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By Eca de Queiroz

A story of bourgeois sexual folly and hypocrisy in nineteenth-century Lisbon. Eca describes a gallery of brilliant characters:
* Bazilio the artful villain
* Jorge the arrogant, uxorious husband
* Luiza the bored, foolish spouse
* Juliana, the apparent, determined maid
* Leopoldina, 'the Ever-Open Door'
* the voluminous Dona Felicidade, and plenty of extra.
The ebook aroused a scandal for its frank descriptions of intercourse and hope. What nonetheless grips the reader is the author's acute portrayal of the limitations imposed on males and, specially, ladies.

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The little fish would be taught that this future is assured only if they learned obedience. The little fish had to beware of all base, materialist, egotistical, and Marxist inclinations, and if one of their number betrayed such inclinations they had to report it to the sharks immediately. If sharks were men, they would, of course, also wage wars against one another, in order to conquer other fish boxes and other little fish. The wars would be waged by their own little fish. They would teach their little fish that there was an enormous difference between themselves and the little fish belonging to the other sharks.

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