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The House and The Brain Text

Edward - Eduardo

A friend of mine, who is a man of letters and a philosopher, said to me one day, as if between jest and earnest: "Fancy! since we last met, I have discovered a haunted house in the midst of London."

philosopher - filósofo, filósofa

jest - bromea; broma

haunted house - Casa embrujada

midst - en medio; centro

"Really haunted?-and by what-ghosts?"

haunted - hechizado; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

"Well, I can't answer that question; all I know is this: six weeks ago my wife and I were in search of a furnished apartment. Passing a quiet street, we saw on the window of one of the houses a bill, 'Apartments, Furnished.'The situation suited us: we entered the house-liked the rooms-engaged them by the week-and left them the third day. No power on earth could have reconciled my wife to stay longer; and I don't wonder at it."

furnished - amueblado; amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

reconciled - reconciliado; reconciliar, avenir

"What did you see?"

"It was not so much what we saw or heard that drove us away, as it was an undefinable terror which seized both of us whenever we passed by the door of a certain unfurnished room, in which we neither saw nor heard anything. Accordingly, on the fourth morning I summoned the woman who kept the house and attended on us, and told her that the rooms did not quite suit us, and we would not stay out our week.

undefinable - indefinible

terror - terror

seized - incautado; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

unfurnished - desamueblar

accordingly - en consecuencia, por consiguiente, consecuentemente

summoned - convocado; convocar

She said, dryly: 'I know why; you have stayed longer than any other lodger. Few ever stayed a second night; none before you a third. But I take it they have been very kind to you.'

dryly - secamente

lodger - inquilino; huésped

"'They-who?'I asked, affecting to smile.

"'Why, they who haunt the house, whoever they are. I don't mind them; I remember them many years ago, when I lived in this house, not as a servant; but I know they will be the death of me some day. I don't care-I'm old, and must die soon anyhow; and then I shall be with them, and in this house still.

haunt - persecución; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

Whoever - a quién; cualquier, cualesquiera, cualquiera, quien

I don't mind - No me importa.

anyhow - de todos modos; de todas maneras, de todas formas, comoquiera

The woman spoke with so dreary a calmness that really it was a sort of awe that prevented my conversing with her further. I paid for my week, and too happy were my wife and I to get off so cheaply."

dreary - aburrido, triste

calmness - calma

awe - pavor, temor, medrosía, asombro, asombrar, abrumar

conversing - conversando; conversar, charlar

"You excite my curiosity," said I; "nothing I should like better than to sleep in a haunted house. Pray give me the address of the one which you left so ignominiously."

curiosity - curiosidad

ignominiously - Ignominiosamente

My friend gave me the address; and when we parted, I walked straight toward the house thus indicated.

toward - hacia, sobre, para

thus - así

It is situated on the north side of Oxford Street, in a dull but respectable thoroughfare. I found the house shut up-no bill at the window, and no response to my knock. As I was turning away, a beer-boy, collecting pewter pots at the neighbouring areas, said to me, "Do you want any one at that house, sir?"

situated - situado; situar

Oxford - Oxford

dull - sordo; romo, desafilado, embotado, aburrido, soso

respectable - respetable

thoroughfare - pasaje, vía pública, vía de comunicación, canal

pewter - estano; peltre

"Yes, I heard it was to be let."

"Let!-Mr. J. offered mother, who chars for him, a pound a week just to open and shut the windows, and she would not."

offered - ofrecido; ofrecer

chars - cars; chamuscar, carbonizar

"Would not!-and why?"

"The house is haunted; and the old woman who kept it was found dead in her bed, with her eyes wide open. They say the devil strangled her."

is haunted - Estar encantado; estar turbado

devil - demonio; diablo

strangled - estrangulado; estrangular

"Pooh!-you speak of Mr. J--. Is he the owner of the house?"

Pooh - Pooh


"Where does he live?"

"In G-- Street, No. -."

I gave the pot-boy the gratuity earned by his liberal information, and I was lucky enough to find Mr. J-- at home-an elderly man, with intelligent countenance and prepossessing manners.

gratuity - gratificación; dádiva

liberal - liberal, liberal, libertario, libertaria

elderly - ancianos; anciano, entrado en anos

countenance - semblante, apariencia, expresión, rostro

prepossessing - Presumir

I communicated my name and my business frankly. I said I heard the house was considered to be haunted-that I had a strong desire to examine a house with so equivocal a reputation-that I should be greatly obliged if he would allow me to hire it, though only for a night. I was willing to pay for that privilege whatever he might be inclined to ask. "Sir," said Mr. J--, with great courtesy, "the house is at your service, for as short or as long a time as you please. Rent is out of the question. The poor old woman who died in it three weeks ago was a pauper whom I took out of a workhouse, for in her childhood she had been known to some of my family, and had once been in such good circumstances that she had rented that house of my uncle.

frankly - francamente

desire - desear, deseo, gana

equivocal - equivocada; equívoco, equívoco

reputation - reputación

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

obliged - obligado; obligar

privilege - privilegio, privilegiar

be inclined - tender a

courtesy - cortesía, de cortesía

pauper - mendigo; indigente

workhouse - Trabajo

circumstances - circunstancias; circunstancia

She was a woman of superior education and strong mind, and was the only person I could ever induce to remain in the house. Indeed, since her death, which was sudden, and the coroner's inquest which gave it a notoriety in the neighbourhood, I have so despaired of finding any person to take charge of the house, much more a tenant, that I would willingly let it rent free for a year to any one who would pay its rates and taxes."

superior - superior, superior

induce - inducir

coroner's inquest - Investigación forense

notoriety - notoriedad, infamia, mala fama

despaired - desesperado; desesperar, desesperanzar, desesperación

tenant - inquilino, arrendatario

willingly - de buena gana

"How long is it since the house acquired this sinister character?"

acquired - dquirido; obtener, adquirir

sinister - siniestro, izquierdo

"That I can scarcely tell you, but very many years since. The old woman I spoke of said it was haunted when she rented it between thirty and forty years ago. I never had one lodger who stayed more than three days. I do not tell you their stories-to no two lodgers have there been exactly the same phenomena repeated.

scarcely - apenas, difícilmente

lodgers - inquilinos; huésped

phenomena - fenómenos

It is better that you should judge for yourself than enter the house with an imagination influenced by previous narratives; only be prepared to see and to hear something or other, and take whatever precautions you yourself please."

imagination - imaginación, magín

precautions - precauciones; precaución

"Have you never had a curiosity yourself to pass a night in that house?"

"Yes. I passed not a night, but three hours in broad daylight alone in that house. My curiosity is not satisfied, but it is quenched. I have no desire to renew the experiment. You can not complain, you see, sir, that I am not sufficiently candid; and unless your interest be exceedingly eager and your nerves unusually strong, I honestly add, that I advise you not to pass a night in that house."

broad - amplio; ancho

satisfied - satisfecho; satisfacer

quenched - apagado; saciar, apagar, templar

renew - reanudar, renovar, reiniciar, recomenzar

sufficiently - suficientemente

candid - cándido; franco

exceedingly - excesivamente; extremadamente, sumamente, sobremanera, asaz

eager - ávido, ansioso, deseoso

nerves - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

honestly - honestamente, francamente

"My interest is exceedingly keen," said I, "and though only a coward will boast of his nerves in situations wholly unfamiliar to him, yet my nerves have been seasoned in such variety of danger that I have the right to rely on them-even in a haunted house."

coward - cobarde, gallina

boast - presumir; vanagloriarse, jactarse de, fanfarronear

wholly - Por completo

rely - confiar; contar con, atenerse

Mr. J-- said very little more; he took the keys of his house out of his bureau, gave them to me-and, thanking him cordially for his frankness, and his urbane concession to my wish, I carried off my prize.

bureau - oficina, escritorio, cómoda

cordially - cordialmente

frankness - franqueza

urbane - urbano, cortés

concession - concesión

carried off - se lo han llevado

Impatient for the experiment, as soon as I reached home, I summoned my confidential servant-a young man of gay spirits, fearless temper, and as free from superstitious prejudice as any one I could think of.

impatient - impaciente

confidential - confidencial

gay - gay, homosexual

fearless - intrépido, impávido, sin miedo

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

superstitious - supersticioso

prejudice - prejuicios; prejuicio, perjudicar, prejuiciar

"F--," said I, "you remember in Germany how disappointed we were at not finding a ghost in that old castle, which was said to be haunted by a headless apparition? Well, I have heard of a house in London which, I have reason to hope, is decidedly haunted. I mean to sleep there tonight. From what I hear, there is no doubt that something will allow itself to be seen or to be heard-something perhaps, excessively horrible. Do you think, if I take you with me, I may rely on your presence of mind, whatever may happen?

apparition - aparición

decidedly - decididamente; resueltamente

excessively - excesivamente, demasiado, en demasía

presence - presencia

"Oh, sir! pray trust me," answered F--, grinning with delight.

