sexta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2012

reading dracula

Na verdade, relendo, mas desta vez em inglês. A primeira vez que li, há 20 anos, achei chato pra caramba. Desta, está sendo mais divertido. Acho que a tradução que arrumei não ajudou, ou faltava mais maturidade ao leitor, não sei ao certo.

Aí no capítulo 3, me deparo com esta passagem, que narra o primeiro encontro entre Jonathan Harker e as servas satânicas do Count Dracula, na Transilvânia. Ele escapa por muito pouco de ser mordido.

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I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes. The girl went on her knees, and bent over me, simply gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed to fasten on my throat. Then she paused, and I could hear the churning sound of her tongue as it licked her teeth and lips, and I could feel the hot breath on my neck. Then the skin of my throat began to tingle as one’s flesh does when the hand that is to tickle it approaches nearer, nearer. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the super sensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in languorous ecstasy and waited, waited with beating heart.

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Mas, em vez de um ataque vampírico, não parece mais uma defloração?

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