claret¹ e outras 10 de cerveja inglesa; coisas que os espanhóis e os ingleses não provavam há uma porção de anos, e que estavam decerto agradecidos por receber.”

¹ Vinho tinto de Bordeaux.

56

<é sabido que na história dos filhos de Israel, um Acã¹, do acampamento, removeu-lhes as bênçãos de Jeová, fazendo a Mão do Criador se voltar contra os judeus de uma forma tal que 63 dos descendentes, embora não envolvidos no crime, foram objeto de Sua vingança, e tiveram de arcar com o peso do julgamento divino.> Padre ingresso na ilha

¹ Ver Josué 6, 7; esse anátema e castigo se passam em Jericó.

57

<É um grande serviço ser um instrumento da Mão convertendo 37 pagãos à palavra de Cristo: porém, como você é um eclesiástico, e muito laborioso por sinal, não seria mais natural cair sobre suas costas essa responsabilidade? sendo assim, por que eu e não você para desempenhar essa tarefa?>

58

como eu eduquei Sexta-feira no Protestantismo, seria muito confuso fazê-lo agora abraçar uma outra religião”

59

<Senhor, eu sou um católico apostólico romano, um padre da ordem de São Benedito, e me subordino a todos os princípios da fé romana; contudo, se ainda assim o senhor quiser me escutar, ignorando que eu possa ferir seus sentimentos e suas crenças, de forma que eu pareça ingrato e incivil; digo que não deixo de manifestar caridade ao contemplar vocês, os reformados. Não chegaria a dizer (embora saiba ser sua opinião no geral) que vocês não podem ser salvos; quem sou eu para limitar a misericórdia de Cristo a um tal ponto, em que Ele não os poderia receber no seio de Sua Igreja, duma maneira e dum modo para nós incognoscível? E espero encontrar de sua parte idêntica tolerância>

60

eu lhe contei que acreditava que, se todos os católicos possuíssem sua moderação, todos se converteriam brevemente em Protestantes. E aí interrompíamos nossas saudáveis discussões; porque elas nunca saíam do terreno dos argumentos amigáveis.”

61

O DIÁLOGO ENTRE ROBINSON CRUSOÉ E WILL ATKINS, COM A INTERVENÇÃO DA ESPOSA, SELVAGEM, DE WILL ATKINS – Fragmentos

R.C. – (…) Entre eles, eles não conhecem essas coisas, e se casam de qualquer jeito, sem se importar com parentesco, hierarquia, consangüinidade, nem família; irmão e irmã, aliás, como me contaram, até pai e filha, e filho e mãe. [CONTRA-EXEMPLO DE ANTROPOLOGIA DO SÉC. XVII]

W.A. – Eu acredito, senhor, que você está mal-informado, e minha mulher me assegura o contrário, pois que eles abominam o incesto; concedo que sobre parentesco, eles podem não ser tão exatos e estritos como nós somos; mas ela nunca me contou que relações tão sórdidas como as que você enumerou acontecessem.

R.C. – Então, o que foi que ela disse quando você a indagou?

(…)

Esposa – Não seu Deus em país meu; meu país ter grande velho Benamuckee Deus.

W.A. – Criança, eu não sou o mais indicado para descrever-lhe como Deus é; Deus está no Céu e criou o Céu e a Terra, o Mar, e tudo que há neles.

Esposa – Não criar terra; não seu Deus fazer todo terra; não fazer país meu.

(…)

Esposa – O quê? ter você grande Deus em país seu, você não saber Ele? Não falar O? Não fazer boa coisa pr’Ele? Isso não possível.

(…)

Esposa – Seu Deus não Deus; não achar eu, acreditar Ele ser assim, grande grande poder, forte: não fazer matar você, mas Ele zangado assim com você.

(…)

Esposa – Mas não fazer matar você ‘inda; aí Ele falar você, talvez, que Ele não fazer você matar: então você barganhar com Ele, você fazer coisa ruim. Ele não ficar zangado com você quando ficar zangado com outro homens.

(…)

Esposa – Eu não entender isso; onde estar livro?

W.A. – Ai de mim! minha pobre criatura, eu não possuo esse livro; mas eu espero um dia poder trazer-lhe um, e ensiná-la a lê-lo.”

62

os pais nunca devem ceder sua função de ensinar e instruir a outrem, nem desesperar de seus esforços se os resultados demoram a aparecer, mesmo se a criança tem a aparência de máxima refratária, de insensível a qualquer educação; porque assim que a Providência tocar a consciência dessas crianças bem-ensinadas, a força latente da educação que receberam finalmente estalará de uma vez só, e aqueles anos precoces terão mostrado sua utilidade, a despeito de anos e anos de estagnação mental no sujeito; os escolhidos uma hora acordam para a vida.”

63

<No decorrer da manhã voltei a dormir, e quando despertei me senti premida a cair em prantos, e depois desse surto tive novo frêmito faminto violento. Me levantei alucinada, e na mais pavorosa das condições; uma ou duas vezes estive para morder meu próprio braço. Ao fim, percebi a bacia com o sangue que escorrera do meu nariz no dia anterior; me precipitei até ela, engoli o líquido desesperadamente, com toda a gula e a avidez de que um ser humano deve ser capaz, como se alguém fosse tomar minha sopa eflúvia primeiro, ou como se o sangue fosse evaporar de uma hora para a outra.>

64

<Isso foi no quarto dia; e nesses transportes eu segui até de noite, quando, num período de menos de 3h, senti tudo de novo, com alternâncias mais rápidas e intensas, como num ciclo maldito: sinto-me doente, depois apenas sonolenta, em seguida faminta e nada mais, depois sucumbo à dor de estômago, depois estou louca, depois moribunda, depois lunática, depois desabo em choro, depois arregalo os olhos e sou uma maníaca, e de 15 em 15 minutos me torno ainda outra pessoa, e minhas reservas energéticas decaem cada vez mais>

65

<Era nessa situação terrível que nos achávamos quando vocês irromperam na embarcação para nos salvar.>

66

Esse foi seu relato fiel, e foi um relatório tão preciso e marcante do que é estar para morrer de fome que, confesso, nunca poderia imaginar que assim fosse; eu, que vivi tantas aventuras, aprendi algo novo e em nada desprezível.”

67

O dia seguinte, dando 5 saraivadas de tiro em sua honra, à hora da despedida, partimos, atingindo a Baía de Todos os Santos nos Brasis dentro de 22 dias, mais ou menos”

68

fomos retirados de nossa rota, e uma ou duas vezes nossos homens gritaram, <Terra a leste!>, mas se eram ilhas ou o continente, àquela altura não podíamos dizer¹”

¹ Poderia estar falando Robinson do arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha?

69

Nesse ritmo ficamos à espera, até que eles tomaram a iniciativa; mas nunca nenhum cristão viu algo tão tenebroso; embora meu companheiro estivesse muito enganado nos seus cálculos, ao se aproximarem vimos que remontavam a 126 canoas; algumas chegavam a conter 16 ou 17 homens, senão mais, e as mais vazias tinham não menos do que 6 ou 7.”

70

Logo vi que vinham da parte de amigos, pelo menos dos amigos de outrora, aquele tipo de selvagem com que estava acostumado a lidar.”

71

chegando perto a ponto de ser escutado, fiz Sexta-feira subir no convés e gritar em seu idioma, a fim de saber como reagiriam. Fato é que, tendo entendido meu escudeiro ou não, 6 ou 7, os mais adiantados, viraram-se de costas para nossa gente com suas canoas, mantendo-se na posição inusitada; não podíamos afirmar se era este um sinal de provocação ou mero desprezo, por exemplo, nem se era parte da tática de guerra deles (a emissão de alguma instrução oblíqua ou coisa do gênero); sei que Sexta-feira percebeu antes de todos que eles iriam atirar mas, desgraçadamente para ele, ó, pobre Sexta!, vieram 300 de suas setas, e para meu inexprimível pesar, assassinaram meu Sexta-feira, porque era o único ao alcance dos disparos. Pelo menos 3 o acertaram em cheio, outras 3 passaram raspando; diante do tanto de flechas que haviam atirado, me parece que tinham uma péssima mira!

Eu fiquei tão perturbado à perda do meu servo mais do que fiel, que veio a se tornar um camarada e companheiro inseparável durante todos esses anos, que eu imediatamente comandei que carregassem 5 pistolas com a carga simples de pólvora, além de outras 4 com a pólvora composta, e dei-lhes uma <acolhida> de que eles nunca iriam se esquecer, com toda a certeza. A distância era de uns 100m, e nossa mira tão precisa que cada tiro, eu calculo, afundou pelo menos 3 ou 4 de suas canoas.”

72

Mal posso dizer quantos assassinamos ou sequer quantos nós ferimos nessa batida, mas é indiscutível que esses aborígenes nunca devem ter sentido tanto pânico e agitação em suas vidas; 13 ou 14 de suas canoas estavam completamente despedaçadas, por isso víamos muitos fugindo a nado: o resto, acovardado à loucura, remou até fatigar os braços e sumir de nossos horizontes, sendo que não vi nenhuma embarcação parando ou se atrasando para ajudar algum de seus companheiros que estavam em alto-mar, à deriva”

73

Nós até tínhamos conosco um prisioneiro, mas a criatura era tão matuta que não servia nem para dedurar seus conterrâneos nem era capaz de falar; só podíamos imaginar que ele acabaria preferindo se entregar à inanição que nos ser útil de alguma forma.”

74

sua fala era muito esquisita, completamente gutural, funda, de forma que não entendíamos sequer suas vogais direito”

75

Ele acabou contando, algum tempo depois, quando o ensinamos a falar um pouco do Inglês, que eles partiam em expedição com seus reis para ter uma grande batalha. Quando ele falou em reis, perguntamos de quantos se tratavam, e ele respondeu que havia 5 país(es) em seu povo (ele não conseguiu apreender o conceito de plural) e todo(s) estava(m) confederado(s) contra outro(s) dois povo(s) inimigo(s).”

76

Devo observar, neste ponto, apropriadamente, que todos esses locais, bem como os da África, quando aprendiam o Inglês, sempre acrescentavam dois <e> ou <a> ao fim de cada palavra em que acrescentamos apenas um, e eles mudam a pronúncia para uma oxítona. Exemplos seriam fazêê [makéé], tomáá [takée], e assim por diante. Nem com muita insistência conseguira eu demover Sexta-feira de seus hábitos mais arraigados, pelo menos até os últimos anos e nossa excursão final.

E agora que menciono o saudoso Sexta-feira uma vez mais, os ritos fúnebres precisavam ser à altura. E o luto se condensará em minh’alma. Tão íntegra e de destino tão funesto! Enterramo-lo com toda a decência e solenidade permitidas, depositando-o num caixão e arremessando-o ao mar, esse cemitério de bestas e heróis mitológicos

77

Uma corrente de ar favorável nos empurrou diretamente para a costa brasileira; em 12 dias avistamos terra, na latitude de 5 graus abaixo da linha do Equador, sendo uma das extremidades nordestes daquela parte da América. Seguimos o curso sudeste 4 dias a fio, até atingir o Cabo Santo Agostinho, e depois de mais 3 dias já estávamos ancorando na baía de Todos os Santos, um lugar de tantas memórias agradáveis”

78

O pessoal da alfândega foi tão estrito quanto a desembarcar mercadorias, que foi com muita dificuldade que conseguimos transportar para o cais três contêineres com artigos ingleses, tais quais tecidos de excepcional qualidade, comestíveis e muito linho, que era, particularmente, um presente para meu vizinho e sócio de plantation.”

79

Eu finalizei meus negócios com a Ilha, e nada mais me resta a discursar sobre ela: quem continuar a ler minhas memórias deve desde já deslocar seu pensamento para alhures, e esperar tão-só ler sobre as doidices de um velho, que nunca aprende com os perigos que ele atravessa, muito menos com os que outros que ele testemunha atravessam; inconvertível ao repouso após 40 anos de estripulias e misérias, além de calejado na arte de acumular decepções – não saciado, ainda, com a prosperidade econômica além de toda a expectativa de um comum mortal, nem tornado mais prudente à causa de qualquer aflição ou agonia sobrenatural, este velho segue sua sina, produzindo histórias.”

80

Eu me regozijava em ser o patrono das pessoas que pus ali, dispondo de seus destinos de forma todo-poderosa, como um velho patriarca, sendo o responsável pelas provisões de uma grande família como se fosse o Pai de todos, bem como o dono de todo o solo em volta. Mas eu nunca pretendi ser o donatário de qualquer administração ou nação, ou jurar lealdade a qualquer príncipe, ou submeter minha população ao domínio de qualquer nacionalidade em detrimento de outra; nunca me preocupei sequer em dar um nome ao local, apenas deixei-o como o encontrei”

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Dos Brasis nós seguimos direto pelo Atlântico ao Cabo da Boa Esperança, e tivemos uma viagem razoável, sem contratempos, em curso sudeste, pegando de vez em quando uma tormenta ou ventos contrários”

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Não vou importunar o leitor com uma descrição entediante dos lugares, fazer disso um diário de bordo ou guia turístico, relatar as variações da bússola, minhas precisas latitudes, o tipo de correntes atmosféricas com que defrontamos, etc.; basta com nomear os portos e pelo menos as cidades que chegamos a tocar (…) tocamos o continente na ilha de Madagascar, onde, muito embora os nativos sejam arredios e tratantes, além de belicosos, cheios de lanças e arcos, com os quais esbanjam em habilidade, nos demos bem com os residentes por um tempo.”

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e me parece que ninguém aqui tinha pavor de armas de fogo como os selvagens da América.”

84

Devo confessar: nunca estive no saque duma cidade antes, ou num arrastão. Ouvira falar de Oliver Cromwell tomando Drogheda, na Irlanda, e matando homem, mulher, crianças; e lera sobre o Conde de Tilly saqueando a cidade de Magdeburgo e cortando a garganta de 22.000 de qualquer dos dois sexos, indiscriminadamente; mas nunca tivera uma idéia prática da coisa até então, e nem me atrevo a tentar descrever com exatidão o que vi e senti, todo o horror que passou por nossas cabeças.”

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Fomos um pouco além, e flagramos, para nosso espanto, três mulheres nuas, nos prantos os mais horríficos, vindo em nossa direção como se possuíssem asas, pois corriam, quase voavam rasante na verdade, de 16 ou 17 marmanjos, habitantes locais; não, não, eles, eles também corriam apavorados, essa é a verdade, com o mesmo horror e incompreensão no olhar, porque havia, agora eu reparava melhor, 3 ou 4 carniceiros ingleses a suas costas, chacinando o povoado. Eu vi um cair já como cadáver. E quando os fugitivos nos viram, pensando que éramos também seus inimigos, pensando que íamos matá-los sem hesitação, eles emanaram a mais assombrosa das lamentações. Arrepiava sobretudo a estridência do grito feminil; duas se jogaram em terra, como que já mortas e paralisadas de tanto medo.”

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<Capitão,> ele me disse, <nobre capitão! Que bom que você está aqui; temos ainda muito que fazer. Malditos cães do inferno! Matarei tantos deles quantos fios de cabelo tinha Tom na cabeça: juramos não poupar ninguém; vamos arrancar a raiz dessas vidas da terra e trucidá-los sem deixar vestígios!”

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Confesso que em outros momentos ter-me-ia visto na pele deste homem, com reações similares; mas eu só conseguia pensar que esses homens levaram sua ira longe demais, e à memória vinham as palavras de Jacó dirigida a seus filhos Simeão e Levi: <Amaldiçoada seja sua ira, porque ela foi abominável; e sua fúria, porque foi cruel.>¹ Mas eu tinha uma nova missão a meus cuidados; porque quando os homens que trouxera comigo viram a situação, tive tanto trabalho para refreá-los quanto teria com os homens que já estavam mergulhados na orgia de sangue; não exagero quando digo que mesmo meu sobrinho ficou hipnotizado pela cólera, e que só não se comoveu com o discurso dos homens porque temia ainda mais o número e o poder de fogo do inimigo desconhecido do que o não poder vingar-se pelo amigo.”

¹ Gênesis 49:7a

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Vendo-me incapaz de segurá-los, fui embora pensativo e triste; eu não teria suportado a visão, nem o barulho e os gritos dos desgraçados vitimados.”

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Nossos homens divergiam quanto a quantos homens haviam chacinado; mas de acordo com a mais <otimista> de suas conclusões, teriam exterminado, juntos, cerca de 150 pessoas, mulheres, crianças, velhos, sem deixar um único muro em pé na vila inteira.”

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O primeiro desastre que se nos acometeu foi no Golfo da Pérsia, onde 5 dos nossos, se arriscando do lado árabe da praia, foram cercados e ou mortos ali mesmo ou levados como escravos; o restante da tripulação não fôra capaz de resgatá-los, e mal teve tempo para salvar-se a si próprio. Comecei a censurá-los com justeza no coração por sua conduta, pregando que fôra esta uma retribuição divina; o contramestre, meu inferior hierárquico, declarou-se, num primeiro momento o mais aberta e civilmente que pôde, contrário a meus métodos, dizendo que eu havia me excedido com os homens. Nada do que eu dizia podia ser apoiado nas Escrituras para que eu dissesse que o destino deles estava selado, e que aquilo era um justo Castigo. E até citou Lucas 13:4, onde nosso Messias admoesta que aqueles soterrados pela Torre de Siloé não eram mais pecadores que os galileus; e que o que mais depunha contra mim no caso era que nenhum desses 5 que foi capturado ou pereceu na praia pertencia ao grupo dos mais exaltados de Madagascar, protagonistas dos incidentes horrendos – que eu chamava incessantemente de massacre, o que já vinha atraindo ódio contra mim no navio – daquela noite fatídica.

E prosseguiu o contramestre, se exaltando mais e mais: Meus contínuos discursos contra os homens nesse tocante teriam piores conseqüências do que eu poderia imaginar; e, pesando tudo, eu fazia reflexões injustas sobre o acontecido, acusava sem provas, e desonrava a tripulação, incluindo ele próprio; e, como eu era um mero passageiro, e não exercia comando fático, quanto aos propósitos oficiais da viagem, ninguém era obrigado a ser, ainda, paciente comigo; e pelo que tudo indicava eu tinha alguma intenção maldosa, por exemplo a de relatar tudo às autoridades assim que desembarcássemos na Inglaterra; e, portanto, a menos que eu baixasse de uma vez com meu tom, e que eu parasse de me meter nas coisas do navio, ele abandonaria a embarcação e seu trabalho; porque ele já não considerava seguro continuar a viagem comigo a bordo.