trust - confiar; confianza, crédito, fiar, consorcio, trust

grinning - sonriendo; sonreír abiertamente, sonreír de oreja a oreja

delight - disfrutar; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

"Very well; then here are the keys of the house-this is the address. Go now-select for me any bedroom you please; and since the house has not been inhabited for weeks make up a good fire-air the bed well-see, of course, that there are candles as well as fuel. Take with you my revolver and my dagger-so much for my weapons-arm yourself equally well; and if we are not a match for a dozen ghosts we shall be but a sorry couple of Englishmen.

select - selecto, seleccionar

inhabited - habitado; habitar, morar, vivir

candles - velas; vela, candela, cirio

revolver - revólver

dagger - daga, punal

dozen - docena, decenas

I was engaged for the rest of the day on business so urgent that I had not leisure to think much on the nocturnal adventure to which I had plighted my honour. I dined alone, and very late, and while dining read, as is my habit. I selected one of the volumes of Macaulay's essays.

urgent - urgente, acuciante, apremiante

nocturnal - nocturno, noctámbulo, trasnochador

plighted - prometido; drama, situación grave

honour - honor; honradez

dined - cenamos; jaleo

dining - cenar; jaleo

selected - seleccionado; selecto, seleccionar

volumes - volúmenes; volumen

I thought to myself that I would take the book with me; there was so much of healthfulness in the style and practical life in the subjects, that it would serve as an antidote against the influence of superstitious fancy.

healthfulness - alubridad

antidote - antídoto, antidoto

Accordingly, about half-past nine, I put the book into my pocket and strolled leisurely toward the haunted house. I took with me a favourite dog-an exceedingly sharp, bold, and vigilant bull-terrier-a dog fond of prowling about strange ghostly corners and passages at night in search of rats-a dog of dogs for a ghost.

strolled - paseando; paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

leisurely - con calma

bold - osado; valiente, audaz, atrevido

vigilant - vigilante

Bull - toro

fond - carinoso, afectuoso

prowling - Merodeando; (prowl); acechar, merodear, aguaitar

ghostly - fantasmal

passages - pasajes; pasillo, pasadizo

rats - ratas; rata

It was a summer night, but chilly, the sky somewhat gloomy and overcast. Still there was a moon-faint and sickly, but still a moon-and, if the clouds permitted after midnight it would be brighter.

chilly - frío

somewhat - algo, un poco, de algún modo, de alguna manera

gloomy - lúgubre; lóbrego, sombrío

faint - desmayarse; débil, tenue

sickly - enfermo; enfermizo, enclenque, calamitoso, enteco

permitted - permitido; permitir

I reached the house, knocked, and my servant opened the door with a cheerful smile.

"All right, sir, and very comfortable."

"Oh!" said I, rather disappointed; "have you not seen nor heard anything remarkable?"

remarkable - notable, remarcable, destacable

"Well, sir, I must own I have heard something queer."

queer - raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón


"The sound of feet pattering behind me; and once or twice small noises like whispers close at my ear-nothing more."

pattering - pattering; repiquetear, golpear, corretear

whispers - susurros; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

"You are not at all frightened?"

"I! not a bit of it, sir;" and the man's bold look reassured me on one point-viz.: that happen what might, he would not desert me.

reassured - tranquilizado; tranquilizar, reasegurar

We were in the hall, the street door closed, and my attention was now drawn to my dog. He had at first run in eagerly enough but had sneaked back to the door, and was scratching and whining to get out. After patting him on the head, and encouraging him gently, the dog seemed to reconcile himself to the situation and followed me and F-- through the house, but keeping close at my heels instead of hurrying inquisitively in advance, which was his usual and normal habit in all strange places. We first visited the subterranean apartments, the kitchen, and other offices, and especially the cellars in which last there were two or three bottles of wine still left in a bin, covered with cobwebs, and evidently, by their appearance, undisturbed for many years. It was clear that the ghosts were not wine-bibbers. For the rest, we discovered nothing of interest.

eagerly - con ganas; ansiosamente

sneaked - a escondidas; pillo, moverse con sigilo, esconder, escabullir

scratching - Rascarse; (scratch); rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar

whining - Gimoteo; (whin) Gimoteo

patting - palmaditas; palmadita, caricia

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

reconcile - reconciliar, avenir

heels - tacones; talón

inquisitively - Inquisitivamente

advance - avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

subterranean - subterráneo

cellars - sótanos; sótano, bodega

cobwebs - webs; telarana

evidently - evidentemente

bibbers - Dorsal

There was a gloomy little back-yard, with very high walls. The stones of this yard were very damp; and what with the damp, and what with the dust and smoke-grime on the pavement, our feet left a slight impression where we passed. And now appeared the first strange phenomenon witnessed by myself in this strange abode. I saw, just before me, the print of a foot suddenly form itself, as it were. I stopped, caught hold of my servant, and pointed to it. In advance of that footprint as suddenly dropped another. We both saw it. I advanced quickly to the place; the footprint kept advancing before me, a small footprint-the foot of a child; the impression was too faint thoroughly to distinguish the shape, but it seemed to us both that it was the print of a naked foot.

damp - húmedo, humedad, amortiguar

grime - mugre

pavement - pavimento, asfalto

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

phenomenon - fenómeno

witnessed - testigos; testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar

abode - Morada; (abide); quedar, permanecer, resistir, aguantar

footprint - pisada, huella, pasos

advancing - avanzando; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto

thoroughly - cabalmente, a cabalidad, a fondo, detenidamente

distinguish - distinguir

naked - desnudo

This phenomenon ceased when we arrived at the opposite wall, nor did it repeat itself on returning. We remounted the stairs, and entered the rooms on the ground floor, a dining-parlour, a small back-parlour, and a still smaller third room that had been probably appropriated to a footman-all still as death. We then visited the drawing-rooms, which seemed fresh and new.

ceased - esado; cesar, parar, terminar

remounted - remontar

dining - cenar

parlour - salón

appropriated - apropiado, adecuado, aduenarse, designar

footman - un lacayo; lacayo

In the front room I seated myself in an armchair. F-- placed on the table the candlestick with which he had lighted us. I told him to shut the door. As he turned to do so, a chair opposite to me moved from the wall quickly and noiselessly, and dropped itself about a yard from my own, immediately fronting it.

armchair - poltrona, sillón, butaca, de sillón, de salón

candlestick - vela; candelero, candelabro

opposite to - lo contrario de, opuesto a

"Why, this is better than the turning-tables," said I, with a half-laugh; and as I laughed, my dog put back his head and howled.

howled - aulló; aullido, aullar, ganir

F--, coming back, had not observed the movement of the chair. He employed himself now in stilling the dog. I continued to gaze on the chair, and fancied I saw on it a pale blue misty outline of a human figure, but an outline so indistinct that I could only distrust my own vision. The dog was now quiet.

observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

gaze - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

misty - niebla; con neblina, neblinoso

outline - contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

indistinct - indistinto

distrust - desconfianza, recelo, desconfiar

vision - vista, visión

"Put back that chair opposite to me," said I to F--; "put it back to the wall."

F-- obeyed. "Was that you, sir?" said he, turning abruptly.

obeyed - obedecer

abruptly - de repente; abruptamente, precipitadamente


"Why, something struck me. I felt it sharply on the shoulder-just here."

struck - golpeado; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar

sharply - Agudamente

"No," said I. "But we have jugglers present, and though we may not discover their tricks, we shall catch them before they frighten us."

jugglers - malabarista

We did not stay long in the drawing-rooms-in fact, they felt so damp and so chilly that I was glad to get to the fire upstairs. We locked the doors of the drawing-rooms-a precaution which, I should observe, we had taken with all the rooms we had searched below. The bedroom my servant had selected for me was the best on the floor-a large one, with two windows fronting the street. The four-posted bed, which took up no inconsiderable space, was opposite to the fire, which burnt clear and bright; a door in the wall to the left, between the bed and the window, communicated with the room which my servant appropriated to himself. This last was a small room with a sofa-bed, and had no communication with the landing-place-no other door but that which conducted to the bedroom I was to occupy. On either side of my fireplace was a cupboard, without locks, flush with the wall, and covered with the same dull-brown paper.

precaution - precaución

observe - observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

inconsiderable - despreciable

sofa - sofá, sillón

conducted - conducido; conducción, conducta, guiar, dirigir, manejar

occupy - ocupar

fireplace - chimenea, hogar

flush - lanzar; rubor

We examined these cupboards-only hooks to suspend female dresses-nothing else; we sounded the walls-evidently solid-the outer walls of the building. Having finished the survey of these apartments, warmed myself a few moments, and lighted my cigar, I then, still accompanied by F--, went forth to complete my reconnoitre. In the landing-place there was another door; it was closed firmly. "Sir," said my servant, in surprise, "I unlocked this door with all the others when I first came; it can not have got locked from the inside, for--"

hooks - ganchos; gancho, garfio, enganchar

suspend - suspender

cigar - un puro; puro, cigarro

accompanied - acompanado; acompanar

forth - adelante

reconnoitre - reconocer; hacer un reconocimiento

firmly - con firmeza; firmemente

unlocked - desbloqueado; abrir, abrir con llave, desatrancar, desbloquear

Before he had finished his sentence, the door, which neither of us then was touching, opened quietly of itself. We looked at each other a single instant. The same thought seized both-some human agency might be detected here. I rushed in first-my servant followed. A small blank dreary room without furniture-a few empty boxes and hampers in a corner-a small window-the shutters closed-not even a fireplace-no other door but that by which we had entered-no carpet on the floor, and the floor seemed very old, uneven, worm-eaten, mended here and there, as was shown by the whiter patches on the wood; but no living being, and no visible place in which a living being could have hidden.

