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Chapter 1 - The Period

O José Magalhães ontem, na conferência anual da ERC, citou Dickens e acertou, provavelmente porque tinha um tablet à sua frente. A Teresa Caeiro, que me pareceu que não via nada à frente, citou Lincoln mas afinal, como corrigiu o Carlos Magno, era Jefferson.

Seja como for, a abertura do 'A Tale of Two Cities' do Dickens aplica-se a muitos tempos e, por maioria de razão, ao presente, com certeza.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.