Eu o ouvi em silêncio até ele terminar, e admiti que desde o início condenei o massacre em Madagascar, e que aproveitei toda ocasião propícia para dar livre curso a minhas idéias, muito embora sem fazer disso uma perseguição pessoal contra ninguém, como ele imaginava estar acontecendo consigo mesmo, por ser o contramestre; que, sobre não ter voz de comando no navio, isso lá era verdade; mas que não era por eão ter autoridade oficial que eu não podia ou não devia me dar a liberdade de me expressar publicamente em assuntos de interesse público; e que meu objetivo na viagem não lhe dizia respeito, idem, como o trabalho deles não dizia respeito a mim; que dos que estavam no navio eu era um dos maiores proprietáros. E que tendo em vista essa particularidade eu me via no direito de falar até mais asperamente do que havia falado, e não prestaria contas nem a ele nem a ninguém; e fui me exaltando na mesma medida em que ele se exaltou em seu próprio discurso. Àquela vez ele pouco se incomodou em dar uma resposta além de algo mais evasivo, e pensei que panos quentes tinham sido colocados sobre a controvérsia. Estávamos a caminho de Bengala; com disposição para ver o lugar a pé e distrair a cabeça, desci com o comissário num dos barcos; pela noitinha me preparava para voltar a bordo, quando um dos homens veio a mim, e disse para eu não me dignar a subir, porque os homens tinham ordens para não me levar na viagem um dia a mais sequer. Qualquer um pode imaginar meu espanto diante dessa mensagem insolente; e perguntei que homem mandou que ele me dissesse isso. Ele respondeu: fôra o piloto.

Imediatamente fui atrás do comissário e contei-lhe o ocorrido, acrescentando que previa um motim; instei-o a subir logo a bordo e ter uma séria conversa com o capitão. Mas eu devia ter me poupado o trabalho e não ter menosprezado a situação, porque antes de nossa conversa na praia o navio já estava todo mobilizado contra mim. O contramestre, o canhoneiro, o carpinteiro, todos os sub-oficiais, assim que desci do navio, haviam se reunido com o capitão, se antecipando e muito a meus planos emergenciais; e o contramestre, fazendo uma arenga daquelas, repetindo tudo quanto me dissera na véspera, relatou ao capitão que eu me havia ido pacificamente, e que isso era muito bom, porque eles detestariam usar de força e violência para comigo, o que se sentiriam obrigados a fazer, é claro, se a situação se prolongasse… Eles acharam conveniente, portanto, deixar claro que como estavam a serviço dele, do capitão, executariam tudo de bom grado e com dedicação; mas que se eu não saísse do navio, ou pelo menos o capitão não me obrigasse a fazê-lo, todos eles se insubordinariam e abandonariam seus postos; e ao dizer todos ele virou o rosto para o mastro principal, o que era, a parecer, um sinal combinado com os conspiradores já de antemão; os marujos, num corpo só, bradaram: <Todos e cada um! Um por todos, todos por um!>

Meu sobrinho, o capitão do navio, era um homem de espírito, e de mente muito perspicaz; embora pego de surpresa, pôde civilmente responder-lhes que consideraria o problema, mas que não podia concordar antes que conversasse comigo a respeito. Ele lançou alguns argumentos, expondo a desrazão da tropa, a injustiça da coisa toda, mas tudo em vão; eles juraram, de palmas estendidas, que desceriam no mesmo instante do navio, se houvesse qualquer chance de eu subir a bordo de novo.

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em suma, eu me encontrava agora em apuros piores do que quando me achei de repente sozinho na Ilha.”

92

ele subiu a bordo outra vez, e satisfez seus homens, dizendo que seu tio cedeu a sua importunidade, e que mandaria virem buscar meus pertences para serem desembarcados; e que assim a questão estaria resolvida em poucas horas, todos estariam de volta a suas funções e eu estaria isolado, pensando no que fazer e que rumo tomar.

Eu me encontrava só, numa parte remota da Terra, 15.000km mais afastado do meu país do que eu estaria, se ainda na Ilha”

93

Ainda tive a visão mortificante de ver o navio partir do cais, sem mim; ao menos, meu sobrinho me deixou dois servos, ou antes diria, um acompanhante e um empregado; o primeiro era um representante do dono do navio, que ele convencera a me acompanhar, e o outro era seu próprio servente no navio. O que fiz primeiro foi me hospedar num quadrante confortável, na casa duma inglesa, por onde também passavam muitos mercadores, atualmente alguns franceses, dois italianos, ou judeus, e um britânico. Eu viria a permanecer por aqui 9 meses, meditando profundamente no meu futuro. Tinha alguns bens de valor comigo, e uma quantia vultosa em espécie também.”

94

Comprei-me excelentes diamantes, que, para quem não sabe, eram neste fim de mundo a melhor forma de transportar dinheiro, já que significaria que eu poderia levar grandes riquezas num só bolso.

Durante minha estadia, recebi muitas propostas para um retorno à Inglaterra, mas como nenhuma me agradasse o mercador inglês que dividia as acomodações comigo, e com quem adquiri intimidade ao longo desses meses, certa manhã me inquiriu: <Compatriota, tenho cá algo em mente, um projeto que está conforme minhas idéias e que, quiçá, também estará conforme as suas, após considerar detidamente o que irei dizer. Aqui viemos parar, você acidentalmente, eu pelo meu próprio arbítrio, num recanto do mundo remotíssimo de nossa terra-natal; é, porém, um lugar muito propício para nós que entendemos de compra e venda, certeza líquida de muito lucro. Se você adicionar mil libras esterlinas às minhas mil libras esterlinas, fretamos um navio, o primeiro que avaliarmos adequado. Você fica como capitão, eu mercador, e nós navegamos à China; do que mais precisamos, e o que estamos esperando? O mundo todo fervilha; por que nós permaneceríamos inertes?>.

Confesso ter aprovado sem dificuldades essa proposta; ainda mais porque não havia sequer espaço para interesse egoísta em seu enredo. Nas minhas circunstâncias lamentáveis, eu mesmo é que estaria no lugar de propor uma aventura que-tal, ou qualquer outra expedição que me tirasse dali. Devo admitir ainda mais, que se o comércio não é minha especialidade, certamente o turismo errante o é; com efeito, nenhuma proposta que incluísse a visita a um continente jamais por mim explorado seria por mim recusada. A questão foi arranjar o navio, o que demorou mais do que esperávamos; depois de providenciar uma embarcação grandiosa o bastante para nossos intentos, foi ainda laborioso contratar homens, navegantes de nossa nacionalidade – isto é, havia poucos ingleses nestes domínios; não precisava ser a tripulação inteira, é claro, mas pelo menos alguns sujeitos entendidos para os postos de comando e para exercer profissionalmente a viagem. Após algum tempo de procura, providenciamos nosso oficial de convés, um contramestre e um canhoneiro, todos ingleses; além de um carpinteiro holandês, afora três homens para o mastro dianteiro. Com pelo menos esses 7, concluímos ser viável, com marinheiros indianos, empreender a missão.”

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Nossa gente na Inglaterra sempre se admira das riquezas auferidas pelos oficiais que passam pela Índia, e pelos mercadores que lá permanecem, voltando algum tempo depois com 60 ou 70 mil libras esterlinas de um golpe só; não seria nada para admiração se considerassem os inumeráveis portos e estabelecimentos de livre comércio presentes”

96

Eu obtive tanto dinheiro na minha primeira aventura, e tanta experiência sobre como maximizar os ganhos, que se fôra 20 anos mais novo ficaria tentado a lá ficar”

97

Uma disposição incansável essa minha: quando estava em casa, era premido a ir ao estrangeiro; e, enquanto no estrangeiro, só pensava em voltar.”

98

meu olho, como aquele de que Salomão comenta, nunca se cansava de olhar.”

99

uma impaciência indefinida me guiava a tentar estar mais próximo de casa, mas uma indecisão onipresente me proibia escolher um caminho.”

100

vaguei 6 anos por esse país, negociando de porto em porto, aqui e acolá”

101

Eu estava muito desconfortável, na verdade pensei estar na situação mais problemática de toda a minha vida; antes, por maior que fosse a sensação de perigo, eu nunca tinha me passado por um bandido em fuga; justamente por nunca ter feito algo que merecesse essa condição, desonesto ou fraudulento, quanto mais ilegal ou criminoso. Até este momento eu mesmo tinha sido meu pior inimigo, ou, melhor dizendo, nunca fizera mal a ninguém, senão a mim; agora, não obstante, eu estava ignominiosamente desgraçado: muito embora eu fosse um perfeito inocente, não havia a menor brecha para essa inocência ser comprovada; e se eu fosse capturado havia certeza de punição. Não era estranha, portanto, minha ânsia pela fuga, mas por que rota, isso eu ignorava. Que porto ou cidade nos receberia? Meu novo companheiro, conhecedor das imediações, me estimulou nesse momento terrível, descrevendo os inúmeros estabelecimentos de cada porção daquela costa, e me encorajou a tomar o rumo do litoral da Cochinchina¹, ou do Golfo de Tonquim,² visando chegar, depois, a Macau, habitada por várias famílias européias, em particular por padres missionários, que usavam o município como entreposto para localidades chinesas mais remotas.”

¹ Parece o fim do mundo, como diz um célebre ditado popular, mas não é tanto, é quase: região setentrional do Vietnã.

² Rota alternativa, pois culminaria no noroeste do dito país, tangendo a atual capital, Hanói.

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Estávamos no meio do povo mais bárbaro de todas as populações costeiras; entre outros costumes, eles possuíam o seguinte: se qualquer navio naufragava nas imediações de sua tribo, todos os sobreviventes achados eram convertidos em prisioneiros e escravos”

103

considero um estilo de vida triste, ser sempre obrigado a tirar a vida do próximo a fim de preservar a sua”

104

continuamos a nordeste. Perto de Formosa, tínhamos tanto receio de sermos alvejados por navios mercantes holandeses ou ingleses quanto os próprios ingleses e holandeses se sentem receosos de cruzar com corsários argelinos no Mediterrâneo.”

105

A religião cristã sempre civiliza as pessoas, e reformula suas maneiras, onde quer que seja doutrinada, quer deixe ou não frutos para as próximas gerações.”

106

Ele nos confidenciou que o melhor seria pararmos em Macau, onde os carregamentos de ópio poderiam ser vendidos, fora que haveria mercadorias chinesas tão baratas quanto se as poderia achar em Nanquim.”

107

nosso pior pesadelo agora seria um navio holandês, tanto que preferiríamos topar com o diabo em pessoa, isto é, pelo menos se ele não se apresentasse num de seus avatares mais horrendos”

108

<Senhor, não tema os holandeses; deduzo que eles não estejam em guerra com seu país?> — <Não>, repliquei, <isso é verdade; mas nunca se sabe que formas pode tomar o livre-arbítrio daqueles que estão distantes da jurisdição de seus próprios territórios.> — <Ora, mas vocês não são corsários! O que têm a temer? Eles não mexeriam com mercadores civis, com certeza!> (…) <Senhor, gostaria de objetar com todo o respeito, acho que o senhor não está conseguindo raciocinar friamente e processar meu discurso: sinta-se à vontade para seguir a direção que lhe convier, e não importa sua decisão, estarei a seu lado.> Isso foi o bastante para prosseguirmos calorosamente a conversa. Para minha surpresa, ele descreveu em minúcias os feitos supostamente maquiavélicos de uma certa embarcação pirata, feitos que já estavam disseminados por conversas de marinheiros em todos os mares; ele não estava descrevendo senão o próprio navio do qual estava a bordo! e que compramos num negócio muito azarado… Vi que não chegaríamos a lugar nenhum se não lhe disséssemos a verdade cristalina, explicitando o perigo e a aflição que sofremos durante todo esse mal-entendido da perseguição. Só nos interessava abandonar esse navio e encontrar segurança nalgum lugar; foi esse estratagema que nos guiou até Nanquim.

O velho ficou admirado, e disse que o mais correto era mesmo ter seguido o rumo norte; e que, se ele pudesse nos ajudar de alguma forma, o melhor a fazer agora seria vender o navio na China, e comprar, no lugar, ou construir com o dinheiro, outro no mesmo país.”

109

O nome do porto eu confesso que não sei soletrar mais, tendo perdido o registro que tomei, bem como o de inúmeras outras instâncias, num livro de bolso, que caiu na água e se deteriorou, por acidente; mas do que recordo vivamente é que os mercadores chineses com quem travamos contato chamavam o local de forma diferente do meu piloto português, que falava <Quinchang>.”

110

Do alto de minha extensa experiência de vida, posso dizer que nada torna a vida humana mais degradante e desconfortável do que a sensação constante de medo e temor. Não à toa as Escrituras dizem: <O medo do homem enreda em ciladas>¹; é uma morte em vida, e nossa cabeça vive oprimida e pesada, incapaz de sossego.”

¹ Provérbios 29:25a. Tradução pessoal. Confrontar com uma das traduções disponíveis em Português, que compreendem o versículo inteiro, mas não mudam o sentido essencial: “O temor do homem armará laços, mas o que confia no Senhor será posto em alto retiro.”

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O ópio e outros bens estocados a bordo com certeza fariam pensar que o navio veio de Bengala. Os holandeses, que, diziam, tinham todos os nomes da tripulação, veriam com naturalidade como éramos uma mistura de ingleses, portugueses e indianos, e aliás tínhamos até 2 holandeses a bordo.”

112

Mas o medo, ah!, o medo!, essa paixão cega e inútil, fez-nos conduzir-nos de outra forma, irracional; nossa imaginação criou mil monstruosidades e destinos fatídicos possíveis, e também cogitamos o impossível.”

113

a história de Amboyna1 me veio à mente, e pensei como os holandeses podiam nos torturar, como fizeram com os ingleses àquela ocasião, fazendo com que os menos resilientes de nós, em meio às desgraças da tortura, confessassem crimes nunca cometidos”

1 O Massacre de Amboyna ocorreu em 1623 na atual localidade de Maluku, Indonésia e estremeceu as relações diplomáticas entre Inglaterra e Países Baixos por várias décadas.

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Nem considerávamos, àquela altura, que capitães de navios não possuem autoridade para agir assim; e que se nos rendêssemos como prisioneiros, não seria justificável nos agredirem ou nos assassinarem; pelo contrário, responderiam a um processo uma vez em terra firme, em seu país. Contudo, se, no extremo dos extremos, assim eles agissem, como monstros desalmados, o que era até concebível no horizonte de possibilidade, o que adiantaria para nós se eles fossem punidos no longo prazo?”

115

Não posso deixar de fazer constar, nesse momento frio de condensação do relato da viagem, sobretudo após tantas reflexões sobre minhas circunstâncias, como foi árduo para mim, depois de 40 anos solitário e enfrentando dificuldade após dificuldade, chegar a este porto ou retiro universal para os velhos da humanidade que significa, em outras palavras, o repouso e a paz interior; mas justamente por não ter me adaptado a isso cá estava eu, em novíssimos apuros. Voluntariamente. Seria degradante que eu, tendo escapado às vezes milagrosamente das piores tragédias, tivesse meu fim na forca, idoso, num lugar remoto da Terra, por um crime que eu não cometi nem nunca pensara em cometer. Depois de refletir dessa maneira, um pouco de religião despertava em minha consciência: estava claro que tudo isso era uma disposição da Providência, e que eu devia baixar a cabeça e me submeter. Mesmo sendo perfeitamente inocente no caso, perante outros homens, o fato é que eu era um transgressor diante do meu Criador; e era tempo de reavaliar minha vida e enumerar de que outros crimes espirituais eu não poderia ter sido o autor, despertando portanto a necessidade de retribuição por parte da Providência

116

A coragem instintiva se apoderava de mim ciclicamente, e cedo eu já me revia vislumbrando a tomada de resoluções vigorosas e drásticas para retomar o eixo da minha vida; de súbito, eu já não admitia, sem retaliação, esse tratamento bárbaro e a sangue frio por parte de uns belos duns mercenários; já considerava que teria sido muito melhor cair nas mãos dos selvagens canibais, muito embora a certeza de ser devorado fosse quase total, do que ser carcomido pouco a pouco pelo odioso procedimento de brancos bárbaros e inumanos

117

sempre que esses pensamentos tomavam a dianteira, previa os surtos e agitações febris, que sente aquele que está prestes a guerrear, me acometendo; meu sangue fervia, meus olhos faiscavam, como se eu tivesse atingido uma definição e firmeza de propósito, e tudo que eu queria era antecipar esse momento e abreviar-lhes as vidas; se esse frenesi continuasse por mais tempo, eu deixaria de fazer qualquer esforço para resistir: estaria disposto a achar o navio dos desafetos e explodi-lo com tudo que estivesse em seu interior. Não me importava sequer com nenhum butim de vencedor!”

118

Admito que a conversão, como eles a chamam, dos chineses ao Cristianismo está tão distante de uma verdadeira conversão, a que é requerida para preencher os corações dos pagãos com o amor de Cristo, que para resumi-la basta dizer que era como que fazer-lhes ouvir o nome <Jesus Cristo>, além de repassar-lhes uma ou outra oração à Virgem e sua Boa Nova – e, para completar, numa língua absolutamente desconhecida desses rudes camponeses; não esqueçamos também do habitual sinal da cruz e que-tais”

119

Pequim, a maior cidade do mundo: <Uma cidade,> disse ele, <que sua Londres e nossa Paris, juntas, não podem igualar>.”

120

os japoneses, que são um povo falso, cruel e traiçoeiro; bem como os espanhóis das Filipinas, mais falsos, cruéis e traiçoeiros ainda.”

121

Um dos meus mordomos fez a viagem a Acapulco de bom contento, e lá ele vendeu seu navio: e, uma vez tendo obtido a permissão para viajar por terra a Porto Bello, encontrou uma forma de chegar à Jamaica, com todas as suas jóias; e 8 anos depois regressou à Inglaterra imensamente rico.”

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Se eu me sentia banido e isolado de meu país-natal em Bengala, onde tinha muitos recursos a fim de regressar, e acesso ao meu dinheiro, o que diria agora, mais de 5 mil km ainda mais distante, destituído no presente de toda esperança de retorno? A única luz no fim do túnel era a seguinte: em 4 meses mais ou menos deveria se suceder outro festival local, onde teríamos a chance de comprar uma variedade de manufaturas do país, dentre as quais poderia haver algum trambolho de Tonquim suficiente para velejarmos em alto-mar o quanto desejássemos.”

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No entanto, para nos distrair, viajamos 2 ou 3 vezes pelo interior do país. § Primeiro, fomos a Nanquim, a dez dias de viagem de onde estávamos, uma cidade que valia a pena mesmo ver; dizem que havia 1 milhão de habitantes: e é bem-construída, toda de linhas retas, suas ruas interseccionando-se em coordenadas precisas. Uma cidade planejada. Mas quando ouso comparar os miseráveis nativos dessas localidades com os nossos conterrâneos, seus modos de ganhar a vida, seus bens, seu governo, sua religião, sua riqueza, e seu senso de honra, como alguns ainda dizem, uma certa <aura>, sou compungido a admitir que me dá desgosto descrever essa gentinha em meu livro.”