instant - instantáneo, inmediato

agency - albedrío, agencia, oficina

detected - detectado; detectar, sentir

rushed - apurado; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

hampers - estas; estorbar, impedir, obstaculizar

shutters - persianas; postigo, contraventana, obturador

uneven - desigual, desnivel, desnivelado, desuniforme, despatronizado

worm - gusano, lombriz, alimana, rata

mended - reparado; remiendo, remendar, reparar

patches - parches; remiendo, parche

visible - visible

As we stood gazing around, the door by which we had entered closed as quietly as it had before opened; we were imprisoned.

gazing - mirando; observar, mirar fijamente

imprisoned - encarcelado; encarcelar, aprisionar

For the first time I felt a creep of undefinable horror. Not so my servant. "Why, they don't think to trap us, sir; I could break that trumpery door with a kick of my foot."

creep - se arrastran; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

trap - trampa

trumpery - trumpería

"Try first if it will open to your hand," said I, shaking off the vague apprehension that had seized me, "while I unclose the shutters and see what is without."

shaking off - sacudir; librarse de

vague - vago, impreciso

apprehension - aprehensión; arresto, aprensión

unclose - Descubrir

I unbarred the shutters-the window looked on the little back-yard I have before described; there was no ledge without-nothing to break the sheer descent of the wall. No man getting out of that window would have found any footing till he had fallen on the stones below.

unbarred - sin barrera; desatrancar

ledge - repisa, alféizar, estante

sheer - ser puro; puro, absoluto

descent - descendencia; descenso, bajada, ascendencia, origen, abolengo

F--, meanwhile, was vainly attempting to open the door. He now turned round to me and asked my permission to use force. And I should here state, in justice to the servant, that far from evincing any superstitious terrors, his nerve, composure, and even gaiety amid circumstances so extraordinary, compelled my admiration, and made me congratulate myself on having secured a companion in every way fitted to the occasion. I willingly gave him the permission he required. But though he was a remarkably strong man, his force was as idle as his milder efforts; the door did not even shake to his stoutest kick. Breathless and panting, he desisted. I then tried the door myself, equally in vain. As I ceased from the effort, again that creep of horror came over me; but this time it was more cold and stubborn. I felt as if some strange and ghastly exhalation were rising up from the chinks of that rugged floor, and filling the atmosphere with a venomous influence hostile to human life. The door now very slowly and quietly opened as of its own accord. We precipitated ourselves into the landing-place. We both saw a large pale light-as large as the human figure, but shapeless and unsubstantial-move before us, and ascend the stairs that led from the landing into the attic. I followed the light, and my servant followed me. It entered to the right of the landing, a small garret, of which the door stood open. I entered in the same instant.

vainly - en vano; vanamente

attempting - intentando; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

justice - justicia, justedad, justeza, justicia

evincing - evidenciando; manifestar, revelar, evidenciar

terrors - terrores; terror

nerve - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

composure - compostura, entereza

gaiety - felicidad, alegría

amid - en medio de, entre

extraordinary - extraordinario, descomunal

compelled - obligado; obligar, forzar, compeler

admiration - admiración

congratulate - felicitar

secured - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

companion - companero; companero, companera

remarkably - otablemente; extraordinariamente

idle - ocioso; parado, inactivo

stoutest - más fuerte; sólido, fuerte

breathless - jadeante, sin aliento

panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando

desisted - desistió; desistir

stubborn - testarudo, obstinado, cabezota

ghastly - fantasmal, cadavérico, espantoso, horripilante, malísimo

chinks - chinos; resquicio, grieta

rugged - robusto; escabroso, accidentado; (rug); tapete, alfombra

venomous - venenenoso; venenoso, maléfico

hostile - hostil

accord - acuerdo, convenio, acordar, conceder, conferir

precipitated - precipitado

unsubstantial - insustancial

ascend - subir, ascender

attic - tico; buhardilla, desván, zaquizamí, sobrado

garret - buhardilla

stood open - estar abierto

The light then collapsed into a small globule, exceedingly brilliant and vivid; rested a moment on a bed in the corner, quivered, and vanished. We approached the bed and examined it-a half-tester, such as is commonly found in attics devoted to servants. On the drawers that stood near it we perceived an old faded silk handkerchief, with the needle still left in a rent half repaired. The kerchief was covered with dust; probably it had belonged to the old woman who had last died in that house, and this might have been her sleeping-room. I had sufficient curiosity to open the drawers: there were a few odds and ends of female dress, and two letters tied round with a narrow ribbon of faded yellow. I took the liberty to possess myself of the letters. We found nothing else in the room worth noticing-nor did the light reappear; but we distinctly heard, as we turned to go, a pattering footfall on the floor-just before us. We went through the other attics (in all four), the footfall still preceding us. Nothing to be seen-nothing but the footfall heard. I had the letters in my hand: just as I was descending the stairs I distinctly felt my wrist seized, and a faint soft effort made to draw the letters from my clasp. I only held them the more tightly, and the effort ceased.

collapsed - colapsado; derrumbarse, desplomarse, colapsar, colapso, desplome

globule - glóbulo

vivid - vívida; vívido, vivo

quivered - tembló; estremecer(se)

vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

approached - se acercó; acercarse, aproximarse

commonly - comúnmente

attics - ticos; buhardilla, desván, zaquizamí, sobrado

devoted - dedicado; dedicar

drawers - cajones; cajón

perceived - percibido; percibir, entender

faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

silk - seda

handkerchief - panuelo; panuelo

sufficient - suficiente

tied round - atado alrededor; ronda en empate

ribbon - cinta, mono, lazo, galón

liberty - libertad

possess - poseer

reappear - reaparecer

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

footfall - pisada; panish: t-needed

preceding - precedente; preceder, anteceder

descending - descendente; descender, bajar

wrist - muneca; muneca

clasp - cierre; broche, manija, corchete, hebilla, agarrar

tightly - con fuerza; herméticamente

We regained the bed-chamber appropriated to myself, and I then remarked that my dog had not followed us when we had left it. He was thrusting himself close to the fire, and trembling.

regained - recuperado; recobrar

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

remarked - remarcado; observación, comentario

thrusting - Empujando; (thrust); estocada, empuje, envión, impulso, énfasis

I was impatient to examine the letters; and while I read them, my servant opened a little box in which he had deposited the weapons I had ordered him to bring; took them out, placed them on a table close at my bed-head, and he occupied himself in soothing the dog, who, however, seemed to heed him very little.

deposited - epositado; depósito, empeno, depositar

occupied - ocupado; ocupar

soothing - calmante; tranquilizador, tranquilizante; (sooth); verdad

heed - importar, prestar atención, poner atención, tener en cuenta

The letters were short-they were dated; the dates exactly thirty-five years ago. They were evidently from a lover to his mistress, or a husband to some young wife. Not only the terms of expression, but a distinct reference to a former voyage, indicated the writer to have been a seafarer. The spelling and handwriting were those of a man imperfectly educated, but still the language itself was forcible. In the expressions of endearment there was a kind of rough wild love; but here and there were dark unintelligible hints at some secret not of love-some secret that seemed of crime.

lover - amante

Mistress - senora; duena, maestra, querida, amante, barragana, manceba, ama

distinct - distinto

former - antiguo, anterior

seafarer - marino; marinero

handwriting - escritura manuscrita, letra; (handwrite); panish: t-needed

imperfectly - imperfectamente

forcible - forzable, poderoso, potente, forzado, forzoso

endearment - arino; encarinamiento, carino, ternura, afecto

unintelligible - ininteligible

hints - sugerencias; pista, indicio, indirecta, buscapié, toque

"We ought to love each other," was one of the sentences I remember, "for how every one else would execrate us if all was known." Again: "Don't let any one be in the same room with you at night-you talk in your sleep." And again: "What's done can't be undone; and I tell you there's nothing against us unless the dead could come to life." Here there was underlined in a better handwriting (a female's): "They do!" At the end of the letter latest in date the same female hand had written these words: "Lost at sea the 4th of June, the same day as--"

execrate - execrar

undone - deshecho; deshacer

underlined - subrayado; subrayar

I put down the letters, and began to muse over their contents.

