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Only an articled clerk, but with excellent prospects. His bride was rich — the granddaughter of an Englishman, as a result of which the family was full of blond heads and ginger whiskers. His concern about the copy could explain why the clerical officer got up early. But it has to be admitted that what woke him up first of all was the excitement of the night before and all those memories.
He looked at the clock in frustration: six forty.
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And he remembered the copy. Mm… I need to finish off that copy…. The people, the dances, the quadrilles, the conversation, the laughter, the eyes and all the rest — everything obeyed his imagination. The evocation of the previous night was so strong he could even hear the music and the sound of the dancing feet.
He was reliving those sweet hours that had passed so quickly. So near but so far. A long, silk train, a beautiful hair-do, two pearls above the forehead and two eyes below it. Think, instead, about simply meeting someone socially. Barreto danced with her a bit, spoke to her a bit, listened to her a bit and they looked into each other eyes a bit.
There were others, starting with the bride, who made a profound impression on him, because she made him think of marriage. He was twenty-eight. High time. The scenario had been enchanting: the ballroom, with all those pictures, all that pomp, all that life, all that happiness of family and friends, all those pleased-as-punch guests. All those sights, people and words had bestirred our clerical officer, whose imagination was taking flight in his narrow little bedroom. Or rather, was extending its wings over the universe.
Lying on his back, with his legs bent and his hands clasped under his head, he started putting together, for the very first time, a plan for his life. Swinging between last night and the future. Between the magnificence of last night and how to have a bit of that himself.
Yes , he said to himself. A little willingness here and there, and I could go a long way. Her father looks rich. Quite a girl! Lucky devil! The luckeee devil! Smack in the right nest made Barreto laugh and, still laughing, he rolled on to his side.
He looked at his shoes, a few feet from the bed. It occurred to him the cockroaches might have taken some of the polish off. But they were alright. He relaxed. He looked lovingly at the shoes. Not only were they smart and well-made, but they spoke of his petit feet, something he was particularly proud of. Then he covered it again and scratched it with one of the toenails of his other foot. And, without even noticing how one idea led to another, he started thinking about the soles of shoes. And sole the fish. Especially with a drop of lemon!
Which would be a shame. At this point, his memory sang him a snatch of an aria from some operetta or other. Yes, a lovely tune, a witty couplet. A very pretty singer, that Jenny. And what a voice! He tucked the sheet round his shoulders. The singer reminded him of an old man in the audience one night. Looking at her so dotingly, so open-mouthed, that some of the lads began laughing. Barreto had started laughing too, even more openly than the others. The old man got mad, came over, grabbed him by the collar and was about to hit him, but Barreto gave him such a sharp one-two that he staggered back a few paces.
Then there was a right hullabaloo: people, shouting, whistles, and they ended up in the police station. There he found out the old fellow had wanted to wipe the smile off his face not because he thought he was laughing at him, but because he thought he was laughing at the singer. He managed to convince him, and the police sent them on their way in peace. A married man! Yes, a good marriage. Eyes bright and burning… That set my soul yearning!
He kept trying to remember how the stanza began… Eventually he managed. A beautiful poem! Ah, he was a great poet!
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But this time it was no good. Instead, it brought him some of his own, but he rejected them out of hand. To restore his self-respect, he told himself it was time to be serious. Childish poems, certainly, but every child writes poetry. Twenty-eight years old. Time to be serious.
And marriage returned, like a needle that could thread itself into his heart and into his head. It was only yesterday….
They were strolling. Waltzing makes me cold. Are you surprised? But this way… I insist that waltzing makes me cold. Barreto swept her into the whirlpool of the waltz. She did, indeed, waltz very well.
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But what most impressed our clerical officer, apart from her elegance, was the ease and grace of her conversation. And now he repeated the same words. She really was very witty. A good man, her father. The thing was to become part of her circle, go to the house, often. Seems they have season tickets for the Lyric Theatre. He vaguely remembered her saying that yesterday. Machado de Assis was included on American literary critic Harold Bloom 's list of the greatest geniuses of literature; and although being of mixed ethnicity, Bloom considers him the greatest black writer in Western literature.
At night he learned French with an immigrant baker. Francisco Otaviano hired Machado to work on the newspaper Correio Mercantil as a proofreader in He learned German years later and in his old age, Greek. Machado de Assis, the way he would be known for posterity: Machado de Assis.
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His father Francisco de Assis died in Machado learned of his father's death through acquaintances. Machado managed to rise in his bureaucratic career, first in the Agriculture Department. Three years later, he became the head of a section in it. He was left melancholic , pessimistic and fixed on death. Although he was opposed to slavery, he never spoke against it in public. The birth of the Brazilian republic made Machado become more critical and an observer of the Brazilian society of his time.
Marriage and family
He was its first president, from to , when he died. His wife Carolina Novais died on 20 October , after 35 years of a "perfect married life". Machado's style is unique, and several literary critics have tried to describe it since His chronicles do not share the same status. His poems are often misunderstood for the use of crude terms, sometimes associated to the pessimist style of Augusto dos Anjos , another Brazilian writer. Machado de Assis was included on American literary critic Harold Bloom 's list of the greatest geniuses of literature, alongside writers such as Dante , Shakespeare and Cervantes.
Bloom considers him the greatest black writer in Western literature; this is based on United States's conceptions of race, which are not the same in Brazil ,  where he is considered mulato. Critics are divided as to the nature of Machado de Assis's writing.
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Some, such as Abel Barros Baptista, classify Machado as a staunch anti-realist, and argue that his writing attacks Realism, aiming to negate the possibility of representation or the existence of a meaningful objective reality. Realist critics such as John Gledson are more likely to regard Machado's work as a faithful description of Brazilian reality—but one executed with daring innovative technique. In light of Machado's own statements, Daniel argues that Machado's novels represent a growing sophistication and daring in maintaining a dialogue between the aesthetic subjectivism of Romanticism and its offshoots and the aesthetic objectivism of Realism-Naturalism.
Accordingly, Machado's earlier novels have more in common with a hybrid midth-century current often referred to as "Romantic Realism. Critics agree on how he used innovative techniques to reveal the contradictions of his society. Roberto Schwarz points out that Machado's innovations in prose narrative are used to expose the hypocrisies, contradictions, and dysfunction of 19th-century Brazil.
Thus we see critics reinterpret Machado according to their own designs or their perception of how best to validate him for their own historical moment. Regardless, his incisive prose shines through, able to communicate with readers from different times and places, conveying his ironic and yet tender sense of what we, as human beings, are. Machado's literary style has inspired many Brazilian writers. His works have been adapted to television, theater and cinema. His main works have been translated into many languages.
Great 20th-century writers such as Salman Rushdie , Cabrera Infante and Carlos Fuentes , as well as the American film director Woody Allen , have expressed their enthusiasm for his fiction. In his works, Machado appeals directly to the reader, breaking the so-called fourth wall. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.
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