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Londres tem mais comércio que metade de seu temível império: um pirata inglês, holandês ou francês, dono de uma frota com 80 subordinados e o mesmo número de canhões poderia guerrear sozinho contra toda a marinha chinesa: mas o supremo de suas riquezas, i.e., o volume do comércio, e o absolutismo de seu governo, e o número absurdo de seus soldados, pode até ser que nos peguem de surpresa num primeiro momento, porque, como eu disse antes, considerando que não passam de uma nação de bárbaros pagãos, não muito superiores a meros selvagens autóctones, não se é de esperar tanta coisa vinda deles. Porém, toda essa força imperial, embora capaz de reunir 2 milhões de homens em suas tropas terrestres, de nada mais é capaz além de arruinar a própria população; um milhão de chineses a pé não resistiriam ao assédio de um bom regimento de nossa infantaria, que saberia se postar de forma a não ser rodeado, mesmo que a proporção fosse de 1 para 20; eu não me gabo quando digo que até 15 mil alemães ou ingleses, desde que com pelo menos 10 mil cavalos, bem-treinados, poderiam dizimar a China inteira. Não vejo nenhuma cidade-fortaleza na China que suportasse um mês de cerco de um exército europeu. Eles têm armas de fogo, bom pra eles, mas são hesitantes e irregulares em habilidades e tática militar; e sua pólvora é vagabunda. Suas tropas não têm disciplina, não sabem esperar e também não têm a sabedoria de quando recuar; era, portanto, estranho para mim, quando voltei à Grã-Bretanha, ouvir pessoas dizerem maravilhas do poder, da glória, da magnificência, do comércio, enfim, da <aura> chineses”

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não fôra a distância da China a Moscou inconcebível, esse último império, rude como é, impotente e mal-governado pelo Czar, expulsá-los-ia com a maior facilidade de seu imenso território, conquistando a China numa só campanha; e se o Czar, no lugar de perecer tentando atacar a Suécia, povo guerreiro, arregimentasse suas tropas e, supondo que não fosse nesse ínterim incomodado por nenhuma nação européia, empreendesse a sério essa inusitada conquista, poderia ao fim da vida estar gozando também do título de Imperador da China além de Imperador da Rússia (uma vez que o incauto último Czar que chegou à maioridade, pelo que eu sei, se fizesse o que eu digo, e a criança que é hoje mero regente poderia me escutar, no lugar de morrer para os suecos em Narva¹, com 6 vezes mais homens que os escandinavos, teria vencido nesta outra guerra, mais ousada se bem que mais simples).”

¹ Atual Estônia; muito perto, portanto, da própria fronteira russa.

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quando o sol sofre um eclipse, eles acham que um grande dragão o engoliu, e está prestes a se escafeder com ele no estômago; então eles começam a batucar todos os tambores e panelas que há no país, com o objetivo de amedrontar a criatura, igual fazemos quando queremos afugentar um enxame de abelhas! Mas chega de relatos do folclore local: não devo me desviar do meu itinerário de viagem.”

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Não tenho muito o que dizer, logo o bom leitor irá adivinhar, desses lugares tão majestosos, de todas essas nações desérticas para lá de Bagdá, extremamente povoadas e populosas, ironicamente. Só devo mesmo relatar o que concerne a minha própria pessoa, e aos locais, só e quando estão diretamente envolvidos nos acontecimentos.

Eu estava agora, pelo que podia precisar, no coração da China, uns 30 graus ao norte da linha, regressado de Nanquim.”

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nossa viagem na caravana do mandarim, em que pese refletisse uma grandiosa benevolência por parte do anfitrião, não era a quinta maravilha do mundo; era mais um ato exibicionista e, por que não?, pragmático, pois havia 30 pessoas viajando da mesma maneira conosco, sob a proteção de sua caravana; e o que isso significava? Bem, o mandarim pegava tudo que queria por onde passava, tinha licença oficial para se servir de toda a produção agrícola e mantimentos, mas ainda assim terceirizava seus serviços, i.e., nos cobrava pelo seu consumo!

Viajamos dessa maneira por 25 dias até Pequim, remando num mar de gente, e em campos mal-cultivados e grosseiros.”

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O orgulho dos indigentes é infinitamente superior, e não é excedido por nada a não ser sua pobreza.”

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Num primeiro exame, penso que o selvagem americano é muito mais frugal e alegre que os necessitados desta parte do globo, porque quem nada possui nada cobiça; ao passo que seus colegas orientais são orgulhosos e insolentes, não passando em sua quase totalidade de uns pedintes e uns peões, buchas de canhão da aristocracia. A que grau eles ostentam o pouquíssimo que têm é até inexprimível; se podem, mesmo os mais humildes destes coitados mantêm sob seu império uma multidão de servos e escravos, o que é o cume do ridículo”

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Viajei, em verdade, muito mais prazenteiramente pelos desertos e vastas estepes da Grande Tartária que por aqui, por mais que aqui as ruas fossem bem-pavimentadas e conservadas, convidativas a todo tipo de turista ou viandante. Nada me soava mais fora do lugar que essa seborréia humana desdenhosa e tirânica, áspera, no meio da simplicidade material mais grosseira imaginável e da mais cristalina ignorância; e meu amigo de caravana, o Padre Simão, e eu, costumávamos rir de um para o outro, achando graça dessa vaidade dos mendicantes!”

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Eu sentia meu coração leve e desoprimido, após as tensões e perplexidades da véspera, quando da súbita e forçada aterrissagem neste novo continente. Não sentia mais aquela ansiedade contaminante, nem vontade de me vingar dos malfeitores, o que tornou esta jornada, em especial, muito agradável aos meus sentidos; a situação mais gravosa que me perturbou esses dias foi durante uma travessia dum riacho, quando meu cavalo caiu e me fez comer lama, por assim dizer. Não era uma corrente d’água nada expressiva, a profundidade era ridícula, mas me ensopei na queda. Por que menciono essa circunstância tão banal? Porque nesse incidente meu livrinho de bolso estragou; a agenda onde eu tomava notas, registrando os nomes próprios de residentes notáveis e dos lugares que atravessava; com as folhas apodrecidas e a letra tornada ilegível após alguns dias (pois não pude tratar de conservar este artigo, que ficou mofado), perdi algumas informações valiosas que a memória de um velho por si só jamais saberia recuperar.

Por fim, aterrissamos em Pequim. Neste ponto da viagem ninguém me acompanhava a não ser um jovem dado a mim pelo meu sobrinho à guisa de desculpas pelo péssimo tratamento da tripulação a minha pessoa, no desembarque infame, para me auxiliar na extenuante viagem que me aguardava. Este jovem se mostrou bastante leal e diligente.”

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Combinamos que, se o piloto português fosse com a gente, transportaríamos suas mercadorias a Moscou, ou à Inglaterra, bastando seu assentimento”

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ele não só foi nosso piloto no oceano como em terra firme justificou o epíteto de nosso corretor; ter-nos apresentado o mercador japonês foi o mesmo que colocar centenas de libras em nossos bolsos. Desejando, pois, recompensá-lo por tudo, ou seja, promovendo a mínima justiça que o caso permitia, me deleitando ainda com sua companhia para o resto da viagem, pois tratava-se de um sujeito polivalente, pau para toda obra, concordamos em dar-lhe como <salário> uma boa quantia em moedas d’ouro, que, numa estimativa, por alto, montava a 175 libras esterlinas”

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as caravanas do Oriente estão sempre sujeitas a assaltos dos árabes; mas não podemos esquecer também dos bandidos tártaros.”

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A estrada desse lado do país é muito povoada, repleta de oleiros e cozedores de terra – i.e., trabalhadores que temperam a terra para a fabricação da porcelana chinesa. Enquanto andávamos e víamos vários desses profissionais de beira de estrada, nosso português, sempre muito engraçado e falando coisas que nos divertiam, me garantiu que mostraria a maior preciosidade do país inteiro, e que eu teria o que dizer da China uma vez regresso à pátria, pelo menos uma aventura digna de me gabar nesse paisinho tão grosseiro e tosco, uma coisa que, poder-se-ia afirmar, só existe ali e em mais nenhum outro canto do mundo. Eu fiquei muito agitado para saber do que se tratava; por fim, ele contou que era a casa dum aristocrata, feita toda de porcelana chinesa. <Bom, mas não é toda a porcelana chinesa ou exportada ou consumida no mercado interno? Não é a obra-prima mais abundante, o barro com o qual erguem todas as casas e edifícios?> — <Nãão, você entendeu errado: é uma casa inteirinha feita só com porcelanato chinês, essa mesma que vocês já conhecem pronta na Inglaterra, e de que tanto falam; não me refiro à simples cerâmica rústica.> — <Ora, vejamos, me parece curioso. E de que tamanho é? Poderíamos transportá-la numa caixa, sobre uma das corcovas de um camelo? Se for viável, compremo-la!> — “Sobre um camelo?, você disse!”, e o velho espremia as mãos: <uma família de 30 pessoas mora nesta casa!>.”

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O lado de fora era todo iluminado, diria, do filtro mais branco, cheio de adornos azuis, pequenas figuras pintadas à mão, como qualquer porcelana chinesa vista na Inglaterra, dura na aparência como se tivesse sido toda cozida previamente. Quanto ao seu interior, todas as paredes, ao invés de forradas em madeira, eram revestidas de azulejos rígidos e coloridos, como os pequenos azulejos quadriculados chamados por nós na Inglaterra de <forro de piso de galé>, só que da melhor qualidade, isto é, da mais refinada porcelana¹, fora que a arte da superfície era primorosa, com uma extraordinária variedade de cores, com camadas de ouro, e no fim de contas todas as pedras de azulejo formavam uma só grande figura, sendo que inclusive a argamassa que tudo unia era feita do mesmo barro, sendo difícil, a olho nu, sem se aproximar e prestar muita atenção, precisar onde um azulejo se colava a outro. Os pisos dos cômodos eram compostos da mesma maneira, duros e resistentes como os chãos de terra das casas inglesas; duros como pedra, com efeito, lisos, mas sem pintura nem cozimento, exceto pelo piso de alguns cômodos menores, que serviam de closets, que apresentavam uniformidade em todos os seus lados interiores; o teto e todo o acabamento da casa não vinham de matéria diferente; o teto mesmo era recoberto de azulejos idênticos, só que de um preto densamente brilhante. Essa era literalmente uma casa chinesa de porcelana, digna do nome, e, não estivesse eu em viagem, me permitiria o luxo de ficar por mais alguns dias e examinar cada pormenor da construção. Me relataram haver fontes e tanques de peixes no jardim, cimentados da mesmíssima forma, na base e nas laterais; quanto ao cimo, eram adornados por estátuas; era uma galeria cheia delas, alinhadas, enfileiradas ao longo de um enorme espaço; e as estátuas em si eram de cerâmica, ou seja, basicamente terra cozida, como tudo o mais!”

¹ Não posso deixar de citar aqui que “porcelana” em Inglês é “china”.

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Me contaram ainda sobre um artesão que construiu um navio com bote auxiliar, mastros, velas e tudo, em porcelana, grande o bastante para levar 50. Se me dissessem que o lançou em alto-mar, e que chegou ao Japão em segurança, talvez eu me rendesse ao extraordinário do conto; mas eu sabia que não passava de mentira das grossas: limitei-me a sorrir, sem mais comentários. Essa imagem bizarra, a contemplação desse monumento inútil mas incrível, me deixou 2 horas atrás da caravana, atraso pelo qual o líder do bando me multou em 3 xelins.”

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Dois dias depois, cruzamos a Muralha da China, que nasceu como fortificação contra os tártaros: um trabalho monumental, que atravessa colinas e montanhas sem-fim, mesmo onde as rochas parecem impenetráveis, e precipícios que nenhum inimigo ousaria sondar, e, de qualquer forma, qualquer um que o tentasse seria impedido a tempo, antes de escalar a muralha, porque o campo de visão favorecia inteiramente a defesa. Nos disseram que o comprimento da muralha era de aproximadamente mil milhas inglesas (algo como 2.900km), mas que o próprio país não ultrapassa as 500 em linha reta, e que essa extensão se deve às curvas que a muralha precisa fazer para contornar os obstáculos naturais; sua altura varia, mas seria de, em média, 7.2m, e em alguns trechos a espessura era comparável.”

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<Ah, Seignior Inglés,> disse, <você fala em todas as cores.> — <Em cores!>, respondi; <o que isso quer dizer?> <Quero dizer que você fala uma coisa que parece branca desse lado e preta do outro – oportuna dum jeito e idiota doutro! Você me diz que é uma excelente parede para manter os tártaros afastados; com isso você quer dizer que ela não serve pra nada a não ser para isso! Eu entendo, eu entendo, Seignior Inglés! mas o Seignior Chinés entendeu você do jeito dele!> — <Imagina você que esta muralha agüentaria uma horda de camponeses europeus, com uma artilharia pesada; ou nossos engenheiros, com duas companhias de mineiros? Acha que não derrubariam isso aqui em 10 dias, que um exército, em guerra franca, não pulverizaria toda essa espessa linha de defesa, sem deixar vestígios, se assim quisesse?> — <Ééééé, eu concordo com o seignior!>”

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Depois de passarmos por esse grande nada, chamado Muralha, algo tão famoso quanto as Muralhas de Adriano¹, tão célebres na nossa Britânia, erguida nos tempos dos romanos, julgamos que por onde passávamos não se via quase gente nenhuma, e a pouca que havia estava geralmente confinada em cidades-fortalezas, único meio de se proteger das excursões de bandidas de estrada e das depredações tártaras, povo belicoso que não hesita em juntar-se em grandes números para empreender a desordem e o caos, constituindo seus víveres pelo saque das riquezas alheias, tornando impossível que civis isolados, num país tão amplo e aberto, resistissem pela simples força.”

¹ Vallum Aellium, projeto começado em 122 d.C. Subsistem trechos dessa grande muralha na Inglaterra, percorríveis a pé. São pouco mais de 100km, o que a torna irrisória perto da Muralha da China. Atração e monumento tombado pela Unesco em 1987. Quase 100% de seus muros se encontram do lado inglês, enquanto que um pedaço, de mais ou menos 1km, é escocês. Mas não se trata de uma divisa territorial entre as duas nações (Inglaterra e Escócia). Foi inspiração declarada de George Martin em seu épico Crônicas de Gelo e Fogo (Game of Thrones).

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em coisa de 5 dias nós ingressamos num vasto e agreste deserto, que nos engoliu, por assim dizer, três dias e três noites de nossas vidas; fomos forçados a carregar nossa água em grandes recipientes de couro, revezando para vigiar o acampamento à noite, como sempre ouvi falar que faziam nos desertos da Arábia. Perguntei a nossos guias em que nação estávamos, e me responderam que essa era uma espécie de zona mista ou <terra de ninguém>, sendo ao mesmo tempo da Grande Karakathy, ou Grande Tartária; mas também reconhecidamente uma posse chinesa, se bem que nenhum dos lados achava vantajoso tomar providências contra os ladrões de estrada; esse lugar tinha a fama, portanto, de pior trecho desértico em todo o percurso da caravana, muito embora não fosse o mais extenso.

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os covardes são sempre valentões quando não há perigo algum.”

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A cidade de Naum, da qual nos aproximávamos, é uma das fronteiras do império chinês, e possui fortificações à chinesa. Estávamos a dois dias de viagem da cidade quando batedores vieram de encontro a nós mandando-nos parar até que socorro militar fosse enviado; era a mensagem geral para qualquer andarilho que fosse encontrado nas estradas da região. Um agrupamento anômalo de tártaros, 10 mil ao todo, fez-se perceber no horizonte, distando naquele momento 50km da entrada de Naum.

Eram péssimas novas, mas o governador da província foi muito sábio em suas precauções; ficamos muito satisfeitos em saber que contaríamos com uma guarda designada. Dois dias depois, efetivamente chegaram 200 soldados desviados de um batalhão, pela esquerda da caravana, mais 300 de Naum, o lado oposto, e com esses avançamos impávidos. Os 300 à frente, os 200 na retaguarda, e nossos próprios homens nas laterais, guarnecendo os camelos com as provisões e os turistas sem condições de lutar; com essa formação, nos achávamos páreo duro para qualquer tipo de exército de bandidos tártaros aos milhares, se ousassem se mostrar; no dia seguinte, quando apareceram de fato, tudo se deu de forma bem diferente…”

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Os soldados chineses do pelotão de frente, que falavam tão altivamente ontem, começaram a bambear; toda hora olhavam para trás, signo certeiro, num soldado, da intenção de fugir. Nosso velho piloto era da mesma opinião; próximo o suficiente para ser ouvido, entabulou: <Seignior Inglés, ou encorajamos esses rapazes, ou serão nossa ruína, é o que eu te digo; os tártaros são osso duro.> <Concordo em absoluto, mas o que podemos fazer?> <O quê?!… deixar 50 dos nossos avançarem, flanqueá-los pelos dois lados, simplesmente entusiasmá-los. Eles lutarão como gente brava em companhia de bravos colegas; sem esse empurrão, no entanto, certamente tratarão de dar no pé para se salvar.> Imediatamente me virei para o líder da caravana e participei nossas condições; felizmente ele concordava em cada pingo no <i> conosco. Então, 50 de nós marcharam para a direita, 50 cobriram a ala esquerda, o resto compôs uma linha de força; assim prosseguimos, deixando os 200 da retaguarda agir como quisessem, desde que protegessem nossos camelos; se algo desse errado, eles deveriam enviar 100 dos homens para ajudar os últimos 50.”

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dia 13 de abril atingimos a fronteira dos domínios moscovitas. Se não me engano, a primeira cidade fortificada pertencente ao czar com que nos deparamos se chamava Arguna, estando na margem ocidental do rio Arguna.

Não podia omitir meu contentamento ao atravessar a fronteira e finalmente me pôr num país governado por cristãos; porque, por mais que os moscovitas mal mereçam o epíteto de cristãos, é patente sua intenção de sê-los, e eles são muito devotos, a seu modo.

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onde quer que chegássemos, mesmo que nessas cidadezinhas e estações a guarda e os governantes fossem russos, e cristãos confessos, os habitantes se mostravam meros pagãos, sacrificavam a ídolos, veneravam o sol, a lua, e as estrelas, se é que não cada corpo celeste; e não só, mas constituíam o corpo pagão mais bárbaro com que já me defrontei na minha vida, talvez exceto pela circunstância de que não comessem carne humana.”