muse - Musa

Contents - ontenido; satisfecho

Fearing, however, that the train of thought into which I fell might unsteady my nerves, I fully determined to keep my mind in a fit state to cope with whatever of marvellous the advancing night might bring forth. I roused myself-laid the letters on the table-stirred up the fire, which was still bright and cheering, and opened my volume of Macaulay. I read quietly enough till about half-past eleven. I then threw myself dressed upon the bed, and told my servant he might retire to his own room, but must keep himself awake. I bade him leave open the door between the two rooms. Thus alone, I kept two candles burning on the table by my bed-head. I placed my watch beside the weapons, and calmly resumed my Macaulay. Opposite to me the fire burned clear; and on the hearth-rug, seemingly asleep, lay the dog. In about twenty minutes I felt an exceedingly cold air pass by my cheek, like a sudden draft. I fancied the door to my right, communicating with the landing-place, must have got open; but no-it was closed. I then turned my glance to my left, and saw the flame of the candles violently swayed as by a wind. At the same moment the watch beside the revolver softly slid from the table-softly, softly-no visible hand-it was gone. I sprang up, seizing the revolver with one hand, the dagger with the other: I was not willing that my weapons should share the fate of the watch. Thus armed, I looked round the floor-no sign of the watch.

unsteady - inestable; irregular

fully - totalmente; completamente, a fondo

cope - hacer frente; arreglárselas con, poder con, dar abasto

marvellous - maravilloso

roused - despertado; despertar

stirred - agitado; remover, revolver

cheering - animando; viva, hurra

volume - volumen

awake - despierto; despertar(se)

leave open - dejar abierto

beside - al lado de, cabe

calmly - con calma; tranquilamente

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

hearth - hogar, lar, solera, fogón, crisol

rug - tapete, alfombra, alfombrilla

seemingly - Parece

cheek - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

draft - corriente, corriente de aire, trago, cerveza de barril, calado

got open - tiene abierto

glance - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

flame - flama, llama

violently - violentamente

swayed - nfluido; balanceo, influencia, influjo, preponderancia

wind - viento, aire

softly - suavemente, inaudiblemente, silenciosamente

slid - Se deslizó; (slide); deslizar, resbalar, tobogán, resbaladilla

sprang up - brotar; aparecer; alzarse

seizing - incautando; (seize); agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar

fate - destino, azar

Three slow, loud, distinct knocks were now heard at the bed-head; my servant called out: "Is that you, sir?"

"No; be on your guard."

The dog now roused himself and sat on his haunches, his ears moving quickly backward and forward. He kept his eyes fixed on me with a look so strange that he concentrated all my attention on himself. Slowly, he rose up, all his hair bristling, and stood perfectly rigid, and with the same wild stare. I had not time, however, to examine the dog. Presently my servant emerged from his room; and if ever I saw horror in the human face, it was then. I should not have recognized him had we met in the street, so altered was every lineament.

haunches - ncas; anca, cuadril

backward - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado

bristling - erizado; cerda, erizar, ponerse a la defensiva

rigid - rígido

stare - mirar fijamente

emerged - surgió; emerger, aparecer, surgir, aparecer, aflorar

altered - alterado; cambiar, modificar, alterar

He passed by me quickly, saying in a whisper that seemed scarcely to come from his lips: "Run-run! it is after me!" He gained the door to the landing, pulled it open, and rushed forth. I followed him into the landing involuntarily, calling him to stop; but, without heeding me, he bounded down the stairs, clinging to the balusters, and taking several steps at a time. I heard, where I stood, the street-door open-heard it again clap to. I was left alone in the haunted house.

whisper - susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

Gained - ganado; ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

involuntarily - involuntariamente

heeding - importar, prestar atención, poner atención, tener en cuenta

bounded - atado

clinging - aferrándose; engancharse, adherirse

balusters - balaustres; balaustre

clap - aplaudir

It was but for a moment that I remained undecided whether or not to follow my servant; pride and curiosity alike forbade so dastardly a flight. I re-entered my room, closing the door after me, and proceeded cautiously into the interior chamber. I encountered nothing to justify my servant's terror.

undecided - indecisos; indeciso

pride - orgullo, soberbia, cachondez, toriondez, verriondez, manada

alike - igual, semejante, parecido, igualmente

forbade - prohibido; prohibir, vedar, vetar, negar

dastardly - Desalmado

proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder

cautiously - con cautela; precavidamente

interior - interior, interior

encountered - encontrado; encontrar

justify - legitimar, justificar, absolver

I again carefully examined the walls, to see if there were any concealed door. I could find no trace of one-not even a seam in the dull-brown paper with which the room was hung. How, then, had the Thing, whatever it was, which had so scared him, obtained ingress except through my own chamber?

concealed - ocultos; esconder, ocultar

trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

seam - costura

obtained - obtenido; obtener, coger

ingress - entrar; entrada, ingreso

I returned to my room, shut and locked the door that opened upon the interior one, and stood on the hearth, expectant and prepared. I now perceived that the dog had slunk into an angle of the wall, and was pressing himself close against it, as if literally striving to force his way into it. I approached the animal and spoke to it; the poor brute was evidently beside itself with terror. It showed all its teeth, the slaver dropping from its jaws, and would certainly have bitten me if I had touched it.

expectant - esperando; expectante

angle - ángulo; anglo

literally - literalmente, literal

striving - esforzándose; (strive) esforzándose

brute - bruto; animal, bestia

slaver - Esclavista; (Slav); eslavo, eslava

jaws - mandíbulas; maxilar

It did not seem to recognize me. Whoever has seen at the Zoological Gardens a rabbit, fascinated by a serpent, cowering in a corner, may form some idea of the anguish which the dog exhibited. Finding all efforts to soothe the animal in vain, and fearing that his bite might be as venomous in that state as in the madness of hydrophobia, I left him alone, placed my weapons on the table beside the fire, seated myself, and recommenced my Macaulay.

zoological - zoológico

rabbit - conejo

fascinated - fascinado; fascinar

serpent - serpiente

cowering - acobardado; encogerse, empequenecerse, apocarse

anguish - angustia

exhibited - exhibido; exhibir, exponer, prueba documental

soothe - calmar, serenar, aliviar, aliviarse, descansar

vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo

madness - locura

hydrophobia - hidrofobia

recommenced - reanudado; recomenzar

I now became aware that something interposed between the page and the light-the page was overshadowed; I looked up, and I saw what I shall find it very difficult, perhaps impossible, to describe.

interposed - interpuesto; interponer, intercalar, mediar, interrumpir

overshadowed - oscurecido; asombrar, eclipsar

It was a darkness shaping itself forth from the air in very undefined outline. I can not say it was of a human form, and yet it had more resemblance to a human form, or rather shadow, than to anything else. As it stood, wholly apart and distinct from the air and the light around it, its dimensions seemed gigantic, the summit nearly touching the ceiling. While I gazed, a feeling of intense cold seized me. An iceberg before me could not more have chilled me; nor could the cold of an iceberg have been more purely physical.

darkness - oscuridad, tinieblas

resemblance - semejanza, similitud, similaridad, parecido

shadow - sombra

dimensions - dimensiones; dimensión

gigantic - gigante, gigantesco

summit - cumbre, cima, cúspide; punto álgido

gazed - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

intense - intenso

iceberg - banquisa, iceberg, témpano de hielo, témpano

chilled - frío

purely - Puramente

I feel convinced that it was not the cold caused by fear. As I continued to gaze, I thought-but this I can not say with precision-that I distinguished two eyes looking down on me from the height. One moment I fancied that I distinguished them clearly, the next they seemed gone; but still two rays of a pale-blue light frequently shot through the darkness, as from the height on which I half-believed, half-doubted, that I had encountered the eyes.

precision - exactitud, precisión

distinguished - istinguido; distinguir

rays - rayos; rayo

I strove to speak-my voice utterly failed me; I could only think to myself: "Is this fear? it is not fear!" I strove to rise-in vain; I felt as if weighed down by an irresistible force. Indeed, my impression was that of an immense and overwhelming power opposed to my volition-that sense of utter inadequacy to cope with a force beyond man's, which one may feel physically in a storm at sea, in a conflagration, or when confronting some terrible wild beast, or rather, perhaps, the shark of the ocean, I felt morally.

strove - se esforzó; esforzarse

utterly - Completamente

irresistible - irresistible

immense - inmenso

overwhelming - avasallador; agobiar, abrumar, checkagobiar

opposed - oponerse; oponer

volition - voluntad; volición

beyond - más allá de

physically - físicamente

conflagration - conflagración

confronting - enfrentarse; enfrentar

beast - bestia, animal, salvaje

Shark - tiburón

morally - moralmente

Opposed to my will was another will, as far superior to its strength as storm, fire, and shark are superior in material force to the force of man.

