By Willa Cather
A portrait of a girl who displays the conventions of her age whilst she defies them and whose modifications embrace the decline and coarsening of the yankee frontier.
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Ouviu ladrar dois cães, e isso, inexplicavelmente, ainda mais o serenou. Com diferença de séculos, os cães ladravam, o mundo era portanto o mesmo. Foi-se deitar. De tão cansado dos exercícios do dia, dormiu pesadamente, mas algumas vezes acordou, sempre quando sonhava e voltava a sonhar com uma muralha sem nada dentro e que era como um saco de boca estreita alargando o bojo até à margem do rio, e ao redor colinas arborizadas, mato, e vales, arroios, algumas casas dispersas, hortas, olivais, um largo esteiro avançando pela terra dentro.
Encontrou tudo o que antes procurara, os murmúrios, os olhares, os risinhos, e também, em um ou dois rostos, uma expressão apenas perplexa, de quem não se satisfaz com uma evidência, tendo embora de acreditar nela. Fizeram-no passar para a sala de espera da direcção e ali o deixaram ficar mais de um quarto de hora, o que serve para demonstrar a vanidade de temores que pouco têm de pontuais. Olhou o relógio, era patente que o leão se atrasara, hoje em dia é muito difícil conduzir na selva mesmo havendo estradas romanas, porém, neste caso, o mais provável é que alguém tenha pensado ser uma boa ideia recorrer a 50 tácticas psicológicas comprovadas, fazê-lo esperar para desgastar-lhe os nervos, pô-lo à beira da crise, sem defesa logo ao primeiro ataque.
Regressa pelo caminho andado, volta às Escadinhas de S. Crispim, à espera de quem apareça. O revisor está revendo, entra pelo Arco Escuro, a conhecer a escada que o historiador protesta ser uma que naquele tempo dava acesso ao adarve da cerca, ou melhor, está esta no sítio onde se acharia a outra de origem, aos degraus da de agora não os gastaram mais do que duas ou três gerações. Raimundo Silva observa com vagar as janelas escuras, as fachadas salitrosas e encardidas, os registos de azulejos, este que tem a data de mil setecentos e sessenta e quatro, com uma Santa Ana ensinando sua filha Maria a ler, e, em medalhões laterais, acolitando, S.