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Admito, ainda, ter-me admirado mais de sua estupidez e de sua veneração tola e pateta por um monumento gigante de duende do que de qualquer outro fato precedente em minha vida. Contaminado pela ira, me dirigi até a estátua odiosa, e com minha espada cortei-lhe bem no chapéu, despedaçando-o em dois; neste momento, um dos homens que estavam comigo puxou a pele de carneiro que revestia o ídolo, quando um dos clamores de comoção mais hediondos que podem sair da garganta humana foi ouvido, e, num átimo, de 200 a 300 residentes locais foram atraídos pelo barulho, se aproximando em roda; no que aproveitei para encarar e examinar de perto aquela população rústica; alguns tinham arco e flecha; mas minha resolução já estava tomada: eu ainda iria pregar-lhes mais uma peça!”

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eu contei o que vi, e com que indignação me pus a refletir sobre o grau de degeneração a que pode chegar a raça humana; e expus que, podendo pegar pelo menos 4 ou 5 homens da caravana para excursionar comigo, bemarmados, estaria disposto a voltar lá e terminar de destruir aquele ídolo repugnante e maligno, a fim de provar-lhes como aquela coisa não tinha poder nenhum para se proteger a si mesma, quanto mais merecimento para ser idolatrada, ou ser objeto de preces, muito menos ajudar qualquer crente herético que lhe oferecesse sacrifícios.”

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Imaginava, antes de aqui chegar, que aproximando-nos da Europa, acharíamos povos mais cultivados, cidades mais pujantes; porém, vi-me duplamente equivocado: teríamos de atravessar pelos povos Tonguses, onde vimos mais daqueles ídolos infames, demonstrativos da barbárie em que estava mergulhada essa gente.”

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Se os tártaros tinham seus Cham Chi-Thaungu grandes o bastante para a adoração de cidades inteiras, esses tinham ídolos menores, mas em todas as cabanas ou cavernas. Em relação ao último deserto que descrevi, esse vilarejo distava pelo menos 600km, sendo metade desse caminho simplesmente um ermo, que levamos 12 dolorosos dias para cruzar.”

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Já fazia 7 meses que estávamos viajando, e o inverno veio chegando lentamente; eu e meu principal companheiro de caravana entramos em debate: como nossa meta era a Inglaterra, qual seria a melhor forma de proceder em conjunto? Falaram-nos de trenós e duma rena como meio de transporte nessa estação do ano, forma, por incrível que pareça, mais rápida de viajar, no inverno, que a cavalo no verão, porque a neve e o gelo formam um liso tapete, evitando as escarpas e irregularidades do terreno. Nem mesmo os rios são obstáculos palpáveis, já que nada permanece líquido em tamanho frio. E não são camadas finas e perigosas de gelo: é um gelo rígido e profundo, uniforme.”

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ou eu deveria partir com a caravana, aportando em Yaroslavl¹, depois seguindo com ela a oeste rumo a Narva e o Golfo da Finlândia, e dali até Dantzic, onde poderia vender minha carga chinesa com boas margens de lucro; ou eu deixaria a caravana na pequena cidade de Dwina, que me separava, pela água, de Arkhangelsk¹ apenas 6 dias. Porto comercial movimentado, ali eu estaria certo de conseguir passagens tanto para a Inglaterra quanto para os Países Baixos ou para Hamburgo, por exemplo.

O problema era: iniciar qualquer uma dessas jornadas em pleno inverno seria precipitado; quanto a Dantzic, o Báltico estaria congelado e eu ficaria retido; e viajar por terra nessas paragens remotas seria mais alarmante do que nossa travessia pelos tártaros mongóis; da mesma forma, Arkhangelsk em outubro estaria deserta em termos de navios; todos já teriam partido mais cedo, e mesmo os mercadores que se fixam por ali a maior parte do ano migram sazonalmente para o sul de Moscou nessa estação mais que severa, sem possibilidade nenhuma de traficar; eu só me depararia com paredes de gelo e muita ventania, escassez de provisões de subsistência e uma cidade-fantasma com que me deleitar por um trimestre inteiro! Então, por mim, considerei muito mais sábio esperar a caravana partir e me abastecer para o inverno aqui mesmo onde eu estava, em Tobolski, na Sibéria, na latitude de aproximadamente 60 graus.”

¹ Ambas as cidades estão a nordeste de Moscou.

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Eu estava num clima um pouquinho diferente do da minha saudosa ilha, onde jamais senti frio um dia na vida, exceto quando tive febre; pelo contrário, nos trópicos era imperativo usar roupas as mais leves, com o único intuito de proteger-se das queimaduras do sol, e fogueiras só eram suportáveis ao ar livre, onde só eram necessárias mesmo para propósitos alimentícios ou cozer meus jarros. Agora eu tinha três mudas de frio, com bainha ou tecido adicional, capaças que iam até meus pés, sem falar que as mangas estavam firmemente abotoadas até o fim dos punhos. Peles de animais revestiam essas roupas de frio para aquecerem o corpo em seu interior o mais possível. Sobre a calefação caseira à disposição, confesso que desaprovo com veemência nossa forma inglesa de planejar uma lareira por cômodo nas casas com chaminés abertas, que, quando o fogo se esmorece, sempre deixa, como resultado, o ar dos quartos tão frio quanto o do clima lá fora. Tomei, portanto, a precaução de alugar um bom quarto nesta vilazinha, e meses antes do inverno empreendi uma reforma; as lareiras seriam como fornalhas, na verdade uma fornalha só, central, feita expressamente para aquecer adequadamente os 6 aposentos disponíveis (bem amplos, devo dizer), sem perda de calor; o conducto para transporte da fumaça fazia-a sair dum lado, enquanto que a portinhola para entrar na chaminé, quando preciso, foi projetada do lado oposto. Esse arranjo era o mais inteligente possível; a temperatura nos seis quartos era simplesmente constante, sem nem mesmo a visão do fogo queimando; é nesse esquema que funcionam as saunas inglesas, mas não as casas.”

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O mais agradável desse tempo todo foi que era possível encontrar e conviver com boas pessoas e companhias saudáveis, incrivelmente, para um país tão bárbaro – um dos extremos setentrionais da Europa. Sendo esta a província para onde são enviados os criminosos de Moscou, os exilados ficam sem acesso à Rússia do czar, o que significa que essa cidade de banidos estava repleta de aristocratas, gentis-homens, soldados e cortesãos que haviam deixado de ser benquistos na côrte.

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ele, ponderado e sensato, disse que jamais trocaria seu modo de vida que estabeleceu aqui pela oportunidade de ser o próprio czar na capital; ele se sentia realmente mais contente nessa aposentadoria forçada, porém calma e serena, do que nas agitações que são inerentes aos altos cargos do Império; segundo ele, o supremo da sabedoria humana se encontrava na feliz adaptação às circunstâncias, empregar a moderação no cotidiano, ainda que se estivesse rodeado pela tempestade mais caótica lá fora. Quando chegou ao lugar de exílio, pensava diferente, puxava os próprios fios de cabelo da cabeça, de desespero e agonia, até rasgava suas vestes suntuosas, como não é inusual para alguém em sua situação; com o tempo e a ponderação de espírito, refletindo e apercebendo-se de sua riqueza interior, e a conseqüente cegueira dos negócios públicos, tudo mudou”

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Despojado agora de toda a pretensa felicidade de que se desfruta ao ser um dos poderosos, nosso homem podia ver claramente o lado obscuro presente em todos os prazeres mundanos, e só conseguia enxergar, agora, deformidade em todo o circuito da vaidade”

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Permaneci 8 meses, e me pareceram todos eles um inverno ininterrupto, sombrio, apavorante; o frio, tão intenso que não se podia botar os coturnos-altos fora de casa sem afundar-se em casacos de pele, até na cara, que nos isolavam da inospitalidade exterior salvo por dois furinhos para a vista e um outro para a respiração; durante 3 meses a luz do sol não durava mais do que 5 horas diárias

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Nossos cavalos, para se ter idéia, eram confinados, ou deixados ao léu, melhor dizendo, no subterrâneo; nossos servos, pessoas expressamente contratadas para cuidar de nosso conforto e das nossas montarias, estavam vira-e-mexe com as extremidades dos dedos seriamente congelados, exigindo cuidados médicos, do contrário necrosariam e morreriam.”

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Todas as provisões para o inverno são acumuladas e diligentemente armazenadas durante o verão, deixadas bem secas: nossa bebida usual era água misturada com aqua vitae¹ no lugar de brandy. Ocasionalmente, para nos livrarmos do tédio, nossa escolha era o mead², no lugar do que ficaria o vinho nos países ocidentais. Mas não reclamo, porque essa bebida era saborosíssima! Os caçadores profissionais, que não se importam de se aventurar nos climas mais hostis, vez ou outra apareciam pelo vilarejo com amostras das melhores carnes imagináveis, às vezes até a mais infreqüente, de urso, mas essa, sinceramente, não entendo como pode ser apontada como iguaria por estas bandas. Tínhamos montes e montes de chá, com os quais recebíamos as visitas, os moradores nativos, ou os forasteiros ocasionais, e tudo isso nos bastava, sinceramente.”

¹ Basicamente uma bebida alcoólica atenuada, como um licor.

² Mel fermentado com água e etanol. Também conhecida entre os holandeses, alemães, hindus e na antiguidade greco-romana, que inclusive a empregava com fins terapêuticos.

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Testemunhei quase toda a população provisória daquele local se escafeder, e eu ficava e ficava por último.”

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Foi aí que em maio eu iniciei minhas preparações para dar o fora; enquanto ajeitava minha bagagem, me dava conta de que (sendo esse um distrito de exílio, pertencente ao estado da Sibéria, estranha punição ou <prisão a céu aberto>, sem gendarmes ou restrições quanto ao que os punidos pudessem fazer, desde que não procurassem meios de extrapolar geograficamente esses confins) era realmente muito fácil, sendo um castigado, ir embora sem ser flagrado fazendo-o. Perguntei a algumas dessas pessoas por que elas não se iam, o que elas temiam tanto!”

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<Pense direito, estrangeiro: estamos rodeados por coisas muito mais fortes que barras ou correntes; não é preciso nos ameaçar com armas; ao norte, um oceano inavegável, virgem de seres humanos; nas outras três direções, seriam uns 2 mil km de deserto até que saíssemos da jurisdição do czar. Desertos do tipo que pune severamente seus habitantes pela escassez de qualquer meio de subsistência ou de clemência natural, a não ser seguindo pelas estradas. Mas as estradas são reais, e bem-vigiadas, não se engane com a extensão do território! Ao desembocar em qualquer cidade que não seja uma cidade-exílio, as tropas que servem de vigias e porteiros saberão os nossos rostos, o que indagar, de quem ir atrás. Ou seja: nossa única maneira de subsistir, utilizando as estradas, seria o mesmo que ser pêgo. Qualquer um tentaria em vão.>

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Ainda assim, maquinei cá comigo que eu poderia ter sido escolhido por Deus para ser o instrumento de redenção dessas excelentes pessoas”

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poderíamos passar sem contratempos até Arkhangelsk, onde eu imediatamente o alojaria num navio inglês.”

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eu podia ver pela expressão de seu rosto que o que eu disse o punha em efervescência de espírito”

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Ele confessou, nos termos mais ternos, que estava muito mais inclinado a permanecer onde e como se encontrava do que procurar uma maneira de retornar a sua <abundância miserável> de outrora, como ele mesmo a batizou”

168

<eu não passo de carne; um homem, apenas um homem; e tenho paixões e afetos capazes de possuir e desnortear como qualquer outro>

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Estávamos nas primícias de junho quando finalmente deixei este lugar. Nossa caravana agora era um <arremedo de gente>, com 32 cavalos e camelos ao todo, que nominalmente eram todos meus, se bem que 11 deles pertencessem a meu mais novo convidado ilustre. Previsivelmente, eu levava comigo agora mais criados do que na primeira metade dessa viagem de caravana, e o homem que eu levava disfarçado e à revelia do governo russo se passava pelo meu mordomo pessoal”

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Tínhamos acabado de ingressar na Europa, atravessando o rio Kama¹, que, nestas coordenadas, é a fronteira entre a Europa e a Ásia, sendo o nome da primeira cidade do lado europeu Soloy Kamaskoy, que literalmente queria dizer a grande cidade do rio Kama.”

¹ Com 1.800km de extensão, é o principal afluente ocidental do grande rio Volga.

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O povo é majoritariamente pagão; suas casas e cidades repletas de ídolos; e seu modo de vida inteiramente bárbaro, salvo nas cidades e vilarejos próximos, onde foram batizados cristãos, como eles dizem, da Igreja Grega: mas nestas paragens seu credo é uma mescla de relíquias de superstição e fé indistinguível; não duvido que muitos cristãos ortodoxos, ao testemunharem seus costumes, denominassem-nos simplesmente bruxos ou nigromantes.”

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a perda dos meus pertences nem de longe me parecia a principal preocupação, embora não viesse a ser menos do que considerável; o meu pior pensamento era ter de cair como presa nas mãos desses bárbaros de rapina tão perto do fim das minhas viagens, depois de tantas dificuldades e azares superados; justo quando nosso último porto já era visível no horizonte, onde o que nos esperava eram a segurança e a tranqüilidade. Quanto ao meu parceiro nº 1, ele estava borbulhando de ódio, alegando que a hipótese de perder suas posses inexistia: seria sinônima da ruína completa e irreversível; e que ele preferiria morrer de uma vez, de modo vil e violento que fosse, que passar fome dali em diante em sua existência, submisso às circunstâncias da vida, e que iria lutar até o fim para se manter dono de tudo que era seu.

O jovem de berço aristocrata, dândi como poucos que já vi em tão tenra idade, o terceiro que enumero de nossa diminuta caravana (contando comigo), não era menos bravo por ser sangue-azul, e também lutaria até a última gota, logo o percebi; o velho piloto português compartilhava da mesma força de espírito dos outros dois comparsas. Segundo seu ponto de vista experiente e calejado, estávamos em condição, mesmo em menor número, de resistir-lhes. O dia transcorreu enquanto debatíamos como proceder; até o cair da noite fomos percebendo que o número dos inimigos só aumentava, e nesse ritmo não saberíamos o que esperar da próxima manhã; que poderiam estar em números tão superiores que qualquer esperança estaria perdida”

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assim que escureceu, e podíamos ver as estrelas (porque nosso guia não simpatizava com um plano mais ousado e explícito), tendo todos os nossos cavalos e camelos posicionados como queríamos, seguimos a estratégia de, na penumbra, nos orientarmos pela estrela polar, cientes de que para o norte havia uma planície nivelada por muitos e muitos quilômetros.”

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às 6 da manhã seguinte já tínhamos subido quase 50km, quase que estafando por completo nossas montarias. Nas proximidades jazia a cidade de Kermazinskoy, onde pernoitamos, e nada ouvimos dos tártaros de Kalmuck esse dia. Duas horas antes de escurecer voltamos à marcha, e não descansamos até as oito da manhã do dia seguinte, embora tenhamos progredido mais lentamente desta vez; era mais ou menos 7 horas quando atravessamos um riacho, Kirtza, e chegamos a uma cidade de tamanho considerável habitada por russos mesmo, chamada Ozomys”

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Mais 5 dias de caminhada e atingimos Veussima, às margens do rio Witzogda, que deságua no Dwina: lá estávamos nós, próximos ao final de nosso périplo a pé, sendo o Dwina um rio navegável, levando-nos, ao cabo de 7 dias, a Arkhangelsk. De lá, fomos para Lawremskoy, em 3 de julho; alugando 2 barcos para as provisões, e uma barca para nós próprios, embarcamos dia 7, chegando em segurança a Arkhangelsk dia 18. O total dessa caravana foi de 1 ano, 5 meses e 3 dias, incluindo, obviamente, nossa estadia de 8 meses em Tobolski.

Fomos obrigados a fixar pousada 6 semanas neste sítio até a chegada dos navios, e esse período poderia ter sido maior, não fosse a antecipação de 1 mês de um dos cargueiros de Hamburgo em relação à frota mercante inglesa.”

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O jovem aristocrata se despediu de nós neste ponto da viagem, se dirigindo, através do rio Elba, à côrte de Viena, onde se incumbiria de buscar proteção e poderia estabelecer contato com vários dos amigos de seus pais ainda vivos.”

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Para fechar a história: tendo permanecido mais 4 meses em Hamburgo, viajei por terra até Hague, onde mais uma vez peguei um navio, chegando – já não era tempo! – a Londres dia 10 de janeiro de 1705, tendo estado ausente de meu país-natal por não menos do que 10 anos e 9 meses. Aqui, uma vez decidido a deixar a vida nômade de lado de uma vez para sempre, minha preparação passou a ser para a maior viagem de nossas vidas¹, após ter vivido 72 anos os mais ecléticos de que já tive notícia…”

¹ Refere-se ao Além.

“A VIDA E AS AVENTURAS DE ROBINSON CRUSOE” EM 291 (293) PARÁGRAFOS – Tradução inédita para o português, com a adição de comentários e notas, de Rafael A. Aguiar

Daniel Defoe

DISCRETO GLOSSÁRIO PARA MARINHEIROS DE PRIMEIRA VIAGEM

boatswain: oficial, contramestre da embarcação, o primeiro na linha de comando após o master (vide baixo).

capful: tampa

capful of wind: brisa repentina

curlew: ave pernalta (maçarico)

dram: dose

master: capitão, autoridade máxima num navio

punch: ponche

supercargo: sobrecargo (espanhol), comissário de navio mercante

uncouth: tosco, bruto

urge: (subs.) desejo, necessidade;

(verb.) (u. somebody to) encorajar;

argumentar, defender, endossar;

(u. on) incitar, pressionar, compelir.

TRADUÇÃO DOS PRINCIPAIS TRECHOS DA OBRA

1

Eu nasci no ano de 1632, na cidade de Iorque, de boa família (…) meu pai, sendo um forasteiro de Bremen (…) amealhou uma boa fortuna no comércio, deixando seus negócios para casar com minha mãe e se estabelecer em Iorque. Dela eu herdei meu sobrenome Robinson, pertencente a uma nobre família rural. Meu nome de batismo é Robinson Kreutznaer; mas, devido à corrupção corrente das palavras no Inglês, somos agora chamados – aliás, chamamo-nos a nós mesmos, e assim o escrevemos – Crusoe”

2

Eu tinha dois irmãos mais velhos, um dos quais foi morto na batalha de Dunkirk contra os espanhóis. O que veio a ser do meu segundo irmão, eu jamais soube, ou soube tanto quanto meus pais vieram a saber de mim. (…) Meu pai, que já era muito velho, me deu uma boa educação, tanto quanto permite a educação doméstica numa cidade de interior desprovida de escolas, e me preparou para o Direito; mas eu não desejava nada que não fosse rumar ao mar; e minha estranha inclinação tanto me conduziu contra as vontades, digo, os comandos do meu pai, e contra todas as tentativas e persuasões da minha mãe e amigos da família, que só podia haver algo de fatal nessa propensão anti-natural à natureza, uma correnteza que me empurrava para a vida de misérias em que eu me veria afogado.”

