JM :...there was an article about a fabulously rich
doctor in Bahia state who bought virgins from poor parents to deflower them (
two thousand virgins, give or take one)...
Correction: the collector of virgins and incestuous
grandfather/father's surname is not Brandão, as I set down, but
Pereira. His adventures, now revealed, are not too different from
other recently divulged cases all over the world.
Dr. Pereira's reasoning reminded me of the flabby professor,
in VN's short-story "Revenge":
"I sometimes think," said the professor, ponderously shooting a cuff and examining his
blunt fingers, "that, in the final
analysis, my science is an idle illusion, that it is we who have invented the
laws of physics, that anything—absolutely anything—can happen."
then added: " Those who abandon themselves to such thoughts go
mad," but, apparently, most people have been
digesting these almost incredible unravelings about
"humans," as well as the ones about shooting starcuffs,
spiraling galaxies and string-theory.