A Child’s History of England / Charles Dickens

A Child’s History of England
IF you look at a Map of the World, you will see, in the left-hand
upper corner of the Eastern Hemisphere, two Islands lying in the
sea. They are England and Scotland, and Ireland. England and
Scotland form the greater part of these Islands. Ireland is the
next in size. The little neighbouring islands, which are so small
upon the Map as to be mere dots, are chiefly little bits of
Scotland, – broken off, I dare say, in the course of a great length
of time, by the power of the restless water.
In the old days, a long, long while ago, before Our Saviour was
born on earth and lay asleep in a manger, these Islands were in the
same place, and the stormy sea roared round them, just as it roars
now. But the sea was not alive, then, with great ships and brave
sailors, sailing to and from all parts of the world. It was very

A chave / Machado de Assis

Não sei se lhes diga simplesmente que era de madrugada, ou se comece num tom mais
poético: aurora, com seus róseos dedos… A maneira simples é o que melhor me conviria
a mim, ao leitor, aos banhistas que estão agora na Praia do Flamengo — agora, isto é, no
dia 7 de outubro de 1861, que é quando tem princípio este caso que lhes vou contar.
Convinha-nos isto; mas há lá um certo velho, que me não leria, se eu me limitasse a dizer
que vinha nascendo a madrugada, um velho que… degamos quem era o velho.