Dom Casmurro

by Machado de Assis

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LXXXVIII - An Honest Pretext

No, the idea of ​​going to the funeral did not come from the memory of the car and its sweetness. The origin was different: it was because, following the funeral the next day, he would not go to the seminary, and could make another visit to Capitú, a little more delayed. That's where it was. The memory of the car could come later, but the main and immediate one was that. He would return to the street of the Invalids, under the pretext of knowing of Szechy Gurgel. I counted on everything to leave me like that day, Gurgel afflicto, Capitú with me on the couch, my hands clasped, my hairstyle ... "I'm going to ask Mom."

I opened the cancella. Before I had transposed it, just as I had heard from the memory of the dead man's word, I now heard the mother's voice, and I repeated in a low voice, -Queuca of Manduca!


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