opposed - Oposición

And now, as this impression grew on me-now came, at last, horror-horror to a degree that no words can convey. Still I retained pride, if not courage; and in my own mind I said: "This is horror, but it is not fear; unless I fear I can not be harmed; my reason rejects this thing; it is an illusion-I do not fear." With a violent effort I succeeded at last in stretching out my hand toward the weapon on the table: as I did so, on the arm and shoulder I received a strange shock, and my arm fell to my side powerless. And now, to add to my horror, the light began slowly to wane from the candles-they were not, as it were, extinguished, but their flame seemed very gradually withdrawn; it was the same with the fire-the light was extracted from the fuel; in a few minutes the room was in utter darkness. The dread that came over me, to be thus in the dark with that dark Thing, whose power was so intensely felt, brought a reaction of nerve. In fact, terror had reached that climax, that either my senses must have deserted me, or I must have burst through the spell. I did burst through it. I found voice, though the voice was a shriek. I remembered that I broke forth with words like these: "I do not fear, my soul does not fear"; and at the same time I found strength to rise. Still in that profound gloom I rushed to one of the windows-tore aside the curtain-flung open the shutters; my first thought was-Light. And when I saw the moon high, clear, and calm, I felt a joy that almost compensated for the previous terror.

convey - transmitir; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

retained - retenido; retener, detentar

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

harmed - perjudicados; dano, danar

illusion - ilusión

stretching - estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón, estiramiento

shock - conmoción, golpe

powerless - impotente

wane - disminuir; menguar

extinguished - extinguido; extinguir, apagar

gradually - gradualmente, poco a poco, paulatinamente

withdrawn - retirada; retirar(se)

extracted - extraído; extracto, fragmento, pasaje, extraer, sacar

utter - totalmente; absoluto, total

dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor

intensely - intensamente

climax - clímax, colofón, orgasmo

burst - reventar, romper, ráfaga, estallo, reventón

shriek - gritar; alarido, chillido, chillar

soul - alma, espíritu

profound - profundo

gloom - pesimismo; penumbra, melancolía

tore - Romper

aside - aparte, a un lado, aparte

flung - arrojado; arrojar, lanzar

joy - alegría, júbilo

There was the moon, there was also the light from the gas-lamps in the deserted slumberous street. I turned to look back into the room; the moon penetrated its shadow very palely and partially-but still there was light. The dark Thing, whatever it might be, was gone-except that I could yet see a dim shadow, which seemed the shadow of that shade, against the opposite wall.

slumberous - Somnoliento

penetrated - penetrado; penetrar

palely - pálidamente

partially - parte

dim - débil, ténue

shade - sombra, persiana, umbral, tono, matiz, sombrear, matizar

My eye now rested on the table, and from under the table (which was without cloth or cover-an old mahogany round table) there rose a hand, visible as far as the wrist. It was a hand, seemingly, as much of flesh and blood as my own, but the hand of an aged person-lean, wrinkled, small, too-a woman's hand. That hand very softly closed on the two letters that lay on the table; the hand and letters both vanished.

mahogany - caoba

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

lean - esbelta; inclinarse

wrinkled - arrugado; arruga

Then there came the same three loud measured knocks I had heard at the bed-head before this extraordinary drama had commenced.

commenced - comenzado; comenzar, empezar, iniciar, principiar

As those sounds slowly ceased, I felt the whole room vibrate sensibly; and at the far end there rose, as from the floor, sparks or globules like bubbles of light, many coloured-green, yellow, fire-red, azure. Up and down, to and fro, hither, thither, as tiny Will-o'-the-Wisps, the sparks moved, slow or swift, each at its own caprice. A chair (as in the drawing-room below) was now advanced from the wall without apparent agency, and placed at the opposite side of the table.

vibrate - vibrar

sensibly - con sensatez; prudentemente

sparks - chispas; chispa

globules - glóbulos; glóbulo

Azure - azur, blao, azul celeste

thither - por allí, hacia allá

wisps - w wisps; brizna, mechón, voluta, jirón

swift - rápido, veloz, célere, pronto

caprice - capricho

apparent - visible, claro, evidente, manifiesto, aparente, ostensible

Suddenly, as forth from the chair, there grew a shape-a woman's shape. It was distinct as a shape of life-ghastly as a shape of death. The face was that of youth, with a strange mournful beauty; the throat and shoulders were bare, the rest of the form in a loose robe of cloudy white. It began sleeking its long yellow hair, which fell over its shoulders; its eyes were not turned toward me, but to the door; it seemed listening, watching, waiting. The shadow of the shade in the background grew darker; and again I thought I beheld the eyes gleaming out from the summit of the shadow-eyes fixed upon that shape.

mournful - lúgubre; melancólico, lastimero

bare - desnudo, descubierto

loose - suelto; flojo

robe - túnica; bata, hábito, toga

cloudy - nublado, nublo, turbio

sleeking - mangar; Manejando; (sleek); liso

beheld - ontemplado; contemplar, mirar, observar, he aquí, mirad

As if from the door, though it did not open, there grew out another shape, equally distinct, equally ghastly-a man's shape-a young man's. It was in the dress of the last century, or rather in a likeness of such dress (for both the male shape and the female, though defined, were evidently unsubstantial, impalpable-simulacra-phantasms); and there was something incongruous, grotesque, yet fearful, in the contrast between the elaborate finery, the courtly precision of that old-fashioned garb, with its ruffles and lace and buckles, and the corpse-like stillness of the flitting wearer. Just as the male shape approached the female, the dark Shadow started from the wall, all three for a moment wrapped in darkness. When the pale light returned, the two phantoms were as if in the grasp of the Shadow that towered between them; and there was a blood-stain on the breast of the female; and the phantom male was leaning on its phantom sword, and blood seemed trickling fast from the ruffles, from the lace; and the darkness of the intermediate Shadow swallowed them up-they were gone.

likeness - semejanza; retrato, trasunto

impalpable - impalpable

simulacra - simulacro

phantasms - fantasma

incongruous - incongruente

grotesque - grotesco

fearful - miedoso, temeroso, terrible, checkespantoso, checktremendo

elaborate - elaborar; profundizar

finery - las galas

courtly - Cortés

garb - Atuendo

ruffles - rouffles; volante, retorcer

lace - encaje; cordón

buckles - hebillas; hebilla

corpse - cuerpo, cadáver

flitting - evoloteando; (flit); revolotear

wearer - Usador

wrapped - envuelto; enrollar

phantoms - fantasmas; fantasma

grasp - agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión, alcance

stain - mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante, contraste

breast - pecho, seno, teta, corazón, pechuga

leaning - Inclinado; (lean) Inclinado

sword - espada, gladio

trickling - goteo; (trickle); riachuelo, chorreo, instilar, chorrear, gotear

intermediate - intermedio, intermediario

swallowed - tragado; tragar, engullir

And again the bubbles of light shot, and sailed, and undulated, growing thicker and thicker and more wildly confused in their movements.

undulated - ondear, ondular, ondulado

wildly - alocadamente, salvajemente

The closet door to the right of the fireplace now opened, and from the aperture there came forth the form of an aged woman. In her hand she held letters-the very letters over which I had seen the Hand close; and behind her I heard a footstep. She turned round as if to listen, and then she opened the letters and seemed to read; and over her shoulder I saw a livid face, the face as of a man long drowned-bloated, bleached-seaweed tangled in his dripping hair; and at her feet lay a form as of a corpse, and beside the corpse there cowered a child, a miserable squalid child, with famine in its cheeks and fear in its eyes.

closet - ropero, armario, clóset

aperture - abertura, apertura

aged woman - mujer mayor

footstep - pisada; huella, paso

livid - lívido

drowned - hogado; ahogarse

bloated - inflado; hinchar, inflar

bleached - blanqueado; lejía

seaweed - algas

tangled - enredado; desorden, marana, enredo

dripping - goteo; chorreo; (drip) goteo; chorreo

cowered - acobardado; encogerse, empequenecerse, apocarse

miserable - miserable

squalid - sucio, escuálido miserable

famine - hambruna, hambre

cheeks - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

And as I looked in the old woman's face, the wrinkles and lines vanished, and it became a face of youth-hard-eyed, stony, but still youth; and the Shadow darted forth, and darkened over those phantoms as it had darkened over the last.

wrinkles - arrugas; arruga

darted - dardo, flechilla

darkened - oscurecido; oscurecer, obscurecer

Nothing now was left but the Shadow, and on that my eyes were intently fixed, till again eyes grew out of the Shadow-malignant, serpent eyes. And the bubbles of light again rose and fell, and in their disordered, irregular, turbulent maze, mingled with the wan moonlight. And now from these globules themselves, as from the shell of an egg, monstrous things burst out; the air grew filled with them; larvć so bloodless and so hideous that I can in no way describe them except to remind the reader of the swarming life which the solar microscope brings before his eyes in a drop of water-things transparent, supple, agile, chasing each other, devouring each other-forms like naught ever beheld by the naked eye. As the shapes were without symmetry, so their movements were without order. In their very vagrancies there was no sport; they came round me and round, thicker and faster and swifter, swarming over my head, crawling over my right arm, which was outstretched in involuntary command against all evil beings.