3

minha condição de vida era mediana, ou o que se poderia chamar de estrato superior da vida humilde, que meu pai, inclusive, considerava, baseado em sua não-depreciável experiência, a melhor condição na face da terra, a mais apropriada à felicidade humana, não exposta às misérias e durezas, ao trabalho duro e sofrimentos típicos da parte mecanizada da humanidade, e ao mesmo tempo não contaminada pelo orgulho, luxúria, ambição, e inveja dos situados acima.” “reis lamentaram com frequência os miseráveis efeitos de terem nascido para grandes coisas” “o homem sábio já deu seu testemunho sobre isso, dizendo que o segredo da felicidade é não desejar riquezas nem pobrezas.”

4

se eu não me sentia bem e feliz no mundo, isso devia se atribuir ao mero destino ou a uma falha exclusivamente minha” “meu pai decidira que no que dependesse dele eu não seria um azarado que tivesse de buscar sustento noutros recantos, e que me seria dada uma tranqüila existência no seio dos negócios da família” “Fiquei profundamente afetado pela sinceridade desse discurso, e, de fato, como não ficar?” “Tinha agora dezoito anos, o que já era demasiado tarde para se tornar aprendiz de negociante ou secretário de advogado”

5

Esse garoto pode ser feliz se escolher permanecer em casa; mas se se aventurar pelo mundo exterior, será a criatura mais miserável a ter nascido: não posso dar meu consentimento a isso.”

6

1º de setembro de 1651 (…) Nunca nenhuma desgraça na vida de um jovem aventureiro, acredito eu, apareceu tão cedo, ou durou tanto quanto a minha.”

7

Ao longo dessas primeiras aflições eu me sentia estúpido, paralisado em minha cabine, localizada na entreponte, e mal posso descrever meu temperamento de então: como pôr em palavras a penitência que me adveio quando pensei ter passado pelo pior que eu poderia passar: achava, com efeito, que a amargura da morte era coisa do passado, e que na minha segunda vez o mal-estar não se repetiria.”

8

soubemos que dois navios próximos de nós cortaram seus mastros por inteiro, pesados que estavam; e nossos homens gritaram que um navio que navegava cerca de uma milha à frente havia afundado.”

9

e, quando eles cortaram o mastro dianteiro, o mastro principal ficou tão torto, e balançou tanto o navio, que foram obrigados a cortá-lo também, deixando o convés plano. (…) a tempestade continuou com tamanha fúria que os próprios marinheiros admitiram nunca ter visto uma pior. (…) Me era vantajoso, pensando bem, o fato de que eu não fazia idéia do que eles realmente queriam dizer com naufrágio até eu ver tudo com os meus próprios olhos

10

os homens me ergueram e me contaram que eu, que não havia podido fazer nada da outra vez, podia agora bombear a água tão bem quanto qualquer outro; no que eu me agitei e me dirigi à bomba, trabalhando sem desdém. (…) Estava tão espantado que como que desmaiei. Como era uma ocasião em que ninguém podia vacilar sob o preço da própria vida, ninguém reparou em mim; mas um homem que chegou à bomba me empurrou para o lado com o pé, e ali me deixou, me imaginando morto”

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o capitão seguiu disparando por ajuda; e uma pequena embarcação, que veio até nós com os tiros, lançou um barco. Foi com um supremo esforço que ele conseguiu chegar até nós; mas nos era impossível subir a bordo, ou para o barco se conservar perto da borda do navio, até que os homens, remando desesperadamente, arriscando suas vidas para salvar as nossas, receberam a corda que nossos homens jogaram por sobre a popa com uma bóia na ponta e esticaram com tanta dificuldade, até estar ao alcance. Puxamo-los com vigor rente a nossa popa, e todos conseguimos subir no barco. Mas era em vão para eles ou para nós pensar em conseguir atingir de novo o navio deles (…) Não estávamos muito mais do que um quarto de hora fora do nosso navio até que vimos a embarcação soçobrar. Foi então que entendi pela primeira vez o que é que queria dizer efetivamente um naufrágio marítimo.

12

Conseguimos embarcar (…) e assim que chegamos em segurança à terra firme seguimos a pé a Yarmouth, onde, como miseráveis que éramos, fomos tratados com a maior humanidade, tanto pelos magistrados da cidade, que nos designaram bons dormitórios, quanto por mercadores e donos de navios, que nos deram dinheiro suficiente para nos levar a Londres ou Hull ou aonde achássemos melhor.

Se eu tivesse tido a prudência de voltar a Hull, e de lá para casa, teria sido um homem feliz, e meu pai, como na parábola do Nosso Abençoado Salvador, teria mesmo sacrificado um bezerro gordo em minha honra; porque o terem ouvido que o navio em que me encontrava não foi mais visto desde Yarmouth foi muitas semanas antes, e demoraria até que meu pai obtivesse qualquer comprovação de que eu não havia morrido afogado.

13.0 (original)

I know not what to call this, nor will I urge that it is a secret overruling decree, that hurries us on to be the instruments of our own destruction, even though it be before us, and that we rush upon it with our eyes open. Certainly, nothing but some such decreed unavoidable misery, which it was impossible for me to escape, could have pushed me forward against the calm reasonings and persuasions of my most retired thoughts, and against two such visible instructions as I had met with in my first attempt.”

13A (versão contextual ou “ousada”)

nem sei do que chamá-la, nem alego em definitivo que se trate de um decreto invencível e inevitável, incompreensível para nós, meros mortais, essa coisa que nos leva a ser os instrumentos de nossa própria destruição, ainda quando podemos ver esta última distintamente à frente, e que nos defrontemos em vão com o perigo com todas as nossas forças e astúcias. Antes, mediante todos os nossos esforços, apressaríamos o mau desfecho ao invés de detê-lo. Porém, estou quase convencido de que nada senão essa hipótese de uma desgraça previamente decretada, inescapável, poderia explicar minha conduta resolutamente errônea e sem discernimento, quando eu sempre havia sido, até ali, um sujeito tão ponderado e meticuloso. Como se não bastasse, eu ainda fui alertado, recebendo, por assim dizer, sinais explícitos no sentido de que deveria reformar minha conduta, através de duas catástrofes consecutivas, nas duas únicas vezes em que me havia aventurado em alto-mar.”

13B (versão mais literal ou “conservadora”)

Eu não sei do que chamar isso, nem defenderei que é um mandato soberano secreto, que nos conduz a ser os instrumentos de nossa própria perdição, ainda que esteja diante de nós, e que corramos a isso de olhos abertos. Certamente, nada a não ser uma infelicidade imperativa similar, de que me era impossível fugir, poderia ter me empurrado contra a análise ponderada e as exortações dos meus mais retirados pensamentos, e contra duas instruções tão visíveis como as com que me deparei na minha primeira provação.”

13C (versão-síntese ou “cristã”)

Parece incrível, quase milagroso, eu diria, que ignoremos assim, dessa maneira estúpida, tola e arredia os sinais mais claros e proeminentes da Providência em nossas vidas, o que sempre nos custa muito caro. Em nossa cegueira concorremos a nossa própria queda. Nossa razão, numa avaliação depois dos fatos, depois da poeira baixar, se encontrava indubitavelmente comprometida, mergulhada na insânia. Tudo isso eu sou obrigado a chamar de destino do pecador ou decreto dos céus.

14

– Talvez tudo isso tenha nos sucedido por sua causa, como Jonas no navio de Társis¹. Diga-me, filho, o que você faz da vida; e com que propósito decidiu viajar por mar?”

¹ Localização citada na Bíblia (Tarshish na versão inglesa) pelo menos em Reis I, Crônicas II, Ezequiel, Salmos e Isaías, além da ocorrência mais famosa, no livro do profeta Jonas (daí a alusão do interlocutor de Crusoe nesta fala admoestadora: ambos, Robinson e Jonah, podem ser considerados descrentes amaldiçoados cujo arrependimento nunca se manifestará tarde demais). E desde que esta cidade aparece em diferentes livros de distintos profetas, referindo-se aparentemente a coordenadas geográficas dessemelhantes, torna-se um problema determiná-la realmente em sua identidade. Especialistas inferem que pode se tratar de Cartago, algum outro entreposto do Mar Vermelho usado pelos Antigos, da Fenícia (atual Líbano e proximidades), ou quem sabe até da Espanha (onde o profeta Jonas teria supostamente desembarcado caso completasse a viagem desastrosa, ponto geográfico que deveria ser bem afastado do Oriente Médio considerando o alcance das navegações antigas). Outros defendem que a locução “de Társis” usada para navios no Antigo Testamento era um epíteto para se referir, além de a embarcações provindas da tal localidade, a qualquer veículo mercante e de grande porte, guiado com muitos remadores ao invés de com velas, já que este porto poderia ter sido tão famoso que ajudou a popularizar a nomenclatura entre todas as nações que praticavam trocas de víveres e gêneros. Um navio de Társis seria, portanto, segundo esse último raciocínio, um tipo de navio enorme que estaríamos seguros de transportar várias riquezas. Salomão teria, por exemplo, uma frota de navios de Társis, mesmo que eles nem passassem pelo local, significando-se com isso que era um monarca opulento.

15

<Eu não pisaria no mesmo navio que você de novo nem por mil libras.> Essa foi, como eu disse, uma divagação de suas disposições, ainda muito agitadas pela perda da véspera, e já era mais longe do que ele tinha brevê para conduzir as coisas.”

16

Desde esse dia passei constantemente a observar algumas incongruências e irracionalidades do ser humano normal, especialmente dos jovens – por exemplo, eles nunca têm vergonha de pecar, mas se envergonham de se arrepender; não têm vergonha pela ação pela qual eles seriam acertadamente considerados imbecis, por outro lado têm vergonha do que vem depois, vergonha que só os tornaria homens mais sábios. (…) Uma relutância irresistível continuou adiando a minha decisão de ir para casa; e como passei muito tempo viajando, a lembrança de toda a desgraça foi se dissipando, e com ela também o ímpeto de voltar ao meu lar. Até o ponto de eu praticamente deixar essa idéia de lado, preferindo procurar-me outra viagem.”

17

O vento soprava do norte-nordeste, o que contrariava meus desejos, porque se soprasse do sul estaria seguro de fazer a costa da Espanha, e de atingir a baía de Cádiz”

18

Depois de pescarmos por algum tempo, sem conseguir nada – porque mesmo com peixes no gancho eu não os puxava, para que ele não os visse –, eu disse ao mouro, <Isso não vai dar certo; nosso senhor não vai ter nada para a mesa; precisamos pescar além.>”

19

<Xury, se você for fiel a mim, far-lhe-ei um grande homem; mas se você não pretende cumprir a condição> – isto é, jurar por Maomé e a barba de seu pai – <eu devo jogá-lo no mar também.> O menino sorriu, e falou tão inocentemente que não podia duvidar mais dele, então ele jurou fidelidade a mim, jurou que iria para qualquer canto do mundo comigo”

20

É impossível descrever os barulhos horrendos, e os gritos insanos, e os uivos que brotaram, fosse na faixa litorânea, fosse na parte interiorana, depois do disparo das armas, coisas que tenho minhas razões para crer que essas criaturas desconheciam até então: só isso já me convenceu de que o melhor era não desembarcar no escuro, sendo que mesmo de dia essa empresa seria arriscadíssima; cair nas mãos de selvagens como esses não teria sido melhor do que se nas garras de leões e tigres”

21

Como anteriormente já havia passado por estas costas, sabia muito bem que as Ilhas Canárias e as Ilhas de Cabo Verde não distavam do litoral. Mas como estava sem instrumentos para observar a latitude, não me lembrando ou não sabendo com exatidão a latitude dessas ilhas, mal sabia por onde começar a procurá-las, ou quando era o melhor tempo; minha expectativa era, continuando pela costa, chegar às partes onde os ingleses realizavam comércio, podendo assim pedir ajuda.

Segundo os meus cálculos mais confiáveis, o lugar onde estávamos devia ser aquele país que, estando entre os domínios do Imperador do Marrocos e os negros, seguia inabitado e inabitável, exceto por feras selvagens; os negros nunca conseguiram ali se fixar, tendo se dirigido ao sul por medo dos mouros, e os mouros consideraram, por sua vez, essas terras inférteis; e, com certeza, ambos fugiam também do prodigioso número de tigres, leões, leopardos e outras bestas furiosas cujo habitat é ali; destarte, aquela era uma zona apenas para caça, para os mouros, que só a visitavam com exércitos, de 2 a 3 mil homens de uma vez; avançando pela costa, por aproximadamente cem milhas não vimos nada senão um deserto litorâneo, de dia, e não ouvimos nada senão uivos e bramidos terríveis à noite.”

22

Xury, cujos olhos eram muito mais aptos que os meus, me chama de forma branda e tenta me persuadir de que o melhor a fazer seria tentar o máximo pela costa; <Porque,>, disse ele, <bem ali, olha, fica monstro horripilante, bem do ladinho colina, agora dormindo.>”

23

<Me mata ele! ele me come numa boca!> – uma bocada, ele queria dizer.”

24

Foi a nossa caça, mas não servia para comer; e eu estava muito lamentoso por termos perdido três cargas de pólvora atirando no que se tornaria carcaça inutilizável para nós. No entanto, Xury disse que gostaria de comer um pouco; então ele sobe a bordo e me solicita a machadinha. <Para quê, Xury?>, perguntei. <Eu corto fora sua cabeça,> ele respondeu. E contudo, Xury não pôde cortar-lhe a cabeça, se bem que cortou pelo menos uma pata, e a trouxe consigo, e era uma pata monstruosa.

Me peguei pensando, então, que, apesar de tudo, pelo menos a pele desse animal devia acabar nos servindo para alguma coisa; então me resolvi a extrair sua pele, se me fosse possível. Xury e eu logo fomos ao trabalho; ou quase só o Xury, que era muito melhor do que eu nisso”

25

É impossível expressar o espanto dessas pobres criaturas quando ouvem o fogo de nossas armas: alguns desses aborígenes estavam inclusive prontos para morrer de simples medo, havendo desfalecido no solo como cadáveres enrijecidos, tamanho seu terror; mas quando viram a fera alvejada de fato morta, e afundando n’água, e que eu gesticulei para que avançassem, eles criaram coragem e vieram, e começaram a buscar o corpo da criatura. Eu fui o primeiro a apalpá-la graças à mancha de sangue; com o auxílio de uma corda, que eu amarrei em sua circunferência, fiz os negros puxarem. Vimos que se tratava de um leopardo bastante curioso, todo pintalgado, muito bonito de se olhar; os negros ergueram as mãos de pura admiração, pensando que eu, pelas minhas próprias forças, havia matado o monstro.

As outras criaturas, espantadas pelo brilho da pólvora e o barulho da arma, nadaram em velocidade na contra-mão, até as montanhas de onde tinham vindo; dessa distância, já não podia distingui-las. Descobri que os negros ansiavam por comer a carne da criatura abatida, então logo aprovei o banquete, procurando lisonjeá-los (…) ainda que sem qualquer faca, com um simples pedaço de madeira afiada eles extraíram facilmente sua pele, mais facilmente, aliás, do que eu poderia com uma boa lâmina. Eles me ofereceram um pouco da carne, mas eu a recusei, instando-os a usufruírem cem por cento do meu presente; fiz apenas sinais para a pele, que me interessava; eles ma deram sem qualquer objeção; trouxeram-me, inclusive, muitas outras de suas provisões, algumas incompreensíveis para mim, que eu julguei conveniente aceitar sem restrição, porém. Depois fiz sinais sobre querer água, e lhes repassei algumas jarras vazias, virando-as de cabeça para baixo, significando que queria que mas enchessem. Eles logo chamaram seus amigos, e vieram duas mulheres, trazendo a bordo um grande recipiente feito de barro cozido ao sol, pelo menos supu-lo; enquanto isso, mandei minhas jarras com Xury, que desceu e encheu todas as três. As mulheres estavam tão peladas quanto os homens.”

26

Ele era um homem caridoso e um justo capitão; ordenou a todos os seus homens que não tocassem em nada meu: depois, alojou tudo como se fosse seu mesmo, e me repassou tudo listado em inventário, exatamente como era, sem se esquecer mesmo dos três potes de barro.”

27

Tivemos uma excepcional viagem para os Brasis¹, e eu cheguei à Bahia de Todos los Santos, ou Baía de Todos os Santos, cerca de 22 dias depois. E agora que havia sido livrado uma vez mais da mais miserável das condições em vida, devia considerar o que fazer a seguir.

Jamais poderei enaltecer o suficiente o generoso tratamento a mim dispensado pelo capitão português: não só deixou que eu desembarcasse sem pagar um tostão pela viagem, como me deu 20 ducados pela pele de leopardo, e 40 pela de leão, que tinha no meu barco, e fez com que todos os meus bens no navio fossem diligentemente devolvidos a mim; tudo que eu lhe quis vender ele fez questão de comprar, garrafas, duas das minhas armas, e até mesmo um pedaço dum torrão de cera de abelha – pedaço porque eu tinha gastado um tanto do torrão para confeccionar velas”

¹ Robinson sempre se referirá ao Brasil como “The Brazils”, daí a necessidade de manter alguma correspondência com a expressividade do original.

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Não estava há muito tempo nos Brasis quando fui recomendado para a casa de um homem bom e honesto, como eu mesmo, que possuía um ingenio, como eles o chamam por lá (i.e., uma monocultura com uma casa de engenho de cana-de-açúcar, plantation). (…) resolvi me tornar eu também um agricultor entre iguais: determinado a isto, isto é, prosperar rapidamente, como vi que era possível pelos relatos de brusca ascensão social desses empreendedores portugueses, que vinham do nada e se tornavam muito ricos, busquei meios de reaver meu patrimônio que estava retido em Londres, a fim de investir no negócio das plantações. Com esse fito, providenciei uma espécie de carta de naturalização, pré-requisito para se possuir terras brasileiras. E comprei tantas terras incultas quantas meu dinheiro inglês permitira. Tracei um plano para minhas plantações e meu estabelecimento, proporcional a meu capital inicialmente investido.”

29

Esse capital podia ser considerado pequeno, assim como o do meu vizinho, um português de Lisboa de pais ingleses, chamado Wells, sujeito com quem comecei a me entender muito bem. Por dois anos plantamos apenas para nossa subsistência. Mas depois começamos a aumentar a produção, e nossas terras entraram em ordem; no terceiro ano, experimentamos cultivar tabaco, reservando um bom terreno para a cana já na temporada seguinte. Ah, realmente cometi um erro em partir com meu servo Xury!”

30

Era, realmente, um empreendimento algo alheio a meu gênio, e diretamente contrário à vida que eu usufruíra nesses últimos tempos, ansiada vida aventureira pela qual eu tinha inclusive abandonado a casa de meu pai, desobedecendo todos os seus bons conselhos. Acho até que por alguma profunda ironia estava chegando àquela condição mediana, ou estrato superior da vida humilde, que meu pai previamente tanto recomendara. Tudo isso do outro lado do mundo, quando eu não teria precisado ter me esforçado tanto nem rodado além-mar.”

