Dom Casmurro

by Machado de Assis

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X - I Accept a Theory

That is too metaphysical for a single tenor, there is no doubt; but the loss of voice explains everything, and there are philosophers who are, in short, unemployed tenors.

I, my dear reader, accept the theoria of my old Marcolini, not only for the verisimilitude, which is very much the whole truth, but because my life fits well with the definition. I sang a ternissimo duo, then a trio, then a quatuor ... But let's not go; Let's go the first afternoon, when I came to know that I was already singing, because the denunciation of José Dias, my dear reader, was mainly given to me. It is he who denounced me.


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