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By Richard Hughes, Francine Prose

Richard Hughes's celebrated brief novel is a masterpiece of focused narrative. Its dreamlike motion starts one of the decayed plantation homes and overwhelming traditional abundance of overdue nineteenth-century Jamaica, sooner than relocating out onto the excessive seas, as Hughes tells the tale of a gaggle of kids thrown upon the mercy of a group of down-at-the-heel pirates. A story of seduction and betrayal, of lodging and manipulation, of peculiar humor and unexpected violence, this vintage of twentieth-century literature is peculiarly a rare reckoning with the key purposes and otherworldly realities of formative years.

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Coxeando ele, voltaram para onde os outros estavam, e ali a mulher do médico viu imediatamente que o rapazito estrábico não pudera aguentar e urinara nas calças. Nem o primeiro cego nem a rapariga dos óculos tinham dado pelo que sucedera. Aos pés do garoto alargava-se um charco de urina, as bainhas das calças ainda pingavam. Mas, como se nada se tivesse passado, a mulher do médico disse, Vamos lá então à procura dessas retretes. Os cegos moveram os braços à frente da cara, buscando-se uns aos outros, não a rapariga dos óculos escuros, que declarou logo que não queria ir à frente do descarado que a tinha apalpado, enfim reconstituiu-se a fila trocando o ladrão e o primeiro cego de lugares, com O médico colocado entre eles.

Dentro do edifício, o fragor dos disparos, atroadoramente repercutidos no espaço limitado do átrio, havia causado 89 pavor. Nos primeiros momentos pensou-se que os soldados iam irromper pelas camaratas dentro varrendo à bala tudo o que encontrassem pela frente. o governo mudara de ideias, optara pela iiquidação física em massa, houve quem se me tesse debaixo das camas, alguns~ de puro medo, não se me xeram, uns quantos talvez tenham pensado que era melhor assim, para pouca saúde mais vale nenhuma, se uma pessoa tem de acabar, que seja depressa.

Então ouviu-se a voz do rapazinho estrábico a per~«untar, Também está cá a minha mae. Sentada na cama dele, a rapariga dos óculos escuros murmurou, Há-de vir, não te preocupes, que ela há-de vir. Aqui, a verdadeira casa de cada um é o sítio onde dorme, por isso não se deverá estranhar que o primeiro cuidado dos recém-chegados tenha sido escolher a cama, tal como na outra camarata tinham feito, quando ainda tinham olhos para ver. No caso da mulher do primeiro cego não podia haver dúvidas, o seu lugar próprio e natural era ao lado do marido, na cama dezassete, deixando a dezoito de permeio, 66 como um espaço vazio a separá-la da rapariga dos óculos escuros.

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