31

mas uma existência verdadeiramente solitária, numa ilha cheia de desolação, deveria ser minha sina, eu, que vivi a vida civilizada inteira descontente, sempre comparando minha sorte com a dos meus próximos, e que ao me ver tão sozinho e abandonado só gostaria, enfim, de voltar à condição antiga, tão de repente enfeitada de riquezas e idílios que eu era incapaz de enxergar.”

32

a primeira coisa que eu fiz foi comprar um escravo negro, mais um criado europeu – i.e., outro além daquele que o capitão me trouxe de Lisboa. No entanto, como a prosperidade mal-administrada tantas vezes nos conduz as nossas maiores adversidades, assim deu-se comigo. Entrei o ano seguinte com grande sucesso no meu negócio: plantei 50 grandes rolos de tabaco em meu terreno, muito mais do que poderia dispor eu mesmo e nas trocas com meus vizinhos; e esses rolos, pesando cada um umas 100 libras (coisa de 40kg), foram muito bem-curados, para aguardar remessa assim que retornasse o navio lisboeta”

33

Continuasse eu nesse ritmo, teria ocasião de colher os melhores frutos, bem melhores do que meu pai talvez desejasse para mim como condição benfazeja, tranqüila e retirada, sem que ele tivesse deixado de me inculcar, incansavelmente, vários exemplos dos pequenos prazeres de que a <estação intermediária da vida> está abarrotada”

34

Você deve supor que, tendo vivido praticamente 4 anos nos Brasis, e tendo começado a prosperar acima das expectativas na minha plantation, eu tinha não só aprendido o idioma, mas até amealhado reputação e amizades respeitáveis entre os demais plantadores, bem como entre os mercantes de São Salvador, que era o nome do nosso porto; e que, nas minhas conversações com eles, eu teria uma hora ou outra tocado no assunto do meu par de viagens pelas costas da Guiné: a maneira como se traficava com os negros de lá, e como era fácil auferir muitas riquezas através do escambo de quinquilharias – como colares de contas, brinquedos, facas, tesouras, machados, pedaços de vidro e similares – obtendo não só ouro em pó, grãos da Guiné¹, dentes de elefante, etc., como outros negros, para trabalhar nos Brasis, em grande quantidade.

Eles escutavam os meus discursos sobre esses temas com muita atenção, principalmente no tocante à compra e venda de negros, que ainda não era um tráfico dos mais comuns daqueles tempos, tanto que seu monopólio era exercido por assientos, isto é, corporações pessoalmente designadas pelos reis de Espanha e Portugal, e quase todos os escravos obtidos ficavam como que estocados pelo poder público; poucos negros vinham para cá para serem comprados, e isso a um valor exorbitante.”

¹ Cardamomos ou ainda grãos-do-paraíso.

35

numa palavra, a questão era se eu aceitaria ir como comissário no navio, para gerenciar o comércio no litoral da Guiné; como benesse, me ofereceram uma parte igual na divisão dos negros, sem a necessidade de desembolsar qualquer soma.

Seria uma boa proposta, devo dizer, caso fosse destinada a qualquer homem sem latifúndios nos Brasis, ou pelo menos a quem cuidava de terras pequenas e sem perspectivas de melhora a curto prazo; para mim, já estabelecido, que só tinha mesmo de repetir o que tinha feito até ali por mais 3 ou 4 anos para ficar rico; e considerando que minha remessa de tabacos me traria ainda mais de 3 a 4 mil libras esterlinas, na pior das hipóteses – para mim, pensar em tal aventura seria a coisa mais precipitada que alguém na minha posição pudesse conceber.

Mas eu, que nasci para ser o meu próprio destruidor, não pude resistir à oferta; não mais do que quando cedi aos meus primeiros impulsos nômades, fugindo das asas de meu pai. Numa palavra, encorajei os homens, disse que aceitava a proposta de coração, desde que vigiassem minhas possessões nesse ínterim, agindo conforme algumas ordenações genéricas de minha parte. Estabelecemos tudo em um contrato”

36

Subi a bordo numa data maligna, Primeiro de Setembro de 1659, sendo este o aniversário de 8 anos da minha saída da casa dos meus pais em Hull, bancando o rebelde, em relação à autoridade parental, e o tolo, em relação a meus próprios interesses.

Nosso navio tinha cerca de 120 toneladas de carga, levava 6 armas e 14 homens, além do capitão, seu contínuo e eu mesmo. Não havia, dentre essa carga, grande volume de coisas pessoais; todo o espaço fôra aproveitado para o escambo com os negros, incluindo artesanatos, vidros, conchas e coisas do gênero, mimos que os agradam em especial, como espelhos, facas, tesouras, machadinhas, etc.”

37

Desfrutávamos de tempo favorável, apesar de muito quente, enquanto navegávamos nossa própria costa, até atingirmos a altura do Cabo Santo Agostinho; daí, perdendo contato com a faixa litorânea, seguimos rente como se fôssemos desembarcar na ilha de Fernando de Noronha, mantendo o curso norte-nordeste, com a diferença de que contornamos a ilha pelo oeste. Nesse trajeto atravessamos a linha do Equador em 12 dias, e, conforme o último registro de navegação, nos encontrávamos a 7°22’ de latitude norte, quando um violento tornado, ou furacão, nos desorientou totalmente. Os ventos começaram de sudeste, sentido noroeste, apresentando leves e contínuas mudanças de direção, até se estabelecer sentido nordeste; neste ponto, explodiram em terríveis rajadas, que nos impediram por 12 dias inteiros de mudar de direção; só podíamos seguir viagem empurrados para o que o destino e a fúria da natureza nos reservasse; nem preciso dizer que durante cada momento desses 12 dias eu esperava ser engolido pelo mar; de fato, ninguém no navio estava certo de sair-se com vida da empreitada.”

38

o capitão descobriu estarmos próximos à costa da Guiana, isto é, os confins setentrionais do Brasil¹, além do rio Amazonas, em direção ao rio Orinoco, comumente chamado o Grande Rio”

¹ Aqui o autor Defoe realmente escreve Brazil, no singular. Seria the Brazils então mero maneirismo?

39

concluímos não haver país habitado para emergências antes de chegarmos ao círculo das ilhas do Caribe, então resolvemos rumar a Barbados, o que levaria uns 15 dias e não seria complicado, em casos normais, contanto que evitássemos as perigosas correntes da Baía ou Golfo do México.”

40

Com esse intuito, alteramos nosso curso, virando oeste-noroeste, a fim de alcançar algumas das ilhas britânicas, que concebíamos como de águas mais calmas. Contudo, nossa viagem era determinada por outros desígnios. Na latitude de 12°18’, uma segunda tempestade nos atingiu, deslocando-nos para oeste com a mesma impetuosidade da primeira. Isso nos subtraiu de tal forma de qualquer possibilidade de contato humano que, se fosse para nos salvarmos das tormentas marítimas, estaríamos sob perigo muito maior de ser devorados por selvagens do que de voltar à civilização.”

41

Não é fácil para ninguém que nunca esteve em situação parecida descrever ou conceber sequer a consternação da tripulação. Não sabíamos mais onde estávamos, ou para onde a tempestade nos dirigia – se para alguma ilha ou o continente, se para algum lugar ermo ou habitado.”

42

embora a tempestade tenha cedido consideravelmente, o mar continuava temerosamente alto comparado à linha da praia, e seria corretamente chamado nesse momento den wild zee, como dizem os holandeses durante as tempestades.”

43

apressávamos nossa destruição com nossas próprias mãos, puxando o navio conforme podíamos para terra firme.”

44

à medida que chegávamos mais perto da costa, o panorama parecia mais e mais assustador, pior do que o mar.”

45

A onda que veio me afundou bem uns 5 ou 10 metros”

46

e duas vezes mais fui erguido pelas ondas e levado em direção à praia, como antes, uma praia bem plana.”

47

Finalmente estava em terra e a salvo da maré, então comecei a olhar para cima e agradecer a Deus pela minha vida, quando há alguns minutos eu não podia esperar mais por nenhuma salvação.”

48

Até alegrias repentinas, como as desgraças, confundem, a princípio.”

49

quanto aos homens, jamais os vi de novo, nem sinal deles, a não ser três de seus chapéus, uma boina, e dois sapatos que não eram do mesmo par.”

50

Eu não tinha nada comigo a não ser uma faca, um cachimbo e um pouco de tabaco numa caixa. Essas eram todas as minhas provisões; e isso me transportou a tamanhas angústias que por alguns instantes corri pela praia feito um louco.”

51

Descobri que todos os mantimentos do navio estavam secos e intocados pela água, e passando pela pior das fomes, fui ao armazém de pão e enchi meus bolsos de biscoito (…) também achei algum rum na cabine-mor do qual tomei uns bons goles, coisa de que estava precisado, haja vista a determinação que eu tinha de possuir para enfrentar o que me aguardava à frente.”

52

Ainda ignorava onde eu pudesse estar; se num continente ou numa ilha; se em terras habitadas ou não; se em meio a feras selvagens ou não.”

53

Sim, eu me encontrava numa ilha envolta pelo mar de todos os lados: nenhuma terra no horizonte a não ser algumas rochas, a considerável distância; e outras duas ilhas, menores que esta, uns 15km a oeste.

Descobri, ainda, que a ilha era um deserto, e, como tive boas razões para acreditar, inabitado por seres humanos; nem de animais selvagens eu tive indícios. Se bem que vi muitas aves, mas não conhecia suas espécies; e quando as matava não sabia dizer se eram comestíveis. Enquanto voltava pelo caminho que tracei a fim de circundar a ilha, atirei num pássaro grande que vi pousado na copa de uma árvore, nos limiares de uma espessa floresta. Acho que foi a primeira arma disparada por ali desde a criação do mundo. Logo que atirei, de todas as imediações da vegetação irromperam inumeráveis pássaros, dos mais díspares gêneros, criando uma orquestra de grasnados e lamentos confusos. Eram muitos os cantos e as notas, cada um diferente do vizinho, mas nenhum deles eu tinha antes ouvido. Quanto ao animal que matei, tomei-o por uma espécie de gavião, pela cor e pelo bico, mas ele tinha garras muito pequenas para um. Infelizmente sua carne não passava de carniça.”

54

Comecei a pensar na possibilidade de pegar ainda outras coisas que estavam estocadas no navio, particularmente o cordame e as velas; então me resolvi a empreender uma nova excursão até os destroços, se é que seria possível.”

55

Alarguei um sorriso sem testemunhas à vista daquele dinheiro: <Ô, merda!>, bradei alto, <pra que você me serve agora? Não vales nada – não, nem o esforço de me curvar e apanhar-te do chão! Uma dessas facas já vale todas essas moedas amontoadas; não tenho utilidade para vós – ficai aí, e ide para as profundas como criatura cuja vida não vale a pena ser salva.> No entanto, após reconsiderações, eu levei o dinheiro comigo; e embrulhando tudo numa lona, comecei a pensar em elaborar mais uma jangada; porém, no meio desses preparativos, assisti o céu enegrecendo, e senti o vento começar a soprar; num quarto de hora estourou o vendaval.”

56

A primeira vez que atirei em meio a essas criaturas, matei uma cabra, que levava uma cabritinha consigo, na lactação, o que me muito me flagelou; quando a mãe tombou, a criança permaneceu estática a seu lado, até eu vir e pegá-la; assim que decidi carregar o cadáver da mais velha nos ombros, a cabritinha me seguiu até a boca de meu esconderijo; não podia deixá-la a esmo lá fora, então a trouxe para dentro, na esperança de poder domesticá-la; no entanto, a cabrita nunca comeu; fui forçado a matá-la e comê-la. Essas duas carnes me sustentaram por um bom período, porque eu não estava comendo muito, procurando conservar meus mantimentos, especialmente o pão, o máximo possível.”

57

Ora, você se encontra numa condição desolada, é a pura verdade; mas, faça o favor de lembrar: onde estão, agora, todos os outros companheiros? Não eram onze no barco? Onde estão os 10? Por que eles não foram salvos, e você, apenas, <se perdeu> dos demais? Por que só você escapou? Quem teve o melhor desfecho?”

58

<Particularmente,> dizia eu, alto (embora para mim mesmo), <o que eu poderia ter feito sem uma arma, sem munição, sem nenhuma ferramenta para construir qualquer coisa, ou com o que trabalhar, sem roupas, forragem para um leito, uma tenda, ou qualquer tipo de lona?>”

59

Era, segundo os meus cálculos, 30 de setembro, quando, da forma como eu relatei mais acima, pisei pela primeira vez nessa ilha horrenda (…) eu considerava minha latitude presente como 9°22” norte.

Depois dos primeiros 10 ou 12 dias, me veio à tona a probabilidade de que eu perderia a noção do tempo e dos dias por pura falta de livros, papéis, caneta e tinta, enfim, e acabaria deixando de observar até mesmo os dias do Sabá; para preveni-lo, comecei a cortar com uma faca numa grande trave, em letras maiúsculas – e, transformando-a numa cruz gigante, cravei-a no lugar onde primeiro pisei –, <APORTEI NESTA ILHA EM 30 DE SETEMBRO DE 1659.>

Na lateral dessa trave retangular eu cortava a cada dia uma lasca vertical, e cada sétima lasca era um risco horizontal que cortava as 6 lascas anteriores, demarcando a conclusão de mais uma semana – todo primeiro dia do mês eu também riscava todas as lascas do mês anterior; e assim eu fui mantendo meu rude calendário, para reconhecer as semanas, meses e anos.

60

Encontrei três bíblias muito bem-conservadas dentre meus suprimentos com coisas da velha Inglaterra, e que tinha sem muito porquê embrulhado junto com outras coisas mais práticas para minha longa viagem; havia ainda alguns livros portugueses; dentre eles, dois ou três livros de reza católicos¹; e muitos mais, que eu fiz questão de estocar diligentemente em minha caverna. Não devo esquecer de mencionar que tínhamos no navio um cachorro e dois gatos, sobre cuja eminente história devo tecer observações em tempo apropriado; isso porque levei ambos os gatos comigo; quanto ao cão, ele pulou do navio por si mesmo, e nadou até a praia, me achando, no dia em que recuperei minhas primeiras provisões do navio, e foi meu fiel escudeiro por anos a fio; eu não tinha necessidade de nada que ele me trouxesse, nem de sua diuturna companhia; eu só queria que ele um dia conversasse comigo, mas esse dia jamais chegaria. Encontrei penas, tinta e papel em meio aos destroços aproveitáveis do navio, e os utilizei ao máximo; enquanto sobrava alguma tinta, mantive registros muito exatos, mas depois não tive mais como, porque com a matéria-prima da ilha me era impossível produzir mais tinta.

E isso me fez ver que eu desejava muitas coisas não obstante as tantas coisas muito preciosas que por milagre pude reunir comigo nesta desolação; dessas coisas, a tinta era uma das que mais me faziam falta; como também uma pá, uma picareta, uma enxada, qualquer coisa que me ajudasse a cavar a terra; agulhas, alfinetes, linha; quanto ao linho, logo senti essa carestia também.”

¹ Popish no original

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Que necessidade tinha eu de lamentar o tédio das minhas tarefas mais demoradas, uma vez que eu tinha todo o tempo do mundo para realizá-las com toda a calma?”

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Eu fiz questão de deixar um relato da minha vida de náufrago sobrevivente por escrito, não tanto para legar minha experiência solitária à posteridade – principalmente diante da perspectiva de não ter herdeiro algum –, mas como que para me libertar dos pensamentos repetidos, que eu ruminava e me afligiam”

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eu contrapus assaz imparcialmente, como bom e simultâneo devedor e credor, os confortos de que eu usufruía e as misérias a que estava sujeito, dessa forma — [segue uma tabela de duas colunas, intituladas “Mal” e “Bem”, numa infinidade de linhas, das quais eu transcrevo apenas duas]:

Mal.

Bem.

Não tenho roupas com que me agasalhar.

Se bem que eu me encontro no clima quente, onde, se tivesse roupas, mal poderia vesti-las.

Não tenho uma alma penada com quem conversar ou espairecer.

Se bem que Deus enviou o navio, maravilhosamente, para perto o bastante da costa, para que eu pudesse aproveitar o maior número de suprimentos necessários para suster minha nova vida, suprir algumas de minhas carências mais profundas e me manter forte e revigorado tanto quanto meu corpo me permita, pelo tempo que for preciso.

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Comecei a me dedicar, então, a alguns expedientes que julguei necessários neste momento, conforme a sensação de luxo na minha ilha ia aumentando, satisfeitas as necessidades mais prementes. Eu queria muito uma cadeira e uma mesa; sem elas não podia desfrutar de alguns poucos dos confortos conhecidos que ainda me estariam acessíveis; não poderia escrever nem comer, isto é, como um ser civilizado, e com o prazer que se demanda de um homem. Desta feita, fui ao trabalho.”

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todo homem pode ser, com a ajuda do tempo, mestre de qualquer arte mecânica.”

66

Foi nessa época que comecei de fato a manter um diário completo dos meus afazeres; antes disso, nos primeiros instantes, estive sempre em correrias e aflições, então a fadiga física, ademais da minha confusão mental, não me permitiam nenhuma ocupação saudável e regular que fosse considerada supérflua. Na verdade teriam sido edições deploráveis do meu pequeno jornal da ilha, pois acabaria descrevendo meus tormentos de consciência, o que não teria fim produtivo algum. Um exemplo hipotético: <dia 30. – Após alcançar a areia, me salvando de um afogamento, ao invés de estar grato a Deus pela minha salvação, após, primeiro, vomitar, de tanta água salgada que havia no meu estômago, recuperando-me o mais que podia, corri pela beira-mar crispando minhas mãos e batendo na minha cabeça e no meu rosto…>”

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30 de Setembro, 1659. – Eu, o mísero e desgraçado Robinson Crusoe, tendo soçobrado em meio a uma terrível tempestade, acabei atingindo essa ilha desafortunada e deprimente, que eu batizei de <A Ilha do Desespero>”

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1º de Novembro. – Fixei minha tenda debaixo duma rocha, e passei minha primeira noite ali; fi-la o mais larga possível, com estacas que sustentassem uma maca.”

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4 de Novembro. – Essa manhã comecei a organizar meus turnos de trabalho, minha ronda diária armado, minha sesta, o período para recreação – p.ex., toda manhã eu caminhava com minha espingarda por 2 ou 3 horas, se não chovesse; em seguida trabalhava em algo até as onze; comia o que tinha à disposição; das 12 às 2 necessitava cochilar, o clima sendo tão quente; no entardecer eu voltava ao trabalho manual. Meu período de labuta nesses dois dias foi inteiramente gasto construindo minha mesa, já que eu ainda era um marceneiro bem desajeitado, embora o tempo e a necessidade me fizessem, dentro em pouco, um mecânico nato e completo, pelo menos tanto quanto a natureza poderia fazer de qualquer um.

