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Insucesso Glorioso

This is the last of my texts summarising individual chapters in the book Ser Português by António Lameira, aka Frei António. I’ve been a bit sloppy with the credits lately but as ever, huge thanks to Dani on the writestreakpt subreddit for her invaluable help correcting texts.

No final do livro, o autor fala de vários exemplos de insucesso na história do país que resultaram em benefícios apesar de tudo. Nesta rubrica, fala da vida do Prior do Crato em tentar pôr fim* à crise mencionada no último capítulo, e atiçar** o país contra os espanhóis, e também de Humberto Delgado, outrora simpatizante do fascismo que se tornou crítico do regime Salazarista e foi assassinado em resultado disso.

Além disso, fala das Tripas à Moda do Porto como mais um exemplo glorioso da manha do povo, e também das reformas após o terramoto de 1755 como exemplo de triunfo face ao desastre. Mas o último e mais insólito exemplo prende-se com o isolamento do país: apesar*** do analfabetismo e da pobreza que resultaram dos vários transtornos ao longo dos anos, o povo conseguiu manter as suas tradições, a religião e a individualidade que se teriam perdido se tivesse havido mais contacto com outras culturas e outros mercados.

* I messed this up by trying to apply the phrase “levar até ao fim” but that means something like “bring it to completion”. It’s been corrected to “pôr fim a” meaning “put an end to”

** I used “suscitar” for stir up but that’s not really le mot juste when we’re talking about riling people up against an enemy.

*** Hm, interesting one. I originally write “além” instead of apesar because apesar seems to imply they maintained their tradition in spite of their illiteracy, but that’s not actually what he’s saying: he’s implying that their isolation resulted in many detrimental effects, including illiteracy but that at least it meant they got to maintain their faith and their way of life. I guess a charitable reading of this is that he’s finding a silver lining, but there’s a definite whiff of religious conservatism here that makes me purse my atheistic lips. Anyway, I had made up my mind to ignore that correction, but she’s also given a rewritten version of the paragraph that correctly states what i was trying to say. So… The only conclusion I can come to is that “apesar” has a slightly different weight or sense to it than the equivalent “in spite of”

You can see the rewritten paragraph in the comments here if you’re interested.

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