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Thank you,” they whispered. S. custom of nursing a large cup of coffee, sipping it intermittently during the course of conversation, in Santa Lucía the period during which people sipped their coffee was an extension of their entry into the house. The hostess—because coffee was usually served by a woman except on those rare occasions when there was no woman in the house—would often wait, eyeing her guests until they had finished, in order to remove the cups and carry on with the visit. “You’re welcome,” I replied, taking their cups from them.
Respect and consideration . . this basic concept is above all characteristic of the relationship between parents and children, and especially between father and son” (1991b, 64). The harmony and calm based in relations and norms of kinship that da Matta described as characterizing the house were organized around paternal authority and social control; and the movement, novelty, and action based in “relationships strongly marked by individualistic choice or at least the possibility of choice” (1991b, 64) that da Matta described as characterizing the street were organized around a machista sexual double standard that sanctioned men’s philandering and demanded women’s fidelity, using women’s bodies and reputations to establish male hierarchies.
But authority was established and sustained in each moment of social interaction, rather than within the structures and norms of institutions. Given the norms of social spontaneity, any attempt on my part to set up an appointment would communicate not the desire to formalize a visit (though this is what it meant to me) but, rather, that I was not interested in meeting. It could even be interpreted as a polite way of indicating that I was bothered or annoyed by the request. This would only cause the students considerable pena and deter them from returning.