5 de Novembro. – Esse dia eu passeei com meu rifle e meu cão, tendo matado um gato selvagem; sua pele era muito macia, mas a carne era inútil; como se há de observar, eu extraía e preservava as peles de todas as criaturas que eu matava.”

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7 de Novembro. – O tempo começou a melhorar. Dias 7, 8, 9, 10, e parte ainda do dia 12 (porque o 11 caiu num domingo), eu passei fazendo uma cadeira, e com um supremo esforço consegui dar-lhe um formato tolerável

(…)

Nota. – Logo eu negligenciaria meu repouso aos domingos; omitindo sua marcação na trave de que falei, acabei esquecendo que dia do mês correspondia a que dia da semana.”

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18 de Novembro. – No dia seguinte, explorando o bosque, achei uma árvore daquele tipo de madeira, ou bem parecido, que nos Brasis chamam de árvore-de-ferro, tamanha sua resistência.”

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10 de Dezembro. – Já dava minha caverna ou catacumba por terminada; quando de repente (parece que escavei-a muito ampla) uma grande quantidade de terra desmoronou de um dos lados; foi o bastante para me atemorizar, e com razão, porque se eu estivesse ali debaixo naquele instante jamais teria necessitado de um coveiro.”

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27 de Dezembro. – Matei um cabrito, e incapacitei outro, então o capturei e o trouxe para casa amarrado numa corda; imobilizei sua perna quebrada e a amarrei numa tala.

Nota bene – Fui tão bom veterinário que o cabrito sobreviveu, e a perna cresceu vigorosa como nova; porém, involuntariamente, por ter sido o enfermeiro dessa cabra por tanto tempo, ela ficou domesticada, comendo sempre da relva perto da minha porta, de modo que ela não quis ir embora depois disso. Foi a primeira vez que considerei criar um rebanho, o que manteria meu sustento uma vez que minha pólvora tivesse se esgotado.”

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1º de Janeiro. – (…) Explorando os vales que estão além da parte central da ilha até mais tarde, deparei-me com múltiplas cabras, muito embora um tanto tímidas e arredias; tive a idéia de trazer meu cachorro para ver o que ele conseguiria caçar.

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2 de Janeiro. – No dia seguinte, como planejado, voltei com meu cão, e mandei-o para cima das cabras, mas errei meus cálculos: todas se juntaram para encarar meu mascote, e ele se deu conta do perigo, evitando se aproximar.”

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Encontrei uma espécie de pombo selvagem, que construía seu ninho diferente dos pombos-torcazes¹, que nidificam no topo das árvores, mas como pombos domésticos², que fazem seu lar no topo de penhascos, geralmente em fendas rochosas³. Apanhando alguns, me dediquei a domesticá-los; contudo, quando cresceram logo revoaram, o que, julguei, devia ter sido por falta de comida, porque raramente tinha com o que alimentá-los; ainda assim, continuei encontrando seus ninhos, e pegando os filhotes desses primeiros pombos, que tinham uma carne deliciosa.”

¹ Espécie européia

² A espécie que nos é familiar

³ Daí a predileção dos pombos urbanos por se aninharem no topo de edifícios, em sacadas e parapeitos, seu ponto preferencial instintivamente.

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Àquela altura eu clamava por velas; assim que escurecia, mais ou menos às 7, era obrigado a ir deitar. Lembrei-me então do torrão de cera com que produzi velas em minhas aventuras africanas; só que eu não tinha nenhuma cera!”

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após testemunhar vários pés-de-cevada em pleno crescimento, nesse clima absolutamente impróprio para grãos germinarem, sem saber a causa do milagre, quedei-me estupefato, e comecei a acreditar que Deus interveio no caso; e que sua ação benévola foi tão dirigida a minha sobrevivência neste lugar desolado quanto isolado do mundo eu me encontrava.” “Mas devo confessar que minha gratidão devota à Providência divina começou a definhar, igualmente, assim que me dei conta de que isso não passava de um fato lógico, quando me lembrei de que, certa vez, alimentei galinhas naquele mesmo sítio com sementes que havia trazido da embarcação”

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conservei cuidadosamente as folhas dessas espigas, que pode-se ter certeza de que estavam na sua estação (mais ou menos fim de junho); estocando cada grão, me decidi a replantá-los, esperando tê-los em quantidade o bastante para me fornecer pão. Mas não foi antes do quarto ano que eu pude me permitir usufruir dessa colheita, e ainda assim modicamente, como farei questão de detalhar mais à frente; perdi tudo na primeira temporada por ignorar a época adequada da semeadura; eu fiz o plantio logo antes da estação seca, o que matou minha safra desde sua pré-concepção, salvo raríssimas plantas”

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fui ao meu pequeno armazém e traguei um pouco de rum; e que, aliás, desde que cheguei à ilha procurei fazer bem frugalmente, sabendo que um dia minha escassa provisão de destilados poderia acabar.”

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4 de Maio. – Depois de uma jornada inteira de pescaria, não conseguindo nenhum peixe que eu ousasse comer, já na última tentativa de obter um almoço, acabei fisgando um polpudo e tenro golfinho. Eu utilizava uma linha de cânhamo, mas não dispunha de anzol; o que não me impedia de às vezes voltar para casa de mãos cheias. Antes de proceder à refeição eu deixava os peixes ao relento, secando ao sol.”

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16 de Junho. – Na descida para a praia encontrei uma tartaruga, ou cágado, grande. Foi a primeira vez que vi esse animal na ilha; depois eu descobriria que foi por puro azar, porque me aventurando pelo outro lado da ilha mais tarde chegaria à conclusão de que era fácil obtê-las às centenas.

17 de Junho. – Passei o dia cozinhando a tartaruga. Encontrei dentro dela o equivalente a umas 5 dúzias de ovos; a carne de tartaruga era a refeição mais deliciosa que já havia provado na vida, talvez porque passei tantos meses à custa tão-só de carne de bode e aves.”

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21 de Junho. – Estou muito doente; e muito apreensivo com minha condição – sozinho dessa forma. Rezei pela primeira vez desde a tempestade em Hull, mas essa reza deve ter parecido mais um delírio, tamanha minha desorientação mental.

22 de Junho. – Um pouco melhor; mas com muito medo do que pode me acontecer.

23 de Junho. – Piorei novamente; febre e calafrios, e também uma dor-de-cabeça violenta.

24 de Junho. – Muito melhor.

25 de Junho. – Febre muito violenta; a crise durou umas 7h; sentindo frio e calor alternadamente, cheio de suor frio.

26 de Junho. – Melhor; sem mais carne, saí armado, mas me achei muito fraco no meio do caminho. Mesmo assim, matei uma cabra, trazendo-a para a caverna com a maior dificuldade. Comi um pouco dela assada; preferiria tê-la cozido para comer como sopa, mas eu não tinha nenhuma panela.

27 de Junho. – A febre regressou tão violenta que me contorci na cama o dia inteiro, sem comer nem beber. Estava prestes a morrer de sede; muito debilitado, mal poderia me suster de pé, muito menos sair e procurar água. Rezei de novo, sentindo tonteira e confusão quase sempre; e quando ela me deixava um pouco, minha lucidez era a do ignorante, que não tem idéia do que pedir; por fim, gritei, <Senhor, olhe por mim! Tenha piedade de mim! Misericórdia, Senhor!> Acredito que não saí desse transe por 2 ou 3h; até que, baixando a febre, adormeci, para acordar só à noite. Despertei muito mais disposto, mas ainda fraco e sedento. Sem água na caverna, não me atrevi a sair do lugar e esperei o sono vir novamente. Nesse segundo sono do dia tive esse horrível pesadelo: estava sentado no chão, do lado de fora do meu abrigo, no mesmo lugar onde fiquei logo que começou uma forte chuva, após aquele desmoronamento parcial do meu teto; e dali eu observei um homem descendo de uma grande nuvem negra, circundado pelas brilhantes chamas do fogo, iluminando tudo abaixo de si. Aliás, minto: ele era a própria luz, ele emanava luz, radioso, a ponto de me doer a vista fitá-lo; não bastasse, sua fisionomia era severa, indescritivelmente severa. (…) Assim que ele pisou em terra (ele vinha flutuando em direção ao solo lentamente), aproximou-se de mim sem hesitar, de posse de um longo bastão ou qualquer arma do tipo, com a visível intenção de me matar (…) <Depois de tudo isso, não estás arrependido, então vais morrer!> (…) Ninguém que ler esse relato deve esperar que eu seja capaz de descrever as angústias de minha alma durante essa terrível visão. Isto é, por mais que tivesse sido apenas um sonho, era sempre com a própria realidade que eu sonhava. Quando eu despertei não parecia minimamente liberto daquela forte impressão; acho mesmo que demorei vários segundos para me dar conta de que tinha sido tudo imaginário.

Ai de mim! Até ali, não tinha nenhum conceito da divindade. O pouco que me foi transmitido pela educação paterna foi simplesmente desperdiçado graças a uma longa série de oito anos de ininterruptas perversidades marítimas”

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Todos os acontecimentos anteriores da minha história fazem mais críveis as desgraças que ainda preciso relatar. Porque o que virá na seqüência é decerto mais miserável, e tinha de sê-lo, para me fazer perceber que havia a mão de Deus nisso, e que tudo isso era a punição devida pelo meu pecado passado – meu comportamento rebelde para com meu pai – ou meus pecados presentes, abundantes – ou a justa recompensa pela trajetória da minha existência maldita como um todo.”

85

Quando fui salvo e resgatado em alto-mar pelo capitão português, bem-empregado, e tratado de forma tão honorável e justa, para não dizer caritativa, me parece que não fui grato internamente por isso. Depois, de novo, quando naufraguei, me arruinei, e quase me afoguei antes de chegar a esta ilha, eu ainda me encontrava tão longe quanto antes de qualquer remorso (…) Eu apenas me repetia com freqüência que eu era um cachorro desgraçado, nascido para a miséria.”

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Essa é a condição compartilhada pelos marinheiros, a da euforia subsecutiva à sobrevivência ao naufrágio, a do esquecimento de tudo, como se nunca tivesse acontecido, após a primeira tigela de ponche”

87

Mesmo o terremoto, talvez a mais terrível das tragédias naturais, a que mais faz pressentirmos o Poder invisível que dirige todas as circunstâncias, não basta para inculcar na gente essa reverência e fixar em nossa mente as fortes impressões do incidente.”

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quando comecei a estar doente, e uma visão ociosa e ponderada das misérias da morte pôde se formar em minha mente; quando minha alma começou a afundar sob o peso do meu forte destempero, e meu corpo estava já exausto pela violência da febre; a consciência, minha consciência dormente por tanto tempo, decidiu acordar, e comecei a reprovar a mim mesmo e ao meu passado, em que eu, com bastante evidência, com uma insolência sobrenatural, provoquei a justiça divina, consecutivamente; os primeiros golpes foram terríveis e imprevisíveis, mas dada a insistência com que eu me obstinava na minha cegueira, Deus, que não falha, promoveu mais uma vez seu julgamento.”

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Se eu me perguntar: por que não fui aniquilado num desses incidentes? Por que não se afogou você, seu idiota, em Yarmouth Roads; nem foi assassinado na luta de quando o navio foi tomado por piratas de Salé; devorado pelas bestas selvagens na costa da África; ou por que não se afogou aqui, quando toda a tripulação pereceu menos eu?”

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me ocorreu ao pensamento que os brasileiros não atribuem a seu clima, mas a seu tabaco todos os destemperos, e eu tinha um rolo de tabaco num dos baús, quase seco, e alguns que estavam verdes, ainda úmidos.

Eu, pela interferência de Deus, sem dúvida, achei as coisas certas; é, nesse baú eu encontrei a solução para dois problemas: o da alma e o do corpo. Abri-o e encontrei o que eu queria, o tabaco; e vendo os poucos livros que tinha no navio, ali ao lado, e salvos, eu peguei uma das Bíblias de que já tinha comentado. Sem a calma e a disposição necessárias, não havia sequer aberto esse livro até aquele mesmo dia. Pois então, eu deixei o livro e o tabaco para mim sobre a mesa. Em meu despropósito, não saberia como usar aquele tabaco.”

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Comecei a repetir, como as crianças de Israel quando lhes foi prometida carne que comer, <Pode Deus colocar uma mesa no deserto?> então eu comecei a dizer, <Pode Deus Ele mesmo me libertar deste lugar?>”

92

decerto perdi um dia no meu cômputo, e nunca soube quando.”

93

4 de Julho. – De manhã apanhei a Bíblia; e começando pelo Novo Testamento, empreendi uma leitura a sério, e me impus a obrigação de ler por um bocado todas as manhãs e também todas as noites; procurando não considerar o número de capítulos, mas com o fito de ir até onde meus pensamentos me levassem. Não muito tempo passou nesse trabalho até que eu achei meu coração muito mais profunda e sinceramente afetado pelo meu passado reprovável.”

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Cheguei a estas palavras: <Ele é enaltecido um Príncipe e um Salvador, concede o arrependimento e o perdão.>¹ Deixei cair a Bíblia; e com meu coração e minhas mãos erguidas aos céus, numa espécie de transe de contentamento, gritei com toda a força, <Jesus, tu filho de Davi!…> Essa foi a primeira vez que pude dizer, no sentido verdadeiro das palavras, que rezei em toda a minha vida; agora eu rezava com a consciência do meu estado”

¹ Atos 5:31, com omissões

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é até difícil imaginar quão afundado eu estava, e a que debilidade eu estava reduzido.”

96

Tive freqüentes convulsões em meus nervos e em meus membros por algum tempo. Aprendi com isso algo em particular, que sair na estação da chuva era a coisa mais perniciosa para a minha saúde que podia haver”

97

Foi em 15 de Julho que iniciei uma investigação mais pormenorizada da ilha.”

98

Encontrei muitos pés-de-cana, silvestres, imperfeitos para o cultivo.”

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eu observei tão escassamente enquanto estava nos Brasis que pouco sabia dessas plantas no campo; pouco, ao menos, para quem pretendia tirar algum proveito em meio à calamidade.”

100

As vinhas se espalharam por sobre as árvores, e os cachos de uva estavam agora em seu acme, maduros e suculentos. Essa foi uma descoberta e tanto, que me deixou extremamente contente; mas fui alertado, pela minha experiência, a desfrutar com moderação deles; considerando que quando estava no litoral da Barbária¹, comer uvas matou vários dos nossos britânicos, escravos então, ocasionando-lhes febres e constipações. Mas encontrei uma bela utilidade para essas uvas; antes de consumi-las, deveria curá-las ou secá-las ao sol, e conservá-las como uvas secas ou passas são conservadas, pelo que julguei que ficariam, e de fato ficaram, apetitosas e saudáveis para a ingestão, justamente quando estivéssemos fora da estação das uvas.

Passei a noite ali, sem voltar a minha habitação; foi esta a primeira vez, desde que desembarquei na ilha, que pernoitei fora.”

¹ Norte da África

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Encontrei cacaueiros em abundância, além de limão, laranja e citronelas; nenhum pé de gêneros com que eu estivesse habituado. Podia-se ver que as árvores davam poucos frutos. Os limões verdes que tive a chance de experimentar não só eram uma delícia como muito nutritivos; misturei seu suco com água, o que fez da substância ainda mais aprazível, muito refrescante. Eu já tinha provisões o bastante para regressar à caverna; e eu estava resolvido a manter também um estoque de uvas, citronelas, limões… Assim eu chegaria preparado à estação das chuvas, da qual eu sabia estar na véspera.”

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Fiquei surpreso ao me deparar com minha pilha de uvas, tão suculentas quando as havia extraído, desfigurada, com frutos espalhados pelo chão de forma irregular, muitos deles já devorados ou esbagaçados. Minha primeira conclusão foi: a ilha possui criaturas selvagens, as quais eu ignorava”

103

Enquanto regressava à moradia principal após essa jornada, contemplava o vale, frutífero, o ar prazenteiro do panorama, as correntes de água doce mais à mão, os bosques circundantes, cheios de víveres, e que facilitavam o abrigo às tempestades: em suma, me dei conta, de súbito, que o lugar em que resolvera fixar minha primeira morada foi simplesmente o pior daquele país.”

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quando pensei melhor sobre o assunto, achei que por outro lado eu estava bem mais perto do litoral naquela habitação mais antiga, e esse tipo de vantagem não podia ser desprezado”

105

e embora em reconsiderações tenha me resolvido a ficar no mesmo lugar, construí-me uma espécie de caramanchão, circundando-o a certa distância por uma cerca considerável de vegetação, de duas camadas, tão alta quanto eu mesmo conseguiria atravessar, bem compacta e espessa; e nele eu poderia ficar seguro, por até duas ou três noites com suprimentos, sem sair do lugar”

106

deste dia em diante – 14 de Agosto –, choveu quase que todo dia até meados de Outubro; e às vezes tão violentamente que não podia me aventurar fora da caverna dias a fio.

Durante a estação, surpreendi-me com o crescimento de minha família, até porque logo no começo das chuvas perdi um membro, uma das minhas duas gatas domésticas trazidas no navio (ela fugira ou morrera, e seu cadáver não pudera ser encontrado, ou assim eu pensava, até que ela voltaria ao lar no fim de Agosto com três filhotes). Isso me pareceu sobremaneira estranho já que a única espécie de gatos que eu pude encontrar vivendo na ilha era selvagem, incluindo aquele exemplar que abati com minha arma no último novembro; e para mim seria impossível a reprodução entre esses gatos selvagens e minhas felinas. Os gatos (ou qualquer coisa que fossem) da ilha eram bem diferentes do gênero europeu com que estamos habituados. Quando minha gata apareceu com crias, ter cruzado com algum destes machos nativos parecia a única explicação provável; mas os filhotes não aparentavam ser híbridos ou mestiços; eram gatos europeus por inteiro. Eu estava perplexo: só havia dois gatos-fêmeas de linhagem européia na ilha – como explicar esta propagação da raça? Seja como for, continuando minha história, desses três primeiros gatos eu vim, depois, a ficar tão empesteado de gatos nos meus domínios que tive que matar vários deles, como se fossem vermes ou bestas selvagens; e os que sobraram ainda tive de enxotar para mais longe.”

107

minha comida era assim administrada: comia uma diversidade de cereais no café; como almoço, um pedaço de carne de cabra, ou de tartaruga, grelhada – porque, para minha infelicidade, eu não dispunha de qualquer recipiente para preparar nenhum ensopado; e dois ou três ovos de tartaruga de jantar.”

108

30 de Setembro. – Triste dia do meu primeiro aniversário nesta ilha. Ou pelo menos a contagem dos riscos na trave agora chegava a 365 dias.

(…)

Durante todo esse período não observei o Sabá; no princípio, porque não tinha qualquer senso de religião em minha mente, mas depois porque tinha perdido os meios de distinguir entre os dias da semana, já que confundi os riscos do poste com o passar do tempo, errando na contagem, ou omitindo alguns dias, por puro esquecimento; mas o fato é que eu chegava a meu segundo ano na minha nova casa, aproximadamente. E, decidindo refundar o calendário, estabeleci que a cada sétimo dia desde este dia de aniversário eu comemoraria o Sabá. Pouco tempo depois, a tinta começou a faltar, então eu me contentava agora com registros os mais sucintos; abandonei a forma de memorandos diários e detalhados acerca de meus progressos na ilha.”

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Metade de abril, maio, junho e julho inteiros e ainda a metade de agosto – estação seca, época do ano em que o sol está para o norte da linha do Equador.

A outra metade de agosto, setembro e a primeira metade de outubro – estação chuvosa, quando o sol mais se esconde.

A segunda metade de outubro, novembro, dezembro, janeiro e a primeira metade de fevereiro – secura, o sol estando mais para o hemisfério sul.”

110

Tentei de várias formas me produzir uma cesta. No entanto, todos os galhos que eu apanhava para a tarefa se provavam tão quebradiços que era tudo em vão. De toda forma, foi uma grande vantagem para mim que quando criança eu passasse um bom tempo ocioso observando um desses cesteiros da vila fazendo seu trabalho; observar aquelas peças de vime era muito prazeroso. Garotos, diferentemente de homens crescidos, são sempre muito oficiosos e maleáveis, oferecendo ajuda no trabalho dos adultos e aprendendo rotinas com extrema facilidade. O método me era conhecido, portanto; o que me faltava eram os materiais. Foi aí que eu pensei que se eu usasse a madeira mais resistente que já usara para fundar meu cercado a coisa com as cestas poderia dar certo. Ela devia se parecer minimamente com a madeira dos salgueiros típicos da Europa que mais se usavam para produzir artesanato. O dia seguinte à idéia, portanto, me dirigi a minha casa de campo, como eu chamava, e cortando alguns dos ramos menores, verifiquei que sua qualidade era ainda melhor do que nas minhas expectativas; na próxima vez que fiz a viagem, pois, vim preparado, com uma machadinha, para extrair uma maior quantidade de matéria-prima, que de fato era abundante nesta porção da ilha.”

111

embora não sejam uma referência estética, meus cestos rudimentares serviram bem ao seu propósito; dali em diante eu sempre estava carregando alguns nas minhas andanças; e quando acabava o vime eu providenciava mais; e fui me especializando e produzindo cestos cada vez maiores e mais resistentes para armazenar todo o meu milho. Era muito mais prático que em sacos.”

112

eu consegui discernir terra – se uma ilha ou continente, impossível dizer; mas era visível um promontório se estendendo do oeste a oeste-sudoeste, por uma grande distância; de acordo com meus cálculos, não poderiam ser menos do que de 80km a 100km.

Eu não poderia dizer que parte do mundo era essa, a não ser que era com certeza uma parte da América, e, conclusão a que cheguei depois das minhas observações, devia se tratar de uma das partes do domínio espanhol, quiçá totalmente habitada por selvagens, onde, se ali eu tivesse desembarcado, estaria em situação muito mais grave que a atual; isso me resignou quanto aos desígnios da Providência, que eu agora cria determinar todas as coisas para o melhor; sim, eu achei a resignação e serenei minha mente, deixando de lado aflitivos desejos de estar lá ao invés de aqui.

Além do mais, depois de alguma ponderação sobre o caso, raciocinei que se essa terra fosse mesmo espanhola, mais cedo ou mais tarde eu veria passar alguma embarcação por estas águas; e, se não, quase com certeza este lugar seriam as costas selvagens entre as colônias espanholas e os Brasis, terra-de-ninguém apinhada dos piores aborígenes; eles são canibais, ou devoradores de homens, e não hesitam em assassinar e comer todos os corpos que caem em suas mãos.

113

vira papagaios em abundância, e gostaria muito de ter levado um para mim, se possível, para adestrá-lo e ensiná-lo a falar. Depois de algum sacrifício, capturei um papagaio tenro, nocauteando-o com um galho; depois de tratá-lo, trouxe-o para a caverna; mas levaria anos até que ele começasse a me repetir com a voz; daí em diante as coisas fluíram, e ele sempre estava a chamar meu nome como um velho parente.”

114

Esse passeio foi muito frutífero. Deparei-me com lebres (ou era o que pareciam ser) e raposas; mas todas de gêneros bem distintos dos conhecidos até então por mim. Nessa ronda eu matei e preparei várias como refeição, mas descobri que não forneciam uma carne que valesse a pena.”

115

Nessas andanças eu nunca percorri mais do que uns 3km em linha reta num só dia; mas eu dava tantas voltas e rodeios tentando descobrir cada metro quadrado da flora que não se podia dizer que eu não me deitasse exausto onde eu escolhesse me assentar para passar a noite.”

116

Por esses lados eu também encontrava aves as mais inauditas, a verdade é que nem todas tão misteriosas assim, pois em minhas prévias aventuras pelo Atlântico já havia conhecido várias espécies exóticas; o melhor de tudo é que a carne de algumas delas era deliciosa; os nomes dessas aves, jamais poderia dizer, salvo pelos pingüins¹.”

¹ Pode parecer que Defoe não sabia nada de zoologia ao lermos este parágrafo, mas realmente existe uma única espécie de pingüim, o Pingüim de Galápagos, que vive em clima tropical e pouco lembra o nosso típico “amiguinho polar” das representações mais corriqueiras.

117

Eu naveguei contornando a costa com rumo leste, imagino que uns 20km, e fincando uma vara na areia como referência, concluí dever voltar pra casa, e que a próxima jornada seria pelo outro lado da ilha a leste da minha habitação, continuando a volta em torno ao litoral, tal que no fim estaria de volta à vara havia plantado na areia, circunavegando assim minha ilha.”

118

Nessa jornada meu cachorro encontrou uma cabrinha, e nela avançou; e eu, correndo para tomar o controle, cheguei a tempo, e a salvei viva do cão. Minha idéia era trazê-la para casa, porque a caça desses animais esquivos é sempre muito difícil por aqui. Meu plano era arranjar duas cabras para que procriassem, e eu tivesse filhotinhos domesticados para mim. Além do mais, a pior das tragédias, acabar a minha munição, seria compensada com uma criação regular desses animais a fim de garantir a minha carne.”

119

Eu sentia visivelmente quão mais feliz essa vida era, com todas as suas circunstâncias miseráveis, do que a vida que levei durante todo o meu passado.”

120

Antigamente, enquanto perambulava, ou caçando ou explorando o país, a angústia da minha alma quanto a minha condição extrema podia explodir a qualquer momento, e meu coração como que morria, considerando as florestas, as montanhas, os desertos em que eu me encontrava, sem que eu passasse de um prisioneiro, enjaulado nessas grades eternas e aferrolhado pelo próprio oceano, numa vastidão inabitada, sem redenção. Em meio à pior confusão mental, na tempestade do espírito, eu só podia retorcer as mãos e chorar feito criança. Às vezes essas crises me afetavam no meio do meu expediente, com a arma na mão, e eu só podia me sentar no meio do caminho e suspirar, olhando ao meu redor por uma ou duas horas inteiras antes de conseguir me mexer; e na verdade isso era pior do que quando a explosão me fazia chorar, porque então eu não descarregava o que me oprimia; a pior desgraça é aquela que não se exaure e não o abandona de uma vez.

121

Eu nunca tinha aberto a Bíblia, ou dado a mínima, para ser sincero, até minha fatídica viagem; mas acho que Deus providenciou cuidadosamente para que um exemplar do Livro se encontrasse no navio, volume dado a mim por um amigo da Inglaterra, que embalou-o como que por acaso junto com outros de meus pertences à ocasião em que solicitei provisões pessoais, sem que eu tivesse sequer cogitado pedir-lhe esse favor. E agora a Bíblia era minha única e última assistência depois do naufrágio. E Deus salvou-a de perecer nas águas!”

122

Empreendi 42 dias numa prateleira para minha caverna; eu aposto que dois serralheiros, com ferramentas e uma serra, é lógico, teriam produzido 6 delas em meia-jornada, com a madeira da mesma árvore.”

123

Eu me encontrava novamente perplexo e impotente: como descascar o milho e fazer refeições com ele? Mais básico ainda: como limpá-lo? Como, uma vez já tendo aprendido a fazer várias comidas, produzir pão? Não, não adiantaria saber como fazer, se eu não tinha material para assá-lo… Essas vontades todas, aliadas à minha necessidade de estocar milho, para as vicissitudes climáticas, me fez deixar a colheita inteira intocada, esperando a próxima estação de semeadura”

124

Agora eu poderia dizer com franqueza que estava trabalhando pelo meu pão. Duvido que a não ser um número muito pequeno de pessoas tenha pensado a sério sobre a multitude de pequenas coisas necessárias no fabrico do pão: o plantio, a colheita, o desfolhamento, a cura, a fermentação,…”

125

Logo eu já estava desejando um moinho para me ajudar a peneirar todos os grãos, fermento e sal, e um forno; mas eu me virei sem todas essas maravilhas; e ainda assim o milho resultante era-me um luxo inestimável.”

126

todo meu tempo de trabalho eu me distraía conversando com meu papagaio, ensinando-o mais e mais vocabulário; ensinei-o rapidamente seu nome, e a repeti-lo bem alto, <Poll>, que foi a primeira palavra que eu escutei pronunciada na ilha por outro alguém que não eu mesmo. Trabalho, aliás, que eu considerava um extra.

Uma tarefa hercúlea pela frente: ponderei longamente sobre a possibilidade de cozer alguns vasos de terra para estocar meus bens, sem saber nada de olaria. Considerando o calor intenso, imaginei que assim que me deparasse com alguma argila propícia, poderia deixar o material ressecar ao sol, tornando-o rígido o suficiente para moldar as formas à vontade”

127

Qual não foi o meu desconsolo quando vi que, depois de ter selecionado uma grande árvore no bosque, tendo-a arduamente derrubado, e com minhas rústicas ferramentas talhado o exterior como o de um casco de navio com boa aerodinâmica, e queimado e cortado na medida as partes internas da madeira tornando-a oca, aplicando o princípio do navio ideal — quando vi que, depois de tudo isso eu devia deixar minha obra-prima abandonada onde estava por falta de meios para lançá-la na água, longe da costa que estava?

Pode-se pensar que eu empreendi esse trabalho como um louco, sem projetar nada; mas eu estava tão concentrado em fazer uma embarcação capaz de enfrentar as águas do oceano profundo que sinceramente esse <pequeno detalhe> ficou ignorado e postergado para o depois: e, com efeito, era mais fácil navegar 50 milhas marítimas do que avançar 50m com aquela estrutura de madeira por sobre terra firme.”

128

Eu derrubei um cedro tal que não sei se Salomão contou com um tão magnânimo para a construção do Templo de Jerusalém; tinha uns bons 1.80m de diâmetro na parte mais baixa próxima ao toco, e 1.50m, na altura de seus quase 7m de longitude (…) eu passei 20 dias só cortando a base desse cavalo de tróia; outros 14 me livrando dos ramos, numa inexprimível labuta de machadadas repetitivas (…) me custou 3 meses mais limpar o interior, lapidando a forma de um barco; tudo isso sem fogo, apenas com marreta e cinzel, graças à teimosia; o resultado foi uma charmosa periagua¹, grande o bastante para levar 26 homens, ou seja, eu e todos os meus mantimentos, com segurança”

¹ Adaptação de piragua (espanhol), termo usado para designar as embarcações construídas por aborígenes americanos feitas de um só tronco de árvore. Não é exatamente o mesmo que uma piroga ou tsé-tsé, por isso mantive no original.

129

Se tivesse conseguido levar esse mamute de madeira para a água, não resta dúvida de que eu empreenderia a viagem mais insana e improvável da história.

Mas, como eu já disse, todos os expedientes que empreguei para tentar levar a embarcação à água falharam; isso muito embora eu não tenha desistido senão depois de muitos suor, tempo e fracassos.”

130

quem há de se ressentir das dores se vê a felicidade logo ali adiante?”

131

Medi a distância de terra que separava o barco do mar e projetei cavar uma doca ou canal, para, levando a montanha a Maomé, trazer a água ao barco. (…) mas demoraria de 10 a 12 anos (…) finalmente, com grande relutância, dei por encerrada aquela tentativa.”

132

Eu tinha o bastante para comer e satisfazer minhas necessidades, então o que era o excedente? Se eu matasse mais carne do que poderia ingerir, o cachorro a comeria, ou o verme; se eu plantasse mais milho do que poderia comer, estragaria; as árvores que eu cortasse e cuja madeira não aproveitasse apodreceriam no solo; para mim, bastava pouca madeira para combustível, e como vivia numa ilha tropical o único fogo que eu usava era para a comida.”

133

O mais descarado cobiçador, a mais descarada ave-de-rapina no mundo, teriam sido curados desse vício se estivessem no meu lugar; eu possuía infinitamente mais do que poderia saber utilizar.”

134

Eu até tinha, como citei en passant lá atrás, dinheiro físico, bem como ouro e prata, e enfim, mais de 16kg em libra esterlina. Para quê?! Deixei tudo encostado no recanto mais imprestável da caverna, porque não havia o mínimo comércio por aqui (…) eu trocaria tudo por uma lata de tinta.”

135

Gastei horas inteiras, aliás, dias inteiros, me representando, nas cores mais vívidas, como agiria caso tivesse chegado à ilha sem poder contar com nada do que retirei do navio. E raciocinava que não poderia chegar a comida alguma que não fosse peixes e tartarugas; o que significa que teria perecido, porque até comer meu primeiro peixe ou localizar a primeira tartaruga vários dias haviam-se passado! E que mesmo que eu tivesse sobrevivido, viveria como o pior dos selvagens; mesmo que matasse cabras e pássaros à mão, não teria como abri-los, destrinchá-los, dividir sua carne, separá-la da pele e das entranhas; seria obrigado a rasgá-la com meus próprios dentes ou garras, feito besta-fera.”

136

<Alguma aflição é como a minha?> É muito fácil ver que outras pessoas recaem em cenários muito mais desastrosos, e como muitos só não recaem por causa da Providência.”

137

Mas ai de mim! Sucumbindo cedo ao nomadismo marinho, a vida mais destituída do temor a Deus, porque ignara dos terrores d’Ele, que estão sempre à mostra!”

138

Minha tinta, como observei, acabou a dada altura. Isto é, quando restava apenas um bocado, diluí-o na água para aumentar o tempo de uso, mas no fim a letra saía tão pálida que o papel mal podia ser lido.”

139

há uma estranha coincidência nos dias em que a Providência decidiu se mostrar para mim (…) Primeiro, observei que no mesmo dia em que rompi com meu pai e amigos e disparei para Hull, com o fito de ser marinheiro, foi também o dia do ano que fui tomado prisioneiro pelos piratas de Salé; e esse foi ainda o mesmo dia do calendário em que escapei do naufrágio do navio em Yarmouth; como se não bastasse, foi o exato dia em que empreendi minha fuga da própria escravidão de Salé, com um pequeno barco; e pasmem, porque, agora estou disposto à revelação – esse dia é aquele em que vim ao mundo, o 30 de Setembro; para não dizer que desde o nascimento só me ocorreram tragédias, foi no 26º aniversário que celebrei o milagre de escapar vivo do último naufrágio, este que me trouxe à ilha; a maldição e a solidão sempre andaram de mãos dadas em minha existência. Mas eu prefiro encarar essa data como um recomeço positivo.

A primeira coisa de que sofri a escassez depois do esgotamento da minha tinta foi o pão – digo, o biscuit de trigo que trouxe do navio; esse eu racionei ao máximo, permitindo-me um por dia apenas por mais de um ano; e não comi nada parecido por mais um ano, até que conseguisse fazer pão do meu milho; lembro-vos do quanto foi extravagante ver milharais crescendo na ilha, devido àquele curioso acidente, então posso me considerar um cara de sorte.”

140

eu não poderia sair pelado por aí – não, mesmo que eu fosse inclinado a essas coisas, coisa que eu não sou –, primeiro devido à infração moral que isso representa, mesmo estando-se sozinho; e, depois, por uma razão puramente prática: não me era possível agüentar a abrasão solar, de modo que estar vestido era menos pior; o contato direto com o poderoso sol causava bolhas na minha pele; qualquer tecido era imperativo. Depois de um tempo de aprendizado, eu já não me prestava a sair da caverna em plena luz do dia sem um boné ou chapéu.”

141

entreguei-me ao trabalho, costurando, ou melhor seria dizer, remendando da pior forma, porque meu serviço com um novo colete¹ para mim era um autêntico vexame”

¹ “Waistcoat” no original. Não devemos esquecer que um gentleman (ou mesmo uma pessoa de classe inferior) da Inglaterra do século XVII não saía de casa com menos de 3 camisas sobrepostas, e podemos também nos assegurar de que esse hábito indumentário não fosse fácil de abandonar, como Robinson diz sobre a parte “imoral” de ficar pelado diante de si mesmo, uma vez que Deus não deixou sequer que Adão e Eva andassem descobertos após o Pecado Original. Por maior que fosse o calor, e que não se necessitasse de tantas peças para se proteger das assaduras ou queimações do sol, não é absurdo imaginar que um inglês médio, jogado numa ilha tropical subitamente, não dispensasse, ainda assim, a elegância na aparência (não importa o quão cafona isso soe hoje). Adicione a isso o fato de que a aristocracia conservadora e anglicana daquela época tinha extrema predileção por casacas e sobrecasacas de tons negros (os primeiros ancestrais da estética dos góticos e metaleiros?).

142

Já mencionei por diversas vezes que sempre preservara as peles das criaturas que matara, i.e., de todas as de 4 patas; algumas, no entanto, foram completamente inutilizadas pelo sol forte, que as endurecia, mas algumas se salvavam e me eram imprescindíveis.”

143

se eu já era um mau carpinteiro, eu era um costureiro ainda pior.”

144

eu gastei uma quantidade incrível de tempo e agonias até terminar um guarda-chuva (…) eu tinha visto esse tipo de artesanato nos Brasis, onde esses objetos são muito usados contra o calor”

145

a maior dificuldade era conseguir fazer o guarda-chuva fechar. Podia fazer tranqüilamente um que ficasse sempre aberto, mas assim ele não seria portátil e fácil de carregar em todos os meus périplos. Porém, ao final meus esforços foram recompensados. Usei algumas das minhas peles, os pêlos par