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O senhor compadre

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The godfather


Houve, uma vez, um pobre homem que tinha tantos filhos que todo o mundo já era compadre dêle e, quando lhe nasceu mais um filho, não tinha mais ninguém a quem pudesse convidar para padrinho.
Ele não sabia que fazer; muito preocupado, deitou-se e adormeceu. Sonhou que devia ficar diante da porta da cidade e convidar para padrinho o primeiro que passasse por êle.
Quando acordou, decidiu obedecer ao sonho; ficou diante da porta da cidade e convidou o primeiro que passou por êle. O forasteiro presenteou-o com uma garrafi- nha de água, dizendo;
- Aqui tens uma água mágica; com ela poderás curar os doentes. Tens apenas de ver onde se acha a Morte: se estiver à cabeceira do enfermo, dá-lhe desta
água e êle ficará curado; mas, se ela estiver aos pés da cama, tudo será inútil, êle terá de morrer.
O homem desde então pôde sempre diagnosticar se um doente se salvaria ou não; tornou-se famoso pela sua arte e ganhou muito dinheiro. Certa vez, foi chamado para ver o filhinho do rei; ao entrar no quarto viu a Morte à cabeceira da cama; então, deu-lhe a água e curou-o; o mesmo sucedeu a segunda vez; mas, na terceira vez, a Morte estava aos pés da cama e o príncipe teve de morrer.
Um dia, quis visitar o compadre e contar-lhe o que se havia passado com a água.
Ao entrar, porém, na casa do compadre, encontrou certas coisas bem esquisitas! No primeiro andar, a pà- zinha e a vassoura estavam brigando e esmurravam-se a valer. Êle perguntou:
- Onde mora o senhor compadre?
- No andar de cima, - respondeu a vassoura.
Quando chegou ao segundo andar, viu espalhados pelo chão não sei quantos dedos de defuntos. Perguntou:
- Onde mora o senhor compadre?
Um dos dedos respondeu:
- No andar de cima.
No terceiro andar, havia um monte de cabeças de defuntos, que também lhe indicaram o andar de cima. No quarto andar, viu peixes fritando-se sozinhos no fogo, torrando-se na frigideira. Êles também disseram-lhe:
- No andar de cima.
Quando subiu ao quinto andar, chegou diante de um quarto e espiou pelo buraco da fechadura; e viu o compadre, que tinha dois longos chifres. Quando èle abriu
a porta e entrou no quarto, o compadre deitou-se rapidamente na cama e cobriu-se. O homem então disse:
- Senhor compadre, mas que casa esquisita é a vossa! Quando cheguei ao primeiro andar, a pàzinha e a vassoura estavam brigando e esmurrando-se a valer.
- Como sois simplório - disse o compadre; - eram o criado e a criada, que estavam tagarelando.
- Mas, no segundo andar, vi espalhados pelo chão dedos de defunto.
- Oh, como sois tolo! eram raízes de escorcioneira!
- No terceiro andar, havia um monte de cabeças de defuntos.
- Medroso, eram cabeças de repolhos.
- No quarto andar, vi peixes na frigideira, fritando-se sozinhos.
Mal acabou de dizer isso, os peixes apareceram e puseram-se na mesa sozinhos.
- Quando cheguei ao quinto andar, espiei pelo buraco da fechadura; eu vos vi compadre e tínheis dois chifres compridos.
- Ah, isto não é verdade!
O homem então ficou com mêdo e fugiu correndo: senão, quem sabe lá o que lhe teria feito o compadre!
A poor man had so many children that he had already asked every one in the world to be godfather, and when still another child was born, no one else was left whom he could invite. He knew not what to do, and, in his perplexity, he lay down and fell asleep. Then he dreamt that he was to go outside the gate, and ask the first person who met him to be godfather. When he awoke, he determined to obey his dream, and went outside the gate, and asked the first person who came up to him to be godfather. The stranger presented him with a little glass of water, and said, "This is a wonderful water, with it thou canst heal the sick, only thou must see where Death is standing. If he is standing by the patient's head, give the patient some of the water and he will be healed, but if Death is standing by his feet, all trouble will be in vain, for the sick man must die." From this time forth, the man could always say whether a patient could be saved or not, and became famous for his skill, and earned a great deal of money. Once he was called in to the child of the King, and when he entered, he saw death standing by the child's head and cured it with the water, and he did the same a second time, but the third time Death was standing by its feet, and then he knew the child was forced to die.
Once the man thought he would visit the godfather, and tell him how he had succeeded with the water. But when he entered the house, it was such a strange establishment! On the first flight of stairs, the broom and shovel were disputing, and knocking each other about violently. He asked them, "Where does the godfather live?" The broom replied, "One flight of stairs higher up." When he came to the second flight, he saw a heap of dead fingers lying. He asked, "Where does the godfather live?" One of the fingers replied, "One flight of stairs higher." On the third flight lay a heap of dead heads, which again directed him to the flight beyond. On the fourth flight, he saw fishes on the fire, which frizzled in the pans and baked themselves. They, too, said, "One flight of stairs higher." And when he had ascended the fifth, he came to the door of a room and peeped through the keyhole, and there he saw the godfather who had a pair of long horns. When he opened the door and went in, the godfather got into bed in a great hurry and covered himself up. Then said the man, "Sir godfather, what a strange household you have! When I came to your first flight of stairs, the shovel and broom were quarreling, and beating each other violently."

"How stupid you are!" said the godfather. "That was the boy and the maid talking to each other." - "But on the second flight I saw dead fingers lying." - "Oh, how silly you are! Those were some roots of scorzonera." - "On the third flight lay a heap of dead men's heads." - "Foolish man, those were cabbages." - "On the fourth flight, I saw fishes in a pan, which were hissing and baking themselves." When he had said that, the fishes came and served themselves up. "And when I got to the fifth flight, I peeped through the keyhole of a door, and there, godfather, I saw you, and you had long, long horns." - "Oh, that is a lie!" The man became alarmed, and ran out, and if he had not, who knows what the godfather would have done to him.




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