O Moustro no Aquario The monster in the aquarium

THE IDEA OF THE aquarium evokes in me three different recollections and feelings. In the first place, in chronological order, we have the small aquarium of childhood: an open sphere of transparent glass, almost full of clean water, where, without stop, small red fish move. The child places both hands around the aquarium and stares at the fish, his eyes wide open. The predominant feeling is one of fascination with a life form that is both strange and thrilling. Curiosity takes an enchanted form. A suave type of fear transforms itself into a ludicrous pleasure—the bowl and fish are small, the child is comfortable in his superiority.

Then, in adolescence, we discover the huge museum aquarium, where species captured and classified by specialists are exhibited and preserved. Marine animals, from the most exotic to the most mundane, are plunged into

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