Recife in the 20s – Part 2

Revista da Cidade – 2nd edition – June 5th, 1926
(Part 1 here)

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(The delight of an outdoor bath)

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If you loved, why did you stop loving? To our readers, we direct this question. Answers should not exceed 10 lines…

“It seems that women have come to be called the weaker sex – are they actually weaker? – as if we weren’t strong when it comes to pain. I speak for myself. I’m in love, and if he goes away, in the utter pain of disillusionment, I’m strong enough to try again with another, and thus consecutively.” – Maria da Penha

“I loved…dó, ré, mi, fá…Love is a song…sól, lá, mi, dó…and the heart is a mysterious piano. I loved and I won’t stop loving as long as the piano chords are tuned.” – Augusto

“I’m in love…I’ll stop loving when the season ends at the Parque. Want to make a little bet?” – Mascarenhas

(According to a little research, Parque might reference seasonal amusement parks)

“Like D. Juan, I loved all the girls. I got married one day and I stopped loving…the others.” – M. Peregrino

“I loved when I was a kid. I stopped loving upon the first cold fronts of old age.” – S. Rêgo

“I loved because of a correspondence. I stopped loving because of a photo.” – Nehemias Gueiros

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Summary

Where’s the most expensive place to live in Brazil right now? There was a time when we were alarmed at the news telling us about the cost of living in the Amazon being two to three times more than in Recife. We were surprised about what people who just got here from Rio de Janeiro told us about the high prices and salaries there. Life here was certainly much less expensive and a lot smoother. Houses, food, clothes, shoes, etc. Everyone could afford these things. Everyone could live modestly yet free. Unfortunately, this era is already gone and it seems like it’ll never come back. Now, things happen differently. It’s not exageration to assert that Recife is currently the most expensive city in Brazil.

There’s no money coming in. If houses hit really high rental prices, on the other hand, food is costing more than it’s worth. What’s happening in Recife isn’t just a reflection of the bad economy thanks to the social-political unbalance of the post-war. It’s expensive everywhere but in our country, Recife is hitting a high cost record. One can live much better in the Amazon or in Rio than here in Pernambuco (without even mentioning Rio Grande do Sul where the low cost of living is already known). Why is it then that we’re singling ourselves out in such an uninteresting way?

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