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AMARAL, Amarilio Amarilis (pseudonym).

Published by Lisbon, Typ. de E.J. da C. Sanches, 1848. (1848)

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About this Item: Lisbon, Typ. de E.J. da C. Sanches, 1848., 1848. 16°, later brown pebbled cloth (joint starting, hinges weak). Slight soiling; small paper defect on leaf 1-8, touching 2 letters; piece of blank margin torn from final leaf. (2 ll.), 154 pp., (1 l. advt.). *** Contains horoscopes, instructions for telling fortunes, and a method for composing pre-fabricated poetry. To tell one's fortune, one first chooses one of 22 questions (pp. 1-22) on such matters as friends, wealth, marriage, travel, and old age, then follows a convoluted procedure based on the throw of a pair of dice. If one asked, for example, "Se terá ventura nas Armas, ou nas Letras" (p. 15), and rolled 9 on the dice, a man would eventually receive the answer, "N'uma Batalha naval/ Ganhareis opinião,/ Honra, proveito e brazão." A woman would be told, "Hum sujeito mui insipido/ E na presença bem tosco,/ A casar virá comvosco."The second section of the work (pp. 133-41) gives a method of composing 10-line stanzas without ever thinking up a single line; one need only cast the dice, and work out which of the 111 lines given in the text should be used next, according to the table on p. 136. By casting 12, 12, 4, 3, 11, 2, 11, 6, 7, 6, for instance, one would get the following poetic gem: "Nunca vejo sem temer/ Essa Marcia (triste dia!)/ Que até já me desafia/ Para acabar-me o viver./ Gosta só de me offender/ A pezar de meu vil fado;/ De soffrella estou cançado./ Fin dos meus dias estão/ Porque choro, e em vão/ Ter eu a Marcia estimado."Finally there are a set of very uncomplimentary and extremely silly horoscopes. A woman born under the sign of Capricorn, for example, is told that she will be bitten by a quadruped and is in danger of falling from a high place, and that "conforme a sua natureza" she will live 69 years.*** Not in Innocêncio. Amaral is not listed in Fonseca, Tancredo Paiva or Lapa. No edition located in Porbase. No edition located in Copac. Not located in NUC. Seller Inventory # 20151

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