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Mar11

Baby steps


Eremita

 

 “You are decided, then, not to comply with my request—a request made according to common usage and common sense?”

  He briefly gave me to understand that on that point my judgment was sound. Yes: his decision was irreversible.

  It is not seldom the case that when a man is browbeaten in some unprecedented and violently unreasonable way, he begins to stagger in his own plainest faith. He begins, as it were, vaguely to surmise that, wonderful as it may be, all the justice and all the reason is on the other side. Accordingly, if any disinterested persons are present, he turns to them for some reinforcement for his own faltering mind.

  “Turkey,” said I, “what do you think of this? Am I not right?”

  “With submission, sir,” said Turkey, with his blandest tone, “I think that you are.”

  “Nippers,” said I, “what do you think of it?”

  “I think I should kick him out of the office.”

  (The reader of nice perceptions will here perceive that, it being morning, Turkey’s answer is couched in polite and tranquil terms, but Nippers replies in ill-tempered ones. Or, to repeat a previous sentence, Nippers’s ugly mood was on duty, and Turkey’s off.)

  “Ginger Nut,” said I, willing to enlist the smallest suffrage in my behalf, “what do you think of it?”

  “I think, sir, he’s a little luny,” replied Ginger Nut, with a grin.

  “You hear what they say,” said I, turning towards the screen, “come forth and do your duty.” Um trecho de Bartleby em "Mamet speak" desprovido de palavrões.  

 

 

A tendência para agrupar semelhanças conjugada com o desejo de saber e aquilo que já se sabe produz associações absurdas. Eram múltiplas as referências a Bartleby, the Scrivener, um conto de Melville. Hoje matei essa mosca que pairava há tanto tempo, lendo o conto. Acumulavam-se também as referências a Donald Barthelme, o contista admirado pelos contistas. É uma mosca que demorarei mais tempo a matar. Mas pelo menos, a partir de hoje, deixarei de confundir estes nomes. 

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