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By Konrad Guenther

Boston 1931 Houghton Mifflin. Translated via B. Miall. Hardcover. 8vo, 400pp., photograph illustrations, index, textile. VG, disguise flippantly dirty and shelf worn, no DJ.

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An ocean steamer is putting out to sea; from this height it looks like a toy. bows and in a white gUtter of spray. Yonder the peninsula of Nictheroy stretches out into the bay. The hills of the opposite shore fall steeply to the water, but those Slowly its rise fall behind uphft themselves ever more boldly. And everywhere, between the green slopes or the reddish-yellow peaks, is the blue-white sea. Loftier summits block the horizon. shimmer of the Now my gaze wanders over the innumerable inlets and headlands of ridges Nictheroy, and steeps itself in the blue Guanabara Bay.

In the morning one lifts one's head from a wet pillow, and during even a slight exertion, such as playing the piano, one has constantly to wipe the perspiration from one's forehead. At the end of March more frequent showers, and the morning temperature once only 77°; again all things deck themselves in luxuriant green, and of a morning one walks refreshed in the moist fragrance of the there are once is gardens. In Rio de Janeiro the heat from November to February is often worse than in North-eastern Brazil the city, shut in by the hills, ; the streets glow with heat, and the nights are sleepless; until at last, after some days of torment, a thunderstorm beats up is airless, behind the peak of Tijuca, and coolness falls with the rustling rain.

But if I went through the terraced garden, and descended some narrow steps that were flanked by flowering bushes, I came to a basin filled with sea-water, lying against the sea-wall, on the other which the waves broke with a gentle splashing. I delighted in watching the fish that swam to and fro in this basin. The Cofferfish, a slow swimmer, was easy to catch, but if one took it out of side of the water it inflated itself A relative of the Coffer-fish, the Hedgehog- even more expert in this art.

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