intently - con atención; atentamente

malignant - maligno

disordered - desordenado; desorden, disturbio, desenfreno, trastorno

turbulent - tempestuoso, agitado, accidentado, turbulento

maze - laberinto, desconcertar

mingled - mezclados; mezclar

wan - pálido, macilento; débil

moonlight - la luz de la luna; luz de la luna, lunada, pluriemplearse

monstrous - monstruoso

larvć - arvas

bloodless - sin sangre; exangüe, incruento, sin efusión de sangre, exánime

hideous - horrible, odioso, chocante, atemorizante

swarming - Enjambre; (swarm); enjambre, nube, multitud, muchedumbre, masa

microscope - microscopio

transparent - transparente

supple - flexible

agile - ágil

chasing - Persiguiendo; (chas) Persiguiendo

devouring - evorando; devorar, jambar

naught - nada

symmetry - simetría

swifter - Más rápido; (swift); rápido, veloz, célere, pronto

crawling - Arrastrándose; (crawl) Arrastrándose

outstretched - Extender

involuntary - involuntario

Command - orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

evil - malo, malvado

beings - seres; ser, criatura, existencia

Sometimes I felt myself touched, but not by them; invisible hands touched me. Once I felt the clutch as of cold soft fingers at my throat. I was still equally conscious that if I gave way to fear I should be in bodily peril; and I concentrated all my faculties in the single focus of resisting, stubborn will. And I turned my sight from the Shadow-above all, from those strange serpent eyes-eyes that had now become distinctly visible. For there, though in naught else around me, I was aware that there was a WILL, and a will of intense, creative, working evil, which might crush down my own.

invisible - invisible

clutch - embrague; agarrar

conscious - consciente

bodily - corporal, corpóreo, corporalmente

peril - peligro, riesgo

faculties - facultades; cuerpo docente, facultad

resisting - resistiendo; resistir, panish: t-needed

crush - aplastamiento, enamoramiento, aplastar, destripar, machacar

The pale atmosphere in the room began now to redden as if in the air of some near conflagration. The larvć grew lurid as things that live in fire. Again the moon vibrated; again were heard the three measured knocks; and again all things were swallowed up in the darkness of the dark Shadow, as if out of that darkness all had come, into that darkness all returned.

redden - enrojecer

lurid - escabroso; espantoso, chocante, pálido, lívido

vibrated - vibró; vibrar

swallowed up - se ha tragado

As the gloom receded, the Shadow was wholly gone. Slowly, as it had been withdrawn, the flame grew again into the candles on the table, again into the fuel in the grate. The whole room came once more calmly, healthfully into sight.

receded - retrocedió; alejarse

grate - rejilla

healthfully - aludablemente

The two doors were still closed, the door communicating with the servant's room still locked. In the corner of the wall, into which he had so convulsively niched himself, lay the dog. I called to him-no movement; I approached-the animal was dead; his eyes protruded; his tongue out of his mouth; the froth gathered round his jaws. I took him in my arms; I brought him to the fire; I felt acute grief for the loss of my poor favourite-acute self-reproach; I accused myself of his death; I imagined he had died of fright.

convulsively - convulsivamente

niched - hornacina, nicho

self - yo; uno mismo

protruded - salió; sobresalir, protruir

froth - espuma, espumar

acute - agudo, perspicaz, sagaz, grave

grief - duelo; pesar, pesadumbre, dolor, sufrimiento

reproach - reproche, vergüenza, reprochar, avergonzar, echar en cara algo

accused - acusado; acusar, denunciar

fright - miedo; susto

But what was my surprise on finding that his neck was actually broken. Had this been done in the dark?-must it not have been by a hand human as mine?-must there not have been a human agency all the while in that room? Good cause to suspect it. I can not tell. I can not do more than state the fact fairly; the reader may draw his own inference.

suspect - barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

inference - inferencia, ilación

Another surprising circumstance-my watch was restored to the table from which it had been so mysteriously withdrawn; but it had stopped at the very moment it was so withdrawn; nor, despite all the skill of the watchmaker, has it ever gone since-that is, it will go in a strange erratic way for a few hours, and then come to a dead stop-it is worthless.

circumstance - circunstancia

restored - restaurado; restablecer, restaurar

mysteriously - misteriosamente

watchmaker - relojero, relojera

erratic - inconstante, irregular, errático, trastornado, bloque errático

worthless - sin valor

Nothing more chanced for the rest of the night. Nor, indeed, had I long to wait before the dawn broke. Nor till it was broad daylight did I quit the haunted house. Before I did so, I revisited the little blind room in which my servant and myself had been for a time imprisoned. I had a strong impression-for which I could not account-that from that room had originated the mechanism of the phenomena-if I may use the term-which had been experienced in my chamber. And though I entered it now in the clear day, with the sun peering through the filmy window, I still felt, as I stood on its floors, the creep of the horror which I had first there experienced the night before, and which had been so aggravated by what had passed in my own chamber.

dawn - amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada

revisited - revisitado; Volver a Visitar

blind - ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar

originated - se originó; originar, originarse

mechanism - mecanismo

peering - espiando; par, noble

filmy - Película

aggravated - agravado; agravar, empeorar, irritar, exasperar, sublevar

I could not, indeed, bear to stay more than half a minute within those walls. I descended the stairs, and again I heard the footfall before me; and when I opened the street door, I thought I could distinguish a very low laugh. I gained my own house, expecting to find my runaway servant there. But he had not presented himself, nor did I hear more of him for three days, when I received a letter from him, dated from Liverpool to this effect:

descended - descendió; descender, bajar

runaway - fugitivo, desbocado

Liverpool - Liverpool

"Honoured Sir:-I humbly entreat your pardon, though I can scarcely hope that you will think that I deserve it, unless-which Heaven forbid!-you saw what I did. I feel that it will be years before I can recover myself; and as to being fit for service, It is out of the question. I am therefore going to my brother-in-law at Melbourne.

honoured - onrado; honradez

humbly - humildemente

entreat - rogar, suplicar, invitar, compartir, negociar, conversar

deserve - merecer, meritar

Heaven - el cielo; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

forbid - prohibir, vedar, vetar, negar

recover - recuperarse

fit for service - apto para el servicio

It is out of the question - fuera de discusión

Melbourne - Melbourne

The ship sails tomorrow. Perhaps the long voyage may set me up. I do nothing now but start and tremble, and fancy It is behind me. I humbly beg you, honoured sir, to order my clothes, and whatever wages are due to me, to be sent to my mother's, at Walworth-John knows her address."

tremble - tiritar, temblar, temblor, vibración, temblequera

beg - pedir limosna; pedir

wages - salario; hacer (la guerra), librar, dar

The letter ended with additional apologies, somewhat incoherent, and explanatory details as to effects that had been under the writer's charge.

additional - adicional, extra, de más

apologies - disculpas; disculpa, excusa

incoherent - incoherente, inconexo, deshilvanado, descosido

explanatory - explicativo

This flight may perhaps warrant a suspicion that the man wished to go to Australia, and had been somehow or other fraudulently mixed up with the events of the night. I say nothing in refutation of that conjecture; rather, I suggest it as one that would seem to many persons the most probable solution of improbable occurrences. My belief in my own theory remained unshaken. I returned in the evening to the house, to bring away in a hack cab the things I had left there, with my poor dog's body. In this task I was not disturbed, nor did any incident worth note befall me, except that still, on ascending and descending the stairs, I heard the same footfall in advance.

warrant - garantía, cédula, orden, garantizar

suspicion - sospecha, suspicacia

Australia - Australia

somehow - de algún modo, de alguna manera, de alguna forma

fraudulently - fraudulentamente

refutation - refutación

conjecture - conjeturas; conjetura, suposición, especulación, teoría

most probable - Más probable

improbable - improbable, inverosímil

occurrences - ocurrencias; acontecimiento, ocurrencia, suceso

unshaken - Sin temblar

bring away - llevar

hack - cortar, tajar

cab - taxi

disturbed - molesto; perturbar, molestar

incident - incidente

ascending - ascendente; subir, ascender

On leaving the house, I went to Mr. J--'s. He was at home. I returned him the keys, told him that my curiosity was sufficiently gratified, and was about to relate quickly what had passed, when he stopped me, and said, though with much politeness, that he had no longer any interest in a mystery which none had ever solved.

politeness - educación, cortesía

I determined at least to tell him of the two letters I had read, as well as of the extraordinary manner in which they had disappeared, and I then inquired if he thought they had been addressed to the woman who had died in the house, and if there were anything in her early history which could possibly confirm the dark suspicions to which the letters gave rise. Mr. J-- seemed startled, and, after musing a few moments, answered: "I am but little acquainted with the woman's earlier history, except, as I before told you, that her family were known to mine.

inquired - preguntó; investigar, informarse

suspicions - sospechas; sospecha, suspicacia

startled - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

musing - reflexiones; pensativo, contemplativo

acquainted - conocido; dar a conocer, familiarizar

But you revive some vague reminiscences to her prejudice. I will make inquiries, and inform you of their result. Still, even if we could admit the popular superstition that a person who had been either the perpetrator or the victim of dark crimes in life could revisit, as a restless spirit, the scene in which those crimes had been committed, I should observe that the house was infested by strange sights and sounds before the old woman died-you smile-what would you say?"

revive - revivir

reminiscences - recuerdos; reminiscencia

inquiries - consultas; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

inform - informar

superstition - superstición

perpetrator - autor; perpetrador

revisit - revisitar; Volver a Visitar

restless - inquieto

"I would say this, that I am convinced, if we could get to the bottom of these mysteries, we should find a living human agency."

"What! you believe it is all an imposture? for what object?"

imposture - imposturas; impostura

"Not an imposture in the ordinary sense of the word. If suddenly I were to sink into a deep sleep, from which you could not awake me, but in that sleep could answer questions with an accuracy which I could not pretend to when awake-tell you what money you had in your pocket-nay, describe your very thoughts-it is not necessarily an imposture, any more than it is necessarily supernatural.

deep sleep - un sueno profundo

accuracy - exactitud, precisión, tino

thoughts - pensamientos; pensamiento

supernatural - sobrenatural

I should be, unconsciously to myself, under a mesmeric influence, conveyed to me from a distance by a human being who had acquired power over me by previous rapport."

unconsciously - inconscientemente

mesmeric - Mesmérico

conveyed - transmitido; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

rapport - relación; compenetración, afinidad

"But if a mesmerizer could so affect another living being, can you suppose that a mesmerizer could also affect inanimate objects; move chairs-open and shut doors?"

mesmerizer - hipnotizador

inanimate - inanimado

"Or impress our senses with the belief in such effects-we never having been en rapport with the person acting on us? No. What is commonly called mesmerism could not do this; but there may be a power akin to mesmerism and superior to it-the power that in the old days was called Magic.

impress - impresionar, impresión, impresión

akin - parecido; emparentado, semejante, similar

That such a power may extend to all inanimate objects of matter, I do not say; but if so, it would not be against nature-it would only be a rare power in nature which might be given to constitutions with certain peculiarities, and cultivated by practise to an extraordinary degree.

extend - extender, ampliar

constitutions - constitución, constituciones

peculiarities - particularidades; peculiaridad

cultivated - ultivado; cultivar

"That such a power might extend over the dead-that is, over certain thoughts and memories that the dead may still retain-and compel, not that which ought properly to be called the Soul, and which is far beyond human reach, but rather a phantom of what has been most earth-stained on earth to make itself apparent to our senses-is a very ancient though obsolete theory, upon which I will hazard no opinion. But I do not conceive the power to be supernatural. Let me illustrate what I mean from an experiment which Paracelsus describes as not difficult, and which the author of the 'Curiosities of Literature'cites as credible: A flower perishes; you burn it. Whatever were the elements of that flower while it lived are gone, dispersed, you know not whither; you can never discover nor re-collect them. But you can, by chemistry, out of the burned dust of that flower, raise a spectrum of the flower, just as it seemed in life. It may be the same with the human being. The soul has as much escaped you as the essence or elements of the flower. Still you may make a spectrum of it. And this phantom, though in the popular superstition it is held to be the soul of the departed, must not be confounded with the true soul; it is but the eidolon of the dead form. Hence, like the best attested stories of ghosts or spirits, the thing that most strikes us is the absence of what we hold to be the soul; that is, of superior emancipated intelligence. These apparitions come for little or no object-they seldom speak when they do come; if they speak, they utter no ideas above those of an ordinary person on earth. Wonderful, therefore, as such phenomena may be (granting them to be truthful), I see much that philosophy may question, nothing that it is incumbent on philosophy to deny-viz., nothing supernatural. They are but ideas conveyed somehow or other (we have not yet discovered the means) from one mortal brain to another. Whether, in so doing, tables walk by their own accord, or fiend-like shapes appear in a magic circle, or bodyless hands rise and remove material objects, or a Thing of Darkness, such as presented itself to me, freeze our blood-still am I persuaded that these are but agencies conveyed, as by electric wires, to my own brain from the brain of another.

retain - retener, detentar

compel - obligar, forzar, compeler

phantom - fantasma

stained - manchado; mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante

obsolete - obsoleto

hazard - riesgo, peligro, arriesgar, peligrar, aventurar

conceive - concebir

illustrate - ilustrar

curiosities - curiosidades; curiosidad

cites - Citas; (cite) Citas

credible - creíble

perishes - perecer

dispersed - dispersión; dispersar

whither - ?adónde?

spectrum - espectro

essence - esencia, extracto

departed - se ha ido; irse, salir, partir, panish:

confounded with - confundido con

eidolon - fantasma, aparición

hence - de aquí, por lo tanto, por eso, de ahí

attested - atestiguado; avalar, atestiguar, compulsar

strikes - huelgas; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar

absence - ausencia, falta, ausencia de hierro

emancipated - emancipado; emancipar

apparitions - apariciones; aparición

seldom - raramente, rara vez

granting - otorgar, conceder, subvención, beca, patrocinio

truthful - veraz, fiel

Philosophy - filosofía

incumbent - el titular; obligatorio, competente, titular

deny - negar

mortal - mortal

fiend - diablo, diablillo, demonio, malvado

bodyless - Sin cuerpo

agencies - agencias; albedrío, agencia, oficina

wires - cables; alambre, hilo, cable

In some constitutions there is a natural chemistry, and those constitutions may produce chemic wonders-in others a natural fluid, call it electricity, and these may produce electric wonders. But the wonders differ from Natural Science in this-they are alike objectless, purposeless, puerile, frivolous. They lead on to no grand results; and therefore the world does not heed, and true sages have not cultivated them. But sure I am, that of all I saw or heard, a man, human as myself, was the remote originator; and I believe unconsciously to himself as to the exact effects produced, for this reason: no two persons, you say, have ever experienced exactly the same thing. Well, observe, no two persons ever experience exactly the same dream. If this were an ordinary imposture, the machinery would be arranged for results that would but little vary; if it were a supernatural agency permitted by the Almighty, it would surely be for some definite end. These phenomena belong to neither class; my persuasion is that they originate in some brain now far distant; that that brain had no distinct volition in anything that occurred; that what does occur reflects but its devious, motley, ever-shifting, half-formed thoughts; in short, that it has been but the dreams of such a brain put in action and invested with a semi-substance. That this brain is of immense power, that it can set matter into movement, that it is malignant and destructive, I believe; some material force must have killed my dog; the same force might, for aught I know, have sufficed to kill myself, had I been as subjugated by terror as the dog-had my intellect or my spirit given me no countervailing resistance in my will."

chemic - Química

fluid - líquido; fluido

differ - difieren; ser distinto

objectless - Sin objeto

puerile - pueril

frivolous - frívolo, banal, nimio, trivial

grand - grande; magnífico, espléndido, imponente

sages - sabios; salvia

machinery - máquinas, maquinaria, checkmecánica

vary - variar

Almighty - omnipotente, todopoderoso

persuasion - persuasión

originate - origen; originar, originarse

distant - distante, a distancia, hurano, remoto

devious - enrevesado; artero, taimado, enganoso, tortuoso, falso

motley - heterogéneo, variopinto, variado, abigarrado, mezcolanza

destructive - destructivo

aught - Algo

sufficed - suficiente; bastar, alcanzar

subjugated - sometidos; sojuzgar

intellect - intelecto

countervailing - contrapesar

resistance - resistencia

"It killed your dog! that is fearful! indeed it is strange that no animal can be induced to stay in that house; not even a cat. Rats and mice are never found in it."

induced - inducido; inducir

"The instincts of the brute creation detect influences deadly to their existence. Man's reason has a sense less subtle, because it has a resisting power more supreme. But enough; do you comprehend my theory?"

instincts - instintos; instinto

creation - creación

detect - detectar, sentir

deadly - mortal, letal, mortífero

existence - existencia

subtle - sutil

resisting power - Poder de resistencia

supreme - supremo

comprehend - comprender

"Yes, though imperfectly-and I accept any crotchet (pardon the word), however odd, rather than embrace at once the notion of ghosts and hobgoblins we imbibed in our nurseries. Still, to my unfortunate house the evil is the same. What on earth can I do with the house?"

crotchet - negra

Embrace - abrazar, abrazo

notion - noción, ganas, intención

imbibed - bebido; beber, tomar

nurseries - guarderías; criadero, casa cuna, semillero, vivero

unfortunate - desafortunado, desgraciado

"I will tell you what I would do. I am convinced from my own internal feelings that the small unfurnished room at right angles to the door of the bedroom which I occupied forms a starting-point or receptacle for the influences which haunt the house; and I strongly advise you to have the walls opened, the floor removed-nay, the whole room pulled down.

internal - interno, interior

feelings - Sentimientos

angles - ángulos; anglo

receptacle - recipiente, receptáculo

I observe that it is detached from the body of the house, built over the small back-yard, and could be removed without injury to the rest of the building."

detached - desprendido; desacoplar

"And you think, if I did that--"

"You would cut off the telegraph wires. Try it. I am so persuaded that I am right that I will pay half the expense if you will allow me to direct the operations."

"Nay, I am well able to afford the cost; for the rest, allow me to write to you."

