Exploring and Travelling Three Thousand Miles Through Brazil from Rio de Janeiro to Maranhao; With an Appendix Containing Statistics and Observations

Exploring and Travelling Three Thousand Miles Through Brazil from Rio de Janeiro to Maranhao; With an Appendix Containing Statistics and Observations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...each end, all covered by a tile roof of old black grey and dark-red tiles, covered with lichens and weeds; the walls, originally plastered and whitewashed, showed great patches of the brown adobe and framework where the plaster had fallen away. A few steps lead up to the verandah from the outside, the stones are worn and loose, and cant up as one steps upon them. The railing of the verandah is in the last stage of decrepitude, the handrail seesaws on the extremities of a few remaining loose balustrades, for the greater number have disappeared. Several doorways open to dark interiors, in one of which I see my two colleagues. In the evening after dinner we adjourned to an adjoining barn, the quarters of all C and Peter's men; where we found also assembled the household of the farm, who had been invited to attend a batt1que (fandango), for the next day, being a Saint's day, they would be enabled to sleep off the combined effects of excitement and cachaca. As this dance has been several times mentioned, and will be yet again, a short description of it may be advisable. It is usually danced by two couples, sometimes more, who face each other. Two tinklingwire-stringed guitars on that occasion commenced a thrum--thrum, thrum--thrum, and C 's head man, (a wild gipsy-looking fellow, handsome and graceful as an Adonis, with eyes like a gazelle's, but with the fire of a wild cat, a great dancer and a greater villain, ) advances and marshals the dancers, two men and two women; thrum--thrum, thrum--three or four voices suddenly commenced a loud highpitched wild rapidly delivered impromptu refrain, containing allusions to the "patruo" and his merits, the incidents of the daily work mingled with the loveliness of ideal Marias; the other men present...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551915
  • 9781236551917