CRÁTILO OU DA PROPRIEDADE DOS NOMES

Tradução de trechos de “PLATÓN. Obras Completas (trad. espanhola do grego por Patricio de Azcárate, 1875), Ed. Epicureum (digital)”.

Além da tradução ao Português, providenciei notas de rodapé, numeradas, onde achei que devia tentar esclarecer alguns pontos polêmicos ou obscuros demais quando se tratar de leitor não-familiarizado com a obra platônica. Quando a nota for de Azcárate, haverá um (*) antecedendo as aspas.

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INSPIRAÇÃO DEMONÍACA

GLOSSÁRIO:

enjambre: enxame

(*) “Hermógenes quer dizer <filho de Mercúrio>, deus da ganância. No contexto deste diálogo, ele deveria ser rico, se fizesse sentido levar esse nome. Mercúrio representa ainda a Eloqüência, o Diálogo [metalinguagem], o mensageiro dos decretos divinos. É muito mais complexo este nome, este nomen [sentido de sobrenome ou etimologia], omen [presságio ou signo].”

SÓCRATES – (…) E a ti, te parece que os seres são de uma natureza tal, que a essência de cada um dentre eles seja relativa a cada um de nós, segundo a proposição de Protágoras, quem afirma que o homem é a medida de todas as coisas? (…)

HERMÓGENES – Noutro tempo, Sócrates, não sabendo o que pensar, cheguei até a adotar a proposição de Protágoras; mas hoje eu não admito que as coisas se passem completamente(*) assim como ele fala.”

(*) “Para obter conhecimento das opiniões dos filósofos antigos sobre este ponto, uma boa referência é a crítica sucinta de Proclo [séc V d.C.] sobre o Crátilo, citada por Victor Cousin [Duvick, mais recente, em Inglês].” Este foi o único ensaio antigo acerca do Crátilo que sobreviveu à deterioração das obras e chegou até nós.

SÓCRATES – (…) é completamente impossível que Protágoras tenha razão. Com efeito, um homem não poderia nunca ser mais sábio do que outro, se a verdade não fôra para cada qual mais do que a aparência.”

SÓCRATES – O meio mais indicado para atingir este resultado, meu querido amigo, é o seguinte: dirigir-se aos homens hábeis, pagar-lhes bem, e até mais que sobre seu salário, reverenciar-lhes bastante. Os homens hábeis são os sofistas. Seu irmão Cálias, que lhes concedeu somas generosas, tem reputação de sábio. E, posto que tu não possuis nada das propriedades de tua família, seria necessário que lisonjeasses a teu irmão, e lhe suplicasses que te participasse este conhecimento dos nomes, que Protágoras ensinou de fato a Cálias.”

(*) “A doutrina de Protágoras é o exato contrário da doutrina sofística da explorada por Platão no Eutidemo, onde Eutidemo e Dionisodoro sustentam que todas as coisas são iguais. As principais teses de Protágoras estão n’A verdade, que enuncia ser a sensação a chave de todas as verdades, possuindo a verdade valor estritamente individual.”

SÓCRATES – Pensemos assim: se eu te perguntasse: os sábios são os que dão os nomes com maior adequação, ou seriam os menos sábios?

HERMÓGENES – Evidentemente que os mais sábios, eu responderia.

SÓCRATES – Falando de maneira geral, quem te parece os mais sábios da cidade, as mulheres ou os homens?

HERMÓGENES – Os homens.

SÓCRATES – Agora atenta a isto: Homero relata que o jovem filho de Heitor era chamado Astíanax¹ pelos troianos; mas para as mulheres, este era Escamandro², porque não é possível que fosse chamado por um e por outro sexo pelo mesmo nome.

HERMÓGENES – Se tu o dizes.

SÓCRATES – Mas para Homero eram os troianos mais sábios que as troianas?

HERMÓGENES – Creio que sim!”

¹ É necessário contextualizar o leitor moderno pela análise etimológica: Heitor era o rei de Tróia; Astíanax significa “príncipe da cidade”. Um epíteto político e de sucessão, portanto. No tempo da Guerra de Tróia ele não passava de uma criança. Eurípides retrata a trágica morte do rebento ainda durante a invasão daquela cidade, atirado do alto de uma muralha por um dos aqueus. Outra versão da lenda diz que ele sobreviveria e fundaria, na idade adulta, uma outra Tróia em novo território, cumprindo o pedido do pai aos deuses antes de enfrentar Aquiles, tudo isso ao lado do filho do também troiano e guerreiro de elite derrotado no conflito, Enéias, semi-deus.

² Ou Escamândrio. Seu nome de batismo ou de berço, já que estamos falando de uma época pré-cristã. Este era também o nome de um rio que atravessava Tróia. Quer dizer que as mulheres não “se metem” em assuntos militares ou, mais amplamente, qualquer assunto da polis (política), por isso só lhes interessa pronunciar nomes que designam coincidências físicas, por exemplo, e não alusões a destinos heróicos como fundar uma cidade ou estar destinado a liderar um povo.

ele só defendia a cidade e seus elevados muros. (Homero) Portanto os homens daquela cidade tinham muita razão ao chamá-lo Astíanax, filho do salvador, e também salvo por ele.”¹

¹ Trecho confuso e difícil. Há ainda essa nota de rodapé, que só complica as coisas: “Victor Cousin desfaz o erro de Platão quando cita Homero: para aquele, Heitor chamava o filho de Escamandro, e não o contrário; e a população feminina, de Astíanax.”

SÓCRATES – Muito bem, meu amigo, mas não terá sido na verdade o próprio Homero a inventar este epíteto que Heitor e seus sequazes davam ao herói troiano na Ilíada? (…) Veja que Ánax e héktor significam ambos quase o mesmo, e ambos cabem bem como nomes reais.”

é preciso que sua descendência seja a de um homem, e não a duma outra espécie, a fim de merecer o nome de nome.”

De cada raça nasce outro ser da mesma raça; senão, tratar-se-ia de um monstro.”

Astíanax e Heitor não têm nenhuma letra em comum, e no entanto querem dizer o mesmo. E qual relação se pode traçar, quanto às letras, entre estes dois nomes e o de Arquepolis¹ (chefe da cidade)?”

¹ A primeira metade da palavra grega, a partícula arche-, lembra sabedoria e ancianidade. Ou ainda, o princípio aristocrático da precedência do melhor no comando.

O nome de seu pai, Zeus, me parece admiravelmente escolhido; mas seu sentido é obscuro. O nome de Zeus encerra por si só todo um discurso. Dividimo-lo em duas partes, das quais fazemos uso indistinto, dizendo tanto Zêna quanto Día; reunindo estes dois termos, encontramos a expressão da natureza do deus; como já vínhamos dizendo, tal deve ser o mérito e a vantagem do nome.” “Que Zeus seja o filho de Krónos, parecerá a princípio algo impróprio”¹

¹ A mesma palavra tem duplo sentido: tempo e ainda velho gagá!

o que há de puro e sem mescla na inteligência, nóos.”

Se eu me dedicasse a recordar agora a genealogia de Hesíodo, e os antepassados dos deuses que acabo de citar, não me cansaria de fazer ver que seus nomes são perfeitamente cabíveis¹”

¹ É dessa coincidência de “nome que representa um conceito, que combina com as características deste deus ou deste sujeito” que advém nossa designação de “nome próprio”. A nomenclatura apropriada daquele ente, o nome da coisa sendo a coisa, pois que sua correspondência é perfeita.

Creio acertadamente, meu querido Hermógenes, que semelhante virtude proveio-me da boca de Eutifrão de Prospaltos¹. Desde a manhã escutava-o sem interrupção, estando sempre atento. Em seu entusiasmo, natural que não tenha se contentado somente com locupletar meus ouvidos com sua divina sabedoria, mas se encarregou ainda de possuir meu espírito.”

¹ Um simples cocheiro

Os nomes dos heróis e dos homens poderiam nos induzir a erros. Muitos, com efeito, são apenas lembranças de seus antepassados, e não possuem relação com os novos sujeitos; outros são mera expressão de uma promessa ou expectativa de recompensa futura, p.ex., Eutiquides (abençoado, sortudo), Sósia (salvo¹), Teófilo (amado pelos deuses), e assim por diante.”

¹ Será que vem daí a expressão “meu sósia”? Pois o que seria ele a não ser um back-up meu (um arquivo salvo de mim mesmo)?

SÓCRATES – Não seria oportuno começar pelos deuses, e indagar por que raios receberam eles exatamente o nome de theoi?

HERMÓGENES – De acordo.

SÓCRATES – Eis minha teoria. Os primeiros homens, que habitaram a Grécia, não reconheceram, a meu ver, outros deuses senão os que hoje se admite entre os povos bárbaros, que são o Sol, a Lua, a Terra, os Astros e o Céu. Como todos eram vistos em movimento contínuo, jamais fatigados nas corridas, theonta, por causa desta propriedade do correr (thein), foram então denominados theoi. Com o passar do tempo, as novas divindades que os gregos conceberam foram sendo designadas ainda sob o mesmo rótulo geral.”

HERMÓGENES – Que tal agora analisarmos os demônios?

SÓCRATES – Bem lembrado, Hermógenes. Que é que pode significar este nome, <os demônios>? Escuta e vê se o que penso te parece razoável.

HERMÓGENES – Basta que fales.

SÓCRATES – Sabes a quem Hesíodo chama <demônios>?

HERMÓGENES – Não lembro.

SÓCRATES – Nem te lembras que ele diz que a primeira raça de homens era de ouro?

HERMÓGENES – Ah, disso sim eu lembro.

SÓCRATES – O poeta se explica assim:

Desde que a Moira extinguiu esta raça de homens,

Se os chama de demônios, habitantes sagrados da terra,

Benfeitores, tutores e guardiães dos homens mortais.

HERMÓGENES – Sócrates, não entendo nada!

SÓCRATES – Ora, não entendes? Estes versos querem dizer simplesmente que Hesíodo estava sendo alegórico quando disse que a raça de ouro era formada de ouro, pois com isso só queria dizer: era de homens excelentes; e o que prova meu argumento é que em seguida ele chamará nossa geração de raça de ferro.¹

HERMÓGENES – Ah, agora ficou claro.

SÓCRATES – Crês que se dentre os homens de hoje se encontrara um só bom homem, Hesíodo o classificaria na raça de ouro?

HERMÓGENES – Temo que sim.

SÓCRATES – E pensas que os bons são um sinônimo para <os sábios>?

HERMÓGENES – Com efeito, Sócrates, os sábios são os bons.

SÓCRATES – Isso basta, ao meu ver, para explicar o nome de demônios. Se Hesíodo os chamou de demônios, foi porque eram sábios e hábeis, daémones², palavra que pertence a nossa língua antiga.”

¹ Eu diria que “ferro” é um material muito nobre para nos descrever nos anos 2000: somos uma raça de sal!

² Em grego, a semântica é neutra: “divindade”. Nada há ainda da acepção cristão-pejorativa da palavra.

Afirmo ainda que todo aquele que é daemon, ou seja, homem de bem, é verdadeiramente demônio durante sua vida e depois de sua morte, e que este nome lhe convém em absoluto.”

SÓCRATES – Nada difícil de compreender. Esta palavra se modificou pouco; e fica patente que os heróis se originam do amor, éros.

HERMÓGENES – Que queres dizer com isso?

SÓCRATES – Não sabes que os heróis são semideuses¹?

HERMÓGENES – Como?

SÓCRATES – (…) Verás facilmente que o nome de amor, al qual devem os heróis seu nascimento, pouco mutou com o tempo também. Só pode derivar daqui a explicação para o termo herói, a não ser que argumentes que advém da raiz erotân, pois que seriam sábios oradores, versados em dialética, muito hábeis para interrogar. Vê que eírein é falar. Como dizíamos, na língua ática estes são os oradores e disputadores: erotetikoí. A família dos oradores e sofistas não é nada menos que a raça dos heróis! Isto é fácil de conceber. Mas o que é complicado é saber por que o homem se chama a si mesmo ánthropoi. Podes explicá-lo?”

¹ Alguns aforismos de Nietzsche fazem cada vez mais sentido!

Muitas vezes, quando queremos nomear algo, acrescentamos letras aos nomes preexistentes, ou as retiramos, ou mudamos o lugar dos acentos.”

SÓCRATES – (…) Formou-se um nome duma locução da qual suprimira-se uma letra, um <a>, e cuja sílaba final convertera-se em grave.

HERMÓGENES – Não te entendo, Sócrates.

SÓCRATES – É o seguinte: este nome ánthropos, significa que todos os demais animais enxergam as coisas sem examiná-las nem refletir, sem contemplação, anathrei; mas o homem, quando com algo se depara, coisa, eorake, sinônimo aliás de ópope, contempla-a e tenta racionalizá-la. O homem é o único animal que se pode chamar, propriamente, de ánthropos, i.e., contemplador do que vê, anathrôn hà opôpen.

HERMÓGENES – Hmmm… E agora, queres que te pergunte sobre os nomes que tenho curiosidade de conhecer em seu significado mais profundo?

SÓCRATES – Responder-te-ei com muito prazer!

HERMÓGENES – Notei uma coisa que parece derivar do que disseste. Há no homem aquilo que batizamos alma, psyché, e corpo, sôma.

SÓCRATES – Efetivamente.”

Alguns dizem que o corpo é a tumba, sêma, da alma, e que esta se encontra sepultada enquanto durar esta vida.”

o que chamamos de ousía, outros chamam de esía, e outros ainda osía. Ora, se pensássemos nas mudanças que sofrem as palavras, e sobretudo no segundo tipo de mudança, poderíamos cogitar que a essência das coisas fosse perfeitamente chamada de hestía; e se por hestía designássemos tudo aquilo que possui essência, Hestía (Vesta)¹ é efetivamente o melhor nome próprio”

¹ Deusa do lar (vida doméstica) e uma das mais antigas do Panteão. Foi adquirir na Roma Antiga ainda muito mais reputação e relevância.

Não nos espanta, diante de tamanha importância e centralidade, que a Hestía fosse invocada antes de qualquer deus nos sacrifícios. (…) Depois de Hestía convém examinar Rhea e Krónos (Réia e Cronos), se bem que já tocamos em Cronos neste diálogo.”

SÓCRATES – Creio observar que Heráclito expressou com sagacidade idéias muito antigas que verdadeiramente se referem a Krónos e a Rhea, e que Homero inclusive já havia também exposto.

HERMÓGENES – Que estás querendo dizer, Sócrates?

SÓCRATES – Heráclito afirma que tudo passa; que nada permanece; e compara os fenômenos com o curso dum mesmo rio, no qual não se entra duas vezes.

HERMÓGENES – Estou conforme.

SÓCRATES – E achas mera coincidência que o próprio Heráclito tenha opinado que Rhea e Krónos fossem os antepassados de todos os deuses correntes? Aliás, por falar em correntes, sabes que Heráclito apodou tanto um como outro de corredores(*)? E não é Homero quem recita:

O Oceano pai dos deuses e sua mãe Tétis?

Hesíodo me parece falar no mesmo sentido. Por fim, em certa passagem Orfeu assim se exprime:(**)

O Oceano com seu fluxo e refluxo majestoso é o primeiro a se unir em himeneu a sua irmã Tétis, nascida da mesma mãe.

Repara como todas estas citações concordam e se moldam à doutrina heraclítica.”

(*)Rhea deriva de rhéo, correr, fluir, Krónos de krounos, fonte. Platão havia explicado a etimologia de Cronos de forma diversa um pouco antes no diálogo.”

(**) Hermann (org.), Orfica

HERMÓGENES – (…) Mas e Tétis?

SÓCRATES – (…) Não é mais que o nome <manancial>, levemente dissimulado. Porque as palavras diattómenon, o que salta, e ethoúmenon, o que corre, dão-nos a idéia dum manancial. Da combinação de ambos os termos formou-se Tethýs, Tetís.

HERMÓGENES – Ora, ora, eis uma explicação muito rara!

SÓCRATES – E por que não haveria de sê-lo? E agora, quem tomamos na seqüência? Zeus já foi.

HERMÓGENES – Exato.

SÓCRATES – Falemos então sobre os irmãos, Poseidon (Netuno) e Plutão, e ainda do segundo nome com que este é conhecido.

HERMÓGENES – De acordo.

SÓCRATES – Creio que ao inventor da palavra Poseidôn se lhe ocorreu o seguinte: enquanto caminhava pela beira da praia, o mar deteve seus passos, e não o permitiu avançar, a água agindo como corrente de ferro sobre seus pés. Chamou então o deus que preside esse poder de Poseidôn, <corrente para os pés>, se bem que originalmente posidesmos ôn. O <ei> foi acrescentado para prestar elegância. Ou, hipoteticamente, no lugar do sigma [s], havia, primitivamente, dois lambdas [l], e daí derivamos outro significado do nome do deus: polla eidós, aquele que sabe tudo. Não nego que o sentido pode ter sido o de chamar por aquele que é capaz de comover (fazer vibrar, causar terremotos) a terra, hò seíon; e depois ter-se-á acrescentado um pi e um delta.

Mas quanto a Plutão, seu nome provém do fato de ele ser o concessor das riquezas, ploutos, uma vez que elas procedem do centro da terra. O outro nome desta divindade é Hades, que segundo opinião da maior parte dos homens expressa o invisível, tò aeidés,¹ e como este nome inspira terror preferem a designação Plutão.

HERMÓGENES – Mas isso é o que o povo fala; e quanto a ti, Sócrates?

SÓCRATES – Creio que os homens se enganam facilmente acerca dos poderes possuídos por Hades, e que não há fundamento para temê-lo tanto. O motivo desse temor é que, uma vez morto, o mortal desce às suas instâncias, sem esperança de regresso; neste momento, a alma abandona o corpo, e só ela segue viagem, para as cercanias deste deus. Eu creio haver uma incrível coincidência entre o poder deste deus e seu nome.”

¹ Com efeito, em Homero Hades possui um capacete que dota quem o veste da invisibilidade. Ele foi usado na Guerra de Tróia por quem foi apoiado pelo deus. Mas todos os deuses olímpicos têm o dom de se tornarem invisíveis aos meros mortais, se assim o desejarem. Talvez Plutão possa se ocultar até mesmo de todos os seus iguais, e além disso empresta este poder tão especial aos mortais, mesmo à distância, através de um objeto.

SÓCRATES – (…) Sabes que nenhum dos que partiram deste mundo aspiram a voltar? Nem mesmo as sereias o queriam, pois estas encantadoras estão como que encantadas, tragicamente, forçadas a permanecer por aqui. E a causa são os magníficos discursos de Hades. Eis o maior dos sofistas, grande bem-feitor para seus aconchegados (…) Por outro lado, refratário à sociedade dos homens (vivos), que são afinal uns entorpecidos pelos sentidos da carne, e barganhando exclusivamente com aqueles cuja alma está livre de todos os males (a prisão corpórea), não te parece que, contrariando o que acabei de dizer, Plutão não seja um filósofo excepcional? Compreendeu que lhe seria fácil reter homens dessa natureza aferrando-os à sua virtude, posto que a virtude emana da alma, enquanto que seria impossível manter o domínio sobre homens que conservassem seus corpos, pois seria o mesmo que comandar loucos e estúpidos voláteis, que não deixariam de se rebelar e fazer uma revolução, por mais que o próprio Cronos emprestasse as correntes mais fortes do universo a este deus do submundo. Sim, nem o tempo vence a luxúria da carne!

(…)

E o nome Hades, meu querido Hermógenes, não é dedutível, p.ex., de aeidés, tenebroso? O poder que tem essa divindade de conhecer tudo sobre a beleza, eidenai; com certeza foi isso que inclinou o legislador a chamá-lo precisamente Hades e não outra coisa!

HERMÓGENES – Que assim seja. Mas e quanto a Deméter (Ceres), Hera (Juno), Apóllon, Athéna (Minerva), Hefaistos (Vulcano), Ares (Marte)… têm alguma explicação?!

SÓCRATES – Deméter, segundo eu creio, se chama assim porque nos dá de comer como uma mãe (didoûsa hos méter); Hera é uma divindade amável (eraté tis), afinal, como dizem os mitos, foi amada pelo próprio Zeus. Preocupado também com as coisas do Céu o legislador talvez tenha querido ocultar sob esta alcunha a do ar, aer, decompondo-a em parte e transferindo a primeira letra para o final. Percebi isso assim que pronunciei Hera várias vezes consecutivas. Pherréphatta (Perséfone, Proserpina) é um nome que, como o de Apolo¹, inspira grande terror à maioria dos homens por causa de seu histórico. Mas isso só ocorre porque os homens são ignorantes. Veja que muito antigamente só se dizia, no lugar, Phersephóne², nomenclatura que parece realmente terrível a todos, da qual Pherréphatta, como eufemismo, lentamente evoluiu. Mas, de fato, o que o nome original expressa? A sabedoria. No movimento perpétuo de todas as coisas, a sabedoria é a capacidade de tocá-las, manejá-las, acompanhá-las sempre para onde quer que fujam. Pherépapha era um vocábulo próprio para designar esta sabedoria; repito: neste contexto, trata-se da capacidade de apanhar aquilo que corre, epaphé toû pheroménou. Nota tu que Perséfone-Proserpina sempre aparece associada a Hades, outro sábio. Mas, como sabes, hoje em dia altera-se seu nome para Pherréphatta, preferindo-se o agrado ao ouvido que a dura verdade.

¹ O mesmo em grego e em latim.

² Assim aparecia, por exemplo, em Homero. [Azcárate:] Phéro phoné, que traz a morte violenta.”

SÓCRATES – (…) Não há nome mais apropriado para expressar, simultaneamente, os 4 atributos deste deus; ou seja, a música, a profecia, a medicina e a arte de lançar flechas

(…)

SÓCRATES – Um nome tão harmônico, como convém a um deus músico! As evacuações e purificações, medicinais ou religiosas; as fumigação do enxofre² no tratamento das doenças e nas operações rituais; as abluções e aspersões; todas estas práticas não têm outro objeto senão tornar o homem puro, de alma e de corpo. Ou discordas?

HERMÓGENES – De modo algum.

SÓCRATES – Portanto, o deus que purifica, o deus que lava, apolouon, que liberta, apolyon, dos males da alma e do corpo, seria que outro além de Apolo?

¹ Para quem ainda não tiver desvendado: [Azcárate:] “Apóllumi, que faz perecer.

² Desinfetante comum à época.

Sabes que ele é quem sempre lança um tiro certeiro, aeì bal-lon?”

o movimento celeste uniforme, tèn homoû pólesin; quero dizer, que atravessa o ar puro sem alterações, as vibrações harmônicas do som – o movimento apolar, posto que não se inclina nem para o norte nem para o sul, nem para cima nem para baixo, mas se propaga indistintamente em todas as direções.”

O nome das musas, e em geral da música, parece provir de môsthai, designando a indagação, o filosofar; Letó (Latona)¹ expressa a doçura da deusa, sua boa vontade em ouvir súplicas, katà tò ethelémona eínai.”

¹ Mãe de Apolo.

Artemis (Diana) para mim significa integridade, tò artemés, e decência, aludindo ao amor de Artemis pela virgindade. Ou quem deu nome à deusa¹ quis ressaltar que ela possui a ciência da virtude, aretês hístora²; ou que detesta as relações heterossexuais, ároton misesases.”

¹ Em outros trechos Platão emprega o misterioso termo “legislador”, que, embora não esteja em maiúscula na tradução em espanhol, parece se referir a algo acima de Zeus, o Rei do Olimpo, o deus dos deuses. Porque é óbvio que toda lei justa, e sobretudo a primeira, dentre os homens, foi de inspiração divina.

² Noção fundamental para entender o helenismo e, portanto, o próprio homem e a existência.

HERMÓGENES – E sobre Diónysos (Baco)? E Aphrodite (Vênus)?

SÓCRATES – (…) Diónysos é aquele que dá o vinho (hò didoús tòn oînon), e em função de um trocadilho passou-se a chamá-lo também Didoinysos. (…) Sobre Aphrodite, não ouso contradizer Hesíodo; é preciso reconhecer que ela assim foi nomeada porque nascera da espuma do mar, to û aphroû.

HERMÓGENES – Mas Sócrates… como bom ateniense que és, seria um sacrilégio que esquecesses justo da deusa Athéna (Minerva); não passes batido também por Hephaistos (Vulcano) e Ares (Marte)…

SÓCRATES – Não, Hermógenes, não seria justo proceder assim!

(…)

SÓCRATES – O outro nome da deusa a que te referiste por último clarifica bastante sua origem.

HERMÓGENES – Qual nome?

SÓCRATES – Nós a chamamos de Palas, isto é, depois de muito tempo alguns ainda chamam.

HERMÓGENES – Sim, é verdade.

SÓCRATES – (…) A ação de qualquer um de se lançar a si mesmo, ou de lançar algum objeto, alçando-o da terra e brandido-o nas mãos, expressamo-la através dos vocábulos pal-lein y pal-lestai, orchein e orcheisthai.”

inteligência de Deus, theou noeesin, que parece hà theonóa, atenuando-se assim o eta pelo alfa, conforme proceder dum idioma estrangeiro [dialeto dórico].”

Ora, se queres, Ares procede de árren, varonil, e de andreîon, viril.”

andreia, o valor” “Andreia indica que o valor toma seu nome do combate. Porque o combate, se é mesmo exato que as coisas passam e correm, não pode representar mais que duas correntes, uma contra a outra, enantian rhoen. Se retirarmos o delta da palavra andreia, teremos então an-rheia, contracorrente, que expressa o que constitui propriamente o valor.”

HERMÓGENES – Se é que não estás já cansado, Sócrates, permita-me indagar por último ainda acerca de Hermes (Mercúrio), já que Crátilo nega que eu seja verdadeiramente Hermógenes. Examinemos então o sentido desta palavra, Hermes, para saber se Crátilo tem ou não a razão!”

o termo eírein expressa o uso da palavra; e temos ainda que a palavra emésato, empregada muitas vezes por Homero, tem o sentido de inventar. (…) Íris parece também derivar seu nome de eírein, em razão de sua qualidade de mensageira.

SÓCRATES – E Pan, meu querido amigo? Provavelmente é filho de Hermes, e tem uma dupla natureza.

HERMÓGENES – Como?

SÓCRATES – Sabes que o discurso expressa tudo, pan, e que roda e circula sem cessar, poleî aei. Sabes igualmente que circula de dois modos: verdadeiro e falso.

HERMÓGENES – Perfeitamente.”

SÓCRATES – O que enuncia tudo, pan, e que circula sem cessar, aei polon, filho de Hermes, com dupla natureza, liso e limpo na parte superior; peludo como uma cabra, na parte inferior. Por conseguinte, se Pan é filho de Hermes, é, ou o discurso, ou o irmão do discurso. (…) deixemos em paz aos deuses.”

SÓCRATES – A palavra Hélios fica mais clara quando se a estuda à luz do dialeto dórico. Os dórios dizem Halios. Halios poderia significar que este astro, no momento que nasce, reúne os homens, alíxein, ou que gira perpetuamente, aeí eílein, ao redor da terra; ou ainda, que se investe de cores diversas, poikíl-lei, em seu movimento, todos os produtos da terra; porque poikíl-lein e aioleîn têm o mesmo sentido.

HERMÓGENES – E a lua seléne?

SÓCRATES – Essa é uma palavra que mortifica Anaxágoras!

HERMÓGENES – Ah é? E por quê?

SÓCRATES – Porque parece atestar a antiguidade da doutrina, recentemente ensinada por este filósofo, de que a lua recebe a luz do sol.

HERMÓGENES – Mas como pode ser isso?

SÓCRATES – As palavras sélas e phôs têm o mesmo sentido (luz).

HERMÓGENES – Sem dúvida!

SÓCRATES – Então! a luz que recebe a lua é sempre nova e velha, néon kaì énon aeí, se os discípulos de Anaxágoras falam a verdade; porque girando o sol ao redor da lua, envia-lhe uma luz sempre renovada; enquanto que aquela que recebera o mês passado é já velha.

(…)

SÓCRATES – E, posto que a luz é sempre nova e velha, sélas néon kaì énon aeí, nenhum nome pode convir-lhe melhor que selaenoneoáeia, que abreviadamente dizemos: selanaía.

HERMÓGENES – Eis uma palavra autenticamente ditirâmbica, Sócrates! Mas o que me dizes de meis, meses, e dos àstra (astros)?

SÓCRATES – Mein de meioûsthai, diminuir, deveria dizer-se propriamente meies. Os astros parece que tomam o nome de seu brilho, astrapé; palavra que, ao vir de tà ôpa anastrophé, ou seja, que atrai os olhares, deveria, melhor, ser pronunciada anastropé; mas para se tornar ainda mais elegante diz-se astrapé.

HERMÓGENES – E as palavras pûr, fogo e húdor, água?

SÓCRATES – A palavra pûr me deixa sem saídas; Precisamente a musa de Eutifrão me abandonou, ou então esta questão é mesmo das mais complicadas. Mas observa de que expediente peço auxílio ao indagar sobre isso, quando me vejo assim enredado!

HERMÓGENES – Vejamo-lo.

SÓCRATES – Então lá vai: Responde-me: podias me dizer como raios se formou a palavra pûr?

HERMÓGENES – Por Zeus! Claro que não…

SÓCRATES – Examina, então, o que eu intuo. Creio que os gregos, principalmente os que vivem sob a dominação dos bárbaros, deles tomaram muitos nomes.

HERMÓGENES – E, bem, que é que decorre daí?

SÓCRATES – Que ao tentarmos interpretar estas palavras no âmbito do grego, e não dos idiomas forasteiros, é impossível não tropeçar em grandes obstáculos.

HERMÓGENES – Muito exato.

SÓCRATES – Observa, pois, se esta palavra, pûr, é de origem bárbara. É difícil fazê-la derivar da língua grega, percebe? os frígios empregam esta mesma palavra, sabes?, só que modificada. O mesmo acontece com as palavras húdor, e ainda kýon, cachorro, e tantas outras!

(…)

SÓCRATES – (…) Mas o ar, meu querido amigo Hermógenes, não se chama hoje aér porque é capaz de levantar, aírei, o que estava sobre a terra? Ou será então porque sempre se escorre, aeì rheî, ou porque o vento nasce do movimento do ar que passa? Os poetas denominam os ventos, às vezes, aétai. É como se se dissesse pneumatórroun, aetórroun. (…) A palavra éter, aithér, significa, a meu ver, que corre sempre, deslizando-se ao redor do ar, aeì theî perì tòn aéra rhéon, e seria mais preciso dizermos aeither. O sentido da palavra [lido gué], terra, seria muito mais claro se pronunciado gaia. Gaia, alias, significaria propriamente gennéteira, geradora, conforme expressão de Homero, que diz, na prática, gegáasi, ao escrever gegennêsthai.

SÓCRATES – É preciso pronunciar a palavra horai como se fazia noutros tempos, entre os atenienses, se se quer descobrir seu sentido provável. As estações chamam-se horai porque determinam, horízein, o inverno, o estio, a época dos ventos e dos frutos da terra. O que se denomina horai, bem poderia denominar-se horizousai. (…) E, como vimos dizendo, que o nome de Zeus fôra dividido em dois, alguns chamando-o Zêna, outros Dia; assim também, neste caso, alguns chamam o ano eniautós, derivado de en autô, enquanto outros o chamam etos, de etazei.”

atribuirão esta concepção a sua disposição interior como sua causa; preferem crer que as coisas nascem sem cessar; que não há uma que seja durável e fixa; que tudo passa, e que tudo está num movimento sem fim e em geração eterna. Esta reflexão eles generalizam para toda e qualquer palavra nomeável.”

Veja o caso de Phrónesis; significa, com efeito, a inteligência daquilo que se move e corre, phoras kai rhou noesis. Ou se referiria, antes, à vantagem que retira do mover-se, phoras onesin. (…) gnomé pode ser chamado de exame da geração, gones nomesin, pois que na verdade noman e skopein têm o mesmo sentido, que é o de examinar. Noesis, a inteligência, poderia ser o desejo de novidade, neou esis. (…) Outrora não se dizia noesis, mas neoesis. Sophrosýne, prudência, é a asseguradora do que acabamos de tratar, da sabedoria, phroneseos. Episteme, a ciência, simboliza a alma, que, de acordo com a razão, acompanha as coisas em seus movimentos, sem perdê-la de vista; não se adianta demais nem fica para trás. É preciso eliminar o épsilon [e] e chamar a ciência pistéme, fiel. Sýnesis parece formada anàlogamente a syl-logismos; embora quando se diga synienai, compreender, é como se se dissesse epistasthai, saber (…) o sentido da palavra Sophía, a sabedoria, é alcançar o movimento. (…) esýthe é se lançou. Não existiu entre os espartanos um sujeito famoso chamado Sous? Esta palavra entre os desta polis significa carreira, rápido arranque. Sophia significa, portanto, a ação de alcançar o movimento, phoras epaphen, em meio ao fluxo geral dos seres. A palavra agathon, o bem, convém ao que há de admirável, tô agastô, em toda a natureza. Os seres se movem, mas uns lenta, outros cèleremente. (…) agathon se aplica ao que é admirável justamente por sua rapidez, ton thoou tô agastô.”

Os que crêem que tudo está em movimento supõem que a maior parte do universo nada faz senão passar; mas que há, em contrapartida, um princípio que vai de uma a outra parte, nele, produzindo tudo o que passa, e em virtude do qual as coisas mudam como elas mudam; e que este princípio é de uma velocidade e de uma sutileza tremendas. Como este princípio poderia atravessar em seu movimento este universo móvel, se não fosse sutil o bastante, a ponto de nada detê-lo, e ao mesmo tempo rápido o bastante para que tudo em relação a ele parecesse estar meramente em repouso?”

o justo é também a causa (e por causa entende-se: o que dá a algo a faculdade do ser)” “o que é o justo? com efeito minhas perguntas parecem atrevidas, e crêem que eu já estou passando dos limites, como sói-se dizer.”

Este aqui diz que o justo é o sol. Não é o sol aquele que governa os seres, penetrando-lhes, diaionta kai kaonta? Apresso-me a revelar aos demais esta descoberta tão magnífica, e riem-se; outro me pergunta então: haverá ainda justiça entre os homens depois que o sol se põe? Pergunto eu mesmo a este debatedor o que ele pensa ser o justo, e ele me revela: é o fogo! Mas isto, confesso, não me é fácil conceber. Outro vem e diz: não é o fogo propriamente dito, mas o calor que reside no fogo. Outro ridiculariza todas estas explicações mirabolantes; pretende, no lugar, que o justo é aquilo que diz Anaxágoras: a inteligência. Ela em sua soberania é que ordenaria todas as coisas, sem fundir-se com nenhuma, mas simultaneamente penetrando-as em todos os sentidos concebíveis, dià (panton) ionta.”

Gyné, mulher, parece-me querer dizer geração; thély, fêmea, a meu ver deriva de thelé, teta.”

À força de intercalar letras nas palavras primitivas, elas foram alteradas a tal ponto que ninguém pode hoje apurar o que significam. P.ex., chamam esfinge sphigx no lugar de phix.”

Tudo aquilo que interpõe um obstáculo ao movimento e à corrida, ienai poreuesthai, é um mal: a covardia, a vacilação, aporía. Avançar aos percalços significa mover-se com lentidão e constrangimento; e quando a alma está assim, nela predomina a maldade, kakía. Se este for o sentido de kakía, a palavra areté deverá ser seu oposto, significando o movimento fácil, a euporía, ou o curso desimpedido, rhoen, de uma alma boa. O que não cessa de correr ou andar, aei rheon, sem coação ou obstáculo; eis aqui a conotação de areté.” “Mas já vejo: dirás que invento o que me dá na telha outra vez. E eu respondo: se meu sentido de kakía estiver correto, é impossível não haver bem-determinado o sentido de areté.

HERMÓGENES – Mas e a palavra kakón, mal, de que te serviste em inúmeras ocasiões donde vem?

SÓCRATES – Por Zeus!, essa é uma palavra estrangeira, é difícil descobrir isso. Vou pedir o auxílio da minha famosa tática.

HERMÓGENES – Que tática?

SÓCRATES – A de dizer que é uma palavra de origem bárbara, ora!

Sabemos que nossos antepassados faziam uso mais constante do iota e do delta, como se observa ainda hoje entre as mulheres, que conservam por mais tempo a linguagem arcaica.”

SÓCRATES – Já sabes que no lugar de zygón, jugo, os antigos diziam dyogón.

(…)

SÓCRATES – E zygón não significa nada; já dyogón expressa muito bem a união de dois animais para conduzir algo juntos, toin duoin eneka tes deseos es ten agogen.”

Lýpe, dor, é o nome dado à dissolução, diálysis, que produz no corpo. Anía, tristeza, é o que impede caminhar, iénai. Algedón, pena, parece-me que é uma palavra estrangeira derivada de algeinón, penoso.”

Com respeito a epithymía, paixão, não há dificuldade; pois evidentemente expressa um poder que penetra no coração, epi ton thymon iouse, e thymos, coração, valor, toma seu nome do ardor, thyseos, e da fervura da alma.”

nomeia-se póthos o que se chamava antes hímeros, quando o objeto desejado estava presente. O amor é éros, porque é uma corrente que se insinua, esrei, vindo de fora, que não é própria daquele que a experimenta, e se introduz efetivamente pelos olhos.

A mesma relação que há entre boulé, vontade, e bolé, tiro ou disparo. Boulesthai, querer, significa lançar-se até, o mesmo que bouleuesthai, deliberar. Todas estas palavras, que correspondem à mesma ordem de dóxa, não são mais que expressões diversas da idéia de tiro ou arranque. A palavra negativa aboulía, imprudência, falta de vontade, parece designar a desgraça daquele a quem se lhe frustra um propósito, ou bálontos

HERMÓGENES – (…) Por que se chama ónoma?

SÓCRATES – Sabes o que quer dizer maíesthai?

HERMÓGENES – Sim: indagar.

SÓCRATES – A palavra ónoma me parece o resumo de uma proposição, na qual se afirma que o ser é o objeto, cujo nome é a indagação. Mas isto é mais fácil de compreender pela palavra onomastón, o que se pode nomear. (…) Alétheia, verdade, me parece também uma palavra formada de muitas outras. Parece que quiseram designar, com ela, o divino movimento do ser, e que alétheia significa uma carreira divina, ale theia. Pseûdos, mentira, expressa o contrário do movimento. Nesta palavra encontramos também a reprovação imposta a tudo aquilo que se detém, a tudo o que obriga ao repouso, e este termo representa o estado das gentes que dormem, katheúdousi. (…) Quanto a ón, ser, e ousía, essência, são um tanto análogos ao verdadeiro, se se acrescentar um iota (…) o não-ser, ouk ón ou ouk ión.

HERMÓGENES – Vejo, então, Sócrates, que resolveste com firmeza estas dificuldades! Mas se neste exato instante te interpelassem quanto a estas expressões ión, andando, rhéon, correndo, doûn, ligando, e te perguntassem qual é a propriedade…

(…)

SÓCRATES – Há uma certa tática que já nos salvou antes, e que pode servir o suficiente como resposta.

HERMÓGENES – Que tática?

SÓCRATES – Ora, esqueceste? Dizer que as palavras, cujo sentido não compreendemos, são de origem bárbara!”¹

¹ Já é a terceira vez. Parece que Hermógenes estranhamente não grava uma idéia, que é exposta como inédita mesmo ao ser enunciada repetidamente. A mesma ironia platônica se encontra nas últimas aspas do Crátilo, com o outro interlocutor principal deste discurso.

se nós não tivéssemos nem voz nem língua, e quiséssemos, apesar disso, chamarmos uns aos outros e às coisas, não é certo que recorreríamos, como a gente muda, a sinais de mão, da cabeça e do resto do corpo?”

Me parece que, uma vez imitando-se essas qualidades, tal imitação não teria relação alguma com a arte de nomear. Quem se aproveita disso são os músicos e pintores.”

A própria cor e a voz, não têm, cada uma, sua essência, como todas as demais coisas que merecem o título de <seres>?”

Posto que a imitação da essência tem lugar mediante as sílabas e as letras, não seria mais conveniente distinguir a partir de agora as letras, como fazem os que estudam o ritmo?” “não devíamos, igualmente, fazer distinção, a partir deste momento, entre as vogais, e em seguida as demais sub-espécies de letras, sejam consoantes e mudas (como dizem os gramáticos); sejam intermediárias¹? Não é verdade, ainda, que as próprias vogais possuem subdivisões?”

¹ Distinção que soa estranha ao leitor moderno não-especialista: estamos acostumados com a classificação binária vogal/consoante. Em Lingüística, porém, particularmente no nível sintático e morfológico, nos deparamos com estratificações as mais díspares e complexas. Podemos classificar, na Fonética, os sons de algumas consoantes em oclusivos (as mudas de Platão), outros em nasais, fricativos, aproximantes (o que mais se assemelharia a um híbrido vocal-consonantal), vibrantes, etc.

É dessa forma que os pintores obtêm cores similares ou distintas, usando o púrpura puro ou matizes formados pela mescla dos tons primários, a fim de representar, por exemplo, o tom da carne ou objetos que-tais, guardando-se de representar a realidade infielmente.”

o discurso está para a arte dos nomes, a oratória, etc., como a representação de um ser animado está para a arte do pintar. Ah, deixo-me levar por meras palavras! Todas estas combinações não passam do trabalho hoje indiscernível de várias gerações de nossos antepassados. Quanto a nós, só nos resta adotar um método, e o da divisão é um a considerar. E com isso julgar, por fim, se as palavras, ou originárias ou derivadas, foram bem ou mal-aplicadas.”

A não ser que, pensando como os tragediógrafos, que recorrem recorrentemente a <máquinas> e fazem intervir os deuses, recorramos também, por nossa vez, a artifício análogo, afirmando que foram as divindades que instauraram os primeiros vocábulos da língua – eis a fonte!” “É, pois, evidente que aquele que se considera hábil na interpretação das derivadas deve estar em posição de dar explicações completas e claras sobre as primitivas, ou então limitar-se a nada dizer senão nescidades.”

enganar-se a si mesmo é sem dúvida o pior que pode haver; porque quando o enganador é o mesmo que o enganado, significa que o segue onde quer que ele vá. Imaginas-te algo mais tenebroso? Convém, doravante, retornar sobre o jáconcebido, sem cessar, sobre cada pequena idéia enunciada, esforçando-nos ao máximo, vendo para frente e para trás, abrangendo todas as direções em nosso olhar. Fixemo-nos no que dissemos até aqui.”

SÓCRATES – Diga-me, não te parecem as leis umas piores, outras melhores?

CRÁTILO – Não, Sócrates. Em verdade, todas as leis valem o mesmo, e não pode haver superioridade de umas sobre outras. Isso seria negar todas as leis, pois cada uma contribui com seu naco de perfeição para a harmonia geral e é igualmente imprescindível ao todo.

SÓCRATES – Muito bem! Neste caso, dirias que os nomes são todos iguais em valor ou que há uma hierarquia entre eles?

CRÁTILO – Não há tal hierarquia, como é evidente.

SÓCRATES – Todo nome convém à coisa?

CRÁTILO – Toda coisa nomeada convém ao nome que lhe foi dado.

(…)

CRÁTILO – Creio, assim, Sócrates, que o nome Hermógenes não pertence a nosso amigo, mesmo que as aparências enganem; creio que este nome caiba mais a um indivíduo cuja natureza difira da sua!

SÓCRATES – Dizer que nosso amigo, que está presente, é Hermógenes não seria dizer, pois então, uma mentira? A menos que não se considere impossível dizer que quem não é Hermógenes possa ser chamado de Hermógenes.

CRÁTILO – Desculpa-me, Sócrates, mas me confundiste.

(…)

CRÁTILO – (…) mentir não seria o equivalente a dizer o que não é?

SÓCRATES – Isto é sutil demais para mim nesta idade, caro Crátilo. Responde-me uma coisa só: teu juízo deve ser de que é impossível <não ser veraz>, mas que seja possível <ser veraz equivocadamente>, não é certo?

CRÁTILO – Não, não, Sócrates: tampouco isso.

SÓCRATES – Nem se expressar mal? Ser infeliz ao chamar alguém? Por exemplo, se ao encontrar-te no estrangeiro alguém que nunca te vira antes, te apanhasse pela mão e assim dissesse: <Saúdo-te, estrangeiro ateniense, Hermógenes, filho de Hipônico!¹>; tu mesmo, responde: parecer-te-ia que este homem diz, designa, expressa, interpela, não a ti mesmo, mas a Hermógenes? Ou está falando, na realidade, com ninguém?

CRÁTILO – Parecer-me-ia que não estaria fazendo mais do que articular sons.

SÓCRATES – Já é o bastante para confirmar meu ponto. Articulando sons, mente ou diz a verdade? Ou ambos ao mesmo tempo? Isto só exijo de ti saber.

CRÁTILO – Não me constrange dizer que aí só há ruído e movimento vão, como se esbarrássemos num vaso de metal.

(…)

SÓCRATES – Atenta para o seguinte, Crátilo: a imagem do homem pode comunicar ao homem, a imagem da mulher à mulher e assim por diante?

CRÁTILO – É óbvio que pode.

SÓCRATES – E se raciocinássemos de forma invertida? Pode-se referir à mulher através da imagem do homem e ao homem através da imagem da mulher?

CRÁTILO – Não nego a obviedade também desta afirmação.

SÓCRATES – E estas referências, estão em seu devido lugar, ou metade sim e metade não?

CRÁTILO – Sócrates, só metade delas se refere adequadamente.”

¹ Insiro o nome, embora desconfiado, pois encontro esta informação para pesquisas em Português; já no original, Azcárate menciona um tal Esmicrión.

SÓCRATES – Por Zeus! talvez a arte dos nomes seja como qualquer outra, e existam bons e maus legisladores; pelo menos, essa parece uma conclusão lógica depois de tudo o que acabamos de afirmar, e tu não discordas de mim.”

É preciso que a imagem não reproduza o modelo inteiro, se quiser ser imagem do modelo. Crátilo e a imagem de Crátilo são duas coisas distintas”

SÓCRATES (…) – Não conheces o princípio de que não é necessário que as imagens encerrem literalmente, ponto por ponto, os elementos e uma correspondência completa com as coisas que representam?

CRÁTILO – Sócrates, conheço este princípio.

SÓCRATES – Ah, Crátilo, estaríamos bem melhor se os nomes e as coisas que eles nomeiam se parecessem em absoluto! Tudo se faria duplo no devir, e não seria possível dizer: está é a coisaemsi, e este é apenas seu nome.

CRÁTILO – Seguramente.

SÓCRATES – (…) não exijas, assim, que uma palavra tenha todas as letras necessárias para representar aquilo, cuja imagem já é por excelência; consente que haja letras inúteis nas palavras; e já que começas por permitir letras impertinentes nas palavras, começa também a ser permissivo com palavras soltas em frases; e frases num longo discurso. Por mais que esta letra, esta palavra e até esta frase não sejam afins com as coisas, nem por isso deixarão as coisas de ser bem-nomeadas e enunciadas, desde que o caráter específico da coisa esteja assinalado

(…)

SÓCRATES – (…) assim livramo-nos por exemplo da absurda multa que se aplica em Egina¹, quando se encontra algum passante nas ruas, no que os legisladores chamam, muito vagamente, de muito tarde da noite!

¹ Ilha grega situada a 30km de Atenas.

SÓCRATES – (…) Quando dizemos que o rho¹ guarda relação com a mudança de lugar, o movimento e a rudeza, te parece que temos ou não razão?

CRÁTILO – Parece que tendes razão, Sócrates.

SÓCRATES – E quando dizemos que o lambda se refere ao liso, ao doce, e a qualidades análogas, temos ou não razão?

CRÁTILO – Também tendes.”

¹ Ao mesmo tempo que é uma letra do alfabeto grego (corresponderia ao nosso “r”), vê-se certa conexão etimológica entre rho e os atuais corrida, run, Lauf, marche!

Quanto ao uso, acredita que é algo diferente de um convênio?” “creio que só a utilização fática pode servir de critério para representar a coisa na hora de decidir se cabe ou não cabe usar tal ou qual nome”

SAUSSURE NA ANTIGUIDADE: “Onde a gente encontraria nomes que fossem semelhantes a cada número a fim de aplicá-los adequadamente, no caso de não se chegar a um acordo ou convenção? É sempre inevitável que o cidadão procure palavras que se pareçam com as coisas; mas, de fato, como dizia Hermógenes ainda há pouco, não há que deixar-se levar aos extremos, sendo violentado pelas palavras unicamente para estabelecer essa semelhança; muitas vezes a propriedade de algo só pode ser explicada pela convenção pura e simples.”

SÓCRATES – É evidente que o primeiro que usou nomes os formou segundo a maneira como concebia as coisas. Não é isso que concluímos?

CRÁTILO – Sim.

SÓCRATES – Por conseguinte, existe a possibilidade de esse alguém ter concebido as coisas mal e atribuído os nomes de maneira errada; crês tu que conosco pode acontecer igual? Como evitar isto?”

E se o inventor dos números houver se enganado desde o primeiro, significaria que todos os demais estariam errados, ao terem de forçosamente convir com aquele erro original. O mesmo com uma forma geométrica: se se erra desde o início, ainda que ligeira e imperceptivelmente, tende certeza que em todo o posterior as conseqüências se farão sentir!”

SÓCRATES – me surpreenderia, aliás, se todos os nomes estivessem de acordo com as coisas e fora de conflito com os outros nomes. Consideremos novamente apenas aqueles que já estudamos hoje; dizíamos que os nomes nos representam o mundo em movimento, em mudança e em fluxo perpétuos. (…)

SÓCRATES – (…) Mas revisemos a palavra epistéme. É sem dúvida equívoca; pois creio que a alma se detém sobre as coisas, conforme histesin epi, e não que se arrasta. (…) Bébaion parece significar a imagem de uma base, báseos, ou seja, de um estado estacionário; exatamente o oposto do movimento. <História> expressa o que detém a expansão, histesin ton rhoun. Pistão (tambor, válvula) expressa manifestamente a idéia de deter, histân. Mnéme indica para todos a permanência, moné, na alma, e não o movimento. Se é o que desejas, examinaremos também as palavras hamartía, erro, e xymphorá, acidente: encontraremos nelas uma grande analogia com xynésis, epistéme, e com todas as más palavras que se referem a coisas excelentes. Amathía, ignorância, e akolasía, intemperança, são palavras do mesmo gênero. Uma parece designar a marcha de um ser que anda conforme deus, hama theôi ióntos; a outra, akolasía, a ação de seguir as coisas, akolouthía. (…) Tenho convicção de que (…) o inventor dos nomes quisera expressar, antes de as coisas se moverem e passarem, que elas ficam e permanecem.

CRÁTILO – Mas Sócrates, a maioria mesmo das palavras expressa a primeira opinião.

SÓCRATES – Mas o quê importa, querido Crátilo? Podemos ficar contando nomes como se fosse o número de objetos dum todo, como as cabeças duma assembléia, fazendo todas as propriedades dos objetos nomeados decorrerem desta espécie de cálculo?

CRÁTILO – Não, e nem seria razoável.”

SÓCRATES – Quanto ao primeiro nomeador, cabe perguntar como e mediante que meios (que nomes!) aprendeu e encontrou as coisas, pois que não existiam ainda as primeiras palavras; como concluímos nesta conversação, é simplesmente impossível aprender ou encontrar as coisas sem antes haver aprendido ou encontrado por si mesmo alguns significados de nomes.”

CRÁTILO – Ao que parece, Sócrates, a melhor explicação a fim de sairmos desta imensa dificuldade seria: um poder superior ao do homem concedeu-lhe acesso aos primeiros nomes das coisas; não foram obtidos a princípio por nós mesmos.

SÓCRATES – Hmm, mas Crátilo, quem institui primeiro os nomes, segundo teu parecer, se deus ou demônio, o que presentemente ignoramos, por um acaso quis negar-se a si mesmo ao estipulá-los? Isso, claro, pressupondo que tu concordes com os significados dos nomes que acabamos de destrinchar…

(…)

SÓCRATES – Portanto, Crátilo, é possível aprender as coisas sem o auxílio dos nomes.

CRÁTILO – Me convenceste.”

Tudo aquilo que é inédito, alienígena, alheio, diverso, não pode evidenciar nada senão ineditismo, alienação, estranhamento, contraste; a coisaemsi nunca aparece.”

SÓCRATES – Que método dever-se-ia seguir a fim de se aprender ou descobrir a natureza dos seres? – eis uma questão, quem sabe, superior ao meu alcance, e ao de qualquer outro homem. O importante é reconhecer que não é nos nomes, e sim nas coisas propriamente ditas, que se deve buscar e estudar as coisas.

CRÁTILO – Concordo.

SÓCRATES – Não se trata de examinar se existe de fato um belo aspecto ou um belo isso ou um belo aquilo, já que tudo isto, ao que me parece, se encontra num perpétuo movimento. O que importa é saber se existe uma beleza fixa, eterna, em si.

CRÁTILO – Necessariamente.”

SÓCRATES – Como poderia existir algo, se esse algo nunca aparecesse sob a mesma capa? Se se seguem dois instantes distinguíveis em que vemos um só objeto, já não é. Ou seja, o que éé enquanto está congelado. Já, no extremo oposto, se algo subsistisse sempre sob a mesma capa, como poderia mudar de estado e de lugar, sendo sempre igual a si mesmo e a sua própria essência?”

Mas se, pelo contrário, o que conhece existe; se o que é conhecido existe; se todos estes seres existem; não vejo que relação possam ter todos os objetos que acabamos de nomear com o fluxo e o movimento. Estes objetos são, com efeito, desta natureza [estática], ou são de outra, isto é, como querem os partidários de Heráclito e muitos outros mais? Este ponto não é fácil de decidir. Não é próprio dum homem sensato submeter sua pessoa cegamente, e também a sua alma, ao império das palavras; dar-lhes fé total e incondicional, assim como a seus autores¹; nem afirmar que estes são os únicos a possuir a ciência perfeita, e conceber para si e para as coisas este maravilhoso juízo de que não há nada estável, mas que tudo está em mutação, como a argila úmida… (…) Bem, quiçá seja assim, meu querido Crátilo, quiçá doutra maneira…”

¹ Platão, como sempre, só critica grandes pensadores como Heráclito (ou Parmênides, em outros livros) por intermédio de seus discípulos.

CRÁTILO – Assim farei, Sócrates. É preciso, no entanto, que saibas que eu já pensei bastante sobre esta questão; e que, com tudo bem-pesado e examinado, parece-me que a verdade está do lado de Heráclito.

SÓCRATES – Querido amigo, aguardo-te na volta para que falemos disso outra vez. Agora, como vejo que te apressas ao campo, põe-te em marcha. Hermógenes te acompanhará.”

Anúncios

TRANSLATION STUDIES – Susan Bassnett (3ª ed., 2002)

0. FUNDAMENTAÇÃO DA DISCIPLINA

In 1978, in a brief Appendix to the collected papers of the 1976 Louvain Colloquium on Literature and Translation, André Lefevere proposed that the name Translation Studies should be adopted for the discipline that concerns itself with <the problems raised by the production and description of translations>.”

The art of translation is a subsidiary art and derivative. On this account it has never been granted the dignity of original work, and has suffered too much in the general judgement of letters.” Belloc

studies purporting to discuss translation <scientifically> are often little more than idiosyncratic value judgements of randomly selected translations of the work of major writers such as Homer, Rilke, Baudelaire or Shakespeare. What is analysed in such studies is the product only, the end result of the translation process and not the process itself.”

1791 had seen the publication of the first theoretical essay on translation in English, Alexander Tytler’s Essay on the Principles of Translation

Hence Dante Gabriel Rossetti could declare in 1861 that the work of the translator involved self-denial and repression of his own creative impulses” “At the opposite extreme Edward Fitzgerald, writing about Persian poetry in 1851, could state <It is an amusement to me to take what liberties I like with these Persians, who, (as I think) are not Poets enough to frighten one from such excursions, and who really do want a little Art to shape them.>” “These two positions are both quite consistent with the growth of colonial imperialism in the nineteenth century. From these positions derives the ambiguity with which translations have come to be regarded in the twentieth century.” “Hence a growing number of British or North American students read Greek and Latin authors in translation or study major nineteenth-century prose works or twentieth-century theatre texts whilst treating the translated text as if it were originally written in their own language.”

Some scholars, such as Theodore Savory, define translation as an <art>; others, such as Eric Jacobsen, define it as a <craft>; whilst others, perhaps more sensibly, borrow from the German and describe it as a <science>. Horst Frenz even goes so far as to opt for <art> but with qualifications, claiming that <translation is neither a creative art nor an imitative art, but stands somewhere between the two.>”

The most important advances in Translation Studies in the twentieth century derive from the ground-work done by groups in Russia in the 1920s and subsequently by the Prague Linguistic Circle and its disciples. Vološinov’s work on Marxism and philosophy, Mukařovský’s on the semiotics of art, Jakobson, Prochazka and Levý on translation have all established new criteria for the founding of a theory of translation and have showed that, far from being a dilettante pursuit accessible to anyone with a minimal knowledge of another language, translation is, as Randolph Quirk puts it, <one of the most difficult tasks that a writer can take upon himself.>” “To divorce the theory from the practice, to set the scholar against the practitioner as has happened in other disciplines, would be tragic indeed.”

The fourth category, loosely called Translation and Poetics, includes the whole area of literary translation, in theory and practice. Studies may be general or genre-specific, including investigation of the particular problems of translating poetry, theatre texts or libretti and the affiliated problem of translation for the cinema, whether dubbing or sub-titling. Under this category also come studies of the poetics of individual, translators and comparisons between them, studies of the problems of formulating a poetics, and studies of the interrelationship between SL [Source Language] and TL [Target Language] texts and author—translator—reader.” “It is important for the student of translation to be mindful of the four general categories, even while investigating one specific area of interest, in order to avoid fragmentation.”

All too often, in discussing their work, translators avoid analysis of their own methods and concentrate on exposing the frailties of other translators. Critics, on the other hand, frequently evaluate a translation from one or other of two limited standpoints: from the narrow view of the closeness of the translation to the SL text (an evaluation that can only be made if the critic has access to both languages) or from the treatment of the TL text as a work in their own language. And whilst this latter position clearly has some validity—it is, after all, important that a play should be playable and a poem should be readable—the arrogant way in which critics will define a translation as good or bad from a purely monolingual position again indicates the peculiar position occupied by translation vis-à-vis another type of metatext (a work derived from, or containing another existing text), literary criticism itself.

In his famous reply to Matthew Arnold’s attack on his translation of Homer, Francis Newman declared that

Scholars are the tribunal of Erudition, but of Taste the educated but unlearned public is the only rightful judge; and to it I wish to appeal. Even scholars collectively have no right, and much less have single scholars, to pronounce a final sentence on questions of taste in their court.

A TRADUÇÃO DEFINITIVA DO CLÁSSICO DEFINITIVO DO ESCRITOR DEFINITIVO

A BÍBLIA DA LITERATURA OU A LITERATURA DA BÍBLIA?

In his useful book Translating Poetry, Seven Strategies and a Blueprint, André Lefevere compares translations of Catullus’ Poem 64 with a view not to comparative evaluation but in order to show the difficulties and at times advantages of a particular method. For there is no universal canon according to which texts may be assessed. There are whole sets of canons that shift and change and each text is involved in a continuing dialectical relationship with those sets. There can no more be the ultimate translation than there can be the ultimate poem or the ultimate novel

The nineteenth-century English concern with reproducing <period flavour> by the use of archaisms in translated texts, often caused the TL text to be more inaccessible to the reader than the SL text itself. In contrast, the seventeenth-century French propensity to gallicize the Greeks even down to details of furniture and clothing was a tendency that German translators reacted to with violent opposition. Chapman’s energetic Renaissance Homer is far removed from Pope’s controlled, masterly eighteenth-century version.”

if there are criteria to be established for the evaluation of a translation, those criteria will be established from within the discipline and not from without.”

1. LINGUAGEM E CULTURA

The first step towards an examination of the processes of translation must be to accept that although translation has a central core of linguistic activity, it belongs most properly to semiotics, the science that studies sign systems or structures, sign processes and sign functions (Hawkes, Structuralism and Semiotics, London 1977).”

Language, then, is the heart within the body of culture, and it is the interaction between the two that results in the continuation of life-energy. In the same way that the surgeon, operating on the heart, cannot neglect the body that surrounds it, so the translator treats the text in isolation from the culture at his peril.”

Jakobson declares that all poetic art is therefore technically untranslatable” “Jakobson gives the example of the Russian word syr (a food made of fermented pressed curds [tecnicamente, coalhada, tofu ou queijo coalho]) which translates roughly into English as cottage cheese. In this case, Jakobson claims, the translation is only an adequate interpretation of an alien code unit and equivalence is impossible.”

consider the question of translating yes and hello into French, German and Italian. This task would seem, at first glance, to be straightforward, since all are Indo-European languages, closely related lexically and syntactically, and terms of greeting and assent are common to all three. For yes standard dictionaries give:

French: oui, si

German: ja

Italian: si

It is immediately obvious that the existence of two terms in French involves a usage that does not exist in the other languages. Further investigation shows that whilst oui is the generally used term, si is used specifically in cases of contradiction, contention and dissent. The English translator, therefore, must be mindful of this rule when translating the English word that remains the same in all contexts.” “French, German and Italian all frequently double or <string> affirmatives in a way that is outside standard English procedures (e.g. si, si, si; ja, ja, etc). Hence the Italian or German translation of yes by a single word can, at times, appear excessively brusque, whilst the stringing together of affirmatives in English is so hyperbolic that it often creates a comic effect.”

Whilst English does not distinguish between the word used when greeting someone face to face and that used when answering the telephone, French, German and Italian all do make that distinction. The Italian pronto can only be used as a telephonic greeting, like the German hallo. Moreover, French and German use as forms of greeting brief rhetorical questions, whereas the same question in English How are you? or How do you do? is only used in more formal situations. The Italian ciao, by far the most common form of greeting in all sections of Italian society, is used equally on arrival and departure, being a word of greeting linked to a moment of contact between individuals either coming or going and not to the specific context of arrival or initial encounter.” “Jakobson would describe this as interlingual transposition, while Ludskanov would call it a semiotic transformation

butter in British English carries with it a set of associations of whole-someness, purity and high status (in comparison to margarine, once perceived only as second-rate butter though now marketed also as practical because it does not set hard under refrigeration).

When translating butter into Italian there is a straightforward word-for-word substitution: butter—burro. Both butter and burro describe the product made from milk and marketed as a creamy-coloured slab of edible grease for human consumption. And yet within their separate cultural contexts butter and burro cannot be considered as signifying the same. In Italy, burro, normally light coloured and unsalted, is used primarily for cooking, and carries no associations of high status, whilst in Britain butter, most often bright yellow and salted, is used for spreading on bread and less frequently in cooking. Because of the high status of butter, the phrase bread and butter is the accepted usage even where the product used is actually margarine.” “The butter—burro translation, whilst perfectly adequate on one level, also serves as a reminder of the validity of Sapir’s statement that each language represents a separate reality.” “Good appetite in English used outside a structured sentence is meaningless. Nor is there any English phrase in general use that fulfills the same function as the French.”

The translator, Levý believed, had the responsibility of finding a solution to the most daunting of problems, and he declared that the functional view must be adopted with regard not only to meaning but also to style and form. The wealth of studies on Bible translation and the documentation of the way in which individual translators of the Bible attempt to solve their problems through ingenious solutions is a particularly rich source of examples of semiotic transformation.

Hence Albrecht Neubert’s view that Shakespeare’s Sonnet <Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?> cannot be semantically translated into a language where summers are unpleasant is perfectly proper”

Giovanni sta menando il can per I’aia.

becomes

John is leading his dog around the threshing floor.

The image conjured up by this sentence is somewhat startling and, unless the context referred quite specifically to such a location, the sentence would seem obscure and virtually meaningless. The English idiom that most closely corresponds to the Italian is to beat about the bush, also obscure unless used idiomatically, and hence the sentence correctly translated becomes

John is beating about the bush.

Não é que seja tradução livre. É que estamos condenados a ir além da liberdade!

OS NÓS DA TRANSLITERAÇÃO

#TítulodeLivro

“o <elo perdido> entre os componentes de uma teoria completa das traduções parece ser a teoria das relações de equivalência que possam ser estabelecidas tanto para o modelo dinâmico quanto para o modelo estático.”

E que valência têm seus vãos louros?

E.V.Rieu’s deliberate decision to translate Homer into English prose because the significance of the epic form in Ancient Greece could be considered equivalent to the significance of prose in modern Europe, is a case of dynamic equivalence applied to the formal properties of a text which shows that Nida’s categories can actually be in conflict with each other.”

Formules are for mules

Hence a woman writing to a friend in 1812 would no more have signed her letters with love or in sisterhood as a contemporary Englishwoman might, any more than an Italian would conclude letters without a series of formal greetings to the recipient of the letter and his relations.”

stress that you are stressed

It is again an indication of the low status of translation that so much time should have been spent on discussing what is lost in the transfer of a text from SL to TL whilst ignoring what can also be gained, for the translator can at times enrich or clarify the SL text as a direct result of the translation process.”

Nida cites the case of Guaica, a language of southern Venezuela, where there is little trouble in finding satisfactory terms for the English murder, stealing, lying, etc., but where the terms for good, bad, ugly and beautiful cover a very different area of meaning. As an example, he points out that Guaica does not follow a dichotomous classification of good and bad, but a trichotomous one as follows:

(1) Good includes desirable food, killing enemies, chewing dope in moderation, putting fire to one’s wife to teach her to obey, and stealing from anyone not belonging to the same band.

(2) Bad includes rotten fruit, any object with a blemish, murdering a person of the same band, stealing from a member of the extended family and lying to anyone.

(3) Violating taboo includes incest, being too close to one’s mother-in-law, a married woman’s eating tapir before the birth of the first child, and a child’s eating rodents.”

“Nida cita o caso do Guaica, uma língua do sul da Venezuela, em que não é complicado encontrar termos satisfatórios para os vocábulos do Inglês assassinato, furto, mentir, etc., mas em que os termos bom, ruim, feio e bonito se estendem a uma zona de significados muito distinta. Por exemplo, ele assinala que o Guaica não segue uma classificação dicotômica de bom e ruim, mas uma classificação tricotômica, como segue:

(1) Bom inclui a comida desejável, matar inimigos, mastigar maconha com moderação, provocar queimaduras nas esposas como repreensão pela insubordinação ao marido, roubar alguém desde que não seja do seu clã.

(2) Ruim inclui frutas podres, qualquer objeto maculado, matar alguém do próprio clã, roubar de um membro da própria linhagem familiar e mentir sob quaisquer circunstâncias.

(3) Violar o tabu inclui incesto, ser muito íntimo da sogra, se uma mulher casada come carne de anta antes de dar a luz ao primeiro filho, uma criança comer roedores.”

Nor is it necessary to look so far beyond Europe for examples of this kind of differentiation. The large number of terms in Finnish for variations of snow, in Arabic for aspects of camel behaviour, in English for light and water, in French for types of bread, all present the translator with, on one level, an untranslatable problem. Bible translators have documented the additional difficulties involved in, for example, the concept of the Trinity or the social significance of the parables in certain cultures [eu não sabia o tamanho de um grão de mostarda!]. In addition to the lexical problems, there are of course languages that do not have tense systems or concepts of time that in any way correspond to Indo-European systems. Whorf’s comparison (which may not be reliable, but is cited here as a theoretical example) between a <temporal language> (English) and a <timeless language> (Hopi) serves to illustrate this aspect.”

If I’m going home is translated as Je vais chez moi, the content meaning of the SL sentence (i.e. self-assertive statement of intention to proceed to place of residence and/or origin) is only loosely reproduced. And if, for example, the phrase is spoken by an American resident temporarily in London, it could either imply a return to the immediate <home> or a return across the Atlantic, depending on the context in which it is used, a distinction that would have to be spelled out in French. Moreover the English term home, like the French foyer, has a range of associative meanings that are not translated by the more restricted phrase chez moi. Home, therefore, would appear to present exactly the same range of problems as the Finnish or Japanese bathroom.”

POLISSEMIA: A MISSÃO (IMAGINA SE INCLUÍSSEM O MUNDO ANTIGO)

the American Democratic Party

the German Democratic Republic

the democratic wing of the British Conservative Party.”

Against Catford, in so far as language is the primary modelling system within a culture, cultural untranslatability must be de facto implied in any process of translation.”

A slightly more difficult example is the case of the Italian tomponamento in the sentence C’è stato un tamponamento.

There has been/there was a slight accident (involving a vehicle).

Because of the differences in tense-usage, the TL sentence may take one of two forms depending on the context of the sentence, and because of the length of the noun phrase, this can also be cut down, provided the nature of the accident can be determined outside the sentence by the receiver. But when the significance of tomponamento is considered vis-à-vis Italian society as a whole, the term cannot be fully understood without some knowledge of Italian driving habits, the frequency with which <slight accidents> occur and the weighting and relevance of such incidents when they do occur. In short, tomponamento is a sign that has a culture-bound or context meaning, which cannot be translated even by an explanatory phrase. The relation between the creative subject and its linguistic expression cannot therefore be adequately replaced in the translation. [Barbeiragem?]”

SUPERESTIMANDO A ALTURA DAS MONTANHAS: “Boguslav Lawendowski, in an article in which he attempts to sum up the state of translation studies and semiotics, feels that Catford is <divorced from reality>, while Georges Mounin feels that too much attention has been given to the problem of untranslatability at the expense of solving some of the actual problems that the translator has to deal with.”

Mounin acknowledges the great benefits that advances in linguistics have brought to Translation Studies; the development of structural linguistics, the work of Saussure, of Hjelmslev, of the Moscow and Prague Linguistic Circles has been of great value, and the work of Chomsky and the transformational linguists has also had its impact, particularly with regard to the study of semantics. Mounin feels that it is thanks to developments in contemporary linguistics that we can (and must) accept that:

(1) Personal experience in its uniqueness is untranslatable.

(2) In theory the base units of any two languages (e.g. phonemes, monemes, etc.) are not always comparable.

(3) Communication is possible when account is taken of the respective situations of speaker and hearer, or author and translator.”

Translation theory tends to be normative, to instruct translators on the OPTIMAL solution; actual translation work, however, is pragmatic; the translator resolves for that one of the possible solutions which promises a maximum of effect with a minimum of effort. That is to say, he intuitively resolves for the so-called MINIMAX STRATEGY.” Levý

literary criticism does not seek to provide a set of instructions for producing the ultimate poem or novel, but rather to understand the internal and external structures operating within and around a work of art.”

it would seem quite clear that any debate about the existence of a science of translation is out of date: there already exists, with Translation Studies, a serious discipline investigating the process of translation, attempting to clarify the question of equivalence and to examine what constitutes meaning within that process. But nowhere is there a theory that pretends to be normative, and although Lefevere’s statement about the goal of the discipline suggests that a comprehensive theory might also be used as a guideline for producing translations, this is a long way from suggesting that the purpose of translation theory is to be proscriptive.”

2. HISTÓRIA DA TEORIA DA TRADUÇÃO

The persecution of Bible translators during the centuries when scholars were avidly translating and retranslating Classical Greek and Roman authors is an important link in the chain of the development of capitalism and the decline of feudalism. In the same way, the hermeneutic approach of the great English and German Romantic translators connects with changing concepts of the role of the individual in the social context. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the study of translation, especially in its diachronic aspect, is a vital part of literary and cultural history.”

George Steiner, in After Babel, divides the literature on the theory, practice and history of translation into 4 periods. The first, he claims, extends from the statements of Cicero and Horace on translation up to the publication of Alexander Fraser Tytler’s Essay on the Principles of Translation in 1791. (…) Steiner’s second period, which runs up to the publication of Larbaud’s Sous I’invocation de Saint Jérome in 1946 is characterized as a period of theory and hermeneutic enquiry with the development of a vocabulary and methodology of approaching translation. The third period begins with the publication of the first papers on machine translation in the 1940s, and is characterized by the introduction of structural linguistics and communication theory into the study of translation. Steiner’s fourth period, coexisting with the third has its origins in the early 1960s and is characterized by <a reversion to hermeneutic, almost metaphysical inquiries into translation and interpretation>” “his first period covers a span of some 1700 years while his last two periods cover a mere thirty years.” “His quadripartite division is, to say the least, highly idiosyncratic, but it does manage to avoid one great pitfall: periodization, or compartmentalization of literary history. It is virtually impossible to divide periods according to dates for, as Lotman points out, human culture is a dynamic system.”

Classical philology and comparative literature, lexical statistics and ethnography, the sociology of class-speech, formal rhetoric, poetics, and the study of grammar are combined in an attempt to clarify the act of translation and the process of <life between languages>.” Ge.St.

There is a large body of literature that attempts to decide whether Petrarch and Chaucer were medieval or Renaissance writers, whether Rabelais was a medieval mind post hoc, or whether Dante was a Renaissance mind two centuries too soon.”

André Lefevere has compiled a collection of statements and documents on translation that traces the establishment of a German tradition of translation, starting with Luther and moving on via Gottsched and Goethe to the Schlegels [?] and Schleiermacher and ultimately to Rosenzweig.”

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All too often, however, studies of past translators and translations have focused more on the question of influence; on the effect of the TL product in a given cultural context, rather than on the processes involved in the creation of that product and on the theory behind the creation. So, for example, in spite of a number of critical statements about the significance of translation in the development of the Roman literary canon, there has yet to be a systematic study of Roman translation theory in English. The claims summed up by Matthiesson when he declared that <a study of Elizabethan translations is a study of the means by which the Renaissance came to England> are not backed by any scientific investigation of the same.”

Eric Jacobsen claims rather sweepingly that translation is a Roman invention, and although this may be considered as a piece of critical hyperbole, it does serve as a starting point from which to focus attention on the role and status of translation for the Romans. The views of both Cicero and Horace on translation were to have great influence on successive generations of translators, and both discuss translation within the wider context of the two main functions of the poet: the universal human duty of acquiring and disseminating wisdom and the special art of making and shaping a poem.

The significance of translation in Roman literature has often been used to accuse the Romans of being unable to create imaginative literature in their own right, at least until the first century BC. Stress has been laid on the creative imagination of the Greeks as opposed to the more practical Roman mind, and the Roman exaltation of their Greek models has been seen as evidence of their lack of originality. But the implied value judgement in such a generalization is quite wrong. The Romans perceived themselves as a continuation of their Greek models and Roman literary critics discussed Greek texts without seeing the language of those texts as being in any way an inhibiting factor. The Roman literary system sets up a hierarchy of texts and authors that overrides linguistic boundaries and that system in turn reflects the Roman ideal of the hierarchical yet caring central state based on the true law of Reason. Cicero points out that mind dominates the body as a king rules over his subjects or a father controls his children, but warns that where Reason dominates as a master ruling his slaves, <it keeps them down and crushes them>. With translation, the ideal SL text is there to be imitated and not to be crushed by the too rigid application of Reason. Cicero nicely expresses this distinction: <If I render word for word, the result will sound uncouth, and if compelled by necessity I alter anything in the order or wording, I shall seem to have departed from the function of a translator.>

Horace, whilst advising the would-be writer to avoid the pitfalls that beset <the slavish translator> [o imitador barato], also advised the sparing use of new words. He compared the process of the addition of new words and the decline of other words to the changing of the leaves in spring and autumn, seeing this process of enrichment through translation as both natural and desirable, provided the writer exercised moderation. The art of the translator, for Horace and Cicero, then, consisted in judicious interpretation of the SL text so as to produce a TL version based on the principle non verbum de verbo, sed sensum exprimere de sensu (of expressing not word for word, but sense for sense), and his responsibility was to the TL readers.

But there is also an additional dimension to the Roman concept of enrichment through translation, i.e. the pre-eminence of Greek as the language of culture and the ability of educated Romans to read texts in the SL. When these factors are taken into account, then the position both of translator and reader alters. The Roman reader was generally able to consider the translation as a metatext in relation to the original. The translated text was read through the source text, in contrast to the way in which a monolingual reader can only approach the SL text through the TL version.”

Ser compilador não era algo degradante per se.

The good translator, therefore, presupposed the reader’s acquaintance with the SL text and was bound by that knowledge, for any assessment of his skill as translator would be based on the creative use he was able to make of his model.”

Bien que…: “Longinus, in his Essay On the Sublime, cites <imitation and emulation of the great historians and poets of the past> as one of the paths towards the sublime and translation is one aspect of imitation in the Roman concept of literary production.”

Moreover, it should not be forgotten that with the extension of the Roman Empire, bilingualism and trilingualism became increasingly commonplace, and the gulf between oral and literary Latin widened. The apparent licence of Roman translators, much quoted in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, must therefore be seen in the context of the overall system in which that approach to translation was applied.

With the spread of Christianity, translation came to acquire another role, that of disseminating the word of God. A religion as text-based as Christianity presented the translator with a mission that encompassed both aesthetic and evangelistic criteria. The history of Bible translation is accordingly a history of western culture in microcosm. Translations of the New Testament were made very early, and St Jerome’s famous contentious version that was to have such influence on succeeding generations of translators was commissioned by Pope Damasus in AD 384.” “but the problem of the fine line between what constituted stylistic licence and what constituted heretical interpretation was to remain a major stumbling block for centuries. § Bible translation remained a key issue well into the seventeenth century, and the problems intensified with the growth of concepts of national cultures and with the coming of the Reformation. Translation came to be used as a weapon in both dogmatic and political conflicts as nation states began to emerge and the centralization of the church started to weaken, evidenced in linguistic terms by the decline of Latin as a universal language. § The first translation of the complete Bible into English was the Wycliffite Bible produced between 1380 and 1384, which marked the start of a great flowering of English Bible translations linked to changing attitudes to the role of the written text in the church, that formed part of the developing Reformation. John Wycliffe (c. 1330–84), the noted Oxford theologian, put forward the theory of <dominion by grace> according to which man was immediately responsible to God and God’s law (by which Wycliffe intended not canon law but the guidance of the Bible). Since Wycliffe’s theory meant that the Bible was applicable to all human life it followed that each man should be granted access to that crucial text in a language that he could understand, i.e. in the vernacular.” “his disciple John Purvey revised the first edition some time before 1408 (the first dated manuscript).”

WIKIPÉDIA NOS TEMPOS DO RONCA

(1) a collaborative effort of collecting old Bibles and glosses and establishing an authentic Latin source text;

(2) a comparison of the versions;

(3) counselling <with old grammarians and old divines> about hard words and complex meanings; and

(4) translating as clearly as possible the <sentence> (i.e. meaning), with the translation corrected by a group of collaborators.”

After the Wycliffite versions, the next great English translation was William Tyndale’s (1494–1536) New Testament printed in 1525. Tyndale’s proclaimed intention in translating was also to offer as clear a version as possible to the layman, and by the time he was burned at the stake in 1536 he had translated the New Testament from the Greek and parts of the Old Testament from the Hebrew.”

In 1482, the Hebrew Pentateuch had been printed at Bologna and the complete Hebrew Bible appeared in 1488, whilst Erasmus, the Dutch Humanist, published the first Greek New Testament in Basle in 1516. This version was to serve as the basis for Martin Luther’s 1522 German version. Translations of the New Testament appeared in Danish in 1529 and again in 1550, in Swedish in 1526–41, and the Czech Bible appeared between 1579–93. Translations and revised versions of existing translations continued to appear in English, Dutch, German and French.”

I would desire that all women should reade the gospell and Paules episteles and I wold to God they were translated in to the tonges of all men so that they might not only be read and knowne of the scotes and yrishmen/

But also of the Turkes and the Sarracenes…. I wold to God the plowman wold singe a texte of the scripture at his plow-beme. And that the wever at his lowme with this wold drive away the tediousnes of tyme. I wold the wayfaringeman with this pastyme wold expelle the weriness of his iorney. And to be shorte I wold that all the communication of the christen shuld be of the scripture for in a manner such are we oure selves as our daylye tales are.” Erasmus

Coverdale’s Bible (1535) was also banned but the tide of Bible translation could not be stemmed, and each successive version drew on the work of previous translators, borrowing, amending, revising and correcting.”

(1) To clarify errors arising from previous versions, due to inadequate SL manuscripts or to linguistic incompetence;

(2) To produce an accessible and aesthetically satisfying vernacular style;

(3) To clarify points of dogma and reduce the extent to which the scriptures were interpreted and re-presented to the laypeople as a metatext.

In his Circular Letter on Translation of 1530 Martin Luther lays such emphasis on the significance of (2) that he uses the verbs übersetzen (to translate) and verdeutschen (to Germanize) almost indiscriminately.”

In an age when the choice of a pronoun could mean the difference between life or condemnation to death as a heretic, precision was of central importance.”

In the Preface to the King James Bible of 1611, entitled The Translators to the Reader, the question is asked <is the kingdom of God words or syllables?>”

With regard to English, for example, the Lindisfarne Gospels (copied out c. AD 700), had a literal rendering of the Latin original inserted between the lines in the tenth century in Northumbrian dialect. These glosses subordinated notions of stylistic excellence to the word-for-word method, but may still be fairly described as translations, since they involved a process of interlingual transfer. However, the system of glossing was only one aspect of translation in the centuries that saw the emergence of distinct European languages in a written form. In the ninth century King Alfred (reign 871–99), who had translated (or caused to be translated) a number of Latin texts, declared that the purpose of translating was to help the English people to recover from the devastation of the Danish invasions that had laid waste the old monastic centres of learning and had demoralized and divided the kingdom. In his Preface to his translation of the Cura Pastoralis (a handbook for parish priests) Alfred urges a revival of learning through greater accessibility of texts as a direct result of translations into the vernacular, and at the same time he asserts the claims of English as a literary language in its own right. Discussing the way in which the Romans translated texts for their own purposes, as did <all other Christian nations>, Alfred states that <I think it better, if you agree, that we also translate some of the books that all men should know into the language that we can all understand.> In translating the Cura Pastoralis, Alfred claims to have followed the teachings of his bishop and priests and to have rendered the text hwilum word be worde, hwilum andgiet of andgiete (sometimes word by word, sometimes sense by sense), an interesting point in that it implies that the function of the finished product was the determining factor in the translation process rather than any established canon of procedure. Translation is perceived as having a moral and didactic purpose with a clear political role to play, far removed from its purely instrumental role in the study of rhetoric that coexisted at the same time.

The concept of translation as a writing exercise and as a means of improving oratorical style was an important component in the medieval educational system based on the study of the Seven Liberal Arts. This system, as passed down from such Roman theoreticians as Quintilian (first century AD) whose Institutio Oratoria was a seminal text, established two areas of study, the Trivium (grammar, rhetoric and dialectic) and the Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy), with the Trivium as the basis for philosophical knowledge.” “Quintilian recommends translating from Greek into Latin as a variation on paraphrasing original Latin texts in order to extend and develop the student’s imaginative powers.”

In his useful article on vulgarization and translation, Gianfranco Folena suggests that medieval translation might be described either as vertical, by which he intends translation into the vernacular from a SL that has a special prestige or value (e.g. Latin), or as horizontal, where both SL and TL have a similar value (e.g. Provençal into Italian, Norman-French into English).” “And whilst the vertical approach splits into two distinct types, the interlinear gloss, or word-for-word technique, as opposed to the Ciceronian sense-for-sense method, elaborated by Quintilian’s concept of para-phrase, the horizontal approach involves complex questions of imitatio and borrowing.”

Within the opus of a single writer, such as Chaucer (c. 1340–1400) there is a range of texts that include acknowledged translations, free adaptations, conscious borrowings, reworkings and close correspondences.”

One of the first writers to formulate a theory of translation was the French humanist Étienne Dolet (1509–46) who was tried and executed for heresy after <mistranslating> one of Plato’s dialogues in such a way as to imply disbelief in immortality. In 1540 Dolet published a short outline of translation principles, entitled La manière de bien traduire d’une langue en aultre (How to Translate Well from one Language into Another)

the frequent replacement of indirect discourse by direct discourse in North’s translation of Plutarch (1579), a device that adds immediacy and vitality to the text”

Translation was by no means a secondary activity, but a primary one, exerting a shaping force on the intellectual life of the age, and at times the figure of the translator appears almost as a revolutionary activist rather than the servant of an original author or text.”

O DEMORADO ECO ITALIANO: “Translation of the classics increased considerably in France between 1625 and 1660, the great age of French classicism and of the flowering of French theatre based on the Aristotelian unities. French writers and theorists were in turn enthusiastically translated into English.”

for it is not his business alone to translate Language into Language, but Poesie into Poesie; and Poesie is of so subtile a spirit, that in pouring out of one Language into another, it will all evaporate; and if a new spirit be not added in the transfusion, there will remain nothing but a Caput mortuum.” John Denham

“o prefácio de Cowley foi tomado como o manifesto dos <tradutores libertinos dos fins do século XVII>.”

PINTOR AB EXTRATO

I have endeavoured to make Virgil speak such English as he would himself have spoken, if he had been born in England, and in this present age.” Dryden

NÓS OS JURAMENTADOS HÁ 200 ANOS ÉRAMOS MAIS DESIMPEDIDOS: “The impulse to clarify and make plain the essential spirit of a text led to large-scale rewritings of earlier texts to fit them to contemporary standards of language and taste. Hence the famous re-structuring of Shakespearian texts, and the translations/reworkings of Racine. Dr. [nem existia doutorado nessa época, fala sério] Johnson (1709–84), in his Life of Pope [que não era o Papa] (1779–80), discussing the question of additions to a text through translation, comments that if elegance is gained, surely it is desirable, provided nothing is taken away [mais é mais], and goes on to state that <the purpose of a writer is to be read> [diria que acertou em cheio, mas não é muito difícil…], claiming that Pope wrote for his own time and his own nation. The right of the individual to be addressed in his own terms, on his own ground is an important element in eighteenth-century translation and is linked to changing concepts of <originality>.”

Pope’s Andromache [Ilíada] suffers and despairs, whilst Chapman’s Andromache comes across as a warrior in her own right. Chapman’s use of direct verbs gives a dramatic quality to the scene, whilst Pope’s Latinate structures emphasize the agony of expectation leading up to the moment when the horror is plain to see. And even that horror is quite differently presented—Pope’s <god-like Hector> contrasts with Chapman’s longer description of the hero’s degradation:

(…)

Too soon her Eyes the killing Object found,

The god-like Hector dragg’d along the ground.

A sudden Darkness shades her swimming Eyes:

She faints, she falls; her Breath, her colour flies. (Pope)

(…)

Round she cast her greedy eye, and saw her Hector slain, and bound

T’Achilles chariot, manlessly dragg’d to the Grecian fleet,

Black night strook through her, under her trance took away her feet. (Chapman)

Goethe (1749–1832) argued that every literature must pass through three phases of translation, although as the phases are recurrent all may be found taking place within the same language system at the same time. The first epoch <acquaints us with foreign countries on our own terms>, and Goethe cites Luther’s German Bible as an example of this tendency. The second mode is that of appropriation through substitution and reproduction, where the translator absorbs the sense of a foreign work but reproduces it in his own terms, and here Goethe cites Wieland and the French tradition of translating (a tradition much disparaged by German theorists). The third mode, which he considers the highest, is one which aims for perfect identity between the SL text and the TL text, and the achieving of this mode must be through the creation of a new <manner> which fuses the uniqueness of the original with a new form and structure. Goethe cites the work of Voss, who translated Homer, as an example of a translator who had achieved this prized third level. Goethe is arguing for both a new concept of <originality> in translation, together with a vision of universal deep structures that the translator should strive to meet. The problem with such an approach is that it is moving dangerously close to a theory of untranslatability.”

the translator cannot use the same colours as the original, but is nevertheless required to give his picture <the same force and effect>.”

With the affirmation of individualism came the notion of the freedom of the creative force, making the poet into a quasi-mystical creator, whose function was to produce the poetry that would create anew the universe, as Shelley argued in The Defence of Poesy (1820).”

In England, Coleridge (1772–1834) in his Biographia Literaria (1817) outlined his theory of the distinction between Fancy and Imagination, asserting that Imagination is the supreme creative and organic power, as opposed to the lifeless mechanism of Fancy. This theory has affinities with the theory of the opposition of mechanical and organic form outlined by the German theorist and translator, August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767–1845) in his Vorlesungen über dramatische Kunst und Literatur (1809), translated into English in 1813.” “A.W. Schlegel, asserting that all acts of speaking and writing are acts of translation because the nature of communication is to decode and interpret messages received, also insisted that the form of the original should be retained (for example, he retained Dante’s terza rima in his own translations). Meanwhile, Friedrich Schlegel (1772–1829) conceived of translation as a category of thought rather than as an activity connected only with language or literature.”

The idea of writers at all times being involved in a process of repeating what Blake called <the Divine Body in Every Man> resulted in a vast number of translations, such as the Schlegel-Tieck translations of Shakespeare (1797–1833), Schlegel’s version and Cary’s version of the Divina Commedia (1805–14) and the large intertraffic of translations of critical works and of contemporary writings across the European languages. Indeed, so many texts were translated at this time that were to have a seminal effect on the TL (e.g. German authors into English and vice versa, Scott and Byron into French and Italian, etc.) that critics have found it difficult to distinguish between influence study and translation study proper. Stress on the impact of the translation in the target culture in fact resulted in a shift of interest away from the actual processes of translation.”

If poetry is perceived as a separate entity from language, how can it be translated unless it is assumed that the translator is able to read between the words of the original and hence reproduce the text-behind-the-text; what Mallarmé would later elaborate as the text of silence and spaces?” “with the shift of emphasis away from the formal processes of translation, the notion of untranslatability would lead on to the exaggerated emphasis on technical accuracy and resulting pedantry of later nineteenth-century translating.”

an explanation of the function of peculiarity can be found in G.A. Simcox’s review of Morris’ translation of The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs (1870) when he declared that the <quaint archaic English of the translation with just the right outlandish flavour> did much to <disguise the inequalities and incompletenesses of the original>”

What emerges from the Schleiermacher—Carlyle—Pre-Raphaelite concept of translation, therefore, is an interesting paradox. On the one hand there is an immense respect, verging on adulation, for the original, but that respect is based on the individual writer’s sureness of its worth. In other words, the translator invites the intellectual, cultivated reader to share what he deems to be an enriching experience, either on moral or aesthetic grounds. Moreover, the original text is perceived as property, as an item of beauty to be added to a collection, with no concessions to the taste or expectations of contemporary life. On the other hand, by producing consciously archaic translations designed to be read by a minority, the translators implicitly reject the ideal of universal literacy. The intellectual reader represented a very small minority in the increasingly diffuse reading public that expanded throughout the century, and hence the foundations were laid for the notion of translation as a minority interest.”

Let not the translator, then, trust to his notions of what the ancient Greeks would have thought of him; he will lose himself in the vague. Let him not trust to what the ordinary English reader thinks of him; he will be taking the blind for his guide. Let him not trust to his own judgement of his own work; he may be misled by individual caprices. Let him ask how his work affects those who both know Greek and can appreciate poetry.” Matthew Arnold [vide polêmica elencada acima]

But although archaizing [afetação, hermetismo] has gone out of fashion, it is important to remember that there were sound theoretical principles for its adoption by translators. George Steiner raises important issues when he discusses the practice, with particular reference to Émile Littré’s theory and his L’Enfer mis en vieux longage François (1879) and to Rudolf Borchardt and his Dante Deutsch:

<The proposition ‘the foreign poet would have produced such and such a text had he been writing in my language’ is a projective fabrication. It underwrites the autonomy, more exactly, the ‘meta-autonomy’ of the translation. But it does much more: it introduces an alternate existence, a ‘might have been’ or ‘is yet to come’ into the substance and historical condition of one’s own language, literature and legacy of sensibility.>

The archaizing principle, then, in an age of social change on an unprecedented scale, can be compared to an attempt to <colonize> the past. (…) The distance between this version of translation and the vision of Cicero and Horace, also the products of an expanding state, could hardly be greater.”

IANQUES, VANGUARDA DO ATRASO: “The increased isolationism of British and American intellectual life, combined with the anti-theoretical developments in literary criticism did not help to further the scientific examination of translation in English. Indeed, it is hard to believe, when considering some of the studies in English, that they were written in the same age that saw the rise of Czech Structuralism and the New Critics, the development of communication theory, the application of linguistics to the study of translation: in short, to the establishment of the bases from which recent work in translation theory has been able to proceed.”

The work of Ezra Pound [Literary Essays] is of immense importance in the history of translation, and Pound’s skill as a translator was matched by his perceptiveness as critic and theorist.”

George Steiner, taking a rather idiosyncratic view of translation history, feels that although there is a profusion of pragmatic accounts by individuals the range of theoretic ideas remains small:

[OS TREZE CAVALEIROS] <List Saint Jerome, Luther, Dryden, Hölderlin, Novalis, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, Ezra Pound, Valéry, MacKenna, Franz Rosenzweig, Walter Benjamin, Quine—and you have very nearly the sum total of those who have said anything fundamental or new about translation.>

3. PROBLEMAS ESPECÍFICOS

Anne Cluysenaar goes on to analyse C.Day Lewis’ translation of Valéry’s poem, Les pas and comes to the conclusion that the translation does not work because the translator <was working without an adequate theory of literary translation>.” “what is needed is a description of the dominant structure of every individual work to be translated.”

Every literary unit from the individual sentence to the whole order of words can be seen in relation to the concept of system. In particular, we can look at individual works, literary genres, and the whole of literature as related systems, and at literature as a system within the larger system of human culture.” Robert Scholes

Entram num bar: um conteudista, um contextualista, um interesseiro (ou pragmatista) e um deviacionista (selecionador de citações). Qual deles sou eu?

devil acionista

Um concurseiro, um leitor dinâmico, um diletante, um político e um filho de escritor numa roda intelectual-boêmia. Todos falam, mas só o próprio falante se escuta.

The translator is, after all, first a reader and then a writer and in the process of reading he or she must take a position.”

CHOICER”: “The twentieth-century reader’s dislike of the Patient Griselda motif is an example of just such a shift in perception, whilst the disappearance of the epic poem in western European literatures has inevitably led to a change in reading such works.”

suco de palavras

(brincadeira de adultocriança)

the reader/translator will be unable to avoid finding himself in Lotman’s fourth position [aquele que seleciona conteúdos conforme seu interesse humanista-cultural, eu no Seclusão: menos um nazista que cita Nietzsche com propósitos escusos do que alguém que busca simplesmente tirar proveito de algo que possa ainda repercutir num mar de coisas que perderam a referência e o sentido para o homem contemporâneo…] without detailed etymological research. So when Gloucester, in King Lear, Act III sc. vii, bound, tormented and about to have his eyes gouged out, attacks Regan with the phrase <Naughty lady>, it ought to be clear that there has been considerable shift in the weight of the adjective, now used to admonish children or to describe some slightly comic (often sexual) peccadillo.” Danadinha… Perniciosa, insidiosa. Erva daninha!

PIRE(PYRE) COM MODERAÇÃO(FOGO BAIXO): “Quite clearly, the idea of the reader as translator and the enormous freedom this vision bestows must be handled responsibly. The reader/translator who does not acknowledge the dialectical materialist basis of Brecht’s plays or who misses the irony in Shakespeare’s sonnets or who ignores the way in which the doctrine of the transubstantiation is used as a masking device for the production of Vittorini’s anti-Fascist statement in Conversazioni in Sicilia is upsetting the balance of power by treating the original as his own property.”

4. TRADUZINDO POESIA

Catullus, after all, was an aristocrat, whose language, although flexible, is elegant, and Copley’s speaker is a caricature of a teenager from the Johnny [sic – Johnnie] Ray generation. Copley’s choice of register makes the reader respond in a way that downgrades the material itself. The poem is no longer a rather suave and sophisticated mingling of several elements, it is located very precisely in a specific time and context. And, of course, in the relatively short time since the translation appeared, its language and tone have become almost as remote as that of the original!” “The great difference between a text and a metatext is that the one is fixed in time and place, the other is variable. There is only one Divina Commedia but there are innumerable readings and in theory innumerable translations.”

Both English versions appear to stress the I pronoun, because Italian sentence structure is able to dispense with pronouns in verbal phrases. Both opt for the translation make out for distinguo, which alters the English register. The final line of the poem, deliberately longer in the SL version, is rendered longer also in both English versions, but here there is substantial deviation between the two. Version B keeps closely to the original in that it retains the Latinate abandoned as opposed to the Anglo-Saxon adrift in version A. Version B retains the single word infinite, that is spelled out in more detail in version A with infinite space, a device that also adds an element of rhyme to the poem.

The apparent simplicity of the Italian poem, with its clear images and simple structure conceals a deliberate recourse to that process defined by the Russian Formalists as ostranenie, i.e. making strange, or consciously thickening language within the system of the individual work to heighten perception (see Tony Bennet, Formalism and Marxism, London 1979). Seen in this light, version A, whilst pursuing the ‘normalcy’ of Ungaretti’s linguistic structures, loses much of the power of what Ungaretti described as the ‘word-image’. Version B, on the other hand, opts for a higher tone or register, with rhetorical devices of inverted sentence structure and the long, Latinate final line in an attempt to arrive at a ‘thickened’ language by another route.”

The most striking aspect of any comparison of these three sonnets is the range of variation between them. Petrarch’s sonnet splits into octet and sestet and follows the rhyme scheme a b b a/a b b a/c d c/c d c. Wyatt’s poem is similarly divided, but here the rhyme scheme is a b b a/a b b a/c d c/c d d which serves to set the final two lines apart. Surrey’s poem varies much more: a b a b/c d c d/e c e c/f f and consists of three four-line sections building to the final couplet. The significance of these variations in form becomes clear once each sonnet is read closely.”

What can I do, he asks, since my Lord Amor is afeared (and I fear him), except to stay with him to the final hour? and adds, in the last line, that he who dies loving well makes a good end.” “He does not act but is acted upon, and the structure of the poem, with the first person singular verbal form only used at the end, and then only in a question that stresses his helplessness, reinforces this picture.” “But it is not enough to consider this poem in isolation, it must be seen as part of Petrarch’s Canzoniere and linked therefore through language structures, imagery and a central shaping concept, to the other poems in the collection.”

Wyatt creates the image of ‘the hertes forrest’, and by using nouns ‘with payne and cry’, instead of verbs lessens the picture of total, abject humiliation painted by Petrarch.” “The Lover in Wyatt’s poem asks a question that does not so much stress his helplessness as his good intentions and bravery. The Italian temendo il mio signore carries with it an ambiguity (either the Lord fears or the Lover fears the Lord, or, most probably, both) whilst Wyatt has stated very plainly that ‘my master fereth’. The final line, ‘For goode is the liff, ending faithfully’ strengthens the vision of the Lover as noble. Whereas the Petrarchan lover seems to be describing the beauty of death through constant love, Wyatt’s lover stresses the virtues of a good life and a faithful end.” “Love shows his colours and is repulsed and the Lover sets up the alternative ideal of a good life. We are in the world of politics, of the individual geared towards ensuring his survival, a long way from the pre-Reformation world of Petrarch.”

It is in Surrey’s version that the military language prevails, whilst Wyatt reduces the terminology of battle to a terminology of pageantry.” “The Lover is ‘captyve’, and he and Love have often fought. Moreover, the Lady is not in an unreachable position, angered by the display of Love. She is already won and is merely angered by what appears to be excessive ardour.” “Moreover, in the final line of the third quartet, the Lover states plainly that he is ‘fawtless’ and suffers because of ‘my lordes gylt’. The device of splitting the poem into three four-line stanzas can be seen as a way of reshaping the material content. The poem does not build to a question and a final line on the virtues of dying, loving well. It builds instead to a couplet in which the Lover states his determination not to abandon his guilty lord even in the face of death. The voice of the poem and the voice of the Lover are indistinguishable, and the stress on the I, apparent in Wyatt’s poem already, is strengthened by those points in the poem where there is a clear identification with the Lover’s position against the bad behaviour of the false lord Love.

But Wyatt and Surrey’s translations, like Jonson’s Catullus translation, would have been read by their contemporaries through prior knowledge of the original, and those shifts that have been condemned by subsequent generations as taking something away from Petrarch, would have had a very different function in the circles of Wyatt and Surrey’s cultured intellectual readership.” Now nobody reads Petrarch!

5. TRADUZINDO PROSA

“although analysis of narrative has had enormous influence since Shlovsky’s early theory of prose, there are obviously many readers who still adhere to the principle that a novel consists primarily of paraphrasable material content that can be translated straight-forwardly. And whereas there seems to be a common consensus that a prose paraphrase of a poem is judged to be inadequate, there is no such consensus regarding the prose text.”

Belloc points out that the French historic present must be translated into the English narrative tense, which is past, and the French system of defining a proposition by putting it into the form of a rhetorical question cannot be transposed into English where the same system does not apply.”

Let us consider as an example the problem of translating proper names in Russian prose texts, a problem that has bedevilled generations of translators. Cathy Porter’s translation of Alexandra Kollontai’s Love of Worker Bees contains the following note:

Russians have a first (‘Christian’) name, a patronymic and a surname. The customary mode of address is first name plus patronymic, thus, Vasilisa Dementevna, Maria Semenovna. There are more intimate abbreviations of first names which have subtly affectionate, patronizing or friendly overtones. So for instance Vasilisa becomes Vasya, Vasyuk, and Vladimir becomes Volodya, Volodka, Volodechka, Volya.

So in discussing The Brothers Karamazov Uspensky shows how the naming system can indicate multiple points of view, as a character is perceived both by other characters in the novel and from within the narrative. In the translation process, therefore, it is essential for the translator to consider the function of the naming system, rather than the system itself. It is of little use for the English reader to be given multiple variants of a name if he is not made aware of the function of those variants, and since the English naming system is completely different the translator must take this into account and follow Belloc’s dictum to render ‘idiom by idiom’.”

6. TRADUZINDO PEÇAS

Arguably, the volume of ‘complete plays’ has been produced primarily for a reading public where literalness and linguistic fidelity have been principal criteria. But in trying to formulate any theory of theatre translation, Bogatyrev’s description of linguistic expression must be taken into account, and the linguistic element must be translated bearing in mind its function in theatre discourse as a whole.” Platão seria Teatro?

The leaden pedantry of many English versions of Racine, for example, is apt testimony to the fault of excessive literalness, but the problem of defining ‘freedom’ in a theatre translation is less easy to discern.”

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7. (MAIS) APROFUNDAMENTO

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UM FRAGMENTO DA COMÉDIA HUMANA – Honoré de Balzac (A VENDETA + A PAZ CONJUGAL)

Tradução de William Lagos, L&PM, 2006.

Comentários da edição inseridos após trechos das duas obras de Ivan Pinheiro Machado.

GLOSSÁRIO

ritornelo: “Do italiano ritornello, <estribilho> ou <pequeno retorno>. Passagem musical curta e recorrente no meio de uma composição maior, no caso uma suíte de danças.”

A VENDETA

(*) “O Palácio do Louvre transformou-se em museu em 1791, mas sua construção só foi completada sob Napoleão III.

Mas a fonte da bondade fugidia que caracteriza os parisienses se esgotava de imediato. Tão logo o desconhecido percebia ser objeto da atenção de qualquer transeunte, encarava-o com um ar tão feroz que o desocupado mais corajoso apressava o passo como se tivesse pisado em uma serpente.”

As pessoas que desejam intensamente alguma coisa são quase sempre bem atendidas pelo destino.”

Esse costume da vendeta é um preconceito que ainda vai impedir por muito tempo a aplicação das leis na Córsega”

Se você começar a brandir o punhal por estas bandas, não deverá esperar por qualquer misericórdia. Aqui a lei se destina a proteger todos os cidadãos e ninguém tem o direito de fazer justiça por suas próprias mãos.”

(*) “Os Cem Dias: O período entre o retorno de Napoleão da Ilha de Elba (no Meditarrâneo), em março de 1815, e sua abdicação definitiva a 18 de julho daquele ano, quando foi desterrado para a ilha de Santa Helena, no oceano Atlântico, ao largo da África, onde morreu, em 1821.”

As crianças, as mocinhas e os velhos compartilhavam da febre monárquica que dominava o governo.” “Incapaz de renegar sua fé política, até mesmo disposto a proclamá-la, o velho barão de Piombo permanecera em Paris no meio de seus inimigos. A própria Ginevra de Piombo poderia ser perfeitamente colocada na lista das pessoas suspeitas, porque ela não fazia o menor mistério da tristeza que a Segunda Restauração causava a sua família. Talvez as únicas lágrimas que ela havia derramado em sua vida até então lhe houvessem sido arrancadas pela dupla notícia do cativeiro de Bonaparte no Bellérophon e da prisão de Labédoyère.”

Por mesquinha e insignificante que pudesse parecer hoje em dia a iniciativa de Amélie Thirion, era então uma expressão de ódio perfeitamente natural.”

todos os artistas têm um lugar preferido para seu trabalho.”

O único defeito daquela criatura verdadeiramente poética derivava da própria pujança de uma beleza que se desenvolvera tanto: ela era claramente uma mulher. Até então ela se recusara a casar, por amor a seu pai e sua mãe e porque sentia que sua companhia lhes era necessária em sua velhice. Seu gosto pela pintura havia tomado o lugar das emoções que em geral manifestam as mulheres.”

Não existe nada mais mortificante para um bando de moças maldosas, como de resto para todo o mundo, do que perceber que uma picuinha, um insulto ou um gracejo de mau gosto não fizeram o menor efeito sobre a vítima pretendida, que, muito pelo contrário, mostra a maior indiferença. Segundo parece, o ódio contra um inimigo aumenta quanto mais ele demonstra estar acima de nosso rancor.” “os exemplos que ela dera anteriormente sobre sua natureza vingativa e sua firmeza em cobrar sempre uma retribuição por qualquer ofensa já haviam deixado uma impressão profunda no espírito de suas companheiras.”

girodet endymion

Endimião, como fôra representado na obra-prima de Girodet” (*) “Endimião é um personagem mitológico de grande beleza, um pastor por quem Selene, deusa da Lua, apaixonou-se. Ela o contemplava todas as noites enquanto ele dormia. A deusa conseguiu de Zeus a graça de que o rapaz conservasse eternamente sua beleza, ainda que mergulhado em um sono eterno. Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy, chamado Girodet-Trioson (1767-1824), foi um pintor neoclássico francês.

nada escapa aos olhos aguçados pelo ódio”

Quando alguém se decide a morrer, o melhor é vender sua cabeça ao carrasco.”

a doce piedade que as mulheres encontram em seus corações pelos desgraçados que não trazem em si nada de ignóbil havia obscurecido no coração de Ginevra qualquer outro tipo de afeição; mas escutar um juramento de vingança, descobrir naquele proscrito uma alma italiana, um devotamento por Napoleão, de fato, uma alma de corso? Isso já era demais, e ela contemplou o jovem oficial com uma emoção cheia de respeito, mas que lhe agitava fortemente o coração.”

O Dio! Che non vorrei vivere dopo averla veduta!”

Ó, Deus!… Quem não quereria viver, depois de tê-la visto?…”

(*) “A frase está redigida em italiano, mas, somente na Córsega, existem 14 dialetos, e dificilmente dois corsos conversariam entre si no toscano da Itália central, que originou o italiano moderno.”

Durante um momento bastante curto, ela pareceu estar sonhando, como se estivesse imersa em um pensamento infinito”

O pobre soldado contou seus sofrimentos durante a derrota de Moscou, a forma como ele descobriu, depois da passagem do rio Berezina(*) e com apenas dezenove anos, ser o único sobrevivente de seu regimento, depois de ter visto morrer todos os seus camaradas de armas, os únicos homens que já haviam demonstrado interesse por um órfão.” (*) “Cenário de uma das maiores catástrofes da retirada de Napoleão da Rússia. A ponte sobre o rio Berezina fôra destruída sem conhecimento dos franceses, mas o passo implacável do Grande Exército forçou batalhões inteiros a se precipitarem nas águas geladas do rio, antes que finalmente conseguissem fazer parar as tropas, cujo avanço os empurrava para a morte sem perceber. A vanguarda inteira, composta por dezenas de milhares de soldados, morreu afogada ou congelada nessa ocasião.”

Nesse mesmo dia, ela ficou sabendo que o nome dele era Luigi.” (*) “Balzac chama o personagem alternadamente de <Luigi> e <Louis>, respectivamente, a forma italiana e francesa do mesmo nome.”

Logo Mlle. Roguin, a filha do porteiro do gabinete do rei, começou a achar que era pouco conveniente freqüentar o ateliê de um pintor cujas opiniões traziam uns respingos de patriotismo ou de <bonapartismo>, coisas que, naquela época, pareciam uma só e, desse modo, ela parou de ir às aulas de Servin.” “Um dia, Mathilde Roguin não apareceu mais; na lição seguinte, faltava outra moça; finalmente, 3 ou 4 garotas, que eram as últimas remanescentes freqüentando as aulas, pararam de ir também. Ginevra e mademoiselle Laure, sua amiga, foram durante 2 ou 3 dias de aulas as únicas habitantes do ateliê, agora deserto.”

Se as paixões somente nascem e crescem sob a influência de causas românticas, jamais tantas circunstâncias concorreram para ligar entre si 2 seres pelos laços do mesmo sentimento. A amizade de Ginevra por Louis e de Louis por ela fez assim maiores progressos em um único mês do que uma amizade normal se desenvolve durante dez anos de encontros em salões de festas. Pois não é a adversidade a pedra de toque que forja o caráter?” “Mais velha que Louis, Ginevra encontrou uma grande doçura em ver-se cortejada por um homem já tão grandioso, que já fôra provado tantas vezes pela sorte, mas que juntava ainda à experiência de um homem a graça de um adolescente. Do seu lado, Louis sentia um prazer indescritível em se deixar aparentemente proteger por uma jovem de 25 anos. Não era isso uma prova de amor a mais? A união da doçura com a ferocidade ou da força com a fraqueza demonstrava em Ginevra uma atração irresistível, a um ponto em que Louis sentiu-se inteiramente subjugado por ela.”

– A vida é longa e nos reencontraremos: as jovens acabam se casando… – disse Ginevra.”

Apesar das delicadas missões financeiras que confiavam à sua discrição, que alcançavam grande sucesso e se mostravam muito lucrativas, ele não possuía mais que 30 mil libras de renda em fundos de valores da bolsa. Se fosse comparadas com as grandes fortunas acumuladas sob o Império, caso se recordasse a liberalidade de Napoleão para aqueles de seus fiéis que sabiam pedir, é fácil perceber que o barão de Piombo era um homem de probidade severa.” “Bartholoméo sempre professou um ódio implacável pelos traidores e que se cercara Napoleão, que acreditava poder-lhes conquistar a fidelidade à força de vitória.” “A partir do retorno dos Bourbons, Bartholoméo deixou de usar a condecoração da Legião de Honra. Nunca outro homem ofereceu tão bela imagem dessas velhos republicanos, amigos incorruptíveis do Império, que permaneceram como destroços vivos dos dois governos mais enérgicos que o mundo já conheceu. Se o barão de Piombo desagradava a alguns dos cortesãos, seus amigos eram Daru, Drouot e Carnot.” (*) “Lazare-Nicolas-Marguerite, conde de Carnot (1753-1823), general e matemático francês.” Não se trata do Carnot da termodinâmica, um pouco mais jovem.

O mobiliário do tempo de Louis XIV era perfeitamente adequado a Bartholoméo e sua esposa, personagens dignos da Antiguidade. Sob o Império e durante os Cem Dias, ao exercer funções muito bem remuneradas, o velho corso mantivera muitos criados, mais com o objetivo de fazer honrar seu cargo do que pelo desejo de brilhar. Sua vida e a vida de sua esposa eram tão frugais e tranqüilas que sua modesta fortuna bastava para atender a suas necessidades. Para os dois, sua filha Ginevra valia mais que todas as riquezas do mundo. Desse modo, em maio de 1814, quando o barão de Piombo deixou seu cargo, demitindo igualmente a maior parte de seus criados e fechando as portas de sua estrebaria, Ginevra, simples e sem luxos, tal como seus pais, não sentiu a menor lástima: a exemplo das grandes almas, ela se revestia do luxo que vinha da força dos sentimentos, do mesmo modo que colocava sua felicidade na solidão e no trabalho. Além disso, esses 3 seres se amavam demais uns aos outros para que as coisas exteriores da existência tivessem qualquer valor a seus olhos. Freqüentemente, sobretudo depois da segunda e assustadora queda de Napoleão, Bartholoméo e sua esposa passavam noites deliciosas escutando Ginevra tocar piano ou cantar. Existia para eles um imenso prazer secreto na presença e na menor palavra da filha; eles a seguiam com os olhos, com uma preocupação cheia de ternura, e escutavam seus passos no pátio, por mais silenciosos que fossem. Do mesmo modo que amantes, eles podiam ficar os 3 em silêncio durante horas inteiras, assim escutando melhor a eloqüência de suas almas do que por meio de palavras. Esse sentimento profundo, que era a própria vida dos dois velhos, animava todos os seus pensamentos. Não eram três existências, mas uma única que, semelhante às chamas da lareira, divisava-se em três labaredas de fogo.”

Ginevra jogava-se inteira em qualquer coisa que lhe desse vontade, era tão vingativa e impulsiva como Bartholoméo havia sido em sua juventude.” “Mas, uma vez que esse aprendizado de vingança só podia ser realizado no interior do lar paterno, Ginevra nunca perdoava nada a seu pai, e era inevitável que ele cedesse perante ela.” “era quando se ameaçavam mutuamente que estavam mais perto de se abraçarem aos beijos.” “Ginevra vivia com seu pai e sua mãe um relacionamento de igualdade, o que sempre é funesto. Para terminar o relato de todas as mudanças que ocorreram a esses 3 personagens depois de sua chegada a Paris, Piombo e sua mulher, gente sem instrução, haviam deixado Ginevra estudar segundo sua própria vontade. Deixada ao léu de seus caprichos de mocinha, ela tinha aprendido um pouco de tudo e deixado de lado um pouco de tudo, retomando e abandonando de novo cada intenção uma após a outra, até que a pintura se transformou em sua paixão dominante; ela teria sido perfeita, caso sua mãe tivesse sido capaz de orientar seus estudos, de elucidar e harmonizar os dons que lhe dera a natureza: seus defeitos provinham da funesta educação que o velho corso sentira prazer em lhe transmitir.

(*) “Sra. Shandy: Mãe de Tristram Shandy, personagem fictício do escritor irlandês Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), cuja obra A vida e as opiniões do cavaleiro Tristram Shandy é citada com freqüência por Balzac.”

– Aqui está ela, Ginevra, Ginevrettina, Ginevrina, Ginevrola, Ginevretta, Ginevra bella!…

– Pai, o senhor está me machucando!…”

Os dois velhos ofereciam naquele momento a imagem exata dessas plantas sofredoras e sequiosas a que um pouco de água devolve a vida após um longo período de seca.

– Vamos jantar, vamos jantar!… – exclamou o Barão, oferecendo a mão larga a Ginevra, que chamou de signora Piombellina(*), um outro sintoma de felicidade a que sua filha respondeu com um sorriso.”

(*) “Senhora Chumbinho, trocadilho feito com o sobrenome Piombo, ou <chumbo>. Em italiano no original.”

Você está agindo mal, minha filha: é muito feio amar outro homem além de seu pai…”

Elisa – acrescentou ele, olhando para a esposa, que permanecera imóvel durante todo o tempo –, nós não temos mais filha: ela quer se casar!…”

Se ele te ama tanto quanto você merece ser amada, então vou me matar; mas se ele não te amar assim, então o apunhalarei!…”

– Vou viver por muito mais tempo que você!… Os filhos que não honram seus pais morrem em seguida!… – gritou seu pai, que havia chegado ao último grau da exasperação.

– Razão de sobra então para que eu me case em seguida e seja feliz, nem que seja por pouco tempo!… – gritou ela.”

– Este Noturno é a duas vozes: falta uma voz masculina!…

Ela era italiana, e não é preciso dizer mais nada.”

Era a segunda vez que o pobre oficial saía de seu esconderijo. As solicitações insistentes que Ginevra fizera ao duque de Feltre, na época ministro da Guerra, tinham sido coroadas de pleno sucesso. Louis acabara de ser reintegrado no exército, embora seu nome fosse incluído na relação dos oficiais da Reserva.” “Este homem tão corajoso em face da adversidade, tão bravo no campo de batalha, tremia só de pensar em sua entrada no salão dos Piombo.”

– Mas você está pálido!

– Ah, Ginevra! Pois minha vida inteira não depende disso?…”

– A semelhança do cavalheiro com Nina Porta é impressionante. Você não acha que o cavalheiro traz todos os traços fisionômicos dos Porta?

– Nada de mais natural – respondeu o jovem, sobre quem os olhos chamejantes do velho se fixaram. – Nina era minha irmã…

– Então você é Luigi Porta?… – indagou o velho.

– Sim.”

A EURÍDICE MODERNA: “Luigi Porta, estupefato, olhou para Ginevra, que ficou tão branca como uma estátua de mármore, mantendo os olhos fixos na porta por onde seu pai e sua mãe tinham desaparecido.”

– Meu pai – respondeu ela – nunca me falou de nossa deplorável história, e eu era pequena demais quando saímos da Córsega para saber como foi.

– Nós estaríamos em vendeta, então? – indagou Luigi, tremendo.

– Sim, é verdade. Perguntando a minha mãe, fiquei sabendo que os Porta tinham matado meus irmãos e queimado nossa casa. Em vingança, meu pai massacrou toda a sua família. Como foi que você conseguiu sobreviver? Meu pai pensou que o havia amarrado firmemente às colunas de uma cama, antes de pôr fogo à casa…”

– Vá embora, vá embora, Luigi – gritou Ginevra. – Não, não é possível, tenho de ir com você. Enquanto permanecer dentro da casa de meu pai, não terá nada a temer; mas assim que sair, tenha o maior cuidado!… Você vai sair de um perigo para cair noutro!… Meu pai tem dois empregados corsos e, se não for ele mesmo a ameaçar sua vida, então será um dos dois.”

Horror ao alimento é um dos sintomas que demonstram as grandes crises da alma.”

– Terá de escolher entre ele e nós. Nossa vendeta é parte de nós mesmos. Quem não ajuda em minha vingança, não faz parte de minha família.”

– …tenho um punhal e não sinto o menor temor da justiça dos homens. Nós, os corsos, só damos explicações a Deus.

– Pois eu sou Ginevra di Piombo e declaro que, dentro de 6 meses, serei esposa de Luigi Porta. O senhor não passa de um tirano, meu pai – acrescentou ela, calmamente, depois de uma pausa assustadora.”

Na verdade, o velho sentia-se cruelmente ressentido por aquela ofensa tácita, colhendo naquele instante um dos frutos amargos que a educação dada por ele mesmo à filha produzira. O respeito é uma barreira que protege tanto um pai ou mãe quanto seus filhos, evitando àqueles as tristezas e a estes os remorsos.”

Ceará, a Córsega Tropical

Não era difícil, nem mesmo para ela, adivinhar que jamais poderia gozar inteiramente de uma felicidade que causava tristeza a seus pais. Todavia, tanto em Bartholoméo como em sua filha, todas as irresoluções causadas pela bondade natural de suas almas eram logo afastadas pela ferocidade herdada do rancor particular dos corsos. Sua cólera mútua dava coragem à raiva sentida pelo outro e ambos fechavam os olhos para o futuro. Talvez ambos ainda se iludissem de que um dos dois acabaria por ceder.

Acostumados a fingir um grande interesse pelas pessoas com quem falam, os escrivães acabam por colar ao rosto uma espécie de careta, uma máscara que colocam e retiram como seu pallium(*) oficial.” (*) “Espécie de manto usado pelos magistrados.”

o instrumento público torna nula a resistência paterna… por meio de seu registro… além de que… conforme consta dos requisitos da lei civil… afirma-se que todo homem sensato… após expressar uma última exprobração a seu descendente… deve conceder-lhe liberdade para…”

Uma transformação extraordinária ocorrera na fisionomia de Bartholoméo: todas as suas rugas se haviam aprofundado, o que lhe dava um ar de crueldade indefinível, enquanto ele lançava sobre o notário o olhar de um tigre a ponto de dar o bote.”

– Existem ainda na França leis que destroem o poder paterno? – indagou o corso.”

Nada é mais horrível que o firme controle e o raciocínio legalmente exato dos notários públicos em meio às cenas apaixonadas em que eles estão acostumados a intervir.”

– Fuja, então!… – disse ele. – A mulher de Luigi Porta não poderá mais ser uma Piombo. (…) Minha Ginevra Piombo está enterrada aqui – gritou com voz profunda, apertando o peito à altura do coração.”

A alegria só se pode manifestar plenamente entre pessoas que se sentem iguais. O acaso determinou então que tudo fosse sombrio e grave ao redor dos noivos. Nada refletia a felicidade deles. Nem a igreja, nem a Prefeitura em que se localizava o cartório ficavam muito distantes do hotel. Os dois corsos, seguidos pelas 4 testemunhas que eram exigidas por lei, decidiram ir a pé, em uma simplicidade que despojou de qualquer pompa aquela grande cena da vida social.” “ali estavam, sozinhos no meio da multidão, tal como seria durante a vida que tinham pela frente.” “De um lado, a ostentação grosseira do prazer; do outro, o silêncio delicado das almas felizes: a terra e o céu.”

o mundo lhe reclamava a ausência de seus pais. Era como se a maldição paterna a perseguisse.”

O ódio entre os Porta e o Piombo e suas terríveis paixões foram escritos em uma página do registro de estado civil, assim como, sobre a lápide de um túmulo, são gravadas em poucas linhas os anais de um povo inteiro, muitas vezes em uma única palavra: Robespierre ou Napoleão.”

Os dois jovens corsos, cuja aliança continha toda a poesia atribuída tão genialmente a Romeu e Julieta, atravessaram duas alas de parentes alegres que não somente não tinham o menor interesse por eles, como já quase se impacientavam pelo atraso que lhes impunha aquele casamento aparentemente tão triste. Quando a jovem chegou ao pátio da subprefeitura e enxergou o céu, um suspiro de alívio escapou de seu seio.”

– Por que as pessoas se intrometem entre nós?”

(*) “Na época, os subprefeitos de cada arrondissement de Paris acumulavam as funções de juiz de paz.”

– Estamos começando a vida nos arruinando – disse ela, meio alegre, meio entristecida.

– Lá isso é verdade! Todos os meus soldos atrasados estão investidos aqui – respondeu Luigi. – Vendi o direito de cobrar os atrasados a um homem muito honesto, chamado Gigonnet¹.

– Mas por quê? – retorquiu ela, em um tom de reprovação em que se percebia uma satisfação secreta. – Você acha que eu seria menos feliz num sótão? Seja como for – continuou –, tudo isso é muito bonito e o melhor é que tudo é nosso…”

¹ Este personagem se encontra em outros livros da Comédia humana.

Pois o amor não é como o mar que, visto superficialmente ou às pressas, é acusado de monotonia pelas almas vulgares, enquanto certos entes privilegiados podem passar a vida inteira a admirá-lo, nele encontrando sem cessar fenômenos encantadores em perene mudança?”

Nunca a jovem artista havia pintado algo tão notável como esse auto-retrato.”

Ele também lutava contra concorrentes: o preço pago pelas cópias de escrituras tinha baixado a tal ponto que não lhe sobrava dinheiro para empregar quaisquer auxiliares e sentia-se obrigado a gastar muito mais tempo em seu labor para receber as mesmas somas de antes. Sua mulher tinha completado muitos quadros que não eram destituídos de mérito; mas naquela estação, os comerciantes quase nem compravam as obras de artistas que já gozavam de boa reputação; Ginevra passou a oferecê-los a preço vil e nem assim conseguia vender.”

No momento em que Ginevra se sentia a ponto de chorar por ver o sofrimento de Luigi, ela engolia as lágrimas e o recobria de carinhos. Do mesmo modo, era nos momentos em que Luigi sentia a mais negra desolação dentro de seu peito que expressava o mais terno amor a Ginevra. Eles buscavam uma compensação para seus males na exaltação de seus sentimentos, enquanto suas palavras, suas alegrias, suas brincadeiras se impregnavam de uma espécie de frenesi.”

A majestade da noite é realmente contagiosa, ela se impõe, ela nos inspira; existe alguma coisa muito poderosa na idéia de que, enquanto todos dormem, eu permaneço acordada.”

Luigi teve de tomar dinheiro emprestado para pagar as despesas do parto de Ginevra.”

Luigi a abraçou com um desses beijos desesperados que os amigos trocavam em 1793(*)” (*) “Em 1793, teve início o período do Terror da Revolução Francesa, que, com muitas execuções, durou até 1794, na tentativa de pôr fim à instabilidade política e assegurar a República.”

Minha morte é natural, eu sofria demais; além disso, uma felicidade tão grande como a que nós tivemos deveria ter um preço… Sim, meu Luigi, console-se… Fui tão feliz com você que, se eu recomeçasse a viver, aceitaria outra vez nosso destino. Mas eu sou uma mãe malvada: lastimo muito mais perder você do que perder o nosso filho… Meu filho…”

A PAZ CONJUGAL

Era como se uma embriaguez geral tivesse assumido o controle desse império que durou pouco mais de um dia. Todos os comandantes militares, sem exceção de seu chefe supremo, tinham-se transformado em novos-ricos e agiam como tal, gozando os tesouros conquistados por 1 milhão de homens que usavam simples divisas de lã e que se davam por satisfeitos ao serem recompensados com algumas fitas de lã vermelha.”

nessa época, tanto homens como mulheres se atiravam ao prazer com um abandono que parecia anunciar o fim do mundo. É preciso reconhecer que havia uma outra razão para essa libertinagem. A paixão das mulheres pelos militares se havia tornado uma espécie de frenesi e estava tão de acordo com os desejos do próprio imperador que este seria a última pessoa do mundo a tentar impedi-la.”

Assim, os corações tornaram-se tão errantes quanto os regimentos. Uma mulher tornava-se sucessivamente amante, esposa, mãe e viúva entre 5 relatórios de combate do Grande Exército. Seria a perspectiva de uma rápida viuvez, a de uma boa pensão ou a esperança de usar um sobrenome lembrado pela História que tornavam os militares tão sedutores?”

Nunca na história foram lançados tantos fogos de artifício, jamais os diamantes alcançaram tanto valor.” “Talvez fosse a necessidade de transformar os despojos de guerra na forma mais fácil de transportar que deu tanto valor a essas bugigangas entre os integrantes do exército.”

Murat, um homem de atitudes e temperamentos parecidos aos dos orientais, dava o exemplo de um tal luxo, que seria absurdo entre os militares modernos.”

Napoleão teria cumprido sua palavra, se não tivesse ocorrido uma cena desagradável entre ele e Joséphine naquela mesma noite, cena que anunciou o próximo divórcio desses augustos esposos.” (*) “Marie-Josèphe-Rose Tascher de La Pagerie (conhecida como Joséphine, 1763-1814), viscondessa viúva de Beauharnais, que foi guilhotinado em 1794. Em 1796, casou-se com Napoleão, 6 anos mais novo. Ele é quem decide mudar o nome da mulher para Joséphine, e logo após o casamento Napoleão é nomeado comandante da campanha militar na Itália. A vida do casal era conturbada, em parte devido às infidelidades da mulher. Joséphine tinha dois filhos do primeiro casamento, e Napoleão achava que a falta de prole do casal devia-se à sua própria esterilidade, até um dia em que uma camareira da imperatriz deu à luz um filho dele. Então ele se divorciou dela em 1809, com o intuito de formar uma dinastia, mas deixou que ela conservasse o título de imperatriz. Ela morre de pneumonia.”

As mulheres que tinham confiança suficiente na sedução de sua beleza vinham principalmente para experimentar a extensão de seus poderes. Ali, como aliás em toda parte, o prazer era apenas uma máscara.”

– Talvez seja uma viúva cujo marido está jogando bouilotte(*)! – replicou o belo couraceiro.

– É mesmo, agora que a paz foi assinada, muitas mulheres só ficam viúvas desse jeito! – respondeu Martial.”

(*) “Jogo de cartas derivado do pôquer inglês jogado entre 4 e 7 parceiros, embora o mais comum fossem 5.”

Veja só o vigor e a maciez da pele! As narinas mostram tanta juventude como as de uma colegial…”

– …Por que razão uma pessoa tão jovem estaria chorando?

– Ora, meu amigo, as mulheres choram por tão pouco… – disse o coronel.”

Ah, também!… Você está que nem uma panela de leite: vai ferver agora com a menor elevação da temperatura?…”

O senhor não é muito melhor em diplomacia do que eu, se primeiro imagina que essa garota é uma princesa alemã e, logo no instante seguinte, começa a sugerir que não passa de uma dama de companhia…”

Pouco me importa, que diferença faz se ela está nos olhando? Eu sou como o imperador: quando faço minhas conquistas, eu as conservo…”

E você ainda tem a pretensão de se portar como um verdadeiro Lovelace” (*) “Robert Lovelace é um personagem criado por Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) em seu romance Clarissa Harlowe e é citado freqüentemente por Balzac como um sedutor, embora seu nome tenha desaparecido da imaginação popular em favor de Don Juan ou de Casanova.”

– Escute, Martial – recomeçou o coronel-general. – Se você ficar rodopiando ao redor de minha jovem desconhecida, eu vou tentar conquistar madame de Vaudrémont…

– Pois então experimente, meu caro couraceiro, tenho certeza de que não obterá o menor sucesso com ela!… – disse o jovem desembargador”

– …fique sabendo que me desafiar assim é o mesmo que colocar um banquete em frente a Tântalo, porque você sabe muito bem que ele vai devorar tudo o que puder…

– Fffsssss!…”

Conforme a moda da época, era obrigatório que um homem usasse calças de casimira branca que lhe chegavam aos joelhos, completadas por meias de seda. Essa elegante vestimenta chamava a atenção para o físico perfeito de Montcornet, na época cm 35 anos, que atraía todos os olhares por sua elevada estatura, conforme era exigido para todos os couraceiros da Guarda Imperial, cujo belo uniforme realçava ainda mais seu aspecto, ainda jovem, embora tivesse engordado um pouco por andar sempre a cavalo.”

O coronel-general sorriu ao encarar o desembargador, que era um de seus melhores amigos desde o tempo em que haviam freqüentado a escola juntos”

essa eloqüência de salão e essa elegância de maneiras que substitui tão facilmente as qualidades mais duradouras, mas menos visíveis, que são demonstradas pelos homens de verdadeiro valor. Ainda que cheio de juventude e de vivacidade, seu rosto já apresentava o brilho imóvel de um busto de estanho cromado, uma das qualidades indispensáveis aos diplomatas, que lhes permite ocultar todas as suas emoções e disfarçar seus sentimentos, se é que essa impassibilidade já não anuncia neles a ausência de toda emoção e a morte dos sentimentos.” “escondia suas ambições sob a máscara de vaidade de um conquistador bem-sucedido e disfarçava seu talento sob uma aparência de mediocridade, depois de ter percebido claramente a rapidez com que avançavam na carreira justamente aquelas pessoas que faziam menos sombra a seus superiores.”

A maioria das perguntas e respostas desse tipo de conversação leve, característica dos bailes de então, era mais ou menos soprada no ouvido do vizinho por ambos os interlocutores. Não obstante, as girândolas e os archotes que enfeitavam a lareira derramavam uma luz tão clara sobre os dois amigos que seus rostos fortemente iluminados não tinham conseguido esconder, apesar de toda a sua discrição diplomática, a expressão imperceptível de seus sentimentos nem à esperta condessa, nem à cândida desconhecida. Tal habilidade de decifrar os pensamentos talvez seja para os ociosos um dos melhores prazeres que eles encontram na vida em sociedade, enquanto tantos tolos a ela atraídos pela influência das opiniões alheias ficam se aborrecendo durante a festa inteira, sem terem a coragem de confessar seu tédio nem mesmo a si próprios…

Madame de Vaudrémont nunca cometia o erro social de permanecer em uma festa a partir do momento em que as hastes das flores que a enfeitavam poderiam ser vistas meio penduradas, em que os cachos de seu cabelo começariam a se soltar, os enfeites a ficarem amarrotados e, acima de tudo, em que seu rosto começaria a se parecer com o das outras mulheres, a quem o sono começa a convocar imperiosamente, que se esforçam para resistir-lhe um pouco, mas que não conseguem enganá-lo por muito tempo.”

O oficial guardava na manga uma porção de frases irrelevantes, que podiam ser concluídas por um gancho do tipo; <e a senhora, madame, o que acha?>, que já lhe havia sido bastante útil no passado.”

Esta alegria, esta música, estes rostos estúpidos que riem sem motivo estão me assassinando…”

Em todas as festas existem algumas damas, semelhantes a madame de Lansac, iguais a velhos marujos parados à beira do cais, contemplando os jovens marinheiros em luta contra as tempestades.”

As almas que vivem muito e passam rapidamente de uma emoção a outra não sofrem menos que aquelas que se consomem em um único amor.”

A simpatia de madame de Vaudrémont por Martial tinha todos os motivos para crescer e frutificar no futuro, do mesmo modo que sua paixão anterior por Soulanges era um afeto sem esperança, envenenado desde o começo pelos remorsos que aquele sentia.”

o barão logo se entregou aos cálculos mesquinhos que costumam passar pela cabeça dos homens que têm habitualmente sorte com as mulheres: oscilava entre conservar a fortuna que estava ao alcance de sua mão e a satisfação de um capricho.”

Cometer erros aos 22 anos é a mesma coisa que rasgar o vestido que se pretende usar amanhã, vale dizer, comprometer o próprio futuro. Acredite, minha querida, quando aprendemos a maneira mais adequada de usar os trajes que melhor irão favorecer nosso futuro, em geral já é tarde demais.”

Você está pensando em casar-se com esse Martial, que não é nem bobo o suficiente para ser um bom marido, nem está apaixonado o bastante para tornar-se um bom amante… Ele tem dívidas, minha querida, é o tipo de homem capaz de devorar sua fortuna; mas isso não seria nada, caso ele fosse capaz de lhe trazer felicidade. Mas não vê como ele parece velho demais perto de você? No passado, esse homem deve ter sido consumido por muitas doenças e agora só lhe sobrou um restinho de energia. Daqui a 3 anos, vai estar fisicamente acabado. Talvez então se torne mais ambicioso, e é até mesmo possível que obtenha sucesso. (…) Afinal de contas, quem é ele? Não passa de um intrigante da côrte, que pode possuir grande domínio sobre as manobras sociais e até saber conversar muito bem, mas é pretensioso demais para que venha a desenvolver um verdadeiro talento. (…) Não consegue ler na sua testa que ele não vê em você uma mulher jovem e bonita, mas os 2 milhões de francos que você possui? Ele não a ama, minha querida, ele a avalia como se pretendesse fazer um bom negócio. (…) Uma viúva não deve considerar um 2º casamento como uma garotinha apaixonada. Por acaso já viu uma ratazana cair 2x na mesma armadilha? Não, minha cara, um novo contrato matrimonial deve ser para você como um investimento financeiro (…) recomendo encarecidamente que não se dê ao prazer de perturbar a paz conjugal, de destruir a união das famílias, de atrapalhar a felicidade das mulheres bem-casadas. No passado, eu representei muitas vezes este papel perigoso (…) Ai, meu Deus, só pelo prazer de aumentar a minha auto-estima, tantas vezes destruí a felicidade de algumas pobres criaturas virtuosas!… Porque existem, minha querida, realmente existem mulheres virtuosas, cujo ódio mortal é tão fácil de obter!… Um pouco tarde demais, aprendi que, para usar a expressão do duque de Alba, um salmão vale mais do que 1000 sapos!… (…) Antigamente, minha filha, a gente podia até levar um ator para o quarto, mas nunca se convidava essa gente para uma festa!… (…) Veja lá: aquela é minha jovem sobrinha-neta, a condessa de Soulanges, que finalmente aceitou meus freqüentes convites e consentiu em deixar o quarto de sofrimentos em que permanecia até hoje e no qual a visão de seu filhinho lhe trazia um consolo muito débil.”

O duplo quadro que apresentavam a esposa lacrimosa e o marido melancólico e sombrio, separados um do outro no meio da festa, tais como as duas metades do tronco de uma árvore que tivesse sido partida por um raio, despertou no coração da condessa algo que se assemelhava a uma profecia. Cresceu em seu peito o terror das vinganças que a aguardavam no futuro. Seu coração não se havia ainda pervertido o suficiente para que a sensibilidade e a indulgência fossem dele totalmente banidas”

Pode acreditar, minha filha, mulher alguma gosta de receber de volta o coração de seu marido das mãos de outra mulher. Ficará cem vezes mais feliz se acreditar que foi ela mesma quem o reconquistou.”

se o coronel se zangar só porque eu dancei com a esposa dele, depois de ter suportado estòicamente que eu tenha tirado dele a senhora…”

Nessa época, a moda era que as mulheres erguessem a cintura de seus vestidos para colocá-la justamente abaixo dos seios, à imitação das estátuas gregas, um estilo impiedoso para qualquer mulher cujo busto apresentasse o menor defeito.”

Para muitos homens, a dança em sociedade é uma maneira de ser; eles pensam que, ao exibir as habilidades de seu corpo, conseguem influenciar o coração das mulheres com muito mais eficiência que ao tentar seduzi-las pelo espírito.”

Quando as novas regras da contradança, que tinham sido inventadas pelo dançarino Trénis e que receberam por isso o nome de trenita, colocaram Martial frente a frente com o coronel, aquele murmurou sorridente:

– Ganhei seu cavalo…

– Pode ser, mas perdeu 80 mil libras de renda – replicou-lhe o coronel, indicando com a cabeça a sra. de Vaudrémont.

– E que me importa isso?… – sussurrou de volta Martial. – Madame de Soulanges vale milhões…”

Os homens não podiam compreender a sorte que tivera o pequeno desembargador, em cujo aspecto físico aparentemente insignificante não percebiam nada de encantador.”

(*) “Todos os alimentos eram servidos juntos e colocados à disposição dos convidados, com os pratos empilhados de antemão sobre a mesa ou sobre as mesinhas laterais, os buffets, de onde surgiu a expressão atual, <bufê> ou <bifê>.”

– Precisamente – respondeu ela, com um largo sorriso. – Mas meu marido me roubou esse anel, deu para ela, ela o deu de presente a você, ele viajou e agora voltou para mim, foi só isso. Talvez agora este anel me diga umas quantas coisas que ignoro e me ensinará o segredo de agradar sempre a todos… Cavalheiro – continuou ela –, se ele já não fosse meu, tenha certeza de que eu não teria corrido o risco de pagar tão caro por ele, porque, segundo dizem, qualquer jovem corre perigo ao lado do senhor… Olhe só!… – acrescentou, enquanto fazia saltar uma mola e mostrava um pequeno esconderijo por baixo da pedra – Os cabelos do sr. conde de Soulanges [peruca] ainda estão aqui dentro…

Ela saiu pelos salões com tal rapidez que parecia inútil querer alcançá-la. Além disso, Martial tinha ficado tão confuso e humilhado que não sentia a menor disposição para tentar a aventura.”

fôra com incrível repugnância que ela havia consentido no plano arquitetado por sua tia, a duquesa de Lansac, e, naquele momento, tinha grande receio de haver cometido um erro. O baile enchera de tristeza sua alma cândida. Inicialmente, horrorizara-se com o ar sombrio e sofredor do conde de Soulanges, depois se apavorara ainda mais ao ver a beleza de sua rival, ao passo que a visão da sociedade corrupta que a rodeava lhe havia partido o coração. (…) estremeceu mais de uma vez ao pensar como o dever das mulheres que desejam conservar a paz conjugal as obriga a ocultar no fundo do coração, sem proferir uma só queixa, angústias tão profundas como as que sentira.

– Hortense, o que é que você tem no dedo que me machucou tanto os lábios? – perguntou ele, ao mesmo tempo em que ria baixinho.

– Ora, é o meu diamante, que você disse ter perdido e que agora eu achei.”

Julho de 1829”

COMENTÁRIOS DA EDIÇÃO

A) SOBRE O LEGADO DA COMÉDIA HUMANA

A Comédia Humana é o título geral que dá unidade à obra máxima de Honoré de Balzac e é composta de 89 romances, novelas e histórias curtas.(*) Este enorme painel do séc. XIX foi ordenado pelo autor em 3 partes: Estudos de costumes, Estudos analíticos e Estudos filosóficos.”

(*) “A idéia de Balzac era que A comédia humana tivesse 137 títulos, segundo seu Catálogo do que conterá A comédia humana, de 1845. Deixou de fora, de sua autoria, apenas Les cent contes drolatiques, vários ensaios e artigos, além de muitas peças ficcionais sob pseudônimo e esboços que não foram concluídos.”

Trata-se de um monumental conjunto de histórias, considerado de forma unânime uma das mais importantes realizações da literatura mundial em todos os tempos. Cerca de 2,5 mil personagens se movimentam pelos vários livros de A comédia humana, ora como protagonistas, ora como coadjuvantes. Genial observador do seu tempo, Balzac soube como ninguém captar o <espírito> do séc. XIX. A França, os franceses e a Restauração têm nele um pintor magnífico e preciso.”

Clássicos absolutos da literatura mundial como Ilusões perdidas, Eugénie Grandet, O lírio do vale, O pai Goriot, Ferragus, Beatriz, A vendeta, Um episódio do terror, A pele de onagro, Mulher de trinta anos, A fisiologia do casamento, entre tantos outros, combinam-se com dezenas de histórias nem tão célebres, mas nem por isso menos deliciosas ou reveladoras. Tido como o inventor do romance moderno, Balzac deu tal dimensão aos seus personagens que já no séc. XIX mereceu do crítico literário e historiador francês Hippolyte Taine a seguinte observação: <Como William Shakespeare, Balzac é o maior repositório de documentos que possuímos sobre a natureza humana>.

Balzac nasceu em Tours em 20 de maio de 1799. Com 19 anos convenceu sua família – de modestos recursos – a sustentá-lo em Paris na tentativa de tornar-se um grande escritor. Obcecado pela idéia da glória literária e da fortuna, foi para a capital francesa em busca de periódicos e editoras que se dispusessem a publicar suas histórias – num momento em que Paris se preparava para a época de ouro do romance-folhetim, fervilhando em meio à proliferação de jornais e revistas. Consciente da necessidade do aprendizado e da sua própria falta de experiência e técnica, começou publicando sob pseudônimos exóticos, como Lord R’hoone e Horace de Saint-Aubin. Escrevia histórias de aventuras, romances policialescos, açucarados, folhetins baratos, qualquer coisa que lhe desse o sustento. Obstinado com seu futuro, evitava usar o seu verdadeiro nome para dar autoria a obras que considerava (e de fato eram) menores. Em 1829, lançou o primeiro livro a ostentar seu nome na capa – A Bretanha em 1800 –, um romance histórico em que tentava seguir o estilo de Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), o grande romancista escocês autor de romances históricos clássicos, como Ivanhoé.“seus delírios de gradeza levaram-no a bolar negócios que vão desde gráficas e revistas até minas de prata. Mas fracassa como homem de negócios. Falido e endividado, reage criando obras-primas para pagar seus credores numa destrutiva jornada de trabalho de até 18h diárias.”

Saudai-me, pois estou seriamente na iminência de tornar-me um gênio.”

Aos 47 anos, massacrado pelo trabalho, pela péssima alimentação e pelo tormento das dívidas que não o abandonaram pela vida inteira, ainda que com projetos e esboços para pelo menos mais 20 romances, já não escrevia mais.”

A imensidão de um projeto que abarca a um só tempo a história e a crítica social, a análise de seus males e a discussão de seus princípios, autoriza-me, creio, a dar a minha obra o título que ela tem hoje: A comédia humana. É ambicioso? É o que, uma vez terminada a obra, o público decidirá.”

B) SOBRE A VENDETA

Publicada pela 1ª vez em abril de 1830, Vendetta abria a seleção de romances que faziam parte do primeiro volume de Cenas da vida privada, no qual Balzac iniciava seu estudo de costumes que desembocaria na monumental A comédia humana, título que ele concebeu dez anos depois, em 1840, e que unificaria toda a sua obra anterior e futura.”

L’ENCYCLOPÉDIE – AF

AF

AFFECTATION, s. f. dans le langage & dans la conversation, est un vice assez ordinaire aux gens qu’on appelle beaux parleurs. Il consiste à dire en termes bien recherchés, & quelquefois ridiculement choisis, des choses triviales ou communes: c’est pour cette raison que les beaux parleurs sont ordinairement si insupportables aux gens d’esprit, qui cherchent beaucoup plus à bien penser qu’à bien dire, ou plûtôt qui croyent que pour bien dire, il suffit de bien penser, qu’une pensée neuve, forte, juste, lumineuse, porte avec elle son expression; & qu’une pensée commune ne doit jamais être présentée que pour ce qu’elle est, c’est-à-dire avec une expression simple.

Affectation dans le style, c’est à peu près la même chose que l’affectation dans le langage, avec cette différence que ce qui est écrit doit être naturellement un peu plus soigné que ce que l’on dit, parce qu’on est supposé y penser mûrement en l’écrivant; d’où il s’ensuit que ce qui est affectation dans le langage ne l’est pas quelquefois dans le style. L’affectation dans le style est à l’affectation dans le langage, ce qu’est l’affectation d’un grand Seigneur à celle d’un homme ordinaire. J’ai entendu quelquefois faire l’éloge de certaines personnes, en disant qu’elles parlent comme un livre: si ce que ces personnes disent étoit écrit, cela pourroit être supportable: mais il me semble que c’est un grand défaut que de parler ainsi; c’est une marque presque certaine que l’on est dépourvû de chaleur & d’imagination: tant pis pour qui ne fait jamais de solécismes en parlant. On pourroit dire que ces personnes-là lisent toûjours, & ne parlent jamais. Ce qu’il y a de singulier, c’est qu’ordinairement ces beaux parleurs sont de très-mauvais écrivains: la raison en est toute simple; ou ils écrivent comme ils parleroient, persuadés qu’ils parlent comme on doit écrire; & ils se permettent en ce cas une infinité de négligences & d’expressions impropres qui échappent, malgré qu’on en ait, dans le discours; ou ils mettent, proportion gardée, le même soin à écrire qu’ils mettent à parler; & en ce cas l’affectation dans leur style est, si on peut parler ainsi, proportionnelle à celle de leur langage, & par conséquent ridicule. (O)

* AFFLICTION, chagrin, peine, synonymes. L’affliction est au chagrin, ce que l’habitude est à l’acte. La mort d’un pere nous afflige; la perte d’un procès nous donne du chagrin; le malheur d’une personne de connoissance nous donne de la peine. L’affliction abat; le chagrin donne de l’humeur; la peine attriste pour un moment: l’affliction est cet état de tristesse & d’abattement, où nous jette un grand accident, & dans lequel la mémoire de cette accident nous entretient. Les affligés ont besoin d’amis qui les consolent en s’affligeant avec eux; les personnes chagrines de personnes gaies, qui leur donnent des distractions; & ceux qui ont une peine, d’une occupation, quelle qu’elle soit, qui détourne leurs yeux, de ce qui les attriste, sur un autre objet.

* AFRIQUE, (Géog.) l’une des quatre parties principales de la Terre. Elle a depuis Tanger jusqu’à Suez environ 800 lieues; depuis le Cap-verd jusqu’au cap Guardafui 1420; & du cap de Bonne-Espérance jusqu’à Bone 1450. Long. 1-71. lat. mérid. 1-35. & lat. sept. 1-37. 30.

On ne commerce gueres que sur les côtes de l’Afrique; le dedans de cette partie du monde n’est pas encore assez connu, & les Européens n’ont gueres commencé ce commerce que vers le milieu du XIVe siecle. Il y en a peu depuis les Royaumes de Maroc & de Fés jusqu’aux environs du Cap-verd. Les étatablissemens sont vers ce cap & entre la riviere de Sénegal & de Serrelionne. La côte de Serrelionne est abordée par les quatre Nations: mais il n’y a que les Anglois & les Portugais qui y soient établis. Les Anglois seuls résident près du cap de Misérado. Nous faisons quelque commerce sur les côtes de Malaguette ou de Greve: nous en faisons davantage au petit Dieppe & au grand Sestre. La côte d’Ivoire ou des Dents est fréquentée par tous les Européens; ils ont presque tous aussi des Habitations & des Forts à la côte d’Or. Le cap de Corse est le principal établissement des Anglois: on trafique peu à Asdres. On tire de Benin & d’Angole beaucoup de Negres. On ne fait rien dans la Cafrerie. Les Portugais sont établis à Sofala, à Mozambique, à Madagascar. Ils font aussi tout le commerce de Melinde.

THE TRAGEDY OF (MARCIUS) CORIOLANUS

For the dearth [escassez],

The gods, not the patricians, make it, and

Your knees to them, not arms, must help.”

MENENIUS

There was a time when all the body’s members

Rebell’d against the belly, thus accused it:

That only like a gulf it did remain

I’ the midst o’ the body, idle and unactive,

Still cupboarding the viand, never bearing

Like labour with the rest, where the other instruments

Did see and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel,

And, mutually participate, did minister

Unto the appetite and affection common

Of the whole body. The belly answer’d–

First Citizen

Well, sir, what answer made the belly?

MENENIUS

Sir, I shall tell you. With a kind of smile,

Which ne’er came from the lungs, but even thus–

For, look you, I may make the belly smile

As well as speak–it tauntingly replied

To the discontented members, the mutinous parts

That envied his receipt; even so most fitly

As you malign our senators for that

They are not such as you.

First Citizen

Your belly’s answer? What!

The kingly-crowned head, the vigilant eye,

The counsellor heart, the arm our soldier,

Our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter.

With other muniments and petty helps

In this our fabric, if that they–

MENENIUS

What then?

Fore me, this fellow speaks! What then? what then?

First Citizen

Should by the cormorant belly be restrain’d,

Who is the sink o’ the body,–

MENENIUS

Well, what then?

First Citizen

The former agents, if they did complain,

What could the belly answer?

MENENIUS

I will tell you

If you’ll bestow a small–of what you have little–

Patience awhile, you’ll hear the belly’s answer.

First Citizen

Ye’re long about it.

MENENIUS

Note me this, good friend;

Your most grave belly was deliberate,

Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer’d:

<True is it, my incorporate friends,> quoth he,

<That I receive the general food at first,

Which you do live upon; and fit it is,

Because I am the store-house and the shop

Of the whole body: but, if you do remember,

I send it through the rivers of your blood,

Even to the court, the heart, to the seat o’ the brain;

And, through the cranks and offices of man,

The strongest nerves and small inferior veins

From me receive that natural competency

Whereby they live: and though that all at once,

You, my good friends,>–this says the belly, mark me,–”

BRUTUS

The present wars devour him: he is grown

Too proud to be so valiant.”

VOLUMNIA

had I a dozen sons, each in my love

alike and none less dear than thine and my good

Marcius, I had rather had eleven die nobly for their

country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.”

VOLUMNIA

the breasts of Hecuba,

When she did suckle Hector, look’d not lovelier

Than Hector’s forehead when it spit forth blood

At Grecian sword, contemning.”

MARCIUS

(…) You souls of geese,

That bear the shapes of men, how have you run

From slaves that apes would beat! Pluto and hell!

All hurt behind; backs red, and faces pale

With flight and agued fear! Mend and charge home,

Or, by the fires of heaven, I’ll leave the foe

And make my wars on you

LARTIUS

(…) Thou wast a soldier

Even to Cato’s wish, not fierce and terrible

Only in strokes; but, with thy grim looks and

The thunder-like percussion of thy sounds,

Thou madst thine enemies shake, as if the world

Were feverous and did tremble.”

MARCIUS

If any think brave death outweighs bad life

And that his country’s dearer than himself;

Let him alone, or so many so minded,

Wave thus, to express his disposition,

And follow Marcius.

They all shout and wave their swords, take him up in their arms, and cast up their caps

Not Afric owns a serpent I abhor

More than thy fame and envy. Fix thy foot.”

CAIUS MARCIUS CORIOLANUS! Bear

The addition nobly ever!

Flourish. Trumpets sound, and drums

LARTIUS

Marcius, his name?

CORIOLANUS

By Jupiter! forgot.

I am weary; yea, my memory is tired.

Have we no wine here?”

Five times, Marcius,

I have fought with thee: so often hast thou beat me,

And wouldst do so, I think, should we encounter

As often as we eat. By the elements,

If e’er again I meet him beard to beard,

He’s mine, or I am his: mine emulation

Hath not that honour in’t it had; for where

I thought to crush him in an equal force,

True sword to sword, I’ll potch at him some way

Or wrath or craft may get him.”

SICINIUS

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.

MENENIUS

Pray you, who does the wolf love?

SICINIUS

The lamb.

MENENIUS

Ay, to devour him; as the hungry plebeians would the noble Marcius.

BRUTUS

He’s a lamb indeed, that baes like a bear.”

MENENIUS

I know you can do very little alone; for your helps are many, or else your actions would grow wondrous single: your abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone. You talk of pride: O that you could turn your eyes toward the napes of your necks, and make but an interior survey of your good selves! O that you could!”

one that converses more with the buttock of the night than with the forehead of the morning”

BRUTO

Ora, ora, Menênio, você é bastante conhecido por ser, como senador do Capitólio, um excelso histrião e bufão na mesa de jantar!”

VOLUMNIA

He had, before this last expedition, twenty-five wounds upon him.

MENENIUS

Now it’s twenty-seven: every gash was an enemy’s grave.

A shout and flourish

Hark! the trumpets.

VOLUMNIA

These are the ushers of Marcius: before him he

carries noise, and behind him he leaves tears:

Death, that dark spirit, in ‘s nervy arm doth lie;

Which, being advanced, declines, and then men die.”

VOLUMNIA

Nay, my good soldier, up;

My gentle Marcius, worthy Caius, and

By deed-achieving honour newly named,–

What is it?–Coriolanus must I call thee?–

Messenger

You are sent for to the Capitol. ‘Tis thought

That Marcius shall be consul:

I have seen the dumb men throng to see him and

The blind to bear him speak: matrons flung gloves,

Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchers,

Upon him as he pass’d: the nobles bended,

As to Jove’s statue, and the commons made

A shower and thunder with their caps and shouts:

I never saw the like.”

Second Officer

Faith, there had been many great men that have flattered the people, who ne’er loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore: so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground: therefore, for Coriolanus neither to care whether they love or hate him manifests the true knowledge he has in their disposition; and out of his noble carelessness lets them plainly see’t.

First Officer

(…) he seeks their hate with greater devotion than can render it him; and leaves nothing undone that may fully discover him their opposite. Now, to seem to affect the malice and displeasure of the people is as bad as that which he dislikes, to flatter them for their love.

he covets less

Than misery itself would give; rewards

His deeds with doing them, and is content

To spend the time to end it.”

Ingratitude is monstrous, and for the multitude to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude: of the which we being members, should bring ourselves to be monstrous members.”

visissytudes da democrashia:

We have been called so of many; not that our heads are some brown, some black, some auburn, some bald, but that our wits are so diversely coloured: and truly I think if all our wits were to issue out of one skull, they would fly east, west, north, south, and their consent of one direct way should be at once to all the points o’ the compass.”

Lá vem ele desfilando com a toga da humildade…

O preço do presente do mendigo eu não digo

A ESCULTURA DE PERSEU

Minhas feridas falam por mim.

Se cicatrizes fossem serpentes

Eu seria a Górgona, mas com mais cabeças, até os pés.

Melhor morrer, melhor agonizar,

do que conseguir o que tanto queríamos…”

Mas sabe, é de costume seguir os costumes…

POSIÇÃO OBJETÁVEL

Eu sou um coitado sem as vantagens do coitado

É como se tivessem praticado o coito

em mim

E eu na pior posição possível

Decididamente acharam que eu era uma espécie

de

Ralo da Fonte

God save the Consul

Go say “V.D.” Cone Sul

Mean man or mean men? Methinks it’s a mean beam machine…

First Citizen

No,’tis his kind of speech: he did not mock us.

Second Citizen

Not one amongst us, save yourself, but says

He used us scornfully: he should have show’d us

His marks of merit, wounds received for’s country.”

WHONCE UPON A TAME LAND

Lend me a hand and contest my remarks:

Would you wound my waves of wuthering whores?

Who wore that woody garment?

Who were them?

Brutos sabe boas maneiras

Come espinafre de boca fechada.

Também se amacome quieto.

E de barrigacheia.

CICLÃO

O cão que é espancado ao latir

É criado para latir

Inclusive ao ser espancado

HERE-ARE-KEY

Vouchsafe thy voice

There ain’t be nothing outrageous

Travel must ‘em

to reach your domains!

Only their voices are

foreseen, ‘fore-heard

Like herd

groaning

Eating daily grass

Oh, your Grace

Excuse Me

I am too ice hotter than you.

GILBER-TO GILL

Rate your hate: for whom would you not

take your hat?

Ate your 8 (s)corns

And be not a bait

Be keen as a kin’

A fault in the asfault

A QUE DUTOS EU VOO

BRUTUS

(…)

How youngly he began to serve his country,

How long continued, and what stock he springs of,

The noble house o’ the Marcians, from whence came

That Ancus Marcius, Numa’s daughter’s son,

Who, after great Hostilius, here was king;

Of the same house Publius and Quintus were,

That our beat water brought by conduits hither;

And (Censorinus,) nobly named so,

Twice being (by the people chosen) censor,

Was his great ancestor.”

PAÍS CONFUSO DE MALICE

Ditador escolhido

Presidente imposto

Duas coisas são certas

Só-negar

e Vivenciar

Still the steel plays a sound

a song

music

in the harps and the harpsichord

Oh no too soon!

To the Terpsic[h]ore

Herps and hemp is

on the shore

DON.E KICK-SHOT

Will you be willingly weening and whining to the windmill

of the Wheel?

Well-done Walrus!

Wretches!

For whom the rebels capitulate

and claims the Capitol?

Run!

REVOLUÇÃO A ESTIBORDO

Orquestrar um mo(n)tim

Deve ser mais difícil que desbaratar

A ordem

universal

Sir, answer

Oi, Sir!

I swear

I saw the sire

and it (she!) was awkward!

Wake!

Streamdberg

Mountains will move

Before you decide

What t’do!

Goad!

Incite!

Good-god!

In site…

In time..

Intimidate!

Date!

Apollogize

Come on, coma profound!

Se vira nos 47’ do segundo tempo, faustop gordão!

CORIOLANUS

Whoever gave that counsel, to give forth

The corn o’ the storehouse gratis, as ‘twas used

Sometime in Greece,–

MENENIUS

Well, well, no more of that.

CORIOLANUS

Though there the people had more absolute power,

I say, they nourish’d disobedience, fed

The ruin of the state.

BRUTUS

Why, shall the people give

One that speaks thus their voice?

CORIOLANUS

I’ll give my reasons,

More worthier than their voices. They know the corn

Was not our recompense, resting well assured

That ne’er did service for’t: being press’d to the war,

Even when the navel of the state was touch’d,

They would not thread the gates. This kind of service

Did not deserve corn gratis. Being i’ the war

Their mutinies and revolts, wherein they show’d

Most valour, spoke not for them: the accusation

Which they have often made against the senate,

All cause unborn, could never be the motive

Of our so frank donation. Well, what then?

How shall this bisson multitude digest

The senate’s courtesy? Let deeds express

What’s like to be their words: <we did request it;

We are the greater poll, and in true fear

They gave us our demands.> Thus we debase

The nature of our seats and make the rabble

Call our cares fears; which will in time

Break ope’ the locks o’ the senate and bring in

The crows to peck the eagles.

MENENIUS

Come, enough.

BRUTUS

Enough, with over-measure.

CORIOLANUS

No, take more:

What may be sworn by, both divine and human,

Seal what I end withal! This double worship,

Where one part does disdain with cause, the other

Insult without all reason, where gentry, title, wisdom,

Cannot conclude but by the yea and no

Of general ignorance,–it must omit

Real necessities, and give way the while

To unstable slightness: purpose so barr’d,

it follows,

Nothing is done to purpose. Therefore, beseech you,–

You that will be less fearful than discreet,

That love the fundamental part of state

More than you doubt the change on’t, that prefer

A noble life before a long, and wish

To jump a body with a dangerous physic

That’s sure of death without it, at once pluck out

The multitudinous tongue; let them not lick

The sweet which is their poison: your dishonour

Mangles true judgment and bereaves the state

Of that integrity which should become’t,

Not having the power to do the good it would,

For the in which doth control’t.

BRUTUS

Has said enough.

SICINIUS

Has spoken like a traitor, and shall answer

As traitors do.

CORIOLANUS

Thou wretch, despite o’erwhelm thee!

What should the people do with these bald tribunes?

On whom depending, their obedience fails

To the greater bench: in a rebellion,

When what’s not meet, but what must be, was law,

Then were they chosen: in a better hour,

Let what is meet be said it must be meet,

And throw their power i’ the dust.

BRUTUS

Manifest treason!

SICINIUS

This a consul? no.”

CORIOLANO

Quem quer que seja que teve a idéia de distribuir grãos dos depósitos de graça aos pobres, como era às vezes de usança na Grécia,–

MENÊNIO

Já não há mais disso!

CORIOLANO

–muito embora naqueles tempos os plebeus tivessem mais poder, esse poder não lhes saía melhor do que o poder de um Estado em ruínas, como terminam todos os alimentados pela discórdia.

BRUTO

E quê, então? Devia o povo ceder sua soberania a pelintras que gastam assim a saliva?

CORIOLANO

Eu estou do lado da razão, o que vale muito mais que discursos vazios. O povo sabe muito bem que jamais receberia comida à boca, por ser uma multidão de ingratos! Instados a defender o Estado na guerra, até se o umbigo de Roma fosse corrompido, eles nem por isso atravessariam armados os portões da cidade! Essa conduta não merece pão! Isso quando não iam à guerra, só para se amotinar e revoltar, o que não lhes concede, idem, muito valor! Antes de acusarem o senado, sem qualquer prerrogativa, deviam se arranjar um bom advogado! Como acabaria esse gado ingrato, esse cão infiel, digerindo nossa cortesia?! Eles pensam não estar em falta quando dizem: “Exigimi-lo; nós somos a razão de ser da aristocracia, então ela terá de ceder!” É assim que a degradação enfim invade o Capitólio e que viramos reféns da ralé! Nossa temperança se torna medo; cedo desmorona o púlpito, e a Águia de Zeus acaba devorada às bicadelas por corvos desprezíveis – o mais inverossímil contra-senso!

MENÊNIO

Vamos, Coriolano, já chega.

BRUTO

Não só já chega como já passou muito da conta!

CORIOLANO

Não, ouçam mais estas razões: que os homens e que o Olimpo testemunhem este perjúrio: onde uns menosprezam justificadamente, e outros insultam gratuitamente, onde nobreza, honra, sabedoria, já não podem prosperar senão segundo o Sim e o Não de uma massa ignara;– o que é importante já se perdeu, só restou a mais inconstante vileza: sociedade despropositada, significa que nada mais faz sentido! Prostrem-se, pois!– Vocês, que antes agem temerariamente que com discrição, que amam em primeiro lugar o topo, sem se perguntar o que se deve fazer para lá chegar, virtuosamente!– Vocês, sequiosos da boa-vida mas não da vida longa, sedentos pela incontinência, isentos de saúde e auto-controle, vocês jogam o corpo fora; assim como vocês fazem com a seiva do governo, drenando-a, façam de uma vez com que acabe o falatório! Arranquem fora suas línguas! Não permitam que esse órgão tão sensível, com donos tão torpes, prove do doce que é na verdade puro veneno: sua degenerescência desfigura o juízo e deprava o Estado! Toda a unidade esfarelaria nas mãos de quem não tem o poder de fazer o bem!

BRUTO

Ele já disse o bastante.

SICÍNIO

E falou como um traidor, e agora deve responder como os traidores respondem!

CORIOLANO

Celerados! Passam da medida no despeito! O que faz o populacho confiando nesses dois tribunos da plebe de cabeça oca? Se o povo só se contenta ao se revoltar, como pode ter arautos, arlequins, que assim como eles são incapazes de obedecer qualquer princípio? Na desordem, em que o mais necessário, mas o mais ausente, é a lei, foram esses dois eleitos: em boa hora, façamos o Direito prevalecer e arremessemo-los na lama do olvido!

BRUTO

É um traidor descarado!

SICÍNIO

Não, por Zeus, que isto é um cônsul!

Confúcio passa pela confusão, mas sereno não!

Valentia é conhecida como tolice, quando é dirigida de peito aberto ao maior número!”

BRUTUS

Or let us stand to our authority,

Or let us lose it. We do here pronounce,

Upon the part o’ the people, in whose power

We were elected theirs, Marcius is worthy

Of present death.

SICINIUS

Therefore lay hold of him;

Bear him to the rock Tarpeian, and from thence

Into destruction cast him.

BRUTUS

Aediles, seize him!

Citizens

Yield, Marcius, yield!

MENENIUS

Hear me one word;

Beseech you, tribunes, hear me but a word.

Aedile

Peace, peace!

MENENIUS

[To BRUTUS] Be that you seem, truly your

country’s friend,

And temperately proceed to what you would

Thus violently redress.

BRUTUS

Sir, those cold ways,

That seem like prudent helps, are very poisonous

Where the disease is violent. Lay hands upon him,

And bear him to the rock.

CORIOLANUS

No, I’ll die here.

Drawing his sword

There’s some among you have beheld me fighting:

Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me.

MENENIUS

Down with that sword! Tribunes, withdraw awhile.

BRUTUS

Lay hands upon him.

COMINIUS

Help Marcius, help,

You that be noble; help him, young and old!

Citizens

Down with him, down with him!

In this mutiny, the Tribunes, the Aediles, and the People, are beat in

MENENIUS

Go, get you to your house; be gone, away!

All will be naught else.

Second Senator

Get you gone.

COMINIUS

Stand fast;

We have as many friends as enemies.

MENENIUS

Sham it be put to that?

First Senator

The gods forbid!

I prithee, noble friend, home to thy house;

Leave us to cure this cause.

MENENIUS

For ‘tis a sore upon us,

You cannot tent yourself: be gone, beseech you.

COMINIUS

Come, sir, along with us.

CORIOLANUS

I would they were barbarians–as they are,

Though in Rome litter’d–not Romans–as they are not,

Though calved i’ the porch o’ the Capitol–

MENENIUS

Be gone;

Put not your worthy rage into your tongue;

One time will owe another.

CORIOLANUS

On fair ground

I could beat forty of them.

COMINIUS

I could myself

Take up a brace o’ the best of them; yea, the two tribunes:

But now ‘tis odds beyond arithmetic;

[As chances estão contra nós, não vê?!]

And manhood is call’d foolery, when it stands

Against a falling fabric. Will you hence,

Before the tag return? whose rage doth rend

Like interrupted waters and o’erbear

What they are used to bear.

MENENIUS

Pray you, be gone:

I’ll try whether my old wit be in request

With those that have but little: this must be patch’d

With cloth of any colour.

COMINIUS

Nay, come away.

Exeunt CORIOLANUS, COMINIUS, and others

Seu coração é sua boca; o que forjam seus pulmões, é forçoso sua língua ventilar!”

O verdadeiro indignado esquece já ter ouvido aquele nome — o da Morte”

A víbora, deixada ser o que é, despovoaria a cidade e seria no lugar dos homens.”

Aquele que sabe o valor de um homem sabe também as suas falhas.”

Somos ingratos com o pé gangrenado, e esquecemos por quantas sendas ele já nos levou…”

Proceed by process”

MENENIUS

Consider this: he has been bred i’ the wars

Since he could draw a sword, and is ill school’d

In bolted language; meal and bran together

He throws without distinction. Give me leave,

I’ll go to him, and undertake to bring him

Where he shall answer, by a lawful form,

In peace, to his utmost peril.”

Ele não é Zeus, mas bem sabe a língua do Trovão!

VOLUMNIA

You might have been enough the man you are,

With striving less to be so; lesser had been

The thwartings of your dispositions, if

You had not show’d them how ye were disposed

Ere they lack’d power to cross you.”

(…)

Pray, be counsell’d:

I have a heart as little apt as yours,

But yet a brain that leads my use of anger

To better vantage.

(…)

You are too absolute;

Though therein you can never be too noble,

But when extremities speak. I have heard you say,

Honour and policy, like unsever’d friends,

I’ the war do grow together: grant that, and tell me,

In peace what each of them by the other lose,

That they combine not there.

(…)

Because that now it lies you on to speak

To the people; not by your own instruction,

Nor by the matter which your heart prompts you,

But with such words that are but rooted in

Your tongue, though but bastards and syllables

Of no allowance to your bosom’s truth.

Now, this no more dishonours you at all

Than to take in a town with gentle words,

Which else would put you to your fortune and

The hazard of much blood.

(…)

Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant

More learned than the ears–waving thy head,

Which often, thus, correcting thy stout heart,

Now humble as the ripest mulberry

That will not hold the handling: or say to them,

Thou art their soldier, and being bred in broils

Hast not the soft way which, thou dost confess,

Were fit for thee to use as they to claim,

In asking their good loves, but thou wilt frame

Thyself, forsooth, hereafter theirs, so far

As thou hast power and person.”

(…)

Go, and be ruled: although I know thou hadst rather

Follow thine enemy in a fiery gulf

Than flatter him in a bower.

To the market-place!

You have put me now to such a part which never

I shall discharge to the life.”

VOLUMNIA

I prithee now, sweet son, as thou hast said

My praises made thee first a soldier, so,

To have my praise for this, perform a part

Thou hast not done before.”

Away, my disposition, and possess me

Some harlot’s spirit! my throat of war be turn’d,

Which quired with my drum, into a pipe

Small as an eunuch, or the virgin voice

That babies lulls asleep! the smiles of knaves

Tent in my cheeks, and schoolboys’ tears take up

The glasses of my sight! a beggar’s tongue

Make motion through my lips, and my arm’d knees,

Who bow’d but in my stirrup, bend like his

That hath received an alms! I will not do’t,

Lest I surcease to honour mine own truth

And by my body’s action teach my mind

A most inherent baseness.”

let thy mother rather feel thy pride than fear thy dangerous stoutness, for I mock at death with as big heart as thou. Do as thou list thy valiantness was mine, thou suck’dst it from me, but owe thy pride thyself.”

CORIOLANUS

The word is <mildly>. Pray you, let us go:

Let them accuse me by invention, I

Will answer in mine honour.

MENENIUS

Ay, but mildly.

CORIOLANUS

Well, mildly be it then. Mildly!

Exeunt

BRUTUS MARIANNUS CAROLINGIUS

Put him to choler straight: he hath been used

Ever to conquer, and to have his worth

Of contradiction: being once chafed, he cannot

Be rein’d again to temperance; then he speaks

What’s in his heart; and that is there which looks

With us to break his neck.”

The fires i’ the lowest hell fold-in the people!

Call me their traitor! Thou injurious tribune!

Within thine eyes sat 20.000 deaths,

In thy hand clutch’d as many millions, in

Thy lying tongue both numbers, I would say

<Thou liest> unto thee with a voice as free

As I do pray the gods.”

SICINIUS

And in the power of us the tribunes, we,

Even from this instant, banish him our city,

In peril of precipitation

From off the rock Tarpeian never more

To enter our Rome gates: i’ the people’s name,

I say it shall be so.

Citizens

It shall be so, it shall be so; let him away:

He’s banish’d, and it shall be so.”

Despising, for you, the city, thus I turn my back: there is a world elsewhere.”

Our enemy is banish’d! he is gone! Hoo! hoo!

Shouting, and throwing up their caps

CORIOLANUS

What, what, what!

I shall be loved when I am lack’d. Nay, mother.

Resume that spirit, when you were wont to say,

If you had been the wife of Hercules,

Six of his labours you’ld have done, and saved

Your husband so much sweat. Cominius,

Droop not; adieu. Farewell, my wife, my mother:

I’ll do well yet. Thou old and true Menenius,

Thy tears are salter than a younger man’s,

And venomous to thine eyes. My sometime general,

I have seen thee stem, and thou hast oft beheld

Heart-hardening spectacles; tell these sad women

Tis fond to wail inevitable strokes,

As ‘tis to laugh at ‘em. My mother, you wot well

My hazards still have been your solace: and

Believe’t not lightly–though I go alone,

Like to a lonely dragon, that his fen [pântano, covil insalubre]

Makes fear’d and talk’d of more than seen–your son

Will or exceed the common or be caught

With cautelous baits and practise.”

While I remain above the ground, you shall

Hear from me still, and never of me aught

But what is like me formerly.”

SICINIUS

Are you mankind?

VOLUMNIA

Ay, fool; is that a shame? Note but this fool.

Was not a man my father? Hadst thou foxship

To banish him that struck more blows for Rome

Than thou hast spoken words?

SICINIUS

O blessed heavens!

VOLUMNIA

More noble blows than ever thou wise words;

And for Rome’s good. I’ll tell thee what; yet go:

Nay, but thou shalt stay too: I would my son

Were in Arabia, and thy tribe before him,

His good sword in his hand.

SICINIUS

What then?

VIRGILIA

What then!

He’ld make an end of thy posterity.

VOLUMNIA

Bastards and all.

Good man, the wounds that he does bear for Rome!

MENENIUS

Come, come, peace.

SICINIUS

I would he had continued to his country

As he began, and not unknit himself

The noble knot he made.

BRUTUS

I would he had.

VOLUMNIA

<I would he had>! ‘Twas you incensed the rabble:

Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth

As I can of those mysteries which heaven

Will not have earth to know.

BRUTUS

Pray, let us go.

VOLUMNIA

Now, pray, sir, get you gone:

You have done a brave deed. Ere you go, hear this:–

As far as doth the Capitol exceed

The meanest house in Rome, so far my son–

This lady’s husband here, this, do you see–

Whom you have banish’d, does exceed you all.

BRUTUS

Well, well, we’ll leave you.

SICINIUS

Why stay we to be baited

With one that wants her wits?

VOLUMNIA

Take my prayers with you.

Exeunt Tribunes

I would the gods had nothing else to do

But to confirm my curses! Could I meet ‘em

But once a-day, it would unclog my heart

Of what lies heavy to’t.”

SICÍNIO

Está lúcida você?

VOLÚMNIA

É, covarde… Que vergonha! Olhem para este tolo!

Não foi um homem lúcido meu pai? Tem instintos de raposa

Alguém que, como você, tem a coragem de banir aquele que

Distribuiu mais golpes contra os bárbaros

Do que você jamais distribuiu palavras!

SICÍNIO

Pelo Olimpo!

VOLÚMNIA

Muito mais estocadas do que palavras sábias suas;

e para a sorte de Roma. Direi mais, antes que se vá:

Não vá tão depressa, fique: quisera meu filho

Estivera na Arábia, e sua legião diante dele,

Sua espada em sua destra mão.

SICÍNIO

Sim, e depois?

VIRGÍNIA

E depois!!

Ele extinguiria sua posteridade.

VOLÚMNIA

Bastardos e o restolho.

Homem de valor, todas as cicatrizes que ele adquiriu por Roma!

MENÊNIO

Ei, ei, calma!

SICÍNIO

Eu gostaria que ele seguisse em sua cidade

Como começou, e não desatasse deliberadamente

O nobre laço que ele atara.

BRUTO

Eu também gostaria.

VOLÚMNIA

<Eu também gostaria…>! Você, o inflamador das massas:

Gatunos, que podem avaliar alguém da estatura de meu filho

Tão bem quant’eu poss’avaliar dos mistérios qu’os Céus

Proíbem aos mortais desvelar.

BRUTO

Ora, com licença!

VOLÚMNIA

Senhor, pode ir embora:

Saiba que fez algo bem corajoso!

Antes de ir, porém, ouça isto:–

Enquanto o Capitólio exceder

Em valor a menor das casas romanas,

Enquanto isso, meu filho—

O marido desta que está’o meu lado, olhe bem—

meu filho que você baniu, ele excederá vocês todos!

BRUTO

Pois muito bem, hora de ir-me.

SICÍNIO

E para quê permanecer aqui,

Para ser ofendido

Por quem carece de juízo?

VOLÚMNIA

Vão com Hades, cachorros!

Saem os tribunos da plebe.

Bem desejara que em primeiro lugar os deuses

Confirmaram duma vez minhas imprecações!

Pudera eu vê-los uma vez por dia que fosse,

Descarregaria todo o peso qu’ora oprime

meu coração.”

A raiva é a minha janta. Digiro-me a mim mesma e me devoro no processo. Morro, portanto, de fome ao comer. Hera de se esperar a vingança contra o homem caluniador!”

Volsce

You had more beard when I last saw you; but your favour is well approved by your tongue. What’s the news in Rome? I have a note from the Volscian state, to find you out there: you have well saved me a day’s journey.”

Roman

The day serves well for them now. I have heard it said, the fittest time to corrupt a man’s wife is when she’s fallen out with her husband. Your noble

Tullus Aufidius will appear well in these wars, his great opposer, Coriolanus, being now in no request of his country.”

O dia é propício. Dizem que a hora mais indicada para corromper a esposa é quando ela acaba de botar o marido para fora de casa. Seu nobre Túlio Aufídio aparecerá para cortejar a cidadela e seu maior opositor, o dono da casa, Coriolano, não será encontrado.”

O world, thy slippery turns! Friends now fast sworn,

Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart,

Whose house, whose bed, whose meal, and exercise,

Are still together, who twin, as ‘twere, in love

Unseparable, shall within this hour,

On a dissension of a doit, break out

To bitterest enmity: so, fellest foes,

Whose passions and whose plots have broke their sleep,

To take the one the other, by some chance,

Some trick not worth an egg, shall grow dear friends

And interjoin their issues. So with me:

My birth-place hate I, and my love’s upon

This enemy town. I’ll enter: if he slay me,

He does fair justice; if he give me way,

I’ll do his country service.

– Ei, você quer briga com o meu patrão?

– É, melhor do que querer algo com sua mulher, palerma!

AUFIDIUS

(…) thou hast beat me out

Twelve several times, and I have nightly since

Dreamt of encounters ‘twixt thyself and me;

We have been down together in my sleep,

Unbuckling helms, fisting each other’s throat,

And waked half dead with nothing. Worthy Marcius,

Had we no quarrel else to Rome, but that

Thou art thence banish’d, we would muster all

From twelve to seventy, and pouring war

Into the bowels of ungrateful Rome,

Like a bold flood o’er-bear. O, come, go in,

And take our friendly senators by the hands;

Who now are here, taking their leaves of me,

Who am prepared against your territories,

Though not for Rome itself.

CORIOLANUS

You bless me, gods!”

Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as day does night; it’s spritely, waking, audible, and full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible; a getter of more bastard children than war’s a destroyer of men.” “A guerra é preferível; ela excele a paz como o dia excele a noite; é espirituosa, revigorante, sonora, promissora como o orvalho e a brisa refrescante da manhã. A paz é uma grande apoplexia e letargia; ensimesmada, surda, sonolenta, insensível; é mais capaz de gerar infantes bastardos que a guerra de destruir o homem. Se a guerra é um estupro, a paz é uma convenção de cornos. Sem falar que na paz é quando e onde o ódio entre os homens floresce! Porque quando não se precisa do outro, o outro é o inferno e o mal. Se eu fosse rico e guerras fossem um bem à venda, eu compraria todas! A arquitetura da destruição é a mais bela das artes. Não devemos tentar interromper o curso natural da natureza. Esta é a verdadeira harmonia do reino animal!”

Onde há paz, há comércio e concórdia! Quem discorda, pegue seu banquinho e suas trouxas… No triunfo do pacifismo, não há lugar para o amor-próprio! Não há tiranos no comando. A cidade dourada, abençoada pelos deuses, diz adeus aos canhões e às espadas! Eh, e quem ousa falar em guerra deve ser chicoteado! Eh, deixem os belicosos se matarem! Nenhum estuprador de donzelas em nossos portões! Sacrifícios nos templos, e não nas ruas. A verdade é que disparate tal é tão antinatural e improfícuo quanto caçar-se borboletas! Só o fruto delicado é doce. Lobos não consomem ovelhas nestes quadrantes! Concedo que é contra nossa vontade que enfraquecemos os fortes. Eles seriam bons trabalhadores. Mas temos de aceitar viver na mediocridade benfazeja. Nada como esquentar os pés na lareira, ler um livro na poltrona, ao lado da patroa, do cachorro e das crianças. Ah, e quantos quitutes para beliscar! Bem que ter fome é avidez guerreira, e longe de mim este cálice! Além do mais, sendo prósperos e diplomáticos, não há nenhum negócio que não consigamos fazer, para o bem de todos! Ninguém aqui é bombeiro, para lutar com fogo contra fogo!”

When, Caius, Rome is thine, thou art poorest of all; then shortly art thou mine.”

CORIOLANUS

Wife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs

Are servanted to others: though I owe

My revenge properly, my remission lies

In Volscian breasts. That we have been familiar,

Ingrate forgetfulness shall poison, rather

Than pity note how much. Therefore, be gone.

Mine ears against your suits are stronger than

Your gates against my force. Yet, for I loved thee,

Take this along; I writ it for thy sake

Gives a letter

And would have rent it. Another word, Menenius,

I will not hear thee speak. This man, Aufidius,

Was my beloved in Rome: yet thou behold’st!

AUFIDIUS

You keep a constant temper.

Aquele que desejaria se suicidar não receia sua morte por outrem. Portanto, não há quem possa pará-lo além das próprias leis da Física. Sejamos o que somos, enquanto durar o mundo; crescendo, com a idade, a miséria, ou, com a miséria, a idade. Como me disseram um dia, digo a vocês: Adeus, que Deus tenha piedade de nós!

Let it be virtuous to be obstinate.

What is that curt’sy worth? or those doves’ eyes,

Which can make gods forsworn? I melt, and am not

Of stronger earth than others. My mother bows;

As if Olympus to a molehill should

In supplication nod: and my young boy

Hath an aspect of intercession, which

Great nature cries <Deny not>. Let the Volsces

Plough Rome and harrow Italy: I’ll never

Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand,

As if a man were author of himself

And knew no other kin.”

Que ser obstinado seja o cume da virtude.

Do que valem essas súplicas? Os olhos de vítima imolada,

que fariam até os deuses recuarem? Eu derreto por dentro,

e não sou de chama superior a Prometeu. Minha mãe se ajoelha;

Como se o Olimpo reunido tivesse direito de venerar um inseto!

Se rende em súplicas, traz no colo meu caçula

A modos de interceder favoravelmente,

porque meu calcanhar berra: <Aquiles!>;

é contra a Mãe-Natureza e os instintos dizer <Não!>

a toda essa cena. E quer saber?

Que os volscos deitem Roma, minha excomungadora, e a Itália abaixo:

nunca irei ser um homem-gazela, obedecer à lei natural

e escutar o sangue que borbulha em minhas veias;

prefiro resistir, fazendo a abstração:

a de um homem que é autor de si mesmo

E não podia agir diferente. Não tenho família, não tenho pátria.

VITÓRIA DE PIRRO

Sou um títere da política

Um ator sem sentimentos no palco

Na verdade mesmo como ator

Sou um perfeito incompetente

O ator sente alguma coisa, dúvida, hesitação,

incorpora um personagem. Eu esqueci o texto,

começo agora do zero e a nada nem ninguém

devo minhas ações. Isso é ser deus!

É amargo, diferente do que pensam:

mas melhor do que desobedecer seu destino!

Sou tirano, mas não sou romano!

Sou a vitória, e a vitória é uma coisa bárbara!

Caia Capitólio!

Preferia botar a cabeça no chão, no subsolo,

Como perfeito avestruz,

Mas já que à realidade seu olhar me seduz,

Mulher te digo,

O beijo de despedida que te dei antes do exílio

foi o Beijo da Morte, da largada de minha corrida

contra o tempo para me vingar, e núpcias

de sangue que comparo à Lua de Mel

mais terna.

Whereto we are bound, together with thy victory,

Whereto we are bound? alack, or we must lose

The country, our dear nurse, or else thy person,

Our comfort in the country. We must find

An evident calamity, though we had

Our wish, which side should win: for either thou

Must, as a foreign recreant, be led

With manacles thorough our streets, or else

triumphantly tread on thy country’s ruin,

And bear the palm for having bravely shed

Thy wife and children’s blood. For myself, son,

I purpose not to wait on fortune till

These wars determine: if I cannot persuade thee

Rather to show a noble grace to both parts

Than seek the end of one, thou shalt no sooner

March to assault thy country than to tread–

Trust to’t, thou shalt not–on thy mother’s womb,

That brought thee to this world.

Dance no seu berço, meu filho,

Meu túmulo, minha buceta!

if thou conquer Rome, the benefit

Which thou shalt thereby reap is such a name,

Whose repetition will be dogg’d with curses;

Whose chronicle thus writ: <The man was noble,

But with his last attempt he wiped it out;

Destroy’d his country, and his name remains

To the ensuing age abhorr’d.>

CORIOLANUS

O mother, mother!

What have you done? Behold, the heavens do ope,

The gods look down, and this unnatural scene

They laugh at. O my mother, mother! O!

You have won a happy victory to Rome;

But, for your son,–believe it, O, believe it,

Most dangerously you have with him prevail’d,

If not most mortal to him. But, let it come.

Aufidius, though I cannot make true wars,

I’ll frame convenient peace. Now, good Aufidius,

Were you in my stead, would you have heard

A mother less? or granted less, Aufidius?”

This Marcius is grown from man to dragon: he has wings; he’s more than a creeping thing.”

Esta é uma centopéia alada e temo que não tenhamos magos para combatê-la.

when he walks, he moves like an engine, and the ground shrinks before his treading: he is able to pierce a corslet with his eye; talks like a knell, and his hum is a battery. He sits in his state, as a thing made for Alexander. What he bids be done is finished with his bidding. He wants nothing of a god but eternity and a heaven to throne in.”

there is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger”

SICINIUS

The gods be good unto us!

MENENIUS

No, in such a case the gods will not be good unto us. When we banished him, we respected not them; and, he returning to break our necks, they respect not us.”

A merrier day did never yet greet Rome,

No, not the expulsion of the Tarquins.”

This Volumnia is worth of consuls, senators, patricians, a city full; of tribunes, such as you, a sea and land full.”

I raised him, and I pawn’d

Mine honour for his truth: who being so heighten’d,

He water’d his new plants with dews of flattery,

Seducing so my friends; and, to this end,

He bow’d his nature, never known before

But to be rough, unswayable and free.

(…) till, at the last,

I seem’d his follower, not partner, and

He waged me with his countenance, as if

I had been mercenary.

(…)

At a few drops of women’s rheum [coriza], which are

As cheap as lies, he sold the blood and labour

Of our great action: therefore shall he die,

And I’ll renew me in his fall.”

Second Conspirator

And patient fools,

Whose children he hath slain, their base throats tear

With giving him glory.”

Third Conspirator

Ere he express himself, or move the people

With what he would say, let him feel your sword,

Which we will second. When he lies along,

After your way his tale pronounced shall bury

His reasons with his body.”

Hail, lords! I am return’d your soldier,

No more infected with my country’s love

Than when I parted hence, but still subsisting

Under your great command. You are to know

That prosperously I have attempted and

With bloody passage led your wars even to

The gates of Rome. Our spoils we have brought home

Do more than counterpoise a full third part

The charges of the action. We have made peace

With no less honour to the Antiates

Than shame to the Romans: and we here deliver,

Subscribed by the consuls and patricians,

Together with the seal o’ the senate, what

We have compounded on.”

The Conspirators draw, and kill CORIOLANUS: AUFIDIUS stands on his body”

My rage is gone;

And I am struck with sorrow. Take him up.

Help, three o’ the chiefest soldiers; I’ll be one.

Beat thou the drum, that it speak mournfully:

Trail your steel pikes. Though in this city he

Hath widow’d and unchilded many a one,

Which to this hour bewail the injury,

Yet he shall have a noble memory.”

A dead march sounded”

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Dumas [pai]

25/01/16-24/09/16

GLOSSÁRIO

Frascati: vinho branco italiano, procedente da região de mesmo nome

mazzolata: também mazzatello. Punição capital extremamente cruel empregada pela Igreja no século XVIII. A arma usada pelo carrasco era um enorme martelo ou um machado. O executor, no caso da 1ª arma, embalava a arma para pegar impulso no único golpe que desferia e acertava na cabeça do condenado, que se não morria caía desmaiado no chão e depois tinha a garganta cortada. Reservado a crimes hediondos.

singlestick: foi modalidade olímpica em 1904

I have a partner, and you know the Italian proverb – Chi ha compagno ha padrone – <He who has a partner has a master.>”

<but you were right to return as soon as possible, my boy.>

<And why?>

<Because Mercedes is a very fine girl, and fine girls never lack followers; she particularly has them by dozens.>

<Really?> answered Edmond, with a smile which had in it traces of slight uneasiness.”

Believe me, to seek a quarrel with a man is a bad method of pleasing the woman who loves that man.”

Why, when a man has friends, they are not only to offer him a glass of wine, but moreover, to prevent his suwallowing 3 or 4 pints [2 litros] of water unnecessarily!”

<Well, Fernand, I must say,> said Caderousse, beginning the conversation, with that brutality of the common people in which curiosity destroys all diplomacy, <you look uncommonly like a rejected lover;> and he burst into a hoarse laugh”

<they told me the Catalans were not men to allow themselves to be supplanted by a rival. It was even told me that Fernand, especially, was terrible in his vengeance.>

Fernand smiled piteously. <A lover is never terrible,> he said.”

pricked by Danglars, as the bull is pricked by the bandilleros”

<Unquestionably, Edmond’s star is in the ascendant, and he will marry the splendid girl – he will be captain, too, and laugh at us all unless.> – a sinister smile passed over Danglars’ lips – <unless I take a hand in the affair,> he added.”

happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.”

That is not my name, and in my country it bodes ill fortune, they say, to call a young girl by the name of her betrothed, before he becomes her husband. So call me Mercedes if you please.”

We are always in a hurry to be happy, Mr. Danglars; for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.”

<I would stab the man, but the woman told me that if any misfortune happened to her betrothed, she would kill herself>

<Pooh! Women say those things, but never do them.>”

<you are 3 parts drunk; finish the bottle, and you will be completely so. Drink then, and do not meddle with what we are discussing, for that requires all one’s wit and cool judgement.>

<I – drunk!> said Caderousse; <well that’s a good one! I could drink four more such bottles; they are no bigger than cologne flanks. Pere Pamphile, more wine!>”

and Caderousse rattled his glass upon the table.”

Drunk, if you like; so much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hears;”

Tous les mechants sont beuveurs d’eau; C’est bien prouvé par le deluge.”

Say there is no need why Dantes should die; it would, indeed, be a pity he should. Dantes is a good fellow; I like Dantes. Dantes, your health.”

<Absence severs as well as death, and if the walls of a prison were between Edmond and Mercedes they would be as effectually separated as if he lay under a tombstone.>

<Yes; but one gets out of prison,> said Caderousse, who, with what sense was left him, listened eagerly to the conversation, <and when one gets out and one’s name is Edmond Dantes, one seeks revenge>-“

<I say I want to know why they should put Dantes in prison; I like Dantes; Dantes, our health!>

and he swallowed another glass of wine.”

the French have the superiority over the Spaniards, that the Spaniards ruminate, while the French invent.”

Yes; I am supercargo; pen, ink, and paper are my tools, and whitout my tools I am fit for nothing.” “I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper, than of a sword or pistol.”

<Ah,> sighed Caderousse, <a man cannot always feel happy because he is about to be married.>”

Joy takes a strange effect at times, it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow.”

<Surely,> answered Danglars, <one cannot be held responsible for every chance arrow shot into the air>

<You can, indeed, when the arrow lights point downward on somebody’s head.>”

<That I believe!> answered Morrel; <but still he is charged>-

<With what?> inquired the elder Dantes.

<With being an agent of the Bonapartist faction!>

Many of our readers may be able to recollect how formidable such and accusation became in the period at which our story is dated.”

the man whom 5 years of exile would convert into a martyr, and 15 of restoration elevate to the rank of a god.”

glasses were elevated in the air à l’Anglais, and the ladies, snatching their bouquets from their fair bossoms, strewed the table with their floral treasures.”

yes, yes, they could not help admitting that the king, for whom we sacrificed rank, wealth and station was truly our <Louis the well-beloved,> while their wretched usurper has been, and ever wil be, to them their evil genius, their <Napoleon the accursed.>”

Napoleon is the Mahomet of the West and is worshipped as the personification of equality.”

one is the quality that elevantes [Napoleon], the other is the equality that degrades [Robespierre]; one brings a king within reach of the guillotine, the other elevates the people to a level with the throne.”

9 Termidor: degolação de Robespierre, num 27/7

4/4/14 – Queda de Napoleão

<Oh, M. de Villefort,>, cried a beautiful young creature, daughter to the Comte de Salvieux, and the cherished friend of Mademoiselle de Saint-Meran, <do try and get up some famous trial while we are at Marseilles. I never was in a law-cout; I am told it is so very amusing!>

<Amusing, certainly,> replied the young man, <inasmuch as, instead of shedding tears as at a theatre, you behold in a law-court a case of real and genuine distress – a drama of life. The prisoner whom you there see pale, agitated, and alarmed, instead of – as is the case when a curtain falls on a tragedy – going home to sup peacefully with his family, and then retiring to rest, that he may recommence his mimic woes on the morrow, – is reconducted to his prison and delivered up to the executioner. I leave you to judge how far your nerves are calculated to bear you through such a scene. Of this, however, be assured, that sould any favorable apportunity present itself, I will not fail to offer you the choice of being present.>

I would not choose to see the man against whom I pleaded smile, as though in mockery of my words. No; my pride is to see the accused pale, agitated and as though beaten out of all composure by the fire of my eloquence.”

Why, that is the very worst offence they could possibly commit, for, don’t you see, Renée, the king is the father of his people, and he who shall plot or contrive aught against the life and safety of the parent of 32 millions of souls, is a parricide upon a fearfully great scale.>”

It was, as we have said, the 1st of March, and the prisoner was soon buried in darkness.” 01/03/16

But remorse is not thus banished; like Virgil’s wounded hero, he carried the arrow in his wound, and, arrived at the salon, Villefort uttered a sigh that was almost a sob, and sank into a chair.”

Danglars was one of those men born with a pen behind the ear, and an inkstand in place of a heart. Everything with him was multiplication or subtraction. The life of a man was to him of far less value than a numeral, especially when, by taking it away, he could increase the sum total of his own desires. He went to bed at his usual hour, and slept in peace.”

A BARCA DO INFERNO QUE ARCA COM AS CONSEQÜÊNCIAS DO PE(S)CADO

desejos desejados no mar infinito

despojos desejosos de ser entregues aos derrotados

de consolo

que nojo

dessa raça

em desgraça

perpétua

que a maré a leve

para o fundo

do abismo

pesadâncora

pesadume

pesado cardume

proa perdeu o lume

popa nasceu sem gume

mastro adubado de petróleo

fóssil agora

apagado e insolente

eu sou experiente, experimente!

um louco que está sempre no lucro

das questões eu chego ao fulcro

por mais que não seja inteligente,

seja só uma compulsão demente

ser verdadeiro

se ver como herdeiro

de uma civilização

legada ao esquecimento

divino

o trem metafísico e seu lote de vagãos pagãos

levando à conclusão

de que o choque é elétrico

e anafilático

nada de milagre nada de intangível

só cobramos e debitamos o crível

(02/03/16)

said Louis XVIII, laughing; <the greatest captains of antiquity amused themselves by casting pebbles [seixos] into the ocean – see Plutarch’s Scipio Africanus.>”

<So then,> he exclaimed, turning pale with anger, <seven conjoined and allied armies overthrew that man. A miracle of heaven replaced me on the throne of my fathers after five-and-twenty years of exile. I have, during those 5-&-20 years, spared no pains to understand the people of France and the interests which were confided to me; and now when I see the fruition of my wishes almost within reach, the power I hold in my hands bursts, and shatters me to atoms!>”

Really impossible for a minister who has an office, agents, spies, and fifteen hundred thousand [1,5 million] francs for secret service money, to know what is going on at 60 leagues from the coast of France!”

Why, my dear boy, when a man has been proscribed by the mountaineers, has escaped from Paris in a hay-cart, been hunted over the plains of Bordeaux by Robespierre’s bloodhounds, he becomes accustomed to most things.”

<Come, come,> said he, <will the Restoration adopt imperial methods so promptly? Shot, my dear boy? What an idea! Where is the letter you speak of? I know you too well to suppose you would allow such a thing to pass you.>”

Quando a polícia está em débito, ela declara que está na pista; e o governo pacientemente aguarda o dia em que ela vem para dizer, com um ar fugitivo, que perdeu a pista.”

The king! I thought he was philosopher enough to allow that there was no murder in politics. In politics, my dear fellow, you know, as well as I do, there are no men, but ideas – no feelings, but interests; in politics we do not kill a man, we only remove an obstacle, that is all. Would you like to know how matters have progressed? Well, I will tell you. It was thought reliance might be placed in General Quesnel; he was recommended to us from the Island of Elba; one of us went to him, and visited him to the Rue Saint-Jacques, where he would find some friends. He came there, and the plan was unfolded to him for leaving Elba, the projected landing, etc. When he had heard and comprehended all to the fullest extent, he replied that he was a royalist. Then all looked at each other, – he was made to take an oath, and did so, but with such an ill grace that it was really tempting Providence to swear him, and yet, in spite of that, the general allowed to depart free – perfectly free. Yet he did not return home. What could that mean? why, my dear fellow, that on leaving us he lost his way, that’s all. A murder? really, Villefort, you surprise me.”

<The people will rise.>

<Yes, to go and meet him.>

Ring, then, if you please, for a second knife, fork, and plate, and we will dine together.”

<Eh? the thing is simple enough. You who are in power have only the means that money produces – we who are in expectation, have those which devotion prompts.>

<Devotion!> said Villefort, with a sneer.

<Yes, devotion; for that is, I believe, the phrase for hopeful ambition.>

And Villefort’s father extended his hand to the bell-rope to summon the servant whom his son had not called.”

Say this to him: <Sire, you are deceived as to the feeling in France, as to the opinions of the towns, and the prejudices of the army; he whom in Paris you call the Corsican ogre, who at Nevers is styled the usurper, is already saluted as Bonaparte at Lyons, and emperor at Grenoble. You think he is tracked, pursued, captured; he is advancing as rapidly as his own eagles. The soldiers you believe to be dying with hunger, worn out with fatigue, ready to desert, gather like atoms of snow about the rolling ball as it hastens onward. Sire, go, leave France to its real master, to him who acquired it, not by purchase, but by right of conquest; go, sire, not that you incur any risk, for your adversary is powerful enough to show you mercy, but because it would be humiliating for a grandson of Saint Louis to owe his life to the man of Arcola Marengo, Austerlitz.> Tell him this, Gerard; or, rather, tell him nothing. Keep your journey a secret; do not boast of what you have come to Paris to do, or have done; return with all speed; enter Marseilles at night, and your house by the back-door, and there remain quiet, submissive, secret, and, above all, inoffensive”

Every one knows the history of the famous return from Elba, a return which was unprecedented in the past, and will probably remain without a counterpart in the future.”

Napoleon would, doubtless, have deprived Villefort of his office had it not been for Noirtier, who was all powerful at court, and thus the Girondin of ‘93 and the Senator of 1806 protected him who so lately had been his protector.” “Villefort retained his place, but his marriage was put off until a more favorable opportunity.” “He made Morrel wait in the antechamber, although he had no one with him, for the simple sreason that the king’s procureur always makes every one wait, and after passing a quarter of an hour in reading the papers, he ordered M. Morrel to be admitted.”

<Edmond Dantes.>

Villefort would probably have rather stood opposite the muzzle of a pistol at five-and-twenty paces than have heard this name spoken; but he did not blanch.”

<Monsieur,> returned Villefort, <I was then a royalist, because I believed the Bourbons not only the heirs to the throne, but the chosen of the nation. The miraculous return of Napoleon has conquered me, the legitimate monarch is he who is loved by his people.>”

<There has been no arrest.>

<How?>

<It is sometimes essential to government to cause a man’s disappearance without leaving any traces, so that no written forms or documents may defeat their wishes.>

<It might be so under the Bourbons, but at present>-

<It has always been so, my dear Morrel, since the reign of Louis XIV. The emperor is more strict in prison discipline than even Louis himself>”

As for Villefort, instead of sending to Paris, he carefully preserved the petition that so fearfully compromised Dantes, in the hopes of an event that seemed not unlikely, – that is, a 2nd restoration. Dantes remained a prisoner, and heard not the noise of the fall of Louis XVIII’s throne, or the still more tragic destruction of the empire.” “At last there was Waterloo, and Morrel came no more; he had done all that was in his power, and any fresh attempt would only compromise himself uselessly.”

But Fernand was mistaken; a man of his disposition never kills himself, for he constantly hopes.”

Old Dantes, who was only sustained by hope, lost all hope at Napoleon’s downfall. Five months after he had been separated from his son, and almost at the hour of his arrest, he breathed his last in Mercedes’ arms.”

The inspector listened attentively; then, turning to the governor, observed, <He will become religious – he is already more gentle; he is afraid, and retreated before the bayonets – madmen are not afraid of anything; I made some curious observations on this at Charenton.> Then, turning to the prisoner, <What is it you want?> said he.”

<My information dates from the day on which I was arrested,> returned the Abbé Faria; <and as the emperor had created the kingdom of Rome for his infant son, I presume that he has realized the dream of Machiavelli and Caesar Borgia, which was to make Italy a united kingdom.>

<Monsieur,> returned the inspector, <providence has changed this gigantic plan you advocate so warmly.>

<It is the only means of rendering Italy strong, happy, and independent.>

<Very possibly; only I am not come to discuss politics, but to inquire if you have anything to ask or to complain of.>

<The food is the same as in other prisons, – that is, very bad, the lodging is very unhealthful, but, on the whole, passable for a dungeon; but it is not that which I wish to speak of, but a secret I have to reveal of the greatest importance.>

<It is for that reason I am delighted to see you,> continued the abbé, <although you have disturbed me in a most important calculation, which, if it succeded, would possibly change Newton’s system. Could you allow me a few words in private.>”

<On my word,> said the inspector in a low tone, <had I not been told beforehand that this man was mad, I should believe what he says.>”

A new governor arrived; it would have been too tedious to acquire the names of the prisoners; he learned their numbers instead. This horrible place contained 50 cells; their inhabitants were designated by the numbers of their cell, and the unhappy young man was no longer called Edmond Dantes – he was now number 34.”

Prisioneiros de segurança máxima não devem adoecer – que bactéria ou vírus cosmopolita os visitaria? Que mudança que fosse mais forte e sensível que o supertédio?

he addressed his supplications, not to God, but to man. God is always the last resource. Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.”

Dantes spoke for the sake of hearing his own voice; he had tried to speak when alone, but the sound of his voice terrified him.”

in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words, until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven!”

<Yes, yes,> continued he, <’Twill be the same as it was in England. After Charles I, Cromwell; after Cromwell, Charles II, and then James II, and then some son-in-law or relation, some Prince of Orange, a stadtholder¹ who becomes a king. Then new concessions to the people, then a constitution, then liberty. Ah, my friend!> said the abbé, turning towards Dantes, and surveying him with the kindling gaze of a prophet, <you are young, you will see all this come to pass.>”

¹ Magistrado de província holandesa

<But wherefore are you here?>

<Because in 1807 I dreamed of the very plan Napoleon tried to realize in 1811; because, like Napoleon, I desired to alter the political face of Italy, and instead of allowing it to be split up into a quantity of petty principalities, each held by some weak or tyrannical ruler, I sought to form one large, compact and powerful empire; and lastly, because I fancied I had found Caesar Borgia in a crowned simpleton, who feigned to enter into my views only to betray me. It was the plan of Alexander VI, but it will never succeed now, for they attempted it fruitlessly, and Napoleon was unable to complete his work. Italy seems fated to misfortune.> And the old man bowed his head.

Dantes could not understand a man risking his life for such matters. Napoleon certainly he knew something of, inasmuch as he had seen and spoken with him; but of Clement VII and Alexander VI he knew nothing.

<Are you not,> he asked, <the priest who here in the Chateau d’If is generally thought to be – ill?>

<Mad, you mean, don’t you?>

<I did not like to say so,> answered D., smiling.”

In the 1st place, I was 4 years making the tools I possess, and have been 2 years scraping and digging out earth, hard as granite itself; then what toil and fatigue has it not been to remove huge stones I should once have deemed impossible to loosen.”

Another, other and less stronger than he, had attempted what he had not had sufficient resolution to undertake, and had failed only because of an error in calculation.”

<When you pay me a visit in my cell, my young friend,> said he, <I will show you an entire work, the fruits of the thoughts and reflections of my whole life; many of them meditated over in the Colosseum at Rome, at the foot of St. Mark’s columm at Venice, little imagining at the time that they would be arranged in order within the walls of the Chateau d’If. The work I speak is called ‘A Treatise on the Possibility of a General Monarchy in Italy,’ and will make one large quarto volume.>”

I had nearly 5.000 volumes in my library at Rome; but after reading them over many times, I found out that with 150 well-chosen books a man possesses if not a complete summary of all human knowledge, at least all that a man need really know. I devoted 3 years of my life to reading and studying these 150 volumes, till I knew them nearly by heart; so that since I have been in prison, a very slight effort of memory has enabled me to recall their contents as readily as though the pages were open before me. I could recite you the whole of Thucidides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Titus Livius, Tacitus, Strada, Jornandes [Jordanes], Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli, and Bossuet.”

Yes, I speak 5 of the modern tongues – that is to say, German, French, Italian, English and Spanish; by the aid of ancient Greek I learned modern Greek – I don’t speak so well asI could wish, but I am still trying to improve myself.” “Improve yourself!” repeated Dantes; “why, how can you manage to do so?”

This last explanation was wholly lost upon Dantes, who had always imagined, from seeing the sun rise from behind the mountains and set in the Mediterranean, that it moved, and not the earth. A double movement of the globo he inhabited, and of which he could feel nothing, appeared to him perfectly impossible.”

Should I ever get out of prison and find in all Italy a printer courageous enough to publish what I have composed, my literary reputation is forever secured.”

What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?”

Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a 1,000 follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasure of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus”

<if you visit to discover the author of any bad action, seek first to discover the person to whom the perpetration of that bad action could be in any way advantageous. Now, to apply it in your case, – to whom could your disappearance have been serviceable?>

<To no one, by heaven! I was a very insignificant person.>

<Do not speak thus, for your reply evinces neither logic nor philosophy; everything is relative, my dear young friend, from the king who stands in the way of his successor, to the employee who keeps his rival out of a place. Now, in the event of the king’s death, his successor inherits a crown, – when the employee dies, the supernumerary steps into his shoes, and receives his salary of 12.000 livres. Well, these 12.000 livres are his civil list, and are as essential to him as 12.000.000 of a king. Every one, from the highest to the lowest degree, has his place on the social ladder, and is beset by stormy passions and conflicting interests, as in Descartes’ theory of pressure and impulsion.” efeito borboleta parte I “But these forces increase as we go higher, so that we have a spiral which in defiance of reason rests upon the apex and not on the base.”

<Simply because that accusation had been written with the left hand, and I have noticed that> –

<What?>

<That while the writing of different persons done with the right hand varies, that performed with the left hand is invariably uniform.>”

That is in strict accordance with the Spanish character; an assassination they will unhesitatingly commit, but an act of cowardice never.”

Pray ask me whatever questions you please; for, in good truth, you see more clearly into my life than I do myself.”

<About six or seven and twenty years of age, I should say.>

<So,> anwered the abbé. <Old enough to be ambitious, but too young to be corrupt. And how did he treat you?>”

<That alters the case. Tis man might, after all, be a greater scoundrel than you have thought possible>

<Upon my word,> said Dantes, <you make me shudder. Is the world filled with tigers and crocodiles?>

<Yes; and remember that two-legged tigers and crocodiles are more dangerous than the others.>

Had a thunderbolt fallen at the feet of D., or hell opened its yawining gulf before him, he could not have been more completely transfixed with horror than he was at the sound of these unexpected words. Starting up he clasped his hands around his head as though to prevent his very brain from bursting, and exclaimed, <His father! his father!>”

D. was at lenght roused from his revery by the voice of Faria, who, having also been visited by his jailer, had come to invite his fellow-sufferer to share his supper. The reputation of being out of his mind though harmlessly and even amusingly so, had procured for the abbé unusual privileges. He was supplied with bread of a finer whiter quality than the usual prison fare, and even regaled each Sunday with a small quantity of wine.”

The elder prisoner was one of those persons whose conversation, like that of all who have experienced many trials, contained many usefel and important hints as well as sound information; but it was never egotistical, for the unfortunate man never alluded to his own sorrows. D. listened with admiring attention to all he said; some of his remarks corresponded with what he already knew, or applied to the sort of knowledge his nautical life had enabled him to acquire.”

I can well believe that so learned a person as yourself would prefer absolute solitude to being tormented with the company of one as ignorant and uninformed as myself.”

The abbé smiled: <Alas, my boy,> said he, <human knowledge is confined within very narrow limits; and when I have taught you mathematics, physics, history, and the 3 or 4 modern languages with which I am acquainted, you will know as much as I do myself. Now, it will scarcely require 2 years for me to communicate to you the stock of learnings I possess.>”

<Not their application, certainly, but their principles you may; to learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.>

<But cannot one learn philosophy?>

<Philosophy cannot be taught; it is the application of the sciences to truth; it is like the golden cloud in which the Messiah went up into heaven.>”

An that very evening the prisoners sketched a plan of education, to be entered upon the following day. D. possessed a prodigious memory, combined with an astonishing quickness and readiness of conception; the mathematicla turn of his mind rendered him apt at al all kinds of calculation, while his naturally poetical feelings threw a light and pleasing veil over the dry reality of arithmetical computation, or the rigid severity of geometry. He already knew Italian, and had also picked up a little of the Romaic dialect during voyages to the East; and by the aid of these 2 languages he easily comprehended the construction of all the others, so that at the end of 6 months he began to speak Spanish, English, and German. In strict accordance with the promise made to the abbé, D. spoke no more of escape. Perhaps the delight his studies afforded him left no room for such thoughts; perhaps the recollection that he had pledged his word (on which his sense of honor was keen) kept him from referring in any way to the possibilities of flight. Days, even months, passed by unheeded in one rapid and instructive course. At the end of a year D. was a new man. D. observed, however, that Faria, in spite of the relief his society afforded, daily grew sadder; one thought seemed incessantly to harass and distract his mind. Sometimes he would fall into long reveries, sigh heavily and involuntarily, then suddenly rise, and, with folded arms, begin pacing the confined space of his dungeon. One day he stopped all at once, and exclaimed, <Ah, if there were no sentinel!>”

Esse tesouro, que deve corresponder a dois… de coroas romanas no mais afastado a… da segunda abertura co… declara pertencer a ele som… herdeiro. <25 de Abril, 149-”

Eu ouvi freqüentemente a frase <Tão rico como um Spada.>” “Ali, no 20º capítulo de a Vida do Papa Alexandre VI, constavam as seguintes linhas, que jamais poderei esquecer: – <As grandes guerras da Romagna terminaram; César Bórgia, que completou suas conquistas, precisava de dinheiro para adquirir a Itália inteira. O papa também precisava de dinheiro para liquidar seus problemas com Luís XII, Rei da França, que ainda era formidável a despeito de seus recentes reveses; e era necessário, portanto, recorrer a algum esquema rentável, o que era um problema de grande dificuldade nas condições de pauperização de uma exausta Itália. Sua santidade teve uma idéia. Ele resolveu fazer dois cardeais.

Ao escolher duas das maiores personagens de Roma, homens especialmente ricos – esse era o retorno pelo qual o pai santíssimo esperava. Primeiramente, ele poderia vender as grandes posições e esplêndidos ofícios que os cardeais já possuíam; e depois ele teria ainda dois chapéus para vender. Havia um terceiro ponto em vista, que logo aparecerá na narrativa. O papa e César Bórgia primeiro acharam os dois futuros cardeais; eles eram Giovanni Rospigliosi, que portava 4 das mais altas dignidades da Santa Sé; e César Spada, um dos mais nobres e ricos da nobreza romana; ambos sentiram a alta honraria de tal favor do papa. Eles eram ambiciosos, e César Bórgia logo encontrou compradores para suas posições. O resultado foi que Rospigliosi e Spada pagaram para ser cardeais, e 8 outras pessoas pagaram pelos ofícios que os cardeais tinham ante sua elevação; destarte 800.000 coroas entraram nos cofres dos especuladores.

É tempo agora de proceder à última parte da especulação. O papa encheu Rospigliosi e Spada de atenções, conferiu-lhes a insígnia do cardinalato, e os induziu a organizar seus negócios de forma a se mudarem para Roma. É aí que o papa e César Bórgia convidam os dois cardeais para jantar. Esse era um problema de disputa entre o santo pai e seu filho. César pensava que eles poderiam se utilizar de um dos meios que ele sempre tinha preparado para os amigos, i.e., em primeiro lugar, a famosa chave que era dada a certas pessoas com o pedido de que fossem e abrissem o armário equivalente. Essa chave era dotada de uma pequena ponta de ferro, – uma negligência da parte do chaveiro. Quando ela era pressionada a fim de abrir-se o armário, do qual a fechadura era complicada, a pessoa era picada por essa pontinha, e morria no dia seguinte. Havia também o anel com a cabeça de leão, que César usava quando queria cumprimentar seus amigos com um aperto de mão. O leão mordia a mão do assim favorecido, e ao cabo de 24h, a mordida se mostrava mortal. César propôs ao seu pai, que ou eles deveriam pedir aos cardeais para abrir o armário, ou apertar suas mãos; mas Alexandre VI respondeu: <Quanto aos valongos cardeais, Spada e Rospigliosi, convidemo-los para jantar, algo me diz que conseguiremos esse dinheiro de volta. Além disso, esquece-te, ó César, que uma indigestão se declara imediatamente, enquanto uma picada ou uma mordida ocasionam um atraso de um dia ou dois.> César recuou de tão convincente raciocínio, e os cardeais foram conseqüentemente chamados para jantar.

A mesa foi servida num vinhedo pertencente ao papa, perto de San Pierdarena, um retiro encantador que os cardeais conheciam de ouvir falar. Rospigliosi, bem disposto graças a suas novas dignidades, chegou com um bom apetite e suas maneiras mais obsequiosas. Spada, um homem prudente, e muito apegado a seu único sobrinho, um jovem capitão da mais alta promessa, pegou papel e caneta, e redigiu seu testamento. E depois mandou avisar o seu sobrinho para esperá-lo próximo ao vinhedo; mas aparentemente o servo não foi capaz de encontrá-lo.

Spada sabia o que esses convites significavam; desde a Cristandade, tão eminentemente civilizada, se alastrou por toda Roma, não era mais um centurião que vinha da parte do tirano com uma mensagem, <César quer que você morra.> mas era um núncio apostólico a latere, que vinha com um sorriso nos lábios para dizer, pelo papa, que <Sua santidade solicita sua presença num jantar.>

Spada se dirigiu lá pelas 2 a San Pierdarena. O papa o esperava. A primeira imagem a atrair a atenção de Spada foi a do seu sobrinho, todo paramentado, e César Bórgia cativando-o com as atenções mais marcadas. Spada empalideceu quando César o fitou com ar irônico, o que provava que ele havia antecipado tudo, e que a armadilha já estava em funcionamento.

Eles começaram a jantar e Spada foi capaz de indagar, somente, de seu sobrinho se ele tinha recebido sua mensagem. O sobrinho respondeu que não; compreendendo perfeitamente o significado da pergunta. Era tarde demais, já que ele já tinha tomado um copo de um excelente vinho, selecionado para ele expressamente pelo copeiro do papa. Spada testemunhou ao mesmo tempo outra garrafa, vindo a si, que ele foi premido a provar. Uma hora depois um médico declarou que ambos estavam envenenados por comer cogumelos. Spada morreu no limiar do vinhedo; o sobrinho expirou na sua própria porta, fazendo sinais que sua mulher não pôde compreender.

A seguir César e o papa se apressaram para botar as mãos na herança, sob o disfarce de estarem à procura de papéis do homem morto. Mas a herança consistia disso somente, um pedaço de papel em que Spada escreveu: -<Eu lego a meu amado sobrinho meus cofres, meus livros, e, entre outros, meu breviário com orelhas de ouro, que eu espero que ele preserve em consideração de seu querido tio.>

Os herdeiros procuraram em todo lugar, admiraram o breviário, se apropriaram dos móveis, e se espantaram grandemente de que Spada, o homem rico, era de fato o mais miserável dos tios – nenhum tesouro – e não ser que fossem os da ciência, contidos na biblioteca e laboratórios. Isso era tudo. César e seu pai procuraram, examinaram, escrutinaram, mas nada acharam, ou pelo menos muito pouco; nada que excedesse alguns milhares de coroas em prata, e aproximadamente o mesmo em dinheiro corrente; mas o sobrinho teve tempo de dizer a sua esposa, antes de morrer: <Procure direito entre os papéis do meu tio; há um testamento.>

Eles procuraram até mais meticulosamente do que os augustos herdeiros o fizeram, mas foi infrutífero. Havia dois palácios e um vinhedo atrás da Colina Palatina; mas nesses dias a propriedade da terra não tinha assim tanto valor, e os 2 palácios e o vinhedo continuaram com a família já que estavam abaixo da rapacidade do papa e seu filho. Meses e anos se passaram. Alexandre VI morreu, envenenado, – você sabe por qual erro. César, envenenado também, escapou desfolhando sua pele como a de uma cobra; mas a pele de baixo ficou marcada pelo veneno até se parecer com a de um tigre. Então, compelido a deixar Roma, ele acabou morto obscuramente numa escaramuça noturna; quase sem registros históricos. Depois da morte do papa e do exílio de seu filho, supôs-se que a família Spada voltaria ao esplendor dos tempos anteriores aos do cardeal; mas não foi o caso. Os Spada permaneceram em um conforto duvidoso, um mistério seguiu pairando sobre esse tema escuso, e o rumor público era que César, um político mais talentoso que seu pai, havia retirado do papa a fortuna dos 2 cardeais. Eu digo dos 2, porque o Cardeal Rospigliosi, que não tomara nenhuma precaução, foi completamente espoliado.”

Eu estava então quase certo de que a herança não ficara nem para os Bórgias nem para a família, mas se mantivera sem dono como os tesouros das 1001 Noites, que dormiam no seio da terra sob os olhos do gênio.”

esses caracteres foram traçados numa tinta misteriosa e simpática, que só aparecia ao ser exposta ao fogo; aproximadamente 1/3 do papel foi consumido pelas chamas.”

<2 milhões de coroas romanas; quase 13 milhões, no nosso dinheiro.” [*]

[*] $2.600.000 em 1894.”

Then an invincible and extreme terror seized upon him, and he dared not again press the hand that hung out of bed, he dared no longer to gaze on those fixed and vacant eyes, which he tried many times to close, but in vain – they opened again as soon as shut.”

<They say every year adds half a pound to the weight of the bones,> said another, lifting the feet.”

The sea is the cemetery of the Chateau d’If.”

It was 14 years day for day since Dantes’ arrest.”

At this period it was not the fashion to wear so large a beard and hair so long; now a barber would only be surprised if a man gifted with such advantages should consent voluntarily to deprive himself of them.”

The oval face was lengthened, his smiling mouth had assumed the firm and marked lines which betoken resolution; his eyebrows were arched beneath a brow furrowed with thought; his eyes were full of melancholy, and from their depths ocasionally sparkled gloomy fires of misanthropy and hatred; his complexion, so long kept from the sun, had now that pale color which produces, when the features are encircled with black hair, the aristocratic beauty of the man of the north; the profound learning he had acquired had besided diffused over his features a refined intellectual expression; and he had also acquired, being naturally of a goodly stature, that vigor which a frame possesses which has so long concentrated all its force within himself.”

Moreover, from being so long in twilight or darkness, his eyes had acquired the faculty of distinguishing objects in the night, common to the hyena and the wolf.”

it was impossible that his best friend – if, indeed, he had any friend left – could recognize him; he could not recognize himself.”

Fortunately, D. had learned how to wait; he had waited 14 years for his liberty, and now he was free he could wait at least 6 months or a year for wealth. Would he not have accepted liberty without riches if it had been offered him? Besides, were not those riches chimerical? – offspring of the brain of the poor Abbé Faria, had they not died with him?”

The patron of The Young Amelia proposed as a place of landing the Island of Monte Cristo, which being completely deserted, and having neither soldiers nor revenue officers, seemed to have been placed in the midst of the ocean since the time of the heathen Olympus by Mercury, the god of merchants and robbers, classes of mankind which we in modern times have separated if not made distinct, but which antiquity appears to have included in the same category” Tal pai, tal filho: vejo que um Dumas citou o outro, cf. o destino me comandou saber, por estar lendo A Dama das Camélias em simultaneidade – Jr. dissera a dado ponto, também inicial, de sua narrativa que era bom e inteligente que ladrões e comerciantes possuíssem antigamente o mesmo Deus, e que isso não era simples contingência histórica… Até aí, pensava tratar-se de Mammon, comentando o espúrio estilo de vida judio.

e qual solidão é mais completa, ou mais poética, que a de um navio flutuando isolado sobre as águas do mar enquanto reina a obscuridade da noite, no silêncio da imensidão, e sob o olhar dos Céus?”

Nunca um viciado em jogo, cuja fortuna esteja em jogo num lance de dados, chegou a experimentar a angústia que sentiu Edmundo em meio a seus paroxismos de esperança.”

<Em 2h,> ele disse, <essas pessoas vão partir mais ricas em 50 piastres cada, dispostas a arriscar novamente suas vidas só para conseguir outros 50; então retornarão com uma fortuna de 600 francos e desperdiçarão esse tesouro nalgum vilarejo, com aquele orgulho dos sultões e a insolência dos nababos.”

a providência, que, ao limitar os poderes do homem, gratifica-o ao mesmo tempo com desejos insaciáveis.”

<E agora,> ele exclamou, relembrando o conto do pescador árabe, que Faria relatou, <agora, abre-te sésamo!>”

o pavor – aquele pavor da luz do dia que mesmo no deserto nos faz temer estarmos sendo vigiados e observados.”

dentes brancos como os de um animal carnívoro”

seu marido mantinha sua tocaia diária na porta – uma obrigação que ele executava com tanta mais vontade, já que o salvava de ter de escutar os murmúrios e lamentos da companheira, que nunca o viu sem dirigir amargas invectivas contra o destino”

<And you followed the business of a tailor?>

<True, I was a tailor, till the trade fell off. It is so hot at Marseilles, that really I believe that the respectable inhabitants will in time go without any clothing whatever. But talking of heat, is there nothing I can offer you by way of refreshment?>”

<Too true, too true!> ejaculated Caderousse, almost suffocated by the contending passions which assailed him, <the poor old man did die.>”

Os próprios cães que perambulam sem abrigo e sem casa pelas ruas encontram mãos piedosas que oferecem uma mancheia de pão; e esse homem, um cristão, deviam permitir perecer de fome no meio de outros homens que se autodenominam cristãos? é terrível demais para acreditar. Ah, é impossível – definitivamente impossível!”

Eu não consigo evitar ter mais medo da maldição dos mortos que do ódio dos vivos.”

Hold your tongue, woman; it is the will of God.”

Happiness or unhappiness is the secret known but to one’s self and the walls – walls have ears but no tongue”

<Com isso então,> disse o abade, com um sorriso amargo, <isso então dá 18 meses no total. O que mais o mais devoto dos amantes poderia desejar?> Então ele murmurou as palavras do poeta inglês, <Volubilidade, seu nome é mulher.>

<no doubt fortune and honors have comforted her; she is rich, a countess, and yet–> Caderousse paused.”

Maneiras, maneiras de dizer asneiras…

Memorial de Buenos Aires

O aras à beira…

Bonaire de mademoiselle

Gastão amável que me acende o fogo!

ENCICLOPÉDIA DE UM FUTURO REMOTO

 

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V

 

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VANIGRACISMO [s.m., origem desconhecida; suspeita-se que guarde relação com vanitas, do latim <vaidade>]: espécie de atavismo do mal; inclinação ou tendência à reprise na crença de dogmas ultrapassados, como a pregação extremada do amor de Cristo ou o apego a regimes e práticas totalitários de forma geral. Duas faces do mesmo fenômeno. Nostalgia do Líder Supremo ou de coletivismos tornados impossíveis ou inexistentes nas democracias de massa, capitalismo avançado ou fase agônica do Ocidente.

        Adeptos são identificados sob a alcunha de vanigra.

Ex:

        Os vanigras brasileiros da década de 10 desejavam a conclamação de Bolsonaro como o Pai Nacional.

        O vanigra praguejou seu semelhante com a condenação ao Inferno no seu pós-vida, graças a suas condutas imorais.

 

vanigger – Corruptela de vanigra, utilizada para designar negros conservadores que insultavam a memória e o passado histórico de seus ancestrais escravos, ao professarem  credos como os supracitados (cristianismo, fascismo, etc.), invenções do homem branco europeu.

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In business, sir, said he, one has no friends, only correspondents”

the tenacity peculiar to prophets of bad news”

It was said at this moment that Danglars was worth from 6 to 8 millions of francs, and had unlimited credit.”

Her innocence had kept her in ignorance of the dangers that might assail a young girl of her age.”

And now, said the unknown, farewell kindness, humanity and gratitude! Farewell to all the feelings that expand the heart! I have been heaven’s substitute to recompense the good – now the god of vengeance yields me his power to punish the wicked!”

in 5 minutes nothing but the eye of God can see the vessel where she lies at the bottom of the sea.”

He was one of those men who do not rashly court danger, but if danger presents itself, combat it with the most unalterable coolness.”

The Italian s’accommodi is untranslatable; it means at once <Como, enter, you are welcome; make yourself at home; you are the master.>”

he was condemned by the by to have his tongue cut out, and his hand and head cut off; the tongue the 1st day, the hand the 2nd, and the head the 3rd. I always had a desire to have a mute in my service, so learning the day his tongue was cut out, I went to the bey [governador otomano], and proposed to give him for Ali a splendid double-barreled gun which I knew he was very desirous of having.”

I? – I live the happiest life possible, the real life of a pasha. I am king of all creation. I am pleased with one place, and stay there; I get tired of it, and leave it; I am free as a bird and have wings like one; my attendants obey my slightest wish.”

What these happy persons took for reality was but a dream; but it was a dream so soft, so voluptuous, so enthralling, that they sold themselves body and soul to him who have it to them, and obedient to his orders as to those of a deity, struck down the designated victim, died in torture without a murmur, believing that the death they underwent was but a quick transtion to that life of delights of which the holy herb, now before you, had given them a slight foretaste.”

<Then,> cried Franz, <it is hashish! I know that – by name at least.>

<That it is precisely, Signor Aladdin; it is hashish – the purest and most unadulterated hashish of Alexandria, – the hashish of Abou-Gor, the celebrated maker, the only man, the man to whom there should be built a palace, inscribed with these words, <A grateful world to the dealer in happiness.>

Nature subdued must yield in the combat, the dream must succeed [suck-seed] to reality, and then the dream reigns supreme, then the dream becomes life, and life becomes the dream.”

When you return to this mundane sphere from your visionary world, you would seem to leave a Neapolitan spring for a Lapland winter – to quit paradise for earth – heaven for hell! Taste the hashish, guest of mine – taste the hashish.”

Tell me, the 1st time you tasted oysters, tea, porter, truffles, and sundry other dainties which you now adore, did you like them? Could you comprehend how the Romans stuffed their pheasants [faisões] with assafoetida (sic – asafoetida) [planta fétida, mas saborosa], and the Chinese eat swallow’s nests? [ninhos de andorinhas] Eh? no! Well, it is the same with hashish; only eat for a week, and nothing in the world will seem to you equal the delicacy of its flavor, which now appears to you flat and distasteful.”

there was no need to smoke the same pipe twice.”

that mute revery, into which we always sink when smoking excellent tobacco, which seems to remove with its fume all the troubles of the mind, and to give the smoker in exchange all the visions of the soul. Ali brought in the coffee. <How do you take it?> inquired the unknown; <in the French or Turkish style, strong or weak, sugar or none, coal or boiling? As you please; it is ready in all ways.>”

it shows you have a tendency for an Oriental life. Ah, those Orientals; they are the only men who know how to live. As for me, he added, with one of those singular smiles which did not escape the young man, when I have completed my affairs in Paris, I shall go and die in the East; and should you wish to see me again, you must seek me at Cairo, Bagdad, or Ispahan.”

Well, unfurl your wings, and fly into superhuman regions; fear nothing, there is a watch over you; and if your wings, like those of Icarus, melt before the sun, we are here to ease your fall.”

o tempo é testemunha

1001 Noites

The Count of Sinbad Cristo

Oh, ele não teme nem Deus nem Satã, dizem, e percorreria 50 ligas fora de seu curso só para prestar um favor a qualquer pobre diabo.”

em Roma há 4 grandes eventos todos os anos, – o Carnaval, a Semana Santa, Corpus Christi, o Festival de São Pedro. Durante todo o resto do ano a idade está naquele estado de apatia profunda, entre a vida e a morte, que a deixa parecida com uma estação entre esse mundo e o próximo”

<Para São Pedro primeiro, e depois o Coliseu,> retorquiu Albert. Mas Albrto não sabia que leva um dia para ver [a Basílica de] S. Pedro, e um mês para estudá-la. O dia foi todo passado lá.”

Quando mostramos a um amigo uma cidade que já visitamos, sentimos o mesmo orgulho de quando apontamos na rua uma mulher da qual fomos o amante.”

mulher amantizada”, aliás (livro de Dumas Filho) é o melhor eufemismo de todos os tempos!

<em Roma as coisas podem ou não podem ser feitas; quando se diz que algo não pode ser feito, acaba ali>

<É muito mais conveniente em Paris, – quando qualquer coisa não pode ser feita, você paga o dobro, e logo ela está feita.>

<É o que todo francês fala,> devolveu o Signor Pastrini, que acusou o golpe; <por essa razão, não entendo por que eles viajam.> (…)

<Homens em seu juízo perfeito não deixam seu hotel na Rue du Helder, suas caminhadas no Boulevard de Grand, e Café de Paris.>”

<Mas se vossa excelência contesta minha veracidade> – <Signor Pastrini,> atalhou Franz, <você é mais suscetível que Cassandra, que era uma profetisa, e ainda assim ninguém acreditava nela; enquanto que você, pelo menos, está seguro do crédito de metade de sua audiência [a metade de 2 é 1]. Venha, sente-se, e conte-nos tudo que sabe sobre esse Signor Vampa.>”

<O que acha disso, Albert? – aos 2-e-20 ser tão famoso?>

<Pois é, e olha que nessa idade Alexandre, César e Napoleão, que, todos, fizeram algum barulho no mundo, estavam bem detrás dele.>”

Em todo país em que a independência tomou o lugar da liberdade, o primeiro desejo dum coração varonil é possuir uma arma, que de uma só vez torna seu dono capaz de se defender e atacar, e, transformando-o em alguém terrível, com freqüência o torna temido.”

O homem de habilidades superiores sempre acha admiradores, vá onde for.”

MÁFIA: SEQÜESTRO, ESTUPRO, MORTE & A SUCESSÃO DO CLÃ

As leis dos bandidos [dos fora-da-lei] são positivas; uma jovem donzela pertence ao primeiro que levá-la, então o restante do bando deve tirar a sorte, no que ela é abandonada a sua brutalidade até a morte encerrar seus sofrimentos. Quando seus pais são suficientemente ricos para pagar um resgate, um mensageiro é enviado para negociar; o prisioneiro é refém pela segurança do mensageiro; se o resgate for recusado, o refém está irrevogavelmente perdido.”

Os mensageiros naturais dos bandidos são os pastores que habitam entre a cidade e as montanhas, entre a vida civilizada e a selvagem.”

<Tiremos a sorte! Tiremos a sorte!> berraram todos os criminosos ao verem o chefe. Sua demanda era justa e o chefe reclinou a cabeça em sinal de aprovação. Os olhos de todos brilharam terrivelmente, e a luz vermelha da fogueira só os fazia parecer uns demônios. O nome de cada um incluído o de Carlini, foi colocado num chapéu, e o mais jovem do bando retirou um papel; e ele trazia o nome de Diovolaccio¹. Foi ele quem propôs a Carlini o brinde ao chefe, e a quem Carlini reagiu quebrando o copo na sua cara. Uma ferida enorme, da testa à boca, sangrava em profusão. Diovolaccio, sentindo-se favorecido pela fortuna, explodiu em uma gargalhada. <Capitão,> disse, <ainda agora Carlini não quis beber à vossa saúde quando eu propus; proponha a minha a ele, e veremos se ele será mais condescendente consigo que comigo.> Todos aguardavam uma explosão da parte de Carlini; mas para a surpresa de todos ele pegou um copo numa mão e o frasco na outra e, enchendo o primeiro, – <A sua saúde, Diavolaccio²,> pronunciou calmamente, e ele entornou tudo, sem que sua mão sequer tremesse. (…) Carlini comeu e bebeu como se nada tivesse acontecido. (…) Uma faca foi plantada até o cabo no peito esquerdo de Rita. Todos olharam para Carlini; a bainha em seu cinto estava vazia. <Ah, ah,> disse o chefe, <agora entendo por que Carlini ficou para trás.> Todas as naturezas selvagens apreciam uma ação desesperada. Nenhum outro dos bandidos, talvez, fizesse o mesmo; mas todos entenderam o que Carlini fez. <Agora, então,> berrou Carlini, levantando-se por sua vez, aproximando-se do cadáver, sua mão na coronha de uma de suas pistolas, <alguém disputa a posse dessa mulher comigo?> – <Não,> respondeu o chefe, <ela é tua.>”

¹ Corruptela de demônio em Italiano

² Aqui o interlocutor, seu inimigo desde o sorteio, pronuncia o nome como o substantivo correto: diabo, demônio.

<Cucumetto violentou sua filha,> disse o bandido; <eu a amava, destarte matei-a; pois ela serviria para entreter a quadrilha inteira.> O velho não disse nada mas empalideceu como a morte. <Então,> continuou, <se fiz mal, vingue-a;>”

Mas Carlini não deixou a floresta sem saber o paradeiro do pai de Rita. Foi até o lugar onde o deixara na noite anterior. E encontrou o homem suspenso por um dos galhos, do mesmo carvalho que ensombreava o túmulo de sua filha. Então ele fez um amargo juramento de vingança sobre o corpo morto de uma e debaixo do corpo do outro. No entanto, Carlini não pôde cumprir sua promessa, porque 2 dias depois, num encontro com carabineiros romanos, Carlini foi assassinado. (…) Na manhã da partida da floresta de Frosinone Cucumetto seguiu Carlini na escuridão, escutou o juramento cheio de ódio, e, como um homem sábio, se antecipou a ele. A gente contou outras dez histórias desse líder de bando, cada uma mais singular que a anterior. Assim, de Fondi a Perusia, todo mundo treme ao ouvir o nome de Cucumetto.”

Cucumetto era um canalha inveterado, que assumiu a forma de um bandido ao invés de uma cobra nesta vida terrana. Como tal, ele adivinhou no olhar de Teresa o signo de uma autêntica filha de Eva, retornando à floresta, interrompendo-se inúmeras vezes sob pretexto de saudar seus protetores. Vários dias se passaram e nenhum sinal de Cucumetto. Chegava a época do Carnaval.”

4 jovens das mais ricas e nobres famílias de Roma acompanhavam as 3 damas com aquela liberdade italiana que não tem paralelo em nenhum outro país.”

Luigi sentia ciúmes! Ele sentiu que, influenciada pela sua disposição ambiciosa e coquete, Teresa poderia escapar-lhe.”

Por que, ela não sabia, mas ela não sentia minimamente que as censuras de seu amado fossem merecidas.”

<Teresa, o que você estava pensando enquanto dançava de frente para a jovem Condessa de San-Felice?> – <Eu estava pensando,> redargüiu a jovem, com toda a franqueza que lhe era natural, <que daria metade da minha vida por um vestido como o dela.>

<Luigi Vampa,> respondeu o pastor, com o mesmo ar daquele que se apresentasse Alexandre, Rei da Macedônia.

<E o seu?> – <Eu,> disse o viajante, <sou chamado Sinbad, o Marinheiro.>

Franz d’Espinay fitou surpreso.”

Sim, mas eu vim pedir mais do que ser vosso companheiro.> – <E o que poderia ser isso?> inquiriram os bandidos, estupefatos. – <Venho solicitar ser vosso capitão,> disse o jovem. Os bandidos fizeram uma arruaça de risadas. <E o que você fez para aspirar a essa honra?> perguntou o tenente. – <Matei seu chefe, Cucumetto, cujo traje agora visto; e queimei a fazenda San-Felice para pegar o vestido-de-noiva da minha prometida.> Uma hora depois Luigi Vampa era escolhido capitão, vice o finado Cucumetto.”

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Minha casa não seria tão boa se o mundo lá fora não fosse tão ruim.

A vingança tem de começar nalgum lugar: a minha começa no cyberrealm, aqui.

nem é possível, em Roma, evitar essa abundante disposição de guias; além do ordinário cicerone, que cola em você assim que pisa no hotel, e jamais o deixa enquanto permanecer na cidade, há ainda o cicerone especial pertencente a cada monumento – não, praticamente a cada parte de um monumento.”

só os guias estão autorizados a visitar esses monumentos com tochas nas mãos.”

Eu disse, meu bom companheiro, que eu faria mais com um punhado de ouro numa das mãos que você e toda sua tropa poderiam produzir com suas adagas, pistolas, carabinas e canhões incluídos.”

E o que tem isso? Não está um dia dividido em 24h, cada hora em 60 minutos, e todo minuto em 60 segundos? Em 86.400 segundos muita coisa pode acontecer.”

Albert nunca foi capaz de suportar os teatros italianos, com suas orquestras, de onde é impossível ver, e a ausência de balcões, ou camarotes abertos; todos esses defeitos pesavam para um homem que tinha tido sua cabine nos Bouffes, e usufruído de um camarote baixo na Opera.”

Albert deixou Paris com plena convicção de que ele teria apenas de se mostrar na Itáia para ter todos a seus pés, e que em seu retorno ele espantaria o mundo parisiano com a recitação de seus numerosos casos. Ai dele, pobre Albert!”

e tudo que ele ganhou foi a convicção dolorosa de que as madames da Itália têm essa vantagem sobre as da França, a de que são fiéis até em sua infidelidade.”

mas hoje em dia ão é preciso ir tão longe quanto a Noé ao traçar uma linhagem, e uma árvore genealógica é igualmente estimada, date ela de 1399 ou apenas 1815”

A verdade era que os tão aguardados prazeres do Carnaval, com a <semana santa> que o sucederia, enchia cada peito de tal forma que impedia que se prestasse a menor atenção aos negócios no palco. Os atores entravam e saíam despercebidos e ignorados; em determinados momentos convencionais, os expectadores paravam repentinamente suas conversas, ou interrompiam seus divertimentos, para ouvir alguma performance brilhante de Moriani, um recitativo bem-executado por Coselli, ou para aplaudir em efusão os maravilhosos talentos de La Specchia”

<Oh, she is perfectly lovely – what a complexion! And such magnificent hair! Is she French?>

<No, Venetian.>

<And her name is–>

<Countess G——.>

<Ah, I know her by name!> exclaimed Albert; <she is said to possess as much wit and cleverness as beauty. I was to have been presented to her when I met her at Madame Villefort’s ball.>”

believe me, nothing is more fallacious than to form any estimate of the degree of intimacy you may suppose existing among persons by the familiar terms they seem upon”

Por mais que o balé pudesse atrair sua atenção, Franz estava profundamente ocupado com a bela grega para se permitir distrações”

Graças ao judicioso plano de dividir os dois atos da ópera com um balé, a pausa entre as performances é muito curta, tendo os cantores tempo de repousar e trocar de figurino, quando necessário, enquanto os dançarinos executam suas piruetas e exibem seus passos graciosos.”

Maioria dos leitores está ciente [!] de que o 2º ato de <Parisina> abre com um celebrado e efetivo dueto em que Parisina, enquanto dorme, se trai e confessa a Azzo o segredo de seu amor por Ugo. O marido injuriado passa por todos os paroxismos do ciúme, até a firmeza prevalecer em sua mente, e então, num rompante de fúria e indignação, ele acordar sua esposa culpada para contar-lhe que ele sabe de seus sentimentos, e assim infligir-lhe sua vingança. Esse dueto é um dos mais lindos, expressivos e terríveis de que jamais se ouviu emanar da pena de Donizetti. Franz ouvia-o agora pela 3ª vez.”

<Talvez você jamais tenha prestado atenção nele?>

<Que pergunta – tão francesa! Não sabe você que nós italianas só temos olhos para o homem que amamos?>

<É verdade,> respondeu Franz.”

<he looks more like a corpse permitted by some friendly grave-digger to quit his tomb for a while, and revisit this earth of ours, than anything human. How ghastly pale he is!>

<Oh, he is always as colorless as you now see him,> said Franz.

<Then you know him?> almost screamed the countess. <Oh, pray do, for heaven’s sake, tell us all about – is he a vampire, or a ressuscitated corpse, or what?>

<I fancy I have seen him before, and I even think he recognizes me.>”

Vou dizer-lhe, respondeu a condessa. Byron tinha a mais sincera crença na existência de vampiros, e até assegurou a mim que os tinha visto. A descrição que ele me fez corresponde perfeitamente com a aparência e a personalidade daquele homem na nossa frente. Oh, ele é a exata personificação do que eu poderia esperar. O cabelo cor-de-carvão, olhos grandes, claros e faiscantes, em que fogo selvagem, extraterreno parece queimar, — a mesma palidez fantasmal. Observe ainda que a mulher consigo é diferente de qualquer uma do seu sexo. Ela é uma estrangeira – uma estranha. Ninguém sabe quem é, ou de onde ela vem. Sem dúvida ela pertence à mesma raça que ele, e é, como ele, uma praticante das artes mágicas.”

Pela minha alma, essas mulheres confundiriam o próprio Diabo que quisesse desvendá-las. Porque, aqui – elas lhe dão sua mão – elas apertam a sua em correspondência – elas mantêm conversas em sussurros – permitem que você as acompanhe até em casa. Ora, se uma parisiense condescendesse com ¼ dessas coqueterias, sua reputação estaria para sempre perdida.”

Ele era talvez bem pálido, decerto; mas, você sabe, palidez é sempre vista como uma forte prova de descendência aristocrática e casamentos distintos.”

e, a não ser que seu vizinho de porta e quase-amigo, o Conde de Monte Cristo, tivesse o anel de Gyges, e pelo seu poder pudesse ficar invisível, agora era certo que ele não poderia escapar dessa vez.”

O Conde de Monte Cristo é sempre um levantado cedo da cama; e eu posso assegurar que ele já está de pé há duas horas.”

You are thus deprived of seeing a man guillotined; but the mazzuola still remains, which is a very curious punishment when seen for the 1st time, and even the 2nd, while the other, as your must know, is very simple.” [Ver glossário acima.]

do not tell me of European punishments, they are in the infancy, or rather the old age, of cruelty.”

As for myself, I can assure you of one thing, — the more men you see die, the easier it becomes to die yourself” opinion opium onion

do you think the reparation that society gives you is sufficient when it interposes the knife of the guillotine between the base of the occiput and the trapezal muscles of the murderer, and allows him who has caused us years of moral sufferings to escape with a few moments of physical pain?”

Dr. Guillotin got the idea of his famous machine from witnessing an execution in Italy.”

We ought to die together. I was promissed he should die with me. You have no right to put me to death alone. I will not die alone – I will not!”

Oh, man – race of crocodiles, cried the count, extending his clinched hands towards the crowd, how well do I recognize you there, and that at all times you are worthy of yourselves! Lead two sheep to the butcher’s, 2 oxen to the slaughterhouse, and make one of them understand that his companion will not die; the sheep will bleat for pleasure, the ox will bellow with joy. But man – man, whom God has laid his first, his sole commandment, to love his neighbor – man, to whom God has given a voice to express his thoughts – what is his first cry when he hears his fellowman is saved? A blasphemy. Honor to man, this masterpiece of nature, this king of creation! And the count burst into a laugh; a terrible laugh, that showed he must have suffered horribly to be able thus to laugh.”

The bell of Monte Citorio, which only sounds on the pope’s decease and the opening of the Carnival, was ringing a joyous peal.”

On my word, said Franz, you are wise as Nestor and prudent as Ulysses, and your fair Circe must be very skilful or very powerful if she succeed in changing you into a beast of any kind.”

Come, observed the countess, smiling, I see my vampire is only some millionaire, who has taken the appearance of Lara in order to avoid being confounded with M. de Rothschild; and you have seen her?”

without a single accident, a single dispute, or a single fight. The fêtes are veritable pleasure days to the Italians. The author of this history, who has resided 5 or 6 years in Italy, does not recollect to have ever seen a ceremony interrupted by one of those events so common in other countries.”

Se alle sei della mattina le quattro mile piastre non sono nelle mie mani, alla sette il conte Alberto avra cessato di vivere.

Luigi Vampa.

There were in all 6.000 piastres, but of these 6.000 Albert had already expended 3.000. As to Franz, he had no better of credit, as he lived at Florence, and had only come to Rome to pass 7 or 8 days; he had brought but a 100 louis, and of these he had not more than 50 left.”

Well, what good wind blows you hither at this hour?”

I did, indeed.”

Be it so. It is a lovely night, and a walk without Rome will do us both good.”

<Excellency, the Frenchman’s carriage passed several times the one in which was Teresa.>

<The chief’s mistress?>

<Yes. The Frenchman threw her a bouquet; Teresa returned it – all this with the consent of the chief, who was in the carriage.>

<What?> cried Franz, <was Luigi Vampa in the carriage with the Roman peasants?>”

Well, then, the Frenchman took off his mask; Teresa, with the chief’s consent, did the same. The Frenchman asked for a rendez-vous; Teresa gave him one – only, instead of Teresa, it was Beppo who was on the steps of the church of San Giacomo.”

<do you know the catacombs of St. Sebastian?>

<I was never in them; but I have often resolved to visit them.>

<Well, here is an opportunity made to your hand, and it would be difficult to contrive a better.>”

remember, for the future, Napoleon’s maxim, <Never awaken me but for bad news;> if you had let me sleep on, I should have finished my galop [dança de salão], and have been grateful to you all my life.”

<Has your excellency anything to ask me?> said Vampa with a smile.

<Yes, I have,> replied Franz; <I am curious to know what work you were perusing with so much attention as we entered.>

<Caesar’s ‘Commentaries,’> said the bandit, <it is my favorite work.>”

não há nação como a francesa que possa sorrir mesmo na cara da terrível Morte em pessoa.”

Apenas pergunte a si mesmo, meu bom amigo, se não acontece com muitas pessoas de nosso estrato que assumam nomes de terras e propriedades em que nunca foram senhores?”

a vista do que está acontecendo é necessária aos homens jovens, que sempre estão dispostos a ver o mundo atravessar seus horizontes, mesmo se esse horizonte é só uma via pública.”

foils, boxing-gloves, broadswords, and single-sticks – for following the example of the fashionable young men of the time, Albert de Morcerf cultivated, with far more perseverance than music and drawing, the 3 arts that complete a dandy’s education, i.e., fencing [esgrima], boxing, and single-stick”

In the centre of the room was a Roller and Blanchet <baby grand> piano in rosewood, but holding the potentialities of an orchestra in its narrow and sonorous cavity, and groaning beneath the weight of the chefs-d’oeuvre of Beethoven, Weber, Mozart, Haydn, Gretry, and Porpora.”

There on a table, surrounded at some distance by a large and luxurious divan, every species of tobacco known, – from the yellow tobacco of Petersburg to the black of Sinai, and so on along the scale from Maryland and Porto-Rico, to Latakia, – was exposed in pots of crackled earthenware [cerâmica] of which the Dutch are so fond; beside them, in boxes of fragrant wood, were ranged, according to their size and quality, pueros, regalias, havanas, and manillas; and, in an open cabinet, a collection of German pipes, of chibouques [cachimbo turco], with their amber mouth-pieces ornamented with coral, and of narghilés, with their long tubes of morocco, awaiting the caprice of the sympathy of the smokers.”

after coffee, the guests at a breakfast of modern days love to contemplate through the vapor that escapes from their mouths, and ascends in long and fanficul wreaths to the ceiling.”

A única diferença entre Jesus Cristo e eu é que uma cruz o carregava – eu é que carrego a minha cruz.

<Are you hungry?>

<Humiliating as such a confession is, I am. But I dined at M. de Villefort’s, and lawyers always give you very bad dinners. You would think they felt some remorse; did you ever remark that?>

<Ah, depreciate other persons’ dinners; you ministers give such splendid ones.>”

<Willingly. Your Spanish wine is excellent. You see we were quite right to pacify that country.>

<Yes, but Don Carlos?>

<Well, Don Carlos will drink Bordeaux, and in years we will marry his son to the little queen.>”

Recollect that Parisian gossip has spoken of a marriage between myself and Mlle. Eugenie Danglars”

<The king has made him a baron, and can make him a peer [cavalheiro], but he cannot make him a gentleman, and the Count of Morcerf is too aristocratic to consent, for the paltry sum of 2 million francs to a mesalliance [‘desaliança’, casamento com um malnascido]. The Viscount of Morcerf can only wed a marchioness.>

<But 2 million francs make a nice little sum,> replied Morcerf.”

<Nevermind what he says, Morcerf,> said Debray, <do you marry her. You marry a money-bag label, it is true; well but what does that matter? It is better to have a blazon less and a figure more on it. You have seven martlets on your arms; give 3 to your wife, and you will still have 4; that is 1 more than M. de Guise had, who so nearly became King of France, and whose cousin was emperor of Germany.>”

além do mais, todo milionário é tão nobre quanto um bastardo – i.e., ele pode ser.”

<M. de Chateau-Renaud – M. Maximilian Morrel,> said the servant, announcing 2 fresh guests.”

a vida não merece ser falada! – isso é um pouco filosófico demais, minha palavra, Morrel. Fica bem para você, que arrisca sua vida todo dia, mas para mim, que só o fez uma vez—“

<No, his horse; of which we each of us ate a slice with a hearty appetite. It was very hard.>

<The horse?> said Morcerf, laughing.

<No, the sacrifice,> returned Chateau-Renaud; <ask Debray if he would sacrifice his English steed for a stranger?>

<Not for a stranger,> said Debray, <but for a friend I might, perhaps.>”

hoje vamos encher nossos estômagos, e não nossas memórias.”

<Ah, this gentleman is a Hercules killing Cacus, a Perseus freeing Andromeda.>

<No, he is a man about my own size.>

<Armed to the teeth?>

<He had not even a knitting-needle [agulha de tricô].>”

He comes possibly from the Holy Land, and one of his ancestors possessed Calvary, as the Mortemarts(*) did the Dead Sea.”

(*) Wiki: “Anne de Rochechouart de Mortemart (1847-1933), duchess of Uzès, held one of the biggest fortunes in Europe, spending a large part of it on financing general Boulanger’s political career in 1890. A great lady of the world, she wrote a dozen novels and was the 1st French woman to possess a driving licence.”

Motto: “Avant que la mer fût au monde, Rochechouart portait les ondes”

<he has purchased the title of count somewhere in Tuscany?>

<He is rich, then?>

<Have you read the ‘Arabian Nights’?>

<What a question!>”

he calls himself Sinbad the Sailor, and has a cave filled with gold.”

<Pardieu, every one exists.>

<Doubtless, but in the same way; every one has not black salves, a princely retinue, an arsenal of weapons that would do credit to an Arabian fortress, horses that cost 6.000 francs apiece, and Greek mistresses.>”

<Did he not conduct you to the ruins of the Colosseum and suck your blood?> asked Beauchamp.

<Or, having delivered you, make you sign a flaming parchment, surrendering your soul to him as Esau did his birth-right?>”

The count appeared, dressed with the greatest simplicity, but the most fastidious dandy could have found nothing to cavil [escarnecer] at in his toilet. Every article of dress – hat, coat, gloves, and boots – was from the 1st makers. He seemed scarcely five-and-thirty. But what struck everybody was his extreme resemblance to the portrait Debray had drawn.”

Punctuality,> said M. Cristo, <is the politeness of kings, according to one of your sovereings, I think; but it is not the same with travellers. However, I hope you will excuse the 2 or 3 seconds I am behindhand; 500 leagues are not to be accomplished without some trouble, and especially in France, where, it seems, it is forbidden to beat the postilions [cocheiros].”

a traveller like myself, who has successively lived on maccaroni at Naples, polenta at Milan, olla podrida¹ at Valencia, pilau at Constantinople, karrick in India, and swallow’s nests in China. I eat everywhere, and of everything, only I eat but little”

¹ olla podrida: cozido com presunto, aves e embutidos.a

a embutido: carne de tripa

<But you can sleep when you please, monsieur?> said Morrel.

<Yes>

<You have a recipe for it?>

<An infallible one.>

(…)

<Oh, yes, returned M.C.; I make no secret of it. It is a mixture of excellent opium, which I fetched myself from Canton in order to have it pure, and the best hashish which grows in the East – that is, between the Tigris and the Euphrates.>”

he spoke with so much simplicity that it was evident he spoke the truth, or that he was mad.”

<Perhaps what I am about to say may seem strange to you, who are socialists, and vaunt humanity and your duty to your neighbor, but I never seek to protect a society which does not protect me, and which I will even say, generally occupies itself about me only to injure me; and thus by giving them a low place in my steem, and preserving a neutrality towards them, it is society and my neighbor who are indebted to me.>

(…) <you are the 1st man I ever met sufficiently courageous to preach egotism. Bravo, count, bravo!>” “vocês assumem os vícios que não têm, e escondem as virtudes que possuem.”

France is so prosaic, and Paris so civilized a city, that you will not find in its 85 departments – I say 85, because I do not include Corsica – you will not find, then, in these 85 departments a single hill on which there is not a telegraph, or a grotto in which the comissary of polie has not put up a gaslamp.”

<But how could you charge a Nubian to purchase a house, and a mute to furnish it? – he will do everything wrong.>

<Undeceive yourself, monsieur,> replied M.C.; <I am quite sure, that o the contrary, he will choose everything as I wish. He knows my tastes, my caprices, my wants. He has been here a week, with the instinct of a hound, hunting by himself. He will arrange everything for me. He knew, that I should arrive to-day at 10 o’clock; he was waiting for me at 9 at the Barrière de Fontainebleau. He gave me this paper; it contains the number of my new abode; read it yourself,> and M.C. passed a paper to Albert. <Ah, that is really original.> said Beauchamp.”

The young men looked at each other; they did not know if it was a comedy M.C. was playing, but every word he uttered had such an air of simplicity, that it was impossible to suppose what he said was false – besides, why whould he tell a falsehood?”

<Eu, em minha qualidade de jornalista, abro-lhe todos os teatros.>

<Obrigado, senhor,> respondeu M.C., <meu mordomo tem ordens para comprar um camarote em cada teatro.>

<O seu mordomo é também um núbio?> perguntou Debray.

<Não, ele é um homem do campo europeu, se um córsico for considerado europeu. Mas você o conhece, M. de Morcerf.>

<Seria aquele excepcional Sr. Bertuccio, que entende de reservar janelas tão bem?>

<Sim, você o viu o dia que eu tive a honra de recebê-lo; ele tem sido soldado, bandido – de fato, tudo. Eu não teria tanta certeza de que nesse meio-tempo ele não teve problemas com a polícia por alguma briguinha qualquer – uma punhalada com uma faca, p.ex.>”

Eu tenho algo melhor que isso; tenho uma escrava. Vocês procuram suas mulheres em óperas, o Vaudeville, ou as Variedades; eu comprei a minha em Constantinopla; me custa mais, mas não tenho do que reclamar.”

It was the portrait of a young woman of 5-or-6-and-20, with a dark complexion, and light and lustrous eyes, veiled beneath long lashes. She wore the picturesque costume of the Catalan fisher-women, a red and black bodice and golden pins in her hair. She was looking at the sea, and her form was outlined on the blue ocean and sky. The light was so faint in the room that Albert did not perceive the pallor that spread itself over the count’s visage, or the nervous heaving of his chest and shoulders. Silence prevailed for an instant, during which M.C. gazed intently on the picture. § <You have there a most charming mistress, viscount,> said the count in a perfectly calm tone”

Ah, monsieur, returned Albert, You do not know my mother; she it is whom you see here. She had her portrait painted thus 6 or 8 years ago. This costume is a fancy one, it appears, and the resemblance is so great that I think I still see my mother the same as she was in 1830. The countess had this portrait painted during the count’s absence.”

The picture seems to have a malign influence, for my mother rarely comes here without looking at it, weeping. This disagreement is the only one that has ever taken place between the count and countess, who are still as much united, although married more than 20 years, as on the 1st day of their wedding.”

Your are somewhat blasé. I know, and family scenes have not much effect on Sinbad the Sailor, who has seen so much many others.”

These are our arms, that is, those of my father, but they are, as you see, joined to another shield, which has gules, a silver tower, which are my mother’s. By her side I am Spanish, but the family of Morcerf is French, and, I have heard, one of the oldest of the south of France.”

<Yes, you are at once from Provence and Spain; that explains, if the portrait you showed me be like, the dark hue I so much admired on the visage of the noble Catalan.> It would have required the penetration of Oedipus or the Sphinx to have divined the irony the count concealed beneath these words, apparently uttered with the greatest politeness.”

A gentleman of high birth, possessor of an ample fortune, you have consented to gain your promotion as an obscure soldier, step by step – this is uncommon; then become general, peer of France, commander of the Legion of Honor, you consent to again commence a 2nd apprenticeship, without any other hope or any other desire than that of one day becoming useful to your fellow-creatures”

Precisely, monsieur, replied M.C. with ne of those smiles that a painter could never represent or a physiologist analyze.”

He was even paler than Mercedes.”

<And what do you suppose is the coun’s age?> inquired Mercedes, evidently attaching great importance to this question.

<35 or 36, mother.>

<So young, – it is impossible>”

The young man, standing up before her, gazed upon her with that filial affection which is so tender and endearing with children whose mothers are still young and handsome.”

I confess, I am not very desirous of a visit from the commisary of police, for, in Italy, justice is only paid when silent – in France she is paid only when she speaks.”

he has smitten with the sword, and he has perished by the sword”

while he stamped with his feet to remove all traces of his occupation, I rushed on him and plunged my knife into his breast, exclaiming, – <I am Giovanni Bertuccio; thy death for my brother’s; thy treasure for his widow; thou seest that my vengeance is more complete than I had hoped.> I know not if he heard these words; I think he did not for he fell without a cry.”

that relaxation of the laws which always follows a revolution.”

he who is about to commit an assassination fancies that he hears low cries perpetually ringing in his ears. 2 hours passed thus, during which I imagined I heard moans repeatedly.”

too great care we take of our bodies is the only obstacle to the success of those projects which require rapid decision, and vigorous and determined execution.”

No, no; but philosophy at half-past ten at night is somewhat late; yet I have no other observation to make, for what you say is correct, which is more than can be said for all philosophy.”

<heaven will bless you.>

<This, said M.C., is less correct than your philosophy, – it is only faith.>”

red is either altogether good or altogether bad.”

I do not like open doors when it thunders.”

the ocean called eterny”

For all evils there are 2 remedies – time and silence.”

Eu não tenho medo de fantasmas, e nunca ouvi falar de mortos terem causado tanto dano em 6 mil anos quanto os vivos num só dia.”

<It seems, sir steward,> said he <that you have yet to learn that all things are to be sold to such as care to pay the price.>

<His excellency is not, perhaps, aware that M. Danglars gave 16.000 francs for his horses?>

<Very well. Then offer him double that sum; a banker never loses an opportunity of doubling his capital.>”

you have been in my service 1 year, the time I generally give myself to judge of the merits or demerits of those about me.”

I am rich enough to know whatever I desire to know, and I can promise you I am not wanting in curiosity.”

<I assure your excellency,> said he, <that at least it shall be my study to merit your approbation in all things, and I will take M. Ali as my model.>

<By no means,> replied the count in the most frigid tones; <Ali has many faults mixed with most excellent qualities. He cannot possibly serve you as a pattern for your conduct, not being, as you are, a paid servant, but a mere slave – a dog, who, should he fail in his duty towards me, I should not discharge from my service, but kill.> Baptistin opened his eyes with astonishment.”

<Does the sum you have for them make the animals less beautiful,> inquired the count, shrugging his shoulders.”

I see; to your domestics you are <my lord,> the journalists style you <monsieur,> while your constituents call you <citizen>. These are distinctions very suitable under a constitutional government. I understand perfectly.”

I have acquired the bad habit of calling peorsons by their titles from living in a country where barons are still barons by right of birth.”

<My dear sir, if a trifle [ninharia] like that could suffice me, I should never have given myself the trouble of opening an account. A million? Excuse my smiling when you speak of a sum I am in the habit of carrying in my pocket-book or dressing-case.> And with these words M.C. took from his pocket a small case cantaining his visiting-cards and drew forth 2 orders on the treasury for 500.000 francs each, payable at sight to the bearer.”

I must confess to you, count, said Danglars, that I have hitherto imagined myself acquainted with the degree of all the great fortunes of Europe, and still wealth such as yours has been wholly unknown t me. May I presume to ask whether you have long possessed it?”

I have passed a considerable part of my life in the East, madame, and you are doubtless aware that the Orientals value only two things – the fine breeding of their horses and the beauty of their women.”

a woman will often, from mere wilfulness, prefer that which is dangerous to that which is safe. Therefore, in my opinion, my dear baron, the best and easiest way is to leave them to their fancies, and allow them to act as they please, and then, if any mischief follows, why, at least, they have no one to blame but themselves.”


“Debray, who perceived the gathering clouds, and felt no desire to witness the explosion of Madame Danglars’ rage, suddenly recollected an appointment, which compelled him to take his leave”

How grateful will M. de Villefort be for all your goodness; how thanfully will he acknowledge that to you alone he owes the existence of his wife and child!”

hated by many, but warmly supported by others, without being really liked by anybody, M. de Villefort held a high position in the magistracy, and maintened his eminence like a Harley or a Mole.” “A freezing politeness, a strict fidelity to government principles, a profound comtempt for theories and theorists, a deep-seated hatred of ideality, – these were the elements of private and public life displayed by M. de Villefort.”

<Finja pensar bem de si mesmo, e o mundo pensará bem de você,> um axioma 100x mais útil na sociedade hoje que aquele dos gregos, <Conhece-te a ti mesmo,> uma sabedoria que, em nosso dias, nós substituímos pela ciência menos complicada e mais vantajosa de conhecer os outros.”

4 revoluções sucessivas construíram e cimentaram o pedestal sobre o qual sua fortuna se baseia”

Ele deu bailes todos os anos, nos quais não aparecia por mais que ¼ de hora, – ou seja, 45min a menos do que o rei é visível em seus bailes. Nunca fôra visto em teatros, em concertos ou em qualquer lugar público de divertimento. Ocasionalmente, aliás raramente, chegava a jogar Whist, e ainda assim cuidado era tomado para selecionar os jogadores corretos – certas vezes se tratavam de embaixadores, outras, arcebispos; ou quem sabe um príncipe, ou um presidente, talvez alguma duquesa pensionista.”

From being slender he had now become meagre; once pale he was now yellow; his deep-set eyes were hollow, and the gold spectacles shielding his eyes seemed to be an integral portion of his face.”

<well sir, really, if, like you, I had nothing else to do, I should seek a more amusing occupation.>

<man is but an ugly caterpillar for him who studies him through a solar microscope; but you said, I think, that I had nothing else to do. Now, really, let me ask, sir, have you? – do you believe you have anything to do? or to speak in plain terms, do you really think that what you do deserves being called anything?>

It was a long time since the magisrate had heard a paradox so strong, or rather, to say the truth more exactly, it was the 1st time he had ever heard of it.”

it is with the justice of all countries especially that I have occupied myself – it is with the criminal procedure of all nations that I have compared natural justice, and I must say, sir, that it is the law of primitive nations, that is, the law of retaliation, that I have most frequently found to be according to the law of God.” “The English, Turkish, Japanese, Hindu laws, are as familiar to me as the French laws, and thus I was right, when I said to you, that relatively (you know that everything is relative, sir) – that relatively to what I have done, you have very little to do; but that relatively to all I have learned, you have yet a great deal to learn.”

I see that in spite of the reputation which you have acquired as a superior man, you look at everything from the material and vulgar view of society, beginning with man, and ending with man – that is to say, in the most restricted, most narrow view which it is possible for human understanding to embrace.”

Tobias took the angel who restored him to light for an ordinary young man. The nations took Attila, who was doomed to destroy them, for a conqueror similar to other conquerors, and it was necessary for both to reveal their missions, that they might be known and acknowledged”

It is not usual with us corrupted wretches of civilization to find gentlemen like yourself, possessors, as you are, of immense fortune – at least, so it is said – and I beg you to observe that I do not inquire, I merely repeat; – it is not usual, I say, for such privileged and wealthy beings to waste their time in speculations on the state of society, in philosophical reveries, intended at best to console those whom fate has disinherited from the goods of this world.”

The domination of kings are limited either by mountains or rivers, or a change of manners, or an alteration of language. My kingdom is bounded only by the world, for I am not an Italian, or a Frenchman, or a Hindu, or an American, or a Spaniard – I am a cosmopolite. No country can say it saw my birth. God alone knows what country will see me die. I adopt all customs, speak all languages. You believe me to be a Frenchman, for I speak French with the same facility and purity as yourself. Well, Ali, my Nubian, believes me to be an Arab; Bertuccio, my steward, takes me for a Roman; Haidée, my slave, thinks me a Greek. You may, therefore, comprehend, that being of no country, asking no protection from any government, acknowledging no man as my brother, not one of the scruples that arrest the powerful, or the obstacles which paralyze the weak, paralyzes or arrests me. I have only 2 adversaries – I will not say 2 conquerors, for with perseverance I subdue even them, – they are time and distance. There is a 3rd, and the most terrible – that is my condition asa mortal being, this alone can stop me in my onward career, before I have attained the goal at which I aim, for all the rest I have reduced to mathematical terms. What men call the chances of fate – namey, ruin, change, circumstances – I have fully anticipated, and if any of these should overtake me, yet it will not overwhelm me. Unless I die, I shall always be what I am, and therefore it is that I utter the things you have never heard, even from the mouths of kings – for kings have need, and oher persons have fear of you. For who is there who does not say to himself, in a society as incongruously organized as ours, <Perhaps some day I shall have to do with the king’s attorney>?”

we no longer talk, we rise to dissertation.” Engraçada inversão de sentido em relação ao Prefácio da Enciclopédia francesa, que vê nisso o fato de um monólogo cego, nada nobre.

Eu desejo ser a Providência eu mesmo, porque eu sinto que a coisa mais bela, nobre, mais sublime de todas no mundo, é recompensar e punir.”

o filho de Deus é tão invisível quanto o pai.”

<(…) Tudo o que eu posso fazer por você é torná-lo um dos agentes dessa Providência.> A barganha estava concluída. Devo sacrificar minh’alma, mas que importa afinal? Se fosse para fazer tudo de novo, faria de novo.” Villefort olhou o Conde de Monte Cristo admiradíssimo. “Conde, você tem parentes?”

Não, senhor, estou só no mundo.”

Oh, tanto pior.”

há algo que temer além da morte, da velhice e da loucura. P.ex., existe a apoplexia – aquele raio que atinge-o mas sem destruir, mas que de certo modo leva tudo a um fim.” “a ruptura de uma veia no lobo cerebral destruiu tudo isso, não num dia, não numa hora, mas num segundo. Noirtier, que, na noite anterior, era o velho jacobino, o velho senador, o velho Carbonaro, gargalhando à guilhotina, ao canhão, e à adaga – este Noirtier, jogando com revoluções – Monsieur Noirtier, para quem a França era um vasto tabuleiro de xadrez, de onde peões, bispos, cavaleiros e rainhas eram contìnuamente varridos, até o xeque-mate do rei – M.N., o formidável, era, na manhã seguinte, <o pobre N.,> o velho frágil, sob os ternos cuidados da mais fraca das criaturas da casa, i.e., sua neta, Valentina” Nunca chame uma mulher de fraca antes d’a vingança estar completada!

Cem escriores desde Sócrates, Sêneca, St. Agostinho,e Gall, fizeram, em verso e prosa, a comparação que você fez, e ainda assim eu posso mui bem deduzir que os sofrimentos paternos devem causar grandes transformações na mente de um filho.”

Valentina, a filha do meu primeiro casamento – com senhorita Renée de St.-Meran – e Eduardo, o garoto que você hoje salvou.”

<Meu palpite é,> respondeu V., <que meu pai, conduzido por suas paixões; cometeu algumas faltas desconhecidas para a justiça humana, mas marcadas na justiça de Deus. Esse Deus, desejoso em sua misericórdia de punir uma pessoa e mais ninguém, fez justiça nele tão-somente.> O Conde de Monte Cristo, com um sorriso nos lábios, emitiu, das profundezas de sua alma, um grunhido que teria feito V. voar se ao menos tivesse escutado.”

Sua atitude, embora natural para uma mulher oriental, seria, numa européia, confundida com algo emanando luxúria demais.” “E, para completar o quadro, Haidée se encontrava em plena primavera e no auge dos charmes da juventude – ela ainda não tinha ultrapassado os 20 verões.”

Nunca vi ninguém que eu preferisse a você, e nunca amei qualquer um, exceto você e meu pai.”

não é a árvore que abandona a flor – é a flor que cai da árvore.”

Meu pai tinha uma grande barba branca, mas eu o amava; ele tinha 60, mas para mim era mais bonito que qualquer jovem que já tivesse contemplado.”

Acredite: quando 3 grandes paixões, tristeza, amor e gratidão, preenchem o coração, ennui não tem lugar.”

Juventude é a flor da qual amor é o fruto; feliz é aquele que, depois de assistir seu silencioso crescimento, é o felizardo a pegar o fruto e chamá-lo seu.” Píndaro

Havia um estúdio para Emmanuel, que nunca estudava, e uma sala de concertos para Júlia, que nunca tocava.”

Morrel, ao morrer, deixou 500 mil francos, que foram partilhados entre mim e minha irmã, seus únicos descendentes.”

Oh, it was touching superstition, monsieur, and although I did not myself believe it, I would not for the world have destroyed my father’s faith. How often did he muse over it and pronounce the name of a dear friend – a friend lost to him forever; and on his death-bed, when the near approach of eternity seemed to have illumined his mind with supernatural light, this thought, which had until then been but a doubt, became a conviction and his last words were, <Maximilian, it was Edmond Dantes!> At these words the count’s paleness, which had for some time been increasing, became alarming; he could not speak”

M. Franz is not expected to return home for a year to come, I am told; in that time many favorable and unforeseen chances may befriend us.”

Valentine, while reproaching me with selfishness, think a little what you have been to me – the beautiful but cold resemblance of a marble Venus. What promise of future reward have you made me for all the submission and obedience I have evinced? – none whatever.”

The general remark is, <Oh, it cannot be excepcted that one of so stern a character as M. Villefort could lavish the tenderness some fathers do on their daughters. What though she has lost her own mother at a tender age, she has had tha happiness to find a 2nd mother in Madame de Ville.” “my father abandons me from utter indifference, while my mother-in-law detests me with a hatred so much the more terrible because it is veiled beneath a continual smile.”

I do not know; but, though unwilling to introduce money matters into our present conversation, I will just say this much – that her extreme dislike to me has its origin there; and I much fear she envies me the fortime I enjoy in right of my mother, and wich will be more than doubled at the death of M. and Mme. de Saint-Meran, whose sole heiress I am.”

no one could oppose him; he is all-powerful even with the king; he would crush you at a word.”

I am, for many reasons, not altogether so much beneath your alliance. The days when such distinctions were so nicely weighed and considered no longer exist in France, and the 1st families of the monarchy have intermarried with those of the empire. The aristocracy of the lance has allied itself with the nobility of the cannon.”

Don’t speak of Marseilles, I beg of your, Maximilian; that one word brings back my mother to my recollection – my angel mother, who died too soon for myself, and all who knew her.”

<Tell me truly, Maximilian, wether in former days, when our fathers dwelt at Marseilles, there was ever any misunderstanding between them?>

<Not that I am aware of,> replied the young man, <unless; indeed, any ill-feeling might have arisen from their being of opposite parties – your father was, as you know, a zealous partisan of the Bourbons, while mine was wholly devoted to the emperor>”

How singular, murmured Maximilian; your father hates me, while your grandfather, on the contrary – What strange feelings are aroused by politics.”

<And Monsieur de Monte Cristo, King of China, Emperor of Cochin-China,> said the young im[p][ertinent]”

And that is the case, observed Count of Monte Cristo. I have seen Russians devour, without being visibly inconvenienced, vegetable substances which would infallibly have killed a Neapolitan or an Arab.”

Well, supose that this poison was brucine, and you were to take a milligramme the 1st day, 2mg the 2nd, and so on. Well, at the end of 10 days you would have taken a centigramme [+40mg, cumulativamente], at the end of 20 days, increasing another mg, you would have taken 300 centigrammes [?]; that is to say, a dose which you would support without inconvenience, and which would be very dangerous for any other person who had not taken the same precautions as yourself. Well, then, at the end of a month, when drinking water from the same carafe, you would kill the person who drank with you, without your perceiving, otherwise than from slight inconvenience, that there was any poisonous substance mingles with this water.”

<I have often read, and read again, the history of Mithridates,> said Mme. de Villefort in a tone of reflection, <and had always considered it a fable.>

<No, madame, contrary to most history, it is true (…)>

<True, sir. The 2 favorite studies of my youth were botany and mineralogy, and subsequently when I learned the use of simple frequency explained the whole history of a people, and the entire life of individuals in the East, as flowers betoken and symbolize a love affair, I have regretted, that I was not a man, that I might have been a Flamel¹, a Fontana², or a Cabanis³.>

<And the more, madame,> said Counf of Monte Cristo, <as the Orientals do not confine themselves, as did Mithridates, to make a cuirass [escudo; proteção; couraça] of the poisons, but they also made them a dagger.>”

¹ Alquimista dos séc. XIV-XV.

² Médico italiano do séc. XVIII, autor, nas décadas 60, 70 e 80, de tratados pioneiros em toxicologia, como Ricerche fisiche sopra il veleno della vipera.

³ Médico e filósofo francês, contemporâneo de Fontana. De saúde frágil, era um médico que pesquisava muito e não clinicava, sendo portanto quase um metafísico da fisiologia. Suas idéias podem ser consideradas de uma amplitude tal que é, ainda, um psicólogo pré-Psicologia. Seu conceito de Vontade vital influenciaria fortemente Schopenhauer. Magnum opus: Lettre sur les causes premières (1824).

With opium, belladonna, brucaea, snake-wood¹, and the cherry-laurel², they put to sleep all who stand in their way. There is not one of those women, Egyptian, Turkish, or Greek, whom here you call <good women>, who do not know how, by means of chemistry, to stupefy a doctor, and in psychology to amaze a confessor.”

¹ Planta do gênero acácia comum em desertos do Oriente Médio e Austrália.

² Planta originária da vegetação costeira do Mar Morto.

the secret dramas of the East begin with a love philtre and end with a death potion – begin with paradise and end with – hell. There are as many elixirs of every kind as there are caprices and peculiarities in the physical and moral nature of humanity”

A man can easily be put out of the way there, then; it is, indeed, The Bagdad and Bassora of the <Thousand and One Nights>.”

at your theatres, by what at least I could judge by reading the pieces they play, they see persons swallow the contents of a phial, or suck the button of a ring, and fall dead instantly. 5 minutes afterwards the curtain falls, and the spectators depart. They are ignorant of the consequences of the murder; they see neither the police commissary with his badge of office, nor the corporal with his 4 men; and so the poor fools believe that the whole thing is as easy as lying. But go a little way from France – go either to Aleppo or Cairo, or only to Naples or Rome, and you will see people passing by you in the streets – people erect, smiling, and fresh-colored, of whom Asmodeus, if you were holding on by the skirt of his mantle, would say, <That man was poisoned 3 weeks ago; he will be a dead man in a month.>”

Ah, but madame, does mankind ever lose anything? The arts change about and make a tour of the world; things take a different name, and the vulgar do not follow them (…) Poisons at particularly on some organ or another – one on the stomach, another on the brain, another on the intestines. Well, the poison brings on a cough, the cough an inflammation of the lungs, or some other complaint catalogued in the book of science, which, however, by no means precludes it from being decidedly mortal; and if it were not, would be sure to become so, thanks to the remedies applied by foolish doctors, who are generally bad chemists, and which will act in favor of or against the malady, as you please; and then there is a human being killed according to all the rules of art and skill, and of whom justice learns nothing, as was said by a terrible chemist of my acquaintance, the worthy Abbé Adelmonte of Taormina, in Sicily, who has studied these national phenomena very profoundly.”

I thought, I must confess, that these tales, were inventions of the Middle Ages.”

What procureur has ever ventured to draw up an accusation against M. Magendie or M. Flourens², in consequence of the rabbits, cats, and guinea-pigs they have killed? – not one. So, then, the rabbit dies, and justice takes no notice. This rabbit dead, the Abbé Adelmonte has its entrails taken out by his cook and thrown on the dunghill; on this dunghill is a hen, who, pecking these intestines, is in her turn taken ill, and dies next day. At the moment when she is struggling in the convulsions of death, a vulture [espécie de urubu ou abutre] is flying by (there are a good many vultures in Adelmonte’s country); this bird darts on the dead fowl, and carries it away to a rock, where it dines off its prey. Three days afterwards, this poor vulture, which has been very much indisposed since that dinner, suddenly feels very giddly while flying aloft in the clouds, and falls heavily into a fish-pond. The pike, eels, and carp eat greedily always, as everybody knows – well, they feast on the vulture. Now suppose that next day, one of these eels, or pike, or carp, poisoned the fourth remove, is served up at your table. Well, then, your guest will be poisoned at fifth remove, and die, at the end of 8 or 10 days, of pains in the intestines, sickness, or abscess of the pylorus [piloro; músculo entre o estômago e o duodeno]. The doctors open the body and say with an air of profound learning, <The subject has died of a tumor on the liver, or of typhoid fever!>”

¹ Médico do XIX, vivisseccionista célebre pela radicalidade de seus experimentos, que chocaram até mesmo a comunidade científica de um período ainda não tão eticamente regulamentado quanto hoje.

² Médico do XIX especialista em anestesia; diferente de Gall, seu precursor em frenologia, utilizou animais como cobaias para fazer detalhadas comprovações.

But, she exclaimed, suddenly, arsenic is indelible, indestructible; in whatsoever way it is absorbed it will be found again in the body of the victim from the moment when it has been taken in sufficient quantity to cause death.”

<The fowl has not been poisoned – she had died of apoplexy. Apoplexy is a rare disease among fowls, I believe, but very commong among men.> Madame de Villefort appeared more and more thoughtful.

<It is very fortunate,> she observed, <that such substances could only be prepared by chemists; otherwise, all the world would be poisoning each other.>

<By chemists and persons who have a taste for chemistry,> said the Count of Monte Cristo caressly.”

The Orientals are stronger than we are in cases of conscience, and, very prudently, have no hell – that is the point.”

O lado ruim do pensamento humano vai ser sempre definido pelo paradoxo de Jean Jacques Rousseau – você deve saber, – o mandarim que é morto a 200km de distância por erguer a ponta do dedo. A vida inteira o homem passa fazendo essas coisas, e seu intelecto se exaure refletindo sobre elas. Você achará pouquíssimas pessoas que irão e enfiarão uma faca brutalmente no coração de seu companheiro ou irmão, ou que administrariam nele, para fazê-lo sumir da face da terra tão animada de vida, essa quantidade de arsênico de que falamos agora há pouco. Uma coisa dessas está realmente fora do normal – é excêntrico ou estúpido. Para chegar a esse ponto, o sangue deve ferver a 36º, o pulso deve estar, pelo menos, a 90, e os sentimentos, excitados além do limite ordinário.”

Thus Richard III, for instance, was marvellously served by his conscience after the putting away of the 2 children of Edward IV; in fact, he could say, <These 2 children of a cruel and persecuting king, who have inherited the vices of their father, which I alone could perceive in their juvenile propensities – these 2 children are impediments in my way of promoting the happiness of the English people, whose unhappiness they (the children) would infallibly have caused.> Thus was Lady Macbeth served by her conscience, when she sought to give her son, and not her husband (whatever Shakespeare may say), a throne. Ah, maternal love is a great virtue, a powerful motive – so powerful that it excuses a multitude of things, even if, after Duncan’s death, Lady Macbeth had been at all pricked by her conscience.”

Madame de Villefort listened with avidity to these appaling maxims and horrible paradoxes, delivered by the count with that ironical simplicity which was peculiar to him.”

As for me, so nervous, and so subject to fainting fits, I should require a Dr. Adelmonte to invent for me some means of breathing freely and tranquilizing my mind, in the fear I have of dying some fine day of suffocation.”

Only remember 1 thing – a small dose is a remedy, a large one is poison. 1 drop will restore life, as you have seen; 5 or 6 will inevitably kill, and in a way the more terrible inasmuch as, poured into a glass of wine, it would not in the slightest degree affect its flavor.”

He is a very strange man, and in my opinion is himself the Adelmonte he talks about.”

* * *

To no class of persons is the presentation of a gratuitous opera-box more acceptable than to the wealthy millionaire, who still hugs economy while boasting of carrying a king’s ransom in his waistcoat pocket.”

No, for that very ressemblance affrights me; I should have liked something more in the manner of the Venus of Milo or Capua; but this chase-loving Diana continually surrounded by her nymphs gives me a sort of alarm lest she should some day bring on me the fate of Acteon.” “she was beautiful, but her beauty was of too marked and decided a character to please a fastidious taste; her hair was raven black, but its natural waves seemed somewhat rebellious; her eyes of the same color as her hair, were surmounted by well-arched bows, whose great defect, however, consisted in an almost habitual frown, while her whole physiognomy wore that expression of firmness and decision so little in accordance with the gentler attributes of her sex”

But that which completed the almost masculine look Morcerf found so little to his taste, was a dark mole, of much larger dimensions than these freaks of nature generally are, placed just at the corner of her mouth” “She was a perfect linguist, a 1st-rate artist, wrote poetry, professed to be entirely devoted, following it with an indefatigable perseverance, assisted by a schoolfellow” “It was rumored that she was an object of almost paternal interest to one of the principal composers of the day, who excited her to spare no pains in the cultivation of her voice, which might hereafter prove a source of wealth and independence.”

Why, said Albert, he was talked about for a week; then the coronation of the queen of England took place, followed by the theft of Mademoiselle Mars’ diamonds; and so people talked of something else.”

He seems to have a mania for diamonds, and I verily believe that, like Potenkin, he keeps his pockets filled, for the sake of strewing them along the road, as Tom Thumb did his flint stones.”

No, no! exclaimed Debray; that girl is not his wife: he told us himself she was his slave. Do you not recollect, Morcerf, his telling us so at your breakfast?”

Ah, essa música, como produção humana, cantada por bípedes sem penas, está boa o bastante, para citar o velho Diógenes”

<quando eu desejo ouvir sons mais requintadamente consoantes com a melodia do que o ouvido mortal seria capaz de escutar, eu vou dormir.>

<Então durma aqui, meu querido conde. As condições são favoráveis; para o que mais inventaram a ópera?>

<Não, obrigado. Sua orquestra é muito barulhenta. Para dormir da maneira de que falo, calma e silêncio absolutos são precisos, e ainda certa preparação>–

<Eu sei – o famoso haxixe!>

<Precisamente. Destarte, meu querido visconde, sempre que quiser ser regalado com música de verdade, venha e jante comigo.>”

Haidée, cujo espírito parecia centrado nos negócios do palco, como todas as naturezas sem sofisticação, se deliciava com qualquer coisa que se insinuasse aos olhos ou aos ouvidos.”

Você observou, disse a Condessa G—— a Albert, que voltou para o seu lado, esse homem não faz nada como as outras pessoas; ele escuta com grande devoção o 3º ato de <Robert le Diable>, e quando começa o 4º ato, sai de contínuo.”

desinteresse é o raio mais rilhante em que uma espada nobre pode refletir.”

Ah, Haitians, – that is quite another thing! Haitians are the écarte of French stock-jobbing. We may like bouillote, delight in whist, be enraptured with boston, and yet grow tired of them all; but we always come back to écarte – it’s not only a game, it is a hors-d’oeuvre! M. Danglars sold yesterday at 405, and pockets 300.000 francs. Had he but waited till to-day, the price would have fallen to 205, and instead of gaining 300.000 francs, he would have lost 20 or 25.000.”

Você sabe que com banqueiros nada a não ser um documento escrito será válido.”

é cansativo bancar sempre o Manfredo. Eu desejo que minha vida seja livre e aberta.”

Você ouviu – Major Bartolomeo Cavalcanti – um homem que figura entre os nobres mais antigos de Itália, cujo nome foi celebrado no 10º canto do <Inferno> por Dante”

The acquaintances one makes in travelling have a sort of claim on one, they everywhere expect to receive the attention which you once paid them by chance, as though the civilities of a passing hour were likely to awaken any lasting interest in favor of the man in whose society you may happen to be thrown in the course of your journey.”

<Yes, he is to marry Mademoiselle de Villefort.>

<Indeed?>

<And you know I am to marry Mademoiselle Danglars,> said Albert, laughing.

<You smile.>

<Yes.>

<Why do you do so?>

<I smile because there appears to me to be about as much inclination for the consummation of the engagement in question as there is for my own. But really, my dear count, We are talking as much of women as they do of us; it is unpardonable>”

My servants seem to imitate those you sometimes see in a play, who, because they have only a word to say, aquit themselves in the most awkward manner possible.”

I should like you 100x better if, by your intervention, I could manage to remain a bachelor, even were it only for 10 years.”

Lucullus dines with Lucullus” ou o banquete-para-um.

Você deve saber que na França são muito particulares nesses pontos; não é o bastante, como na Itália, ir até o padre e dizer <Nós amamos 1 ao outro, e queremos que você nos case.> Casamento é um negócio civil na França, e a fim de se casar da maneira ortodoxa você precisa de papéis que estabeleçam inegavelmente sua identidade.”

<But what shall I wear?>

<What you find in your trunks.>

<In my trunks? I have but one portmanteau [mala].>

<I dare say you have nothing else with you. What is the use of losing one’s self with so many things? Besides an old soldier always likes to march with as little baggage as possible.>”

<Exactly so. Now, as I have never known any Sinbad, with the exception of the one celebrated in the ‘1001 Nights’>–

<Well, it is one of his descendants, and a great friend of mine; he is a very rich Englishman, eccentric almost to insanity, and his real name is Lord Wilmore.>”

I have, therefore, received a very good education, and have been treated by those kidnappers very much as the slaves were treated in Asia Minor, whose masters made them grammarians, doctors, and philosophers, in order that they might fetch a higher price in the Roman market.”

Você não pode controlar as circunstâncias, meu caro; <o homem propõe, e Deus dispõe>.”

<Does Mademoiselle Danglars object to this marriage with Monsieur de Morcerf on account of loving another?>

<I told you I was not on terms of strict intimacy with Eugenie.>

<Yes, but girls tell each other secrets without being particularly intimate; own, now, that you did question her on the subject. Ah, I see you are smiling.>”

She told me that she loved no one, said Valentine; that she disliked the idea of being married; that she would infinitely prefer leading an independent and unfettered life; and that she almost wished her father might lose his fortune; that she might become an artist, like her friend, Mademoiselle Louise d’Armilly.”

I never saw more simple tastes united to greater magnificence. His smile is so sweet when he addresses me, that I forget it ever can be bitter to others. Ah, Valentine, tell me, if he ever looked on you with one of those sweet smiles?”

Has the sun done anything for me? No, he warms me with his rays, and it is by his light that I see you – nothing more. Has such and such a perfume done anything for me? No; its odors charms one of my senses – that is all I can say when I am asked why I praise it. My friendship for him is as strange and unaccountable as his for me.”

A man who accustoms himself to live in such a world of poetry and imagination must find far too little excitement in a common, every-day sort of attachment such as ours.”

O que você está me dizendo? 900 mil francos? Essa é uma soma que poderia ser lamentada mesmo por um filósofo!”

Flora, a jovial e sorridente deusa dos jardineiros”

O Conde de Monte Cristo tinha visto o bastante. Todo homem tem uma paixão arrebatadora em seu coração, como cada fruta tem seu verme; a do homem-do-telégrafo era a horticultura.”

these Italians are well-named and badly dressed.”

I have only heard that an emperor of China had an oven built expressly, and that in this oven 12 jars like this were successively baked. 2 broke, from the heat of the fire; the other 10 were sunk 300 fathoms deep into the sea. The sea, knowing what was required of her, threw over them her weeds, encircled them with coral, and encrusted them with shells; the whole was cemented by 200 years beneath these almost impervious depths, for a revolution carried away the emperor who wished to make the trial, and only left the documents proving the manufacture of the jars and their descent into the sea. At the end of 200 years the documents were found, and they thought of bringing up the jars. Divers descended in machines, made expressly on the discovery, into the bay where they were thrown; but of 10 3 only remained, the rest having been broken by the waves.”

<Stop! You are in a shocking hurry to be off – you forget one of my guests. Lean a little to the left. Stay! look at M. Andrea Cavalcanti, the young man in a black coat, looking at Murillo’s Madonna; now he is turning.> This time Bertuccio would have uttered an exclamation had not a look from the Count of Monte Cristo silenced him. <Benedetto?> he muttered; <fatality!>”

you will admit that, when arrived at a certain degree of fortune, the superfluities of life are all that can be desired; and the ladies will allow that, after having risen to a certain eminence of position, the ideal alone can be more exalted.”

For example, you see these 2 fish; 1 brought from 50 leagues beyond St. Petersburg, the other 4 leagues from Naples. Is it not amusing to see them both on the same table?”

<Exactly: 1 comes from the Volga, and the other from Lake Fusaro.>

<Impossible!> cried all the guests simultaneously.

<Well, this is just what amuses me,> said the Count of Monte Cristo. <I am like Nero – cupitor impossibilium; and that is what is amusing you at this moment. This fish which seems so exquisite to you is very likely no better than perch or salmon; but it seemed impossible to procure it, and here it is.>”

<Pliny relates that they sent slaves from Ostia to Rome, who carried on their heads fish which he calls the muslus, and which, from the description, must probably be the goldfish. It was also considered a luxury to have them alive, it being an amusing sight to see them die, for, when dying, they chance color 3 or 4 times, and like the rainbow when it disappears, pass through all the prismatic shades, after which they were sent to the kitchen. Their agony formed part of their merit – if they were not seen alive, they were despised when dead.>

<Yes,> said Debray, <but then Ostia is only a few leagues from Rome.>

<True,> said the Count of Monte Cristo; <but what would be the use of living 18×100 years after Lucullus, if we can do no better than he could?>”

Elisabeth de Rossan, Marquise de Ganges, was one of the famous women of the court of Louis XIV where she was known as <La Belle Provençale>. She was the widow of the Marquise de Castellane when she married de Ganges, and having the misfortune to excite the enmity of her new brothers-in-law, was forced by them to take poison; and they finished her off with pistol and dagger.”

<Can you imagine>, said the Count of Monte Crisato, <some Othello or Abbé de Ganges, one stormy night, descending these stairs step by step, carrying a load, which he wishes to hide from the sight of man, if not from God?> Madame Danglars half fainted on the arm of Villefort, who was obliged to support himself against the wall.”

<What is done to infanticides in this country?> asked Major Cavalcanti innocently.

<Oh, their heads are soon cut off>, said Danglars.

<Ah, indeed?> said Cavalcanti.

<I think so, am I not right, M. de Villefort?> asked the Count of Monte Cristo.

<Yes, count>, replied Villefort, in a voice now scarcely human.”

Simpleton symptons

Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.”

She dreamed Don Carlos had returned to Spain; she believes in dreams. It is magnetism, she says, and when she dreams a thing it is sure to happen, she assures me.”

I make three assortments in fortune—first-rate, second-rate, and third-rate fortunes. I call those first-rate which are composed of treasures one possesses under one’s hand, such as mines, lands, and funded property, in such states as France, Austria, and England, provided these treasures and property form a total of about a hundred millions; I call those second-rate fortunes, that are gained by manufacturing enterprises, joint-stock companies, viceroyalties, and principalities, not drawing more than 1,500,000 francs, the whole forming a capital of about fifty millions; finally, I call those third-rate fortunes, which are composed of a fluctuating capital, dependent upon the will of others, or upon chances which a bankruptcy involves or a false telegram shakes, such as banks, speculations of the day—in fact, all operations under the influence of greater or less mischances, the whole bringing in a real or fictitious capital of about fifteen millions. I think this is about your position, is it not?”

We have our clothes, some more splendid than others,—this is our credit; but when a man dies he has only his skin; in the same way, on retiring from business, you have nothing but your real principal of about five or six millions, at the most; for third-rate fortunes are never more than a fourth of what they appear to be, like the locomotive on a railway, the size of which is magnified by the smoke and steam surrounding it. Well, out of the five or six millions which form your real capital, you have just lost nearly two millions, which must, of course, in the same degree diminish your credit and fictitious fortune; to follow out my s[i]mile, your skin has been opened by bleeding, and this if repeated three or four times will cause death—so pay attention to it, my dear Monsieur Danglars. Do you want money? Do you wish me to lend you some?

I have made up the loss of blood by nutrition. I lost a battle in Spain, I have been defeated in Trieste, but my naval army in India will have taken some galleons, and my Mexican pioneers will have discovered some mine.”

to involve me, three governments must crumble to dust.”

Well, such things have been.”

That there should be a famine!”

Recollect the seven fat and the seven lean kine.”

Or, that the sea should become dry, as in the days of Pharaoh, and even then my vessels would become caravans.”

So much the better. I congratulate you, my dear M. Danglars,” said Monte Cristo; “I see I was deceived, and that you belong to the class of second-rate fortunes.”

the sickly moons which bad artists are so fond of daubing into their pictures of ruins.”

But all the Italians are the same; they are like old Jews when they are not glittering in Oriental splendor.”

my opinion, I say, is, that they have buried their millions in corners, the secret of which they have transmitted only to their eldest sons, who have done the same from generation to generation; and the proof of this is seen in their yellow and dry appearance, like the florins of the republic, which, from being constantly gazed upon, have become reflected in them.”

Oh, that depends upon circumstances. I know an Italian prince, rich as a gold mine, one of the noblest families in Tuscany, who, when his sons married according to his wish, gave them millions; and when they married against his consent, merely allowed them thirty crowns a month. Should Andrea marry according to his father’s views, he will, perhaps, give him one, two, or three millions. For example, supposing it were the daughter of a banker, he might take an interest in the house of the father-in-law of his son; then again, if he disliked his choice, the major takes the key, double-locks his coffer, and Master Andrea would be obliged to live like the sons of a Parisian family, by shuffling cards or rattling the dice.”

Well, when I was a clerk, Morcerf was a mere fisherman.”

And then he was called——”

Fernand.”

Only Fernand?”

Fernand Mondego.”

You are sure?”

Pardieu! I have bought enough fish of him to know his name.”

Then, why did you think of giving your daughter to him?”

Because Fernand and Danglars, being both parvenus, both having become noble, both rich, are about equal in worth, excepting that there have been certain things mentioned of him that were never said of me.”

What?”

Oh, nothing!”

Ah, yes; what you tell me recalls to mind something about the name of Fernand Mondego. I have heard that name in Greece.”

In conjunction with the affairs of Ali Pasha?”

Exactly so.”

This is the mystery,” said Danglars. “I acknowledge I would have given anything to find it out.”

It would be very easy if you much wished it?”

How so?”

Probably you have some correspondent in Greece?”

I should think so.”

At Yanina?”

Everywhere.”

Well, write to your correspondent in Yanina, and ask him what part was played by a Frenchman named Fernand Mondego in the catastrophe of Ali Tepelini.”

You are right,” exclaimed Danglars, rising quickly, “I will write today.”

business-like persons pay very little attention to women, and Madame Danglars crossed the hall without exciting any more attention than any other woman calling upon her lawyer.”

it is true that every step in our lives is like the course of an insect on the sands;—it leaves its track! Alas, to many the path is traced by tears.”

 “Besides the pleasure, there is always remorse from the indulgence of our passions, and, after all, what have you men to fear from all this? the world excuses, and notoriety ennobles you.”

It is generally the case that what we most ardently desire is as ardently withheld from us by those who wish to obtain it, or from whom we attempt to snatch it. Thus, the greater number of a man’s errors come before him disguised under the specious form of necessity; then, after error has been committed in a moment of excitement, of delirium, or of fear, we see that we might have avoided and escaped it. The means we might have used, which we in our blindness could not see, then seem simple and easy, and we say, <Why did I not do this, instead of that?> Women, on the contrary, are rarely tormented with remorse; for the decision does not come from you,—your misfortunes are generally imposed upon you, and your faults the results of others’ crimes.

Chance?” replied Villefort; “No, no, madame, there is no such thing as chance.”

Oh, the wickedness of man is very great,” said Villefort, “since it surpasses the goodness of God. Did you observe that man’s eyes while he was speaking to us?”

No.”

But have you ever watched him carefully?”

did you ever reveal to anyone our connection?”

Never, to anyone.”

You understand me,” replied Villefort, affectionately; “when I say anyone,—pardon my urgency,—to anyone living I mean?”

Yes, yes, I understand very well,” ejaculated the baroness; “never, I swear to you.”

Were you ever in the habit of writing in the evening what had transpired in the morning? Do you keep a journal?”

No, my life has been passed in frivolity; I wish to forget it myself.”

Do you talk in your sleep?”

I sleep soundly, like a child; do you not remember?” The color mounted to the baroness’s face, and Villefort turned awfully pale.

It is true,” said he, in so low a tone that he could hardly be heard.

It was a strange thing that no one ever appeared to advance a step in that man’s favor. Those who would, as it were, force a passage to his heart, found an impassable barrier.”

And what is the news?”

You should not ask a stranger, a foreigner, for news.”

One may forsake a mistress, but a wife,—good heavens! There she must always be”

You are difficult to please, viscount.”

Yes, for I often wish for what is impossible.”

What is that?”

To find such a wife as my father found.” Monte Cristo turned pale, and looked at Albert, while playing with some magnificent pistols.

For any other son to have stayed with his mother for four days at Tréport, it would have been a condescension or a martyrdom, while I return, more contented, more peaceful—shall I say more poetic!—than if I had taken Queen Mab or Titania as my companion.”

That is what I call devoted friendship, to recommend to another one whom you would not marry yourself.”

I love everyone as God commands us to love our neighbor, as Christians; but I thoroughly hate but a few. Let us return to M. Franz d’Epinay. Did you say he was coming?”

those who remain in Paris in July must be true Parisians.”

That is very well before one is over forty. No, I do not dance, but I like to see others do so.”

One of his peculiarities was never to speak a word of French, which he however wrote with great facility.”

I am told it is a delightful place?”

It is a rock.”

And why has the count bought a rock?”

For the sake of being a count. In Italy one must have territorial possessions to be a count.”

Are you not his confessor?”

No, sir; I believe he is a Lutheran.”

He is a Quaker then?”

Exactly, he is a Quaker, with the exception of the peculiar dress.”

Has he any friends?”

Yes, everyone who knows him is his friend.”

But has he any enemies?”

One only.”

What is his name?”

Lord Wilmore.”

A investigação circular de Monsieur Villefaible…

Now, sir, I have but one question more to ask, and I charge you, in the name of honor, of humanity, and of religion, to answer me candidly.”

What is it, sir?”

Do you know with what design M. de Monte Cristo purchased a house at Auteuil?”

Certainly, for he told me.”

What is it, sir?”

To make a lunatic asylum of it, similar to that founded by the Count of Pisani at Palermo. Do you know about that institution?”

As the envoy of the prefect of police arrived ten minutes before ten, he was told that Lord Wilmore, who was precision and punctuality personified, was not yet come in, but that he would be sure to return as the clock struck.” (*) [VIDE MARCA POUCO ALÉM]

But as Lord Wilmore, in the character of the count’s enemy, was less restrained in his answers, they were more numerous; he described the youth of Monte Cristo, who he said, at ten years of age, entered the service of one of the petty sovereigns of India who make war on the English. It was there Wilmore had first met him and fought against him; and in that war Zaccone had been taken prisoner, sent to England, and consigned to the hulks, whence he had escaped by swimming. Then began his travels, his duels, his caprices; then the insurrection in Greece broke out, and he had served in the Grecian ranks. While in that service he had discovered a silver mine in the mountains of Thessaly, but he had been careful to conceal it from everyone. After the battle of Navarino, when the Greek government was consolidated, he asked of King Otho a mining grant for that district, which was given him. Hence that immense fortune, which, in Lord Wilmore’s opinion, possibly amounted to one or two millions per annum,—a precarious fortune, which might be momentarily lost by the failure of the mine.”

Hatred evidently inspired the Englishman, who, knowing no other reproach to bring on the count, accused him of avarice. “Do you know his house at Auteuil?”

Certainly.”

What do you know respecting it?”

Do you wish to know why he bought it?”

Yes.”

The count is a speculator, who will certainly ruin himself in experiments. He supposes there is in the neighborhood of the house he has bought a mineral spring equal to those at Bagnères, Luchon, and Cauterets. He is going to turn his house into a Badhaus, as the Germans term it. He has already dug up all the garden two or three times to find the famous spring, and, being unsuccessful, he will soon purchase all the contiguous houses. Now, as I dislike him, and hope his railway, his electric telegraph, or his search for baths, will ruin him, I am watching for his discomfiture, which must soon take place.”

I have already fought three duels with him,” said the Englishman, “the first with the pistol, the second with the sword, and the third with the sabre.”

Lord Wilmore, having heard the door close after him, returned to his bedroom, where with one hand he pulled off his light hair, his red whiskers, his false jaw, and his wound, to resume the black hair, dark complexion, and pearly teeth of the Count of Monte Cristo. It was M. de Villefort, and not the prefect, who returned to the house of M. de Villefort. (*) [???] He himself was the <envoy> [solução do miséterio], although the prefect was no more than an envoy of the King’s Attorney… Champsfort, consequently, continued his circularity with perfection & avidity…

You know that he has another name besides Monte Cristo?”

No, I did not know it.”

Monte Cristo is the name of an island, and he has a family name.”

I never heard it.”

Well, then, I am better informed than you; his name is Zaccone.”

It is possible.”

He is a Maltese.”

That is also possible.”

The son of a shipowner.”

Many men might have been handsomer, but certainly there could be none whose appearance was more significant, if the expression may be used. (…) Yet the Parisian world is so strange, that even all this might not have won attention had there not been connected with it a mysterious story gilded by an immense fortune.”

Albert,” she asked, “did you notice that?”

What, mother?”

That the count has never been willing to partake of food under the roof of M. de Morcerf.”

Yes; but then he breakfasted with me—indeed, he made his first appearance in the world on that occasion.”

But your house is not M. de Morcerf’s,” murmured Mercédès

Count,” added Mercédès with a supplicating glance, “there is a beautiful Arabian custom, which makes eternal friends of those who have together eaten bread and salt under the same roof.”

I know it, madame,” replied the count; “but we are in France, and not in Arabia, and in France eternal friendships are as rare as the custom of dividing bread and salt with one another.”

How can you exist thus without anyone to attach you to life?”

It is not my fault, madame. At Malta, I loved a young girl, was on the point of marrying her, when war came and carried me away. I thought she loved me well enough to wait for me, and even to remain faithful to my memory. When I returned she was married. This is the history of most men who have passed twenty years of age. Perhaps my heart was weaker than the hearts of most men, and I suffered more than they would have done in my place; that is all.” The countess stopped for a moment, as if gasping for breath. “Yes,” she said, “and you have still preserved this love in your heart—one can only love once—and did you ever see her again?”

MÍNIMA LISTA

Countless countesses

M. Count Comtempt

Countemporaneous

Aunt C.

instead of plunging into the mass of documents piled before him, M. Villefort opened the drawer of his desk, touched a spring, and drew out a parcel of cherished memoranda, amongst which he had carefully arranged, in characters only known to himself, the names of all those who, either in his political career, in money matters, at the bar, or in his mysterious love affairs, had become his enemies. § Their number was formidable, now that he had begun to fear, and yet these names, powerful though they were, had often caused him to smile with the same kind of satisfaction experienced by a traveller who from the summit of a mountain beholds at his feet the craggy eminences, the almost impassable paths, and the fearful chasms, through which he has so perilously climbed. When he had run over all these names in his memory, again read and studied them, commenting meanwhile upon his lists, he shook his head.

No,” he murmured, “none of my enemies would have waited so patiently and laboriously for so long a space of time, that they might now come and crush me with this secret. Sometimes, as Hamlet says—

Foul deeds will rise,

Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes;’

Sujos feitos erguer-se-ão,

Muito embora toda a terra os soterre,

aos olhos dos homens

Hamlet

“—he cared little for that mene, mene, tekel upharsin, which appeared suddenly in letters of blood upon the wall;—but what he was really anxious for was to discover whose hand had traced them.” Referência bíblica. Segue explicação:

(source: Wiki)

Daniel reads the words, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN, and interprets them for the king: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed and found wanting; and PERES, the kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians. <Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made … that he should rank third in the kingdom; [and] that very night Belshazzar the Chaldean (Babylonian) king was killed, and Darius the Mede received the kingdom.> (…) As Aramaic was written with consonants alone, they may have lacked any context in which to make sense of them. Daniel supplies vowels in two different ways, first reading the letters as nouns, then interpreting them as verbs. § The words Daniel reads are monetary weights: a mena, equivalent to a Jewish mina or 60 shekels, (several ancient versions have only one mena instead of two), a tekel, equivalent to a shekel, and parsin, meaning <half-pieces>. The last involves a word-play on the name of the Persians, suggesting not only that they are to inherit Belshazzar’s kingdom, but that they are two peoples, Medes and Persians. § Having read the words as nouns Daniel then interprets them as verbs, based on their roots: mina is interpreted as meaning <numbered>, tekel, from a root meaning to weigh, as meaning <weighed> (and found wanting), and peres, the singular form of dual parsin, from a root meaning to divide, as meaning the kingdom is to be <divided> and given to the Medes and Persians. (A curious point is that the various weights — a mina or sixty shekels, another shekel, and two half-shekels — add up to 62, which is noted in the last verse as the age of Darius the Mede).” RESUMO: “Seus dias estão contados…”

I cannot cry; at my age they say that we have no more tears,—still I think that when one is in trouble one should have the power of weeping.”

nothing frightens old people so much as when death relaxes its vigilance over them for a moment in order to strike some other old person.”

A stepmother is never a mother, sir. But this is not to the purpose,—our business concerns Valentine, let us leave the dead in peace.”

that theatrical formality invented to heighten the effect of a comedy called the signature of the contract”

It is an every-day occurrence for a gambler to lose not only what he possesses but also what he has not.”

I will, then, wait until the last moment, and when my misery is certain, irremediable, hopeless, I will write a confidential letter to my brother-in-law, another to the prefect of police, to acquaint them with my intention, and at the corner of some wood, on the brink of some abyss, on the bank of some river, I will put an end to my existence, as certainly as I am the son of the most honest man who ever lived in France.”

He shut himself in his room, and tried to read, but his eye glanced over the page without understanding a word, and he threw away the book, and for the second time sat down to sketch his plan (…) The garden became darker still, but in the darkness he looked in vain for the white dress, and in the silence he vainly listened for the sound of footsteps. The house, which was discernible through the trees, remained in darkness, and gave no indication that so important an event as the signature of a marriage-contract was going on. Morrel looked at his watch, which wanted a quarter to ten; but soon the same clock he had already heard strike two or three times rectified the error by striking half-past nine. § This was already half an hour past the time Valentine had fixed. It was a terrible moment for the young man. The slightest rustling of the foliage, the least whistling of the wind, attracted his attention, and drew the perspiration to his brow; then he tremblingly fixed his ladder, and, not to lose a moment, placed his foot on the first step. Amidst all these alternations of hope and fear, the clock struck ten. <It is impossible,> said Maximilian, <that the signing of a contract should occupy so long a time without unexpected interruptions. I have weighed all the chances, calculated the time required for all the forms; something must have happened.> And then he walked rapidly to and fro, and pressed his burning forehead against the fence. Had Valentine fainted? or had she been discovered and stopped in her flight? These were the only obstacles which appeared possible to the young man. (…) He even thought he could perceive something on the ground at a distance; he ventured to call, and it seemed to him that the wind wafted back an almost inarticulate sigh. (…) A light moved rapidly from time to time past three windows of the second floor. These three windows were in Madame de Saint-Méran’s room. Another remained motionless behind some red curtains which were in Madame de Villefort’s bedroom. Morrel guessed all this. So many times, in order to follow Valentine in thought at every hour in the day, had he made her describe the whole house, that without having seen it he knew it all.”

grief may kill, although it rarely does, and never in a day, never in an hour, never in ten minutes.”

Did you notice the symptoms of the disease to which Madame de Saint-Méran has fallen a victim?”

I did. Madame de Saint-Méran had three successive attacks, at intervals of some minutes, each one more serious than the former. When you arrived, Madame de Saint-Méran had already been panting for breath some minutes; she then had a fit, which I took to be simply a nervous attack, and it was only when I saw her raise herself in the bed, and her limbs and neck appear stiffened, that I became really alarmed. Then I understood from your countenance there was more to fear than I had thought. This crisis past, I endeavored to catch your eye, but could not. You held her hand—you were feeling her pulse—and the second fit came on before you had turned towards me. This was more terrible than the first; the same nervous movements were repeated, and the mouth contracted and turned purple.”

And at the third she expired.”

At the end of the first attack I discovered symptoms of tetanus; you confirmed my opinion.”

Yes, before others,” replied the doctor; “but now we are alone——“

What are you going to say? Oh, spare me!”

That the symptoms of tetanus and poisoning by vegetable substances are the same.” M. de Villefort started from his seat, then in a moment fell down again, silent and motionless.

Madame de Saint-Méran succumbed to a powerful dose of brucine or of strychnine, which by some mistake, perhaps, has been given to her.”

But how could a dose prepared for M. Noirtier poison Madame de Saint-Méran?”

Nothing is more simple. You know poisons become remedies in certain diseases, of which paralysis is one. For instance, having tried every other remedy to restore movement and speech to M. Noirtier, I resolved to try one last means, and for three months I have been giving him brucine; so that in the last dose I ordered for him there were six grains. This quantity, which is perfectly safe to administer to the paralyzed frame of M. Noirtier, which has become gradually accustomed to it, would be sufficient to kill another person.”

were you a priest I should not dare tell you that, but you are a man, and you know mankind.”

It cannot be wondered at that his mind, generally so courageous, but now disturbed by the two strongest human passions, love and fear, was weakened even to the indulgence of superstitious thoughts. Although it was impossible that Valentine should see him, hidden as he was, he thought he heard the shadow at the window call him; his disturbed mind told him so. This double error became an irresistible reality, and by one of the incomprehensible transports of youth, he bounded from his hiding-place, and with two strides, at the risk of being seen, at the risk of alarming Valentine, at the risk of being discovered by some exclamation which might escape the young girl, he crossed the flower-garden, which by the light of the moon resembled a large white lake, and having passed the rows of orange-trees which extended in front of the house, he reached the step, ran quickly up and pushed the door, which opened without offering any resistance. Valentine had not seen him. Her eyes, raised towards heaven, were watching a silvery cloud gliding over the azure, its form that of a shadow mounting towards heaven. Her poetic and excited mind pictured it as the soul of her grandmother. (…) Morrel was mad.”

A heart overwhelmed with one great grief is insensible to minor emotions.”

The weak man talks of burdens he can raise, the timid of giants he can confront, the poor of treasures he spends, the most humble peasant, in the height of his pride, calls himself Jupiter.”

It is said to have been a congestion of the brain, or apoplexy, which is the same thing, is it not?”

Nearly.”

You bend because your empire is a young stem, weakened by rapid growth. Take the Republic for a tutor; let us return with renewed strength to the battle-field, and I promise you 500,000 soldiers, another Marengo, and a second Austerlitz. Ideas do not become extinct, sire; they slumber sometimes, but only revive the stronger before they sleep entirely.” M. Noirtier a Napoleão

But tell me, said Beauchamp, what is life? Is it not a halt in Death’s anteroom?”

A moment later, Madame de Villefort entered the drawing-room with her little Edward. It was evident that she had shared the grief of the family, for she was pale and looked fatigued. She sat down, took Edward on her knees, and from time to time pressed this child, on whom her affections appeared centred, almost convulsively to her bosom.”

Old age is selfish, sir, and Mademoiselle de Villefort has been a faithful companion to M. Noirtier, which she cannot be when she becomes the Baroness d’Epinay. My father’s melancholy state prevents our speaking to him on any subjects, which the weakness of his mind would incapacitate him from understanding, and I am perfectly convinced that at the present time, although, he knows that his granddaughter is going to be married, M. Noirtier has even forgotten the name of his intended grandson.”

He was then informed of the contents of the letter from the Island of Elba, in which he was recommended to the club as a man who would be likely to advance the interests of their party. One paragraph spoke of the return of Bonaparte and promised another letter and further details, on the arrival of the Pharaon belonging to the shipbuilder Morrel, of Marseilles, whose captain was entirely devoted to the emperor.”

there was something awful in hearing the son read aloud in trembling pallor these details of his father’s death, which had hitherto been a mystery. Valentine clasped her hands as if in prayer. Noirtier looked at Villefort with an almost sublime expression of contempt and pride.”

The general fell, then, in a loyal duel, and not in ambush as it might have been reported. In proof of this we have signed this paper to establish the truth of the facts, lest the moment should arrive when either of the actors in this terrible scene should be accused of premeditated murder or of infringement of the laws of honor.”

<tell me the name of the president of the club, that I may at least know who killed my father.> Villefort mechanically felt for the handle of the door; Valentine, who understood sooner than anyone her grandfather’s answer, and who had often seen two scars upon his right arm, drew back a few steps. <Mademoiselle,> said Franz, turning towards Valentine, <unite your efforts with mine to find out the name of the man who made me an orphan at two years of age.> Valentine remained dumb and motionless.”

M, repeated Franz. The young man’s finger, glided over the words, but at each one Noirtier answered by a negative sign. Valentine hid her head between her hands. At length, Franz arrived at the word MYSELF.”

what is required of a young man in Paris? To speak its language tolerably, to make a good appearance, to be a good gamester, and to pay in cash.”

As for his wife, he bowed to her, as some husbands do to their wives, but in a way that bachelors will never comprehend, until a very extensive code is published on conjugal life.”

The two young ladies were seen seated on the same chair, at the piano, accompanying themselves, each with one hand, a fancy to which they had accustomed themselves, and performed admirably. Mademoiselle d’Armilly, whom they then perceived through the open doorway, formed with Eugénie one of the tableaux vivants of which the Germans are so fond. She was somewhat beautiful, and exquisitely formed—a little fairy-like figure, with large curls falling on her neck, which was rather too long, as Perugino sometimes makes his Virgins, and her eyes dull from fatigue. She was said to have a weak chest, and like Antonia in the Cremona Violin, she would die one day while singing. Monte Cristo cast one rapid and curious glance round this sanctum; it was the first time he had ever seen Mademoiselle d’Armilly, of whom he had heard much. <Well,> said the banker to his daughter, <are we then all to be excluded?> He then led the young man into the study, and either by chance or manœuvre the door was partially closed after Andrea, so that from the place where they sat neither the Count nor the baroness could see anything; but as the banker had accompanied Andrea, Madame Danglars appeared to take no notice of it.”

<Then you are wrong, madame. Fortune is precarious; and if I were a woman and fate had made me a banker’s wife, whatever might be my confidence in my husband’s good fortune, still in speculation you know there is great risk. Well, I would secure for myself a fortune independent of him, even if I acquired it by placing my interests in hands unknown to him.> Madame Danglars blushed, in spite of all her efforts. <Stay,> said Monte Cristo, as though he had not observed her confusion, <I have heard of a lucky hit that was made yesterday on the Neapolitan bonds.>”

<Yes,> said Monte Cristo, <I have heard that; but, as Claudius said to Hamlet, ‘it is a law of nature; their fathers died before them, and they mourned their loss; they will die before their children, who will, in their turn, grieve for them.’>”

How extraordinary! And how does M. de Villefort bear it?”

As usual. Like a philosopher.” Danglars returned at this moment alone. “Well,” said the baroness, “do you leave M. Cavalcanti with your daughter?”

And Mademoiselle d’Armilly,” said the banker; “do you consider her no one?” Then, turning to Monte Cristo, he said, “Prince Cavalcanti is a charming young man, is he not? But is he really a prince?”

HIERARQUIA DOS TÍTULOS DA NOBREZA-BURGUESIA OU CALEIDOSCÓPIO DA CLASSE ARISTOPLUTOCRÁTICA EUROPÉIA DOS “SÉCULOS DE OURO”:

Conde > Visconde > Duque > Barão > Baronete

OBS: A acepção Latina de <barão> é depreciativa.

it is so delightful to hear music in the distance, when the musicians are unrestrained by observation.”

He is a musician.”

So are all Italians.”

Come, count, you do not do that young man justice.”

Well, I acknowledge it annoys me, knowing your connection with the Morcerf family, to see him throw himself in the way.” Danglars burst out laughing.

What a Puritan you are!” said he; “that happens every day.”

But you cannot break it off in this way; the Morcerfs are depending on this union.”

Oh, my dear count, husbands are pretty much the same everywhere; an individual husband of any country is a pretty fair specimen of the whole race.”

Haydée—what an adorable name! Are there, then, really women who bear the name of Haydée anywhere but in Byron’s poems?”

Certainly there are. Haydée is a very uncommon name in France, but is common enough in Albania and Epirus; it is as if you said, for example, Chastity, Modesty, Innocence,—it is a kind of baptismal name, as you Parisians call it.”

Oh, that is charming,” said Albert, “how I should like to hear my countrywomen called Mademoiselle Goodness, Mademoiselle Silence, Mademoiselle Christian Charity! Only think, then, if Mademoiselle Danglars, instead of being called Claire-Marie-Eugénie, had been named Mademoiselle Chastity-Modesty-Innocence Danglars; what a fine effect that would have produced on the announcement of her marriage!”

How was it that Dionysius the Tyrant became a schoolmaster? The fortune of war, my dear viscount,—the caprice of fortune; that is the way in which these things are to be accounted for.”

Monte Cristo turned to Albert. <Do you know modern Greek,> asked he.

<Alas! no,> said Albert; <nor even ancient Greek, my dear count; never had Homer or Plato a more unworthy scholar than myself.>

Monte Cristo turned to Haydée, and with an expression of countenance which commanded her to pay the most implicit attention to his words, he said in Greek,—<Tell us the fate of your father; but neither the name of the traitor nor the treason.> Haydée sighed deeply, and a shade of sadness clouded her beautiful brow.”

that unsophisticated innocence of childhood which throws a charm round objects insignificant in themselves, but which in its eyes are invested with the greatest importance.”

things which in the evening look dark and obscure, appear but too clearly in the light of morning, and sometimes the utterance of one word, or the lapse of a single day, will reveal the most cruel calumnies.”

the breaking off of a marriage contract always injures the lady more than the gentleman.”

one must never be eccentric. If one’s lot is cast among fools, it is necessary to study folly.” “alguém nunca deve ser excêntrico. Se a alguém couber a mesma sorte que a dos loucos, é preciso estudar a loucura.”

Supposing the assertion to be really true?”

A son ought not to submit to such a stain on his father’s honor.”

Ma foi! we live in times when there is much to which we must submit.”

That is precisely the fault of the age.”

And do you undertake to reform it?”

Yes, as far as I am personally concerned.”

Well, you are indeed exacting, my dear fellow!”

Ah, but the friends of today are the enemies of tomorrow”

When you wish to obtain some concession from a man’s self-love, you must avoid even the appearance of wishing to wound it.”

It was a gloomy, dusty-looking apartment, such as journalists’ offices have always been from time immemorial.

I have heard it said that hearts inflamed by obstacles to their desire grew cold in time of security”

People die very suddenly in your house, M. de Villefort.”

Well, sir, you have in your establishment, or in your family, perhaps, one of the frightful monstrosities of which each century produces only one. Locusta and Agrippina, living at the same time, were an exception, and proved the determination of Providence to effect the entire ruin of the Roman empire, sullied by so many crimes. Brunhilda and Fredegund were the results of the painful struggle of civilization in its infancy, when man was learning to control mind, were it even by an emissary from the realms of darkness. All these women had been, or were, beautiful. The same flower of innocence had flourished, or was still flourishing, on their brow, that is seen on the brow of the culprit in your house.”

<Seek whom the crime will profit,> says an axiom of jurisprudence.”

Doctor,” cried Villefort, “alas, doctor, how often has man’s justice been deceived by those fatal words.

<Oh, man,> murmured d’Avrigny, <the most selfish of all animals, the most personal of all creatures, who believes the earth turns, the sun shines, and death strikes for him alone,—an ant cursing God from the top of a blade of grass!>

no one knows, not even the assassin, that, for the last twelve months, I have given M. Noirtier brucine for his paralytic affection, while the assassin is not ignorant, for he has proved that brucine is a violent poison.”

for when crime enters a dwelling, it is like death—it does not come alone.  (…) What does it signify to you if I am murdered? Are you my friend? Are you a man? Have you a heart? No, you are a physician!”

Ah, Caderousse,” said Andrea, “how covetous you are! Two months ago you were dying with hunger.”

The appetite grows by what it feeds on,” said Caderousse, grinning and showing his teeth, like a monkey laughing or a tiger growling.

That Count of Monte Cristo is an original, who loves to look at the sky even at night.”

those thieves of jewellers imitate so well that it is no longer worthwhile to rob a jeweller’s shop—it is another branch of industry paralyzed.”

From his past life, from his resolution to shrink from nothing, the count had acquired an inconceivable relish for the contests in which he had engaged, sometimes against nature, that is to say, against God, and sometimes against the world, that is, against the devil.”

The count felt his heart beat more rapidly. Inured as men may be to danger, forewarned as they may be of peril, they understand, by the fluttering of the heart and the shuddering of the frame, the enormous difference between a dream and a reality, between the project and the execution.” “and one might distinguish by the glimmering through the open panel that he wore a pliant tunic of steel mail, of which the last in France, where daggers are no longer dreaded, was worn by King Louis XVI, who feared the dagger at his breast, and whose head was cleft with a hatchet.”

So you would rob the Count of Monte Cristo?” continued the false abbé.

Reverend sir, I am impelled——”

Every criminal says the same thing.”

Poverty——”

Pshaw!” said Busoni disdainfully; “poverty may make a man beg, steal a loaf of bread at a baker’s door, but not cause him to open a secretary desk in a house supposed to be inhabited.”

Ah, reverend sir,” cried Caderousse, clasping his hands, and drawing nearer to Monte Cristo, “I may indeed say you are my deliverer!”

You mean to say you have been freed from confinement?”

Yes, that is true, reverend sir.”

Who was your liberator?”

An Englishman.”

What was his name?”

Lord Wilmore.”

I know him; I shall know if you lie.”

Ah, reverend sir, I tell you the simple truth.”

Was this Englishman protecting you?”

No, not me, but a young Corsican, my companion.”

What was this young Corsican’s name?”

Benedetto.”

Is that his Christian name?”

He had no other; he was a foundling.”

Then this young man escaped with you?”

He did.”

In what way?”

We were working at Saint-Mandrier, near Toulon. Do you know Saint-Mandrier?”

I do.”

In the hour of rest, between noon and one o’clock——”

Galley-slaves having a nap after dinner! We may well pity the poor fellows!” said the abbé.

Nay,” said Caderousse, “one can’t always work—one is not a dog.”

So much the better for the dogs,” said Monte Cristo.

While the rest slept, then, we went away a short distance; we severed our fetters with a file the Englishman had given us, and swam away.”

And what is become of this Benedetto?”

I don’t know.”

You ought to know.”

No, in truth; we parted at Hyères.” And, to give more weight to his protestation, Caderousse advanced another step towards the abbé, who remained motionless in his place, as calm as ever, and pursuing his interrogation. “You lie,” said the Abbé Busoni, with a tone of irresistible authority.

Reverend sir!”

You lie! This man is still your friend, and you, perhaps, make use of him as your accomplice.”

Oh, reverend sir!”

Since you left Toulon what have you lived on? Answer me!”

On what I could get.”

You lie,” repeated the abbé a third time, with a still more imperative tone. Caderousse, terrified, looked at the count. “You have lived on the money he has given you.”

True,” said Caderousse; “Benedetto has become the son of a great lord.”

How can he be the son of a great lord?”

A natural son.”

And what is that great lord’s name?”

The Count of Monte Cristo, the very same in whose house we are.”

Benedetto the count’s son?” replied Monte Cristo, astonished in his turn.

Well, I should think so, since the count has found him a false father—since the count gives him 4.000 francs a month, and leaves him 500.000 francs in his will.”

Ah, yes,” said the factitious abbé, who began to understand; “and what name does the young man bear meanwhile?”

Andrea Cavalcanti.”

Is it, then, that young man whom my friend the Count of Monte Cristo has received into his house, and who is going to marry Mademoiselle Danglars?”

Exactly.”

And you suffer that, you wretch—you, who know his life and his crime?”

Why should I stand in a comrade’s way?” said Caderousse.

You are right; it is not you who should apprise M. Danglars, it is I.”

Do not do so, reverend sir.”

Why not?”

Because you would bring us to ruin.”

And you think that to save such villains as you I will become an abettor of their plot, an accomplice in their crimes?”

Reverend sir,” said Caderousse, drawing still nearer.

I will expose all.”

To whom?”

To M. Danglars.”

By heaven!” cried Caderousse, drawing from his waistcoat an open knife, and striking the count in the breast, “you shall disclose nothing, reverend sir!” To Caderousse’s great astonishment, the knife, instead of piercing the count’s breast, flew back blunted. At the same moment the count seized with his left hand the assassin’s wrist, and wrung it with such strength that the knife fell from his stiffened fingers, and Caderousse uttered a cry of pain. But the count, disregarding his cry, continued to wring the bandit’s wrist, until, his arm being dislocated, he fell first on his knees, then flat on the floor. The count then placed his foot on his head, saying, “I know not what restrains me from crushing thy skull, rascal.”

Ah, mercy—mercy!” cried Caderousse. The count withdrew his foot. “Rise!” said he. Caderousse rose.

What a wrist you have, reverend sir!” said Caderousse, stroking his arm, all bruised by the fleshy pincers which had held it; “what a wrist!”

Silence! God gives me strength to overcome a wild beast like you; in the name of that God I act,—remember that, wretch,—and to spare thee at this moment is still serving him.”

Oh!” said Caderousse, groaning with pain.

Take this pen and paper, and write what I dictate.”

I don’t know how to write, reverend sir.”

You lie! Take this pen, and write!” Caderousse, awed by the superior power of the abbé, sat down and wrote:—

Sir,—The man whom you are receiving at your house, and to whom you intend to marry your daughter, is a felon who escaped with me from confinement at Toulon. He was Nº 59, and I Nº 58. He was called Benedetto, but he is ignorant of his real name, having never known his parents.

Sign it!” continued the count.

But would you ruin me?”

If I sought your ruin, fool, I should drag you to the first guard-house; besides, when that note is delivered, in all probability you will have no more to fear. Sign it, then!”

Caderousse signed it.

And you did not warn me!” cried Caderousse, raising himself on his elbows. “You knew I should be killed on leaving this house, and did not warn me!”

No; for I saw God’s justice placed in the hands of Benedetto, and should have thought it sacrilege to oppose the designs of Providence.”

God is merciful to all, as he has been to you; he is first a father, then a judge.”

Do you then believe in God?” said Caderousse.

Had I been so unhappy as not to believe in him until now,” said Monte Cristo, “I must believe on seeing you.” Caderousse raised his clenched hands towards heaven.

Help!” cried Caderousse; “I require a surgeon, not a priest; perhaps I am not mortally wounded—I may not die; perhaps they can yet save my life.”

Your wounds are so far mortal that, without the three drops I gave you, you would now be dead. Listen, then.”

Ah,” murmured Caderousse, “what a strange priest you are; you drive the dying to despair, instead of consoling them.”

I do not believe there is a God,” howled Caderousse; “you do not believe it; you lie—you lie!”

No,” said Caderousse, “no; I will not repent. There is no God; there is no Providence—all comes by chance.—”

Monte Cristo took off the wig which disfigured him, and let fall his black hair, which added so much to the beauty of his pallid features. <Oh?> said Caderousse, thunderstruck, <but for that black hair, I should say you were the Englishman, Lord Wilmore.>

<I am neither the Abbé Busoni nor Lord Wilmore,> said Monte Cristo; <think again,—do you not recollect me?> There was a magic effect in the count’s words, which once more revived the exhausted powers of the miserable man. <Yes, indeed,> said he; <I think I have seen you and known you formerly.>

<Yes, Caderousse, you have seen me; you knew me once.>

<Who, then, are you? and why, if you knew me, do you let me die?>

<Because nothing can save you; your wounds are mortal. Had it been possible to save you, I should have considered it another proof of God’s mercy, and I would again have endeavored to restore you, I swear by my father’s tomb.>

<By your father’s tomb!> said Caderousse, supported by a supernatural power, and half-raising himself to see more distinctly the man who had just taken the oath which all men hold sacred; <who, then, are you?> The count had watched the approach of death. He knew this was the last struggle. He approached the dying man, and, leaning over him with a calm and melancholy look, he whispered, <I am—I am——>

And his almost closed lips uttered a name so low that the count himself appeared afraid to hear it. Caderousse, who had raised himself on his knees, and stretched out his arm, tried to draw back, then clasping his hands, and raising them with a desperate effort, <O my God, my God!> said he, <pardon me for having denied thee; thou dost exist, thou art indeed man’s father in heaven, and his judge on earth. My God, my Lord, I have long despised thee!>”

<One!> said the count mysteriously, his eyes fixed on the corpse, disfigured by so awful a death.”

Bertuccio alone turned pale whenever Benedetto’s name was mentioned in his presence, but there was no reason why anyone should notice his doing so.”

the attempted robbery and the murder of the robber by his comrade were almost forgotten in anticipation of the approaching marriage of Mademoiselle Danglars to the Count Andrea Cavalcanti.”

some persons had warned the young man of the circumstances of his future father-in-law, who had of late sustained repeated losses; but with sublime disinterestedness and confidence the young man refused to listen, or to express a single doubt to the baron.”

With an instinctive hatred of matrimony, she suffered Andrea’s attentions in order to get rid of Morcerf; but when Andrea urged his suit, she betrayed an entire dislike to him. The baron might possibly have perceived it, but, attributing it to a caprice, feigned ignorance.”

in this changing age, the faults of a father cannot revert upon his children. Few have passed through this revolutionary period, in the midst of which we were born, without some stain of infamy or blood to soil the uniform of the soldier, or the gown of the magistrate. Now I have these proofs, Albert, and I am in your confidence, no human power can force me to a duel which your own conscience would reproach you with as criminal, but I come to offer you what you can no longer demand of me. Do you wish these proofs, these attestations, which I alone possess, to be destroyed? Do you wish this frightful secret to remain with us?”

he never interrogates, and in my opinion those who ask no questions are the best comforters.”

My papers, thank God, no,—my papers are all in capital order, because I have none”

do you come from the end of the world?” said Monte Cristo; “you, a journalist, the husband of renown? It is the talk of all Paris.”

Silence, purveyor of gossip”

Mademoiselle Eugénie, who appears but little charmed with the thoughts of matrimony, and who, seeing how little I was disposed to persuade her to renounce her dear liberty, retains any affection for me.”

I have told you, where the air is pure, where every sound soothes, where one is sure to be humbled, however proud may be his nature. I love that humiliation, I, who am master of the universe, as was Augustus.”

But where are you really going?”

To sea, viscount; you know I am a sailor. I was rocked when an infant in the arms of old Ocean, and on the bosom of the beautiful Amphitrite” “I love the sea as a mistress, and pine if I do not often see her.”

<Woman is fickle.> said Francis I; <woman is like a wave of the sea,> said Shakespeare; both the great king and the great poet ought to have known woman’s nature well.”

Woman’s, yes; my mother is not woman, but a woman.”

my mother is not quick to give her confidence, but when she does she never changes.”

You are certainly a prodigy; you will soon not only surpass the railway, which would not be very difficult in France, but even the telegraph.”

Precisely,” said the count; “six years since I bought a horse in Hungary remarkable for its swiftness. The 32 that we shall use tonight are its progeny; they are all entirely black, with the exception of a star upon the forehead.”

M. Albert. Tell me, why does a steward rob his master?”

Because, I suppose, it is his nature to do so, for the love of robbing.”

You are mistaken; it is because he has a wife and family, and ambitious desires for himself and them. Also because he is not sure of always retaining his situation, and wishes to provide for the future. Now, M. Bertuccio is alone in the world; he uses my property without accounting for the use he makes of it; he is sure never to leave my service.”

Why?”

Because I should never get a better.”

Probabilities are deceptive.”

But I deal in certainties; he is the best servant over whom one has the power of life and death.”

Do you possess that right over Bertuccio?”

Yes.”

There are words which close a conversation with an iron door; such was the count’s “yes.”

There, as in every spot where Monte Cristo stopped, if but for two days, luxury abounded and life went on with the utmost ease.”

Poor young man,” said Monte Cristo in a low voice; “it is then true that the sin of the father shall fall on the children to the third and fourth generation.”

Five minutes had sufficed to make a complete transformation in his appearance. His voice had become rough and hoarse; his face was furrowed with wrinkles; his eyes burned under the blue-veined lids, and he tottered like a drunken man. <Count,> said he, <I thank you for your hospitality, which I would gladly have enjoyed longer; but I must return to Paris.>

<What has happened?>

<A great misfortune, more important to me than life. Don’t question me, I beg of you, but lend me a horse.>

<My stables are at your command, viscount; but you will kill yourself by riding on horseback. Take a post-chaise or a carriage.>”

The Count of Morcerf was no favorite with his colleagues. Like all upstarts, he had had recourse to a great deal of haughtiness to maintain his position. The true nobility laughed at him, the talented repelled him, and the honorable instinctively despised him. He was, in fact, in the unhappy position of the victim marked for sacrifice; the finger of God once pointed at him, everyone was prepared to raise the hue and cry.”

Moral wounds have this peculiarity,—they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.”

He thought himself strong enough, for he mistook fever for energy.”

I, El-Kobbir, a slave-merchant, and purveyor of the harem of his highness, acknowledge having received for transmission to the sublime emperor, from the French lord, the Count of Monte Cristo, an emerald valued at 800.000 francs; as the ransom of a young Christian slave of 11 years of age, named Haydée, the acknowledged daughter of the late lord Ali Tepelini, pasha of Yanina, and of Vasiliki, his favorite; she having been sold to me 7 years previously, with her mother, who had died on arriving at Constantinople, by a French colonel in the service of the Vizier Ali Tepelini, named Fernand Mondego. The above-mentioned purchase was made on his highness’s account, whose mandate I had, for the sum of 400.000 francs.

Given at Constantinople, by authority of his highness, in the year 1247 of the Hegira.

Signed El-Kobbir.

I am ignorant of nothing which passes in the world. I learn all in the silence of my apartments,—for instance, I see all the newspapers, every periodical, as well as every new piece of music; and by thus watching the course of the life of others, I learned what had transpired this morning in the House of Peers, and what was to take place this evening; then I wrote.”

Then,” remarked the president, “the Count of Monte Cristo knows nothing of your present proceedings?”—“He is quite unaware of them, and I have but one fear, which is that he should disapprove of what I have done. But it is a glorious day for me,” continued the young girl, raising her ardent gaze to heaven, “that on which I find at last an opportunity of avenging my father!”

Gentlemen,” said the president, when silence was restored, “is the Count of Morcerf convicted of felony, treason, and conduct unbecoming a member of this House?”—“Yes,” replied all the members of the committee of inquiry with a unanimous voice.

leave Paris—all is soon forgotten in this great Babylon of excitement and changing tastes. You will return after 3 or years with a Russian princess for a bride, and no one will think more of what occurred yesterday than if it had happened 16 years ago.”

Yes; M. Danglars is a money-lover, and those who love money, you know, think too much of what they risk to be easily induced to fight a duel. The other is, on the contrary, to all appearance a true nobleman; but do you not fear to find him a bully?”

I only fear one thing; namely, to find a man who will not fight.”

The count had, indeed, just arrived, but he was in his bath, and had forbidden that anyone should be admitted. “But after his bath?” asked Morcerf.

My master will go to dinner.”

And after dinner?”

He will sleep an hour.”

Then?”

He is going to the Opera.”

You know, mother, M. de Monte Cristo is almost an Oriental, and it is customary with the Orientals to secure full liberty for revenge by not eating or drinking in the houses of their enemies.”

Well,” cried he, with that benevolent politeness which distinguished his salutation from the common civilities of the world, “my cavalier has attained his object. Good-evening, M. de Morcerf.” 

Display is not becoming to everyone, M. de Morcerf.”

Wild, almost unconscious, and with eyes inflamed, Albert stepped back, and Morrel closed the door. Monte Cristo took up his glass again as if nothing had happened; his face was like marble, and his heart was like bronze. Morrel whispered, <What have you done to him?>”

listen how adorably Duprez is singing that line,—

<O Mathilde! idole de mon âme!>

I was the first to discover Duprez at Naples, and the first to applaud him. Bravo, bravo!” Morrel saw it was useless to say more, and refrained.

Doubtless you wish to make me appear a very eccentric character. I am, in your opinion, a Lara, a Manfred, a Lord Ruthven; then, just as I am arriving at the climax, you defeat your own end, and seek to make an ordinary man of me. You bring me down to your own level, and demand explanations! Indeed, M. Beauchamp, it is quite laughable.”

the Count of Monte Cristo bows to none but the Count of Monte Cristo himself. Say no more, I entreat you. I do what I please, M. Beauchamp, and it is always well done.”

It is quite immaterial to me,” said Monte Cristo, “and it was very unnecessary to disturb me at the Opera for such a trifle. In France people fight with the sword or pistol, in the colonies with the carbine, in Arabia with the dagger. Tell your client that, although I am the insulted party, in order to carry out my eccentricity, I leave him the choice of arms, and will accept without discussion, without dispute, anything, even combat by drawing lots, which is always stupid, but with me different from other people, as I am sure to gain.”

the music of William Tell¹ is so sweet.”

¹ Herói lendário, ligado à formação da Suíça. Está mais para um Robin Hood que para um Aquiles, no entanto.

Monte Cristo waited, according to his usual custom, until Duprez had sung his famous <Suivez-moi!> then he rose and went out.”

Edmond, you will not kill my son?” The count retreated a step, uttered a slight exclamation, and let fall the pistol he held.

Fernand, do you mean?” replied Monte Cristo, with bitter irony; “since we are recalling names, let us remember them all.”

Listen to me, my son has also guessed who you are,—he attributes his father’s misfortunes to you.”

Madame, you are mistaken, they are not misfortunes,—it is a punishment.”

What are Yanina and its vizier to you, Edmond? What injury has Fernand Mondego done you in betraying Ali Tepelini?”

Ah, sir!” cried the countess, “how terrible a vengeance for a fault which fatality made me commit!—for I am the only culprit, Edmond, and if you owe revenge to anyone, it is to me, who had not fortitude to bear your absence and my solitude.”

But,” exclaimed Monte Cristo, “why was I absent? And why were you alone?”

Because you had been arrested, Edmond, and were a prisoner.”

And why was I arrested? Why was I a prisoner?”

I do not know,” said Mercédès.

You do not, madame; at least, I hope not. But I will tell you. I was arrested and became a prisoner because, under the arbor of La Réserve, the day before I was to marry you, a man named Danglars wrote this letter, which the fisherman Fernand himself posted.”

Monte Cristo went to a secretary desk, opened a drawer by a spring, from which he took a paper which had lost its original color, and the ink of which had become of a rusty hue—this he placed in the hands of Mercédès. It was Danglars’ letter to the king’s attorney, which the Count of Monte Cristo, disguised as a clerk from the house of Thomson & French, had taken from the file against Edmond Dantes, on the day he had paid the two hundred thousand francs to M. de Boville. Mercédès read with terror the following lines:—

The king”s attorney is informed by a friend to the throne and religion that one Edmond Dantes, second in command on board the Pharaon, this day arrived from Smyrna, after having touched at Naples and Porto-Ferrajo, is the bearer of a letter from Murat to the usurper, and of another letter from the usurper to the Bonapartist club in Paris. Ample corroboration of this statement may be obtained by arresting the above-mentioned Edmond Dantès, who either carries the letter for Paris about with him, or has it at his father’s abode. Should it not be found in possession of either father or son, then it will assuredly be discovered in the cabin belonging to the said Dantes on board the Pharaon.”

You well know, madame, was my arrest; but you do not know how long that arrest lasted. You do not know that I remained for fourteen years within a quarter of a league of you, in a dungeon in the Château d’If. You do not know that every day of those fourteen years I renewed the vow of vengeance which I had made the first day; and yet I was not aware that you had married Fernand, my calumniator, and that my father had died of hunger!”

Can it be?” cried Mercédès, shuddering.

That is what I heard on leaving my prison fourteen years after I had entered it; and that is why, on account of the living Mercédès and my deceased father, I have sworn to revenge myself on Fernand, and—I have revenged myself.”

besides, that is not much more odious than that a Frenchman by adoption should pass over to the English; that a Spaniard by birth should have fought against the Spaniards; that a stipendiary of Ali should have betrayed and murdered Ali. Compared with such things, what is the letter you have just read?—a lover’s deception, which the woman who has married that man ought certainly to forgive; but not so the lover who was to have married her.” 

Not crush that accursed race?” murmured he; “abandon my purpose at the moment of its accomplishment? Impossible, madame, impossible!”

Revenge yourself, then, Edmond,” cried the poor mother; “but let your vengeance fall on the culprits,—on him, on me, but not on my son!”

It is written in the good book,” said Monte Cristo, “that the sins of the fathers shall fall upon their children to the third and fourth generation. Since God himself dictated those words to his prophet, why should I seek to make myself better than God?”

Listen; for ten years I dreamed each night the same dream. I had been told that you had endeavored to escape; that you had taken the place of another prisoner; that you had slipped into the winding sheet of a dead body; that you had been thrown alive from the top of the Château d’If, and that the cry you uttered as you dashed upon the rocks first revealed to your jailers that they were your murderers. Well, Edmond, I swear to you, by the head of that son for whom I entreat your pity,—Edmond, for ten years I saw every night every detail of that frightful tragedy, and for ten years I heard every night the cry which awoke me, shuddering and cold.”

What I most loved after you, Mercédès, was myself, my dignity, and that strength which rendered me superior to other men; that strength was my life. With one word you have crushed it, and I die.”

it is melancholy to pass one’s life without having one joy to recall, without preserving a single hope; but that proves that all is not yet over. No, it is not finished; I feel it by what remains in my heart. Oh, I repeat it, Edmond; what you have just done is beautiful—it is grand; it is sublime.”

suppose that when everything was in readiness and the moment had come for God to look upon his work and see that it was good—suppose he had snuffed out the sun and tossed the world back into eternal night—then—even then, Mercédès, you could not imagine what I lose in sacrificing my life at this moment.”

What a fool I was,” said he, “not to tear my heart out on the day when I resolved to avenge myself!”

MOMENT OF HESITATION

what? this edifice which I have been so long preparing, which I have reared with so much care and toil, is to be crushed by a single touch, a word, a breath! Yes, this self, of whom I thought so much, of whom I was so proud, who had appeared so worthless in the dungeons of the Château d’If, and whom I had succeeded in making so great, will be but a lump of clay tomorrow. Alas, it is not the death of the body I regret; for is not the destruction of the vital principle, the repose to which everything is tending, to which every unhappy being aspires,—is not this the repose of matter after which I so long sighed, and which I was seeking to attain by the painful process of starvation when Faria appeared in my dungeon? What is death for me? One step farther” But now is time to set back once again…

It is not God’s will that they should be accomplished.”

Oh, shall I then, again become a fatalist, whom fourteen years of despair and ten of hope had rendered a believer in Providence? And all this—all this, because my heart, which I thought dead, was only sleeping; because it has awakened and has begun to beat again, because I have yielded to the pain of the emotion excited in my breast by a woman’s voice.

yet, it is impossible that so noble-minded a woman should thus through selfishness consent to my death when I am in the prime of life and strength; it is impossible that she can carry to such a point maternal love, or rather delirium. There are virtues which become crimes by exaggeration. No, she must have conceived some pathetic scene; she will come and throw herself between us; and what would be sublime here will there appear ridiculous.”

I ridiculous? No, I would rather die.”

By thus exaggerating to his own mind the anticipated ill-fortune of the next day, to which he had condemned himself by promising Mercédès to spare her son, the count at last exclaimed, “Folly, folly, folly!—to carry generosity so far as to put myself up as a mark for that young man to aim at. He will never believe that my death was suicide; and yet it is important for the honor of my memory,—and this surely is not vanity, but a justifiable pride,—it is important the world should know that I have consented, by my free will, to stop my arm, already raised to strike, and that with the arm which has been so powerful against others I have struck myself. It must be; it shall be.” She remembered that she had a son, said he; and I forgot I had a daughter.

and seeing that sweet pale face, those lovely eyes closed, that beautiful form motionless and to all appearance lifeless, the idea occurred to him for the first time, that perhaps she loved him otherwise than as a daughter loves a father.”

I said to myself that justice must be on your side, or man’s countenance is no longer to be relied on.”

But what has happened, then, since last evening, count?”

The same thing that happened to Brutus the night before the battle of Philippi; I have seen a ghost.”

And that ghost——”

Told me, Morrel, that I had lived long enough.”

Do I regret life? What is it to me, who have passed twenty years between life and death? (…) I know the world is a drawing-room, from which we must retire politely and honestly; that is, with a bow, and our debts of honor paid.”

<I say, and proclaim it publicly, that you were justified in revenging yourself on my father, and I, his son, thank you for not using greater severity.>

Had a thunderbolt fallen in the midst of the spectators of this unexpected scene, it would not have surprised them more than did Albert’s declaration. As for Monte Cristo, his eyes slowly rose towards heaven with an expression of infinite gratitude. He could not understand how Albert’s fiery nature, of which he had seen so much among the Roman bandits, had suddenly stooped to this humiliation.”

Next to the merit of infallibility which you appear to possess, I rank that of candidly acknowledging a fault. But this confession concerns me only. I acted well as a man, but you have acted better than man.”

Providence still,” murmured he; “now only am I fully convinced of being the emissary of God!”

nothing induces serious duels so much as a duel forsworn.”

Mother,” said Albert with firmness. “I cannot make you share the fate I have planned for myself. I must live henceforth without rank and fortune, and to begin this hard apprenticeship I must borrow from a friend the loaf I shall eat until I have earned one. So, my dear mother, I am going at once to ask Franz to lend me the small sum I shall require to supply my present wants.”

I know that from the gulf in which their enemies have plunged them they have risen with so much vigor and glory that in their turn they have ruled their former conquerors, and have punished them.”

You had friends, Albert; break off their acquaintance. But do not despair; you have life before you, my dear Albert, for you are yet scarcely 22 years old; and as a pure heart like yours wants a spotless name, take my father’s—it was Herrera.”

Providence is not willing that the innocent should suffer for the guilty.”

Oh,” said the count, “I only know two things which destroy the appetite,—grief—and as I am happy to see you very cheerful, it is not that—and love.”

Every transport of a daughter finding a father, all the delight of a mistress seeing an adored lover, were felt by Haydée during the first moments of this meeting, which she had so eagerly expected. Doubtless, although less evident, Monte Cristo’s joy was not less intense. Joy to hearts which have suffered long is like the dew on the ground after a long drought; both the heart and the ground absorb that beneficent moisture falling on them, and nothing is outwardly apparent.

Monte Cristo was beginning to think, what he had not for a long time dared to believe, that there were two Mercédès in the world, and he might yet be happy.

We must explain this visit, which although expected by Monte Cristo, is unexpected to our readers.”

you know the guilty do not like to find themselves convicted.”

You call yourself, in Paris, the Count of Monte Cristo; in Italy, Sinbad the Sailor; in Malta, I forget what. But it is your real name I want to know, in the midst of your hundred names, that I may pronounce it when we meet to fight, at the moment when I plunge my sword through your heart.”

he uttered the most dreadful sob which ever escaped from the bosom of a father abandoned at the same time by his wife and son.”

Do you then really suffer?” asked Morrel quickly.

Oh, it must not be called suffering; I feel a general uneasiness, that is all. I have lost my appetite, and my stomach feels as if it were struggling to get accustomed to something.” Noirtier did not lose a word of what Valentine said. “And what treatment do you adopt for this singular complaint?”

A very simple one,” said Valentine. “I swallow every morning a spoonful of the mixture prepared for my grandfather. When I say one spoonful, I began by one—now I take four. Grandpapa says it is a panacea.” Valentine smiled, but it was evident that she suffered.

Maximilian, in his devotedness, gazed silently at her. She was very beautiful, but her usual pallor had increased; her eyes were more brilliant than ever, and her hands, which were generally white like mother-of-pearl, now more resembled wax, to which time was adding a yellowish hue.

Noirtier raised his eyes to heaven, as a gambler does who stakes his all on one stroke.”

since I am to be married whether I will or not, I ought to be thankful to Providence for having released me from my engagement with M. Albert de Morcerf, or I should this day have been the wife of a dishonored man.”

D’Avrigny’s look implied, “I told you it would be so.” Then he slowly uttered these words, “Who is now dying in your house? What new victim is going to accuse you of weakness before God?” A mournful sob burst from Villefort’s heart; he approached the doctor, and seizing his arm,—“Valentine,” said he, “it is Valentine’s turn!”

Your daughter!” cried d’Avrigny with grief and surprise.

a dead father or husband is better than a dishonored one,—blood washes out shame.”

You say an exterminating angel appears to have devoted that house to God’s anger—well, who says your supposition is not reality?”

Conscience, what hast thou to do with me?” as Sterne said.

See,” said he, “my dear friend, how God punishes the most thoughtless and unfeeling men for their indifference, by presenting dreadful scenes to their view. (…) I, who like a wicked angel was laughing at the evil men committed protected by secrecy (a secret is easily kept by the rich and powerful), I am in my turn bitten by the serpent whose tortuous course I was watching, and bitten to the heart!”

What does the angel of light or the angel of darkness say to that mind, at once implacable and generous? God only knows.”

Oh, count, you overwhelm me with that coolness. Have you, then, power against death? Are you superhuman? Are you an angel?”

To the world and to his servants Danglars assumed the character of the good-natured man and the indulgent father. This was one of his parts in the popular comedy he was performing,—a make-up he had adopted and which suited him about as well as the masks worn on the classic stage by paternal actors, who seen from one side, were the image of geniality, and from the other showed lips drawn down in chronic ill-temper. Let us hasten to say that in private the genial side descended to the level of the other, so that generally the indulgent man disappeared to give place to the brutal husband and domineering father.”

Cavalcanti may appear to those who look at men’s faces and figures as a very good specimen of his kind. It is not, either, that my heart is less touched by him than any other; that would be a schoolgirl’s reason, which I consider quite beneath me. I actually love no one, sir; you know it, do you not? I do not then see why, without real necessity, I should encumber my life with a perpetual companion. Has not some sage said, <Nothing too much>? and another, <I carry all my effects with me>? I have been taught these two aphorisms in Latin and in Greek; one is, I believe, from Phædrus, and the other from Bias. (…) life is an eternal shipwreck of our hopes”

The world calls me beautiful. It is something to be well received. I like a favorable reception; it expands the countenance, and those around me do not then appear so ugly. I possess a share of wit, and a certain relative sensibility, which enables me to draw from life in general, for the support of mine, all I meet with that is good, like the monkey who cracks the nut to get at its contents. I am rich, for you have one of the first fortunes in France. I am your only daughter, and you are not so exacting as the fathers of the Porte Saint-Martin and Gaîté, who disinherit their daughters for not giving them grandchildren. Besides, the provident law has deprived you of the power to disinherit me, at least entirely, as it has also of the power to compel me to marry Monsieur This or Monsieur That. And so—being, beautiful, witty, somewhat talented, as the comic operas say, and rich—and that is happiness, sir—why do you call me unhappy?”

Eugénie looked at Danglars, much surprised that one flower of her crown of pride, with which she had so superbly decked herself, should be disputed.”

I do not willingly enter into arithmetical explanations with an artist like you, who fears to enter my study lest she should imbibe disagreeable or anti-poetic impressions and sensations.”

the credit of a banker is his physical and moral life; that credit sustains him as breath animates the body”

as credit sinks, the body becomes a corpse, and this is what must happen very soon to the banker who is proud to own so good a logician as you for his daughter.” But Eugénie, instead of stooping, drew herself up under the blow. “Ruined?” said she.

Yes, ruined! Now it is revealed, this secret so full of horror, as the tragic poet says. Now, my daughter, learn from my lips how you may alleviate this misfortune, so far as it will affect you.””

Oh,” cried Eugénie, “you are a bad physiognomist, if you imagine I deplore on my own account the catastrophe of which you warn me. I ruined? and what will that signify to me? Have I not my talent left? Can I not, like Pasta¹, Malibran², Grisi³, acquire for myself what you would never have given me, whatever might have been your fortune, 100 or 150.000 livres per annum, for which I shall be indebted to no one but myself; and which, instead of being given as you gave me those poor 12.000 francs, with sour looks and reproaches for my prodigality, will be accompanied with acclamations, with bravos, and with flowers? And if I do not possess that talent, which your smiles prove to me you doubt, should I not still have that ardent love of independence, which will be a substitute for wealth, and which in my mind supersedes even the instinct of self-preservation? No, I grieve not on my own account, I shall always find a resource; my books, my pencils, my piano, all the things which cost but little, and which I shall be able to procure, will remain my own.

¹ Giuditta Pasta, soprano italiana do século XIX.

² Maria Malibran, mezzo-soprano espanhola, foi contemporânea de G. Pasta, mas só viveu 28 anos.

³ Outra mezzo-soprano de família abastada e freqüente nas óperas de Rossini. Na verdade, a dúvida é se se trata de Giuditta ou Giulia, a caçula, ambas muito talentosas.

From my earliest recollections, I have been beloved by no one—so much the worse; that has naturally led me to love no one—so much the better—now you have my profession of faith.”

I do not despise bankruptcies, believe me, but they must be those which enrich, not those which ruin.”

Five minutes afterwards the piano resounded to the touch of Mademoiselle d’Armilly’s fingers, and Mademoiselle Danglars was singing Brabantio’s malediction on Desdemona¹.

¹ Ou “Brabanzio”. Trata-se de uma cena do Otelo de Shakespeare.

Without reckoning,” added Monte Cristo, “that he is on the eve of entering into a sort of speculation already in vogue in the United States and in England, but quite novel in France.”

Yes, yes, I know what you mean,—the railway, of which he has obtained the grant, is it not?”

Precisely; it is generally believed he will gain ten millions by that affair.”

Ten millions! Do you think so? It is magnificent!” said Cavalcanti, who was quite confounded at the metallic sound of these golden words.

Well, you must become a diplomatist; diplomacy, you know, is something that is not to be acquired; it is instinctive. Have you lost your heart?”

This calm tone and perfect ease made Andrea feel that he was, for the moment, restrained by a more muscular hand than his own, and that the restraint could not be easily broken through.”

What is it?”

Advice.”

Be careful; advice is worse than a service.”

An Academician would say that the entertainments of the fashionable world are collections of flowers which attract inconstant butterflies, famished bees, and buzzing drones.”

At the moment when the hand of the massive time-piece, representing Endymion asleep, pointed to nine on its golden face, and the hammer, the faithful type of mechanical thought, struck nine times, the name of the Count of Monte Cristo resounded in its turn, and as if by an electric shock all the assembly turned towards the door.”

Having accomplished these three social duties, Monte Cristo stopped, looking around him with that expression peculiar to a certain class, which seems to say, <I have done my duty, now let others do theirs.>”

all were eager to speak to him, as is always the case with those whose words are few and weighty.”

Mademoiselle Danglars’ charms were heightened in the opinion of the young men, and for the moment seemed to outvie the sun in splendor. As for the ladies, it is needless to say that while they coveted the millions, they thought they did not need them for themselves, as they were beautiful enough without them.”

But at the same instant the crowd of guests rushed in alarm into the principal salon as if some frightful monster had entered the apartments, quærens quem devoret [procurando quem devorar]. There was, indeed, reason to retreat, to be alarmed, and to scream. An officer was placing two soldiers at the door of each drawing-room, and was advancing towards Danglars, preceded by a commissary of police, girded with his scarf.”

What is the matter, sir?” asked Monte Cristo, advancing to meet the commissioner.

Which of you gentlemen,” asked the magistrate, without replying to the count, “answers to the name of Andrea Cavalcanti?” A cry of astonishment was heard from all parts of the room. They searched; they questioned. “But who then is Andrea Cavalcanti?” asked Danglars in amazement.

A galley-slave, escaped from confinement at Toulon.”

And what crime has he committed?”

He is accused,” said the commissary with his inflexible voice, “of having assassinated the man named Caderousse, his former companion in prison, at the moment he was making his escape from the house of the Count of Monte Cristo.” Monte Cristo cast a rapid glance around him. Andrea was gone.

Oh, do not confound the two, Eugénie.”

Hold your tongue! The men are all infamous, and I am happy to be able now to do more than detest them—I despise them.”

Oh, I am done with considering! I am tired of hearing only of market reports, of the end of the month, of the rise and fall of Spanish funds, of Haitian bonds. Instead of that, Louise—do you understand?—air, liberty, melody of birds, plains of Lombardy, Venetian canals, Roman palaces, the Bay of Naples. How much have we, Louise?”

that deep sleep which is sure to visit men of twenty years of age, even when they are torn with remorse.”

The honorable functionary had scarcely expressed himself thus, in that intonation which is peculiar to brigadiers of the gendarmerie, when a loud scream, accompanied by the violent ringing of a bell, resounded through the court of the hotel. <Ah, what is that?> cried the brigadier.

<Some traveller seems impatient,> said the host. <What number was it that rang?>

<Number 3.>”

Andrea had very cleverly managed to descend two-thirds of the chimney, but then his foot slipped, and notwithstanding his endeavors, he came into the room with more speed and noise than he intended. It would have signified little had the room been empty, but unfortunately it was occupied. Two ladies, sleeping in one bed, were awakened by the noise, and fixing their eyes upon the spot whence the sound proceeded, they saw a man. One of these ladies, the fair one, uttered those terrible shrieks which resounded through the house, while the other, rushing to the bell-rope, rang with all her strength. Andrea, as we can see, was surrounded by misfortune.

<For pity’s sake,> he cried, pale and bewildered, without seeing whom he was addressing,—<for pity’s sake do not call assistance! Save me!—I will not harm you.>

<Andrea, the murderer!> cried one of the ladies.

<Eugénie! Mademoiselle Danglars!> exclaimed Andrea, stupefied.”

The baroness had looked forward to this marriage as a means of ridding her of a guardianship which, over a girl of Eugénie’s character, could not fail to be rather a troublesome undertaking; for in the tacit relations which maintain the bond of family union, the mother, to maintain her ascendancy over her daughter, must never fail to be a model of wisdom and a type of perfection.”

Sir, I do not deny the justice of your correction, but the more severely you arm yourself against that unfortunate man, the more deeply will you strike our family. Come, forget him for a moment, and instead of pursuing him, let him go.”

Listen; this is his description: <Benedetto, condemned, at the age of 16, for 5 years to the galleys for forgery.> He promised well, as you see—first a runaway, then an assassin.”

And who is this wretch?”

Who can tell?—a vagabond, a Corsican.”

Has no one owned him?”

No one; his parents are unknown.”

But who was the man who brought him from Lucca?”

for heaven’s sake, do not ask pardon of me for a guilty wretch! What am I?—the law. Has the law any eyes to witness your grief? Has the law ears to be melted by your sweet voice? Has the law a memory for all those soft recollections you endeavor to recall?” “Has mankind treated me as a brother? Have men loved me? Have they spared me? Has anyone shown the mercy towards me that you now ask at my hands? No, madame, they struck me, always struck me!”

Alas, alas, alas; all the world is wicked; let us therefore strike at wickedness!”

While working night and day, I sometimes lose all recollection of the past, and then I experience the same sort of happiness I can imagine the dead feel; still, it is better than suffering.”

Valentine, the hand which now threatens you will pursue you everywhere; your servants will be seduced with gold, and death will be offered to you disguised in every shape. You will find it in the water you drink from the spring, in the fruit you pluck from the tree.”

But did you not say that my kind grandfather’s precaution had neutralized the poison?”

Yes, but not against a strong dose; the poison will be changed, and the quantity increased.” He took the glass and raised it to his lips. “It is already done,” he said; “brucine is no longer employed, but a simple narcotic! I can recognize the flavor of the alcohol in which it has been dissolved. If you had taken what Madame de Villefort has poured into your glass, Valentine—Valentine—you would have been doomed!”

But,” exclaimed the young girl, “why am I thus pursued?”

Why?—are you so kind—so good—so unsuspicious of ill, that you cannot understand, Valentine?”

No, I have never injured her.”

But you are rich, Valentine; you have 200.000 livres a year, and you prevent her son from enjoying these 200.000 livres.”

Edward? Poor child! Are all these crimes committed on his account?”

Ah, then you at length understand?”

And is it possible that this frightful combination of crimes has been invented by a woman?”

Valentine, would you rather denounce your stepmother?”

I would rather die a hundred times—oh, yes, die!”

She tried to replace the arm, but it moved with a frightful rigidity which could not deceive a sick-nurse.”

For some temperaments work is a remedy for all afflictions.”

and the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré was filled with a crowd of idlers, equally pleased to witness the festivities or the mourning of the rich, and who rush with the same avidity to a funeral procession as to the marriage of a duchess.”

but the article is not mine; indeed, I doubt if it will please M. Villefort, for it says that if four successive deaths had happened anywhere else than in the house of the king’s attorney, he would have interested himself somewhat more about it.”

Do you know, count, that persons of our time of life—not that you belong to the class, you are still a young man,—but as I was saying, persons of our time of life have been very unfortunate this year. For example, look at the puritanical procureur, who has just lost his daughter, and in fact nearly all his family, in so singular a manner; Morcerf dishonored and dead; and then myself covered with ridicule through the villany of Benedetto; besides——”

Oh, how happy you must be in not having either wife or children!”

Do you think so?”

Indeed I do.”

Philosophers may well say, and practical men will always support the opinion, that money mitigates many trials; and if you admit the efficacy of this sovereign balm, you ought to be very easily consoled—you, the king of finance, the focus of immeasurable power.”

<So rich, dear sir, that your fortune resembles the pyramids; if you wished to demolish them you could not, and if it were possible, you would not dare!> Danglars smiled at the good-natured pleasantry of the count.”

It is a fine thing to have such credit; really, it is only in France these things are done. Five millions on five little scraps of paper!—it must be seen to be believed.”

If a thunderbolt had fallen at the banker’s feet, he could not have experienced greater terror.”

<I never joke with bankers,> said Monte Cristo in a freezing manner”

Ah, true, I was writing. I do sometimes, soldier though I am.”

Why do you mention my father?” stammered he; “why do you mingle a recollection of him with the affairs of today?”

Because I am he who saved your father’s life when he wished to destroy himself, as you do today—because I am the man who sent the purse to your young sister, and the Pharaon to old Morrel—because I am the Edmond Dantes who nursed you, a child, on my knees.” Morrel made another step back, staggering, breathless, crushed; then all his strength give way, and he fell prostrate at the feet of Monte Cristo. Then his admirable nature underwent a complete and sudden revulsion; he arose, rushed out of the room and to the stairs, exclaiming energetically, “Julie, Julie—Emmanuel, Emmanuel!”

<Live—the day will come when you will be happy, and will bless life!>—no matter whose voice had spoken, we should have heard him with the smile of doubt, or the anguish of incredulity,—and yet how many times has your father blessed life while embracing you—how often have I myself——”

Ah,” exclaimed Morrel, interrupting the count, “you had only lost your liberty, my father had only lost his fortune, but I have lost Valentine.”

in grief, as in life, there is always something to look forward to beyond (…) one day you will thank me for having preserved your life.”

Come—do you know of what the Count of Monte Cristo is capable? do you know that he holds terrestrial beings under his control?”

I do not know whether you remember that this is the 5th of September; it is 10 years today since I saved your father’s life, who wished to die.”

Asmodeus—that diabolical personage, who would have been created by every fertile imagination if Le Sage had not acquired the priority in his great masterpiece—would have enjoyed a singular spectacle, if he had lifted up the roof of the little house in the Rue Saint-Germain-des-Prés, while Debray was casting up his figures.”

Amongst the Catalans, Mercédès wished for a thousand things, but still she never really wanted any. So long as the nets were good, they caught fish; and so long as they sold their fish, they were able to buy twine for new nets.”

Now I think we are rich, since instead of the 114 francs we require for the journey we find ourselves in possession of 250.”

Silence,—be silent!” said Andrea, who knew the delicate sense of hearing possessed by the walls; “for heaven’s sake, do not speak so loud!”

But I have always observed that poisoners were cowards. Can you be a coward,—you who have had the courage to witness the death of two old men and a young girl murdered by you?”

What I require is, that justice be done. I am on the earth to punish, madame,” he added, with a flaming glance; “any other woman, were it the queen herself, I would send to the executioner; but to you I shall be merciful. To you I will say, <Have you not, madame, put aside some of the surest, deadliest, most speedy poison?>”

Oh, pardon me, sir; let me live!”

She is cowardly,” said Villefort.

and one of the softest and most brilliant days of September shone forth in all its splendor.”

Well, do you know why they die so multitudinously at M. de Villefort’s?”

<Multitudinously> is good,” said Château-Renaud.

My good fellow, you’ll find the word in Saint-Simon.”

But the thing itself is at M. de Villefort’s; but let’s get back to the subject.”

Talking of that,” said Debray, “Madame was making inquiries about that house, which for the last three months has been hung with black.”

Who is Madame?” asked Château-Renaud.

The minister’s wife, pardieu!

No, my dear fellow, it is not at all incredible. You saw the child pass through the Rue Richelieu last year, who amused himself with killing his brothers and sisters by sticking pins in their ears while they slept. The generation who follow us are very precocious.”

I am 21 years old, or rather I shall be in a few days, as I was born the night of the 27th of September, 1817.” M. de Villefort, who was busy taking down some notes, raised his head at the mention of this date.

<At Auteuil, near Paris.>” M. de Villefort a second time raised his head, looked at Benedetto as if he had been gazing at the head of Medusa, and became livid. As for Benedetto, he gracefully wiped his lips with a fine cambric pocket-handkerchief.”

This is, indeed, the reason why I begged you to alter the order of the questions.” The public astonishment had reached its height. There was no longer any deceit or bravado in the manner of the accused. The audience felt that a startling revelation was to follow this ominous prelude.

Well,” said the president; “your name?”

I cannot tell you my name, since I do not know it; but I know my father’s, and can tell it to you.”

A painful giddiness overwhelmed Villefort; great drops of acrid sweat fell from his face upon the papers which he held in his convulsed hand.

Repeat your father’s name,” said the president. Not a whisper, not a breath, was heard in that vast assembly; everyone waited anxiously.

My father is king’s attorney,’ replied Andrea calmly.

King’s attorney?” said the president, stupefied, and without noticing the agitation which spread over the face of M. de Villefort; ‘king’s attorney?”

Yes; and if you wish to know his name, I will tell it,—he is named Villefort.” The explosion, which had been so long restrained from a feeling of respect to the court of justice, now burst forth like thunder from the breasts of all present; the court itself did not seek to restrain the feelings of the audience. The exclamations, the insults addressed to Benedetto, who remained perfectly unconcerned, the energetic gestures, the movement of the gendarmes, the sneers of the scum of the crowd always sure to rise to the surface in case of any disturbance—all this lasted five minutes, before the door-keepers and magistrates were able to restore silence.

the procureur, who sat as motionless as though a thunderbolt had changed him into a corpse.”

I was born in No. 28, Rue de la Fontaine, in a room hung with red damask; my father took me in his arms, telling my mother I was dead, wrapped me in a napkin marked with an H and an N, and carried me into a garden, where he buried me alive.”

A shudder ran through the assembly when they saw that the confidence of the prisoner increased in proportion to the terror of M. de Villefort. “But how have you become acquainted with all these details?” asked the president.

The man carried me to the foundling asylum, where I was registered under the number 37. Three months afterwards, a woman travelled from Rogliano to Paris to fetch me, and having claimed me as her son, carried me away. Thus, you see, though born in Paris, I was brought up in Corsica.” “my perverse disposition prevailed over the virtues which my adopted mother endeavored to instil into my heart. I increased in wickedness till I committed crime.”

<Do not blaspheme, unhappy child, the crime is that of your father, not yours,—of your father, who consigned you to hell if you died, and to misery if a miracle preserved you alive.> After that I ceased to blaspheme, but I cursed my father. That is why I have uttered the words for which you blame me; that is why I have filled this whole assembly with horror. If I have committed an additional crime, punish me, but if you will allow that ever since the day of my birth my fate has been sad, bitter, and lamentable, then pity me.”

<My mother thought me dead; she is not guilty. I did not even wish to know her name, nor do I know it.>” Just then a piercing cry, ending in a sob, burst from the centre of the crowd, who encircled the lady who had before fainted, and who now fell into a violent fit of hysterics. She was carried out of the hall, the thick veil which concealed her face dropped off, and Madame Danglars was recognized.”

Well, then, look at M. de Villefort, and then ask me for proofs.”

Everyone turned towards the procureur, who, unable to bear the universal gaze now riveted on him alone, advanced staggering into the midst of the tribunal, with his hair dishevelled and his face indented with the mark of his nails. The whole assembly uttered a long murmur of astonishment.

Father,” said Benedetto, “I am asked for proofs, do you wish me to give them?”

No, no, it is useless,” stammered M. de Villefort in a hoarse voice; “no, it is useless!”

How useless?” cried the president, “what do you mean?”

I mean that I feel it impossible to struggle against this deadly weight which crushes me. Gentlemen, I know I am in the hands of an avenging God! We need no proofs; everything relating to this young man is true.”

A dull, gloomy silence, like that which precedes some awful phenomenon of nature, pervaded the assembly, who shuddered in dismay.

What, M. de Villefort,” cried the president, “do you yield to an hallucination? What, are you no longer in possession of your senses? This strange, unexpected, terrible accusation has disordered your reason. Come, recover.”

The procureur dropped his head; his teeth chattered like those of a man under a violent attack of fever, and yet he was deadly pale.

I am in possession of all my senses, sir,” he said; “my body alone suffers, as you may suppose. I acknowledge myself guilty of all the young man has brought against me, and from this hour hold myself under the authority of the procureur who will succeed me.”

And as he spoke these words with a hoarse, choking voice, he staggered towards the door, which was mechanically opened by a door-keeper.

Well,” said Beauchamp, “let them now say that drama is unnatural!”

Ma foi!” said Château-Renaud, “I would rather end my career like M. de Morcerf; a pistol-shot seems quite delightful compared with this catastrophe.”

And moreover, it kills,” said Beauchamp.

And to think that I had an idea of marrying his daughter,” said Debray. “She did well to die, poor girl!”

Many people have been assassinated in a tumult, but even criminals have rarely been insulted during trial.”

Those who hear the bitter cry are as much impressed as if they listened to an entire poem, and when the sufferer is sincere they are right in regarding his outburst as sublime.

It would be difficult to describe the state of stupor in which Villefort left the Palais. Every pulse beat with feverish excitement, every nerve was strained, every vein swollen, and every part of his body seemed to suffer distinctly from the rest, thus multiplying his agony a thousand-fold.”

The weight of his fallen fortunes seemed suddenly to crush him; he could not foresee the consequences; he could not contemplate the future with the indifference of the hardened criminal who merely faces a contingency already familiar.

God was still in his heart. <God,> he murmured, not knowing what he said,—<God—God!> Behind the event that had overwhelmed him he saw the hand of God.”

During the last hour his own crime had alone been presented to his mind; now another object, not less terrible, suddenly presented itself. His wife! He had just acted the inexorable judge with her, he had condemned her to death, and she, crushed by remorse, struck with terror, covered with the shame inspired by the eloquence of his irreproachable virtue,—she, a poor, weak woman, without help or the power of defending herself against his absolute and supreme will,—she might at that very moment, perhaps, be preparing to die!” “Ah,” he exclaimed, “that woman became criminal only from associating with me! I carried the infection of crime with me, and she has caught it as she would the typhus fever, the cholera, the plague! And yet I have punished her—I have dared to tell her—I have—<Repent and die!> But no, she must not die; she shall live, and with me. We will flee from Paris and go as far as the earth reaches. I told her of the scaffold; oh, heavens, I forgot that it awaits me also! How could I pronounce that word? Yes, we will fly (…) Oh, what an alliance—the tiger and the serpent; worthy wife of such as I am!” “She loves him; it was for his sake she has committed these crimes. We ought never to despair of softening the heart of a mother who loves her child.” “she will live and may yet be happy, since her child, in whom all her love is centred, will be with her. I shall have performed a good action, and my heart will be lighter.”

anxiety carried him on further.”

Héloïse!” he cried. He fancied he heard the sound of a piece of furniture being removed. “Héloïse!” he repeated.

It is done, monsieur,” she said with a rattling noise which seemed to tear her throat. “What more do you want?” and she fell full length on the floor.

Villefort ran to her and seized her hand, which convulsively clasped a crystal bottle with a golden stopper. Madame de Villefort was dead. Villefort, maddened with horror, stepped back to the threshhold of the door, fixing his eyes on the corpse: “My son!” he exclaimed suddenly, “where is my son?—Edward, Edward!” and he rushed out of the room, still crying, “Edward, Edward!”

his thoughts flew about madly in his brain like the wheels of a disordered watch.”

The unhappy man uttered an exclamation of joy; a ray of light seemed to penetrate the abyss of despair and darkness. He had only to step over the corpse, enter the boudoir, take the child in his arms, and flee far, far away.

Villefort was no longer the civilized man; he was a tiger hurt unto death, gnashing his teeth in his wound. He no longer feared realities, but phantoms. He leaped over the corpse as if it had been a burning brazier. He took the child in his arms, embraced him, shook him, called him, but the child made no response. He pressed his burning lips to the cheeks, but they were icy cold and pale; he felt the stiffened limbs; he pressed his hand upon the heart, but it no longer beat,—the child was dead.

A folded paper fell from Edward’s breast. Villefort, thunderstruck, fell upon his knees; the child dropped from his arms, and rolled on the floor by the side of its mother. He picked up the paper, and, recognizing his wife’s writing, ran his eyes rapidly over its contents; it ran as follows:—

You know that I was a good mother, since it was for my son’s sake I became criminal. A good mother cannot depart without her son.”

Villefort could not believe his eyes,—he could not believe his reason; he dragged himself towards the child’s body, and examined it as a lioness contemplates its dead cub. Then a piercing cry escaped from his breast, and he cried,

Still the hand of God.”

The presence of the two victims alarmed him; he could not bear solitude shared only by two corpses. Until then he had been sustained by rage, by his strength of mind, by despair, by the supreme agony which led the Titans to scale the heavens, and Ajax to defy the gods. He now arose, his head bowed beneath the weight of grief, and, shaking his damp, dishevelled hair, he who had never felt compassion for anyone determined to seek his father, that he might have someone to whom he could relate his misfortunes,—some one by whose side he might weep.

He descended the little staircase with which we are acquainted, and entered Noirtier’s room. The old man appeared to be listening attentively and as affectionately as his infirmities would allow to the Abbé Busoni, who looked cold and calm, as usual. Villefort, perceiving the abbé, passed his hand across his brow.

He recollected the call he had made upon him after the dinner at Auteuil, and then the visit the abbé had himself paid to his house on the day of Valentine’s death. “You here, sir!” he exclaimed; “do you, then, never appear but to act as an escort to death?”

Busoni turned around, and, perceiving the excitement depicted on the magistrate’s face, the savage lustre of his eyes, he understood that the revelation had been made at the assizes; but beyond this he was ignorant.

I came to pray over the body of your daughter.”

And now why are you here?”

I come to tell you that you have sufficiently repaid your debt, and that from this moment I will pray to God to forgive you, as I do.”

Good heavens!” exclaimed Villefort, stepping back fearfully, “surely that is not the voice of the Abbé Busoni!”

No!” The abbé threw off his wig, shook his head, and his hair, no longer confined, fell in black masses around his manly face.

It is the face of the Count of Monte Cristo!” exclaimed the procureur, with a haggard expression.