About ten days after I received a letter from Mr. J--, telling me that he had visited the house since I had seen him; that he had found the two letters I had described, replaced in the drawer from which I had taken them; that he had read them with misgivings like my own; that he had instituted a cautious inquiry about the woman to whom I rightly conjectured they had been written. It seemed that thirty-six years ago (a year before the date of the letters) she had married, against the wish of her relations, an American of very suspicious character; in fact, he was generally believed to have been a pirate.

drawer - cajón

instituted - nstituido; instituto

cautious - cauto, cauteloso, precavido, cuidadoso

inquiry - investigación; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

rightly - verdad

conjectured - conjeturado; conjetura, suposición, especulación, teoría

suspicious - sospechoso, suspicaz, desconfiado

pirate - pirata, bucanero, barco pirata, piratear

She herself was the daughter of very respectable tradespeople, and had served in the capacity of a nursery governess before her marriage. She had a brother, a widower, who was considered wealthy, and who had one child of about six years old. A month after the marriage, the body of this brother was found in the Thames, near London Bridge; there seemed some marks of violence about his throat, but they were not deemed sufficient to warrant the inquest in any other verdict than that of "found drowned."

capacity - capacidad

nursery - guardería; criadero, casa cuna, semillero, vivero

governess - gobernanta; institutriz

widower - viudo

wealthy - ricos; adinerado, rico, próspero, acomodado

Thames - Támesis

violence - violencia

deemed - considerado; considerar, concluir, estimar

inquest - investigación, pesquisa

verdict - veredicto, fallo

The American and his wife took charge of the little boy, the deceased brother having by his will left his sister the guardianship of his only child-and in the event of the child's death, the sister inherited. The child died about six months afterward-it was supposed to have been neglected and ill-treated. The neighbours deposed to having heard it shriek at night. The surgeon who had examined it after death said that it was emaciated as if from want of nourishment, and the body was covered with livid bruises. It seemed that one winter night the child had sought to escape-crept out into the back-yard-tried to scale the wall-fallen back exhausted, and had been found at morning on the stones in a dying state. But though there was some evidence of cruelty, there was none of murder; and the aunt and her husband had sought to palliate cruelty by alleging the exceeding stubbornness and perversity of the child, who was declared to be half-witted. Be that as it may, at the orphan's death the aunt inherited her brother's fortune.

deceased - fallecido; fallecimiento, deceso, óbito, defunción, fallecer

guardianship - tutela

inherited - heredado; heredar

afterward - después

neglected - desatendida; descuidar, negligir, desoír, hacer caso omiso

surgeon - cirujano, cirujana

emaciated - demacrado; demacrar, emaciar, demacrarse, emaciarse

bruises - moretones; magullar, contusionar, mazar, machacar, macarse

sought - buscado; buscar

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

scale - escala

exhausted - exhausto; agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape

dying - Muriendo; (dye) Muriendo

cruelty - crueldad

palliate - paliar, mitigar, remediar, atenuar

alleging - alegando; alegar

exceeding - excediéndose; sobrepasar, pasarse, exceder

stubbornness - testarudez, terquedad, cerrazón, cabezonería

perversity - perversidad

declared - declarado; explicar, aclarar, declarar

witted - Ingenioso

orphan - huérfano, huérfana

Fortune - fortuna

Before the first wedded year was out, the American quitted England abruptly, and never returned to it. He obtained a cruising vessel, which was lost in the Atlantic two years afterward. The widow was left in affluence; but reverses of various kinds had befallen her; a bank broke-an investment failed-she went into a small business and became insolvent-then she entered into service, sinking lower and lower, from housekeeper down to maid-of-all-work-never long retaining a place, though nothing decided against her character was ever alleged. She was considered sober, honest, and peculiarly quiet in her ways; still nothing prospered with her. And so she had dropped into the workhouse, from which Mr. J-- had taken her, to be placed in charge of the very house which she had rented as mistress in the first year of her wedded life.

wedded - casada; casar

cruising - crucero; cancaneo; (cruise) crucero; cancaneo

vessel - vasija; embarcación, barco, casco, recipiente, receptáculo

widow - viuda, enviudar

affluence - abundancia, afluencia, prosperidad

reverses - inversiones; dar marcha atrás

investment - inversión, cerco, panish: t-needed

insolvent - insolvente

housekeeper - ama de llaves, ama de casa

maid - mucama; doncella, senorita, doméstica, empleada doméstica

retaining - reteniendo; retener, detentar

alleged - supuesto; alegar

sober - sobrio, sereno, apagado

prospered - rosperó; prosperar

Mr. J-- added that he had passed an hour alone in the unfurnished room which I had urged him to destroy, and that his impressions of dread while there were so great, though he had neither heard nor seen anything, that he was eager to have the walls bared and the floors removed as I had suggested. He had engaged persons for the work, and would commence any day I would name.

urged - te urge; impulso, impulsar, urgir, aguijonear, apresurar

commence - comenzar, empezar, iniciar, principiar

The day was accordingly fixed. I repaired to the haunted house-we went into the blind dreary room, took up the skirting, and then the floors. Under the rafters, covered with rubbish, was found a trap-door, quite large enough to admit a man. It was closely nailed down, with clamps and rivets of iron. On removing these we descended into a room below, the existence of which had never been suspected. In this room there had been a window and a flue, but they had been bricked over, evidently for many years. By the help of candles we examined this place; it still retained some mouldering furniture-three chairs, an oak settle, a table-all of the fashion of about eighty years ago.

rafters - las vigas; viga

trap-door - (trap-door) Trampa

closely - de cerca; cercanamente

clamps - pinzas; grapa, clip

rivets - remaches; remache, remachar

suspected - sospechas; barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

flue - himenea

bricked - brickeado; ladrillo

mouldering - Moldeador

oak - roble, encina, carrasca

settle - nos conformamos; instalar, colocar

There was a chest of drawers against the wall, in which we found, half-rotted away, old-fashioned articles of a man's dress, such as might have been worn eighty or a hundred years ago by a gentleman of some rank-costly steel buttons and buckles, like those yet worn in court-dresses, a handsome court sword-in a waistcoat which had once been rich with gold lace, but which was now blackened and foul with damp, we found five guineas, a few silver coins, and an ivory ticket, probably for some place of entertainment long since passed away. But our main discovery was in a kind of iron safe fixed to the wall, the lock of which it cost us much trouble to get picked.

rotted - pudriéndose; pudrir, podrir, putrefacción, podre

rank - rango, graduación

costly - costoso, caro

steel - acero

handsome - apuesto, guapo, de buen parecer, lindo

waistcoat - chaleco, chalequillo

blackened - ennegrecido; ennegrecer, tiznar

foul - falta; asqueroso, fétido

guineas - guineas; Guinea

silver coins - monedas de plata

ivory - marfil, ebúrneo

In this safe were three shelves, and two small drawers. Ranged on the shelves were several small bottles of crystal, hermetically stoppered. They contained colourless volatile essences, of the nature of which I shall only say that they were not poisonous-phosphor and ammonia entered into some of them.

crystal - cristal

hermetically - herméticamente

colourless - incoloro

volatile - volátil, inestible

essences - esencias; esencia, extracto

ammonia - amoníaco

There were also some very curious glass tubes, and a small pointed rod of iron, with a large lump of rock crystal, and another of amber-also a loadstone of great power.

Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro

rod - barra, rodillo, cana, vara, bastón, verga, barra

lump - un bulto; bulto, grumo, chichón, cúmulo, agrupación

rock crystal - Cristal de roca

amber - ámbar, ambarino, de color ámbar

loadstone - Piedra de carga

In one of the drawers we found a miniature portrait set in gold, and retaining the freshness of its colours most remarkably, considering the length of time it had probably been there. The portrait was that of a man who might be somewhat advanced in middle life, perhaps forty-seven or forty-eight.

miniature - miniatura

freshness - frescura, frescor

It was a remarkable face-a most impressive face.

If you could fancy some mighty serpent transformed into a man, preserving in the human lineaments the old serpent type, you would have a better idea of that countenance than long descriptions can convey; the width and flatness of frontal-the tapering elegance of contour disguising the strength of the deadly jaw-the long, large, terrible eye, glittering and green as the emerald-and withal a certain ruthless calm, as if from the consciousness of an immense power.

mighty - poderoso

transformed - transformado; trasformar, transformar

preserving - conservando; mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno

width - anchura

flatness - planeza; planicidad, planaridad, aburrición, matidez

frontal - Frente

tapering - reducción; (taper) reducción

elegance - elegancia, checkchic

contour - contorno

disguising - Disfraz; (disguise); disfraz, pantalla, tapadera, disfrazar

jaw - mandíbula; maxilar

glittering - resplandeciente; chispeante; (glitter); brillo, purpurina

emerald - esmeralda

withal - con todo

ruthless - despiadado

consciousness - conciencia

Mechanically I turned round the miniature to examine the back of it, and on the back was engraved a pentacle; in the middle of the pentacle a ladder, and the third step of the ladder was formed by the date 1765. Examining still more minutely, I detected a spring; this, on being pressed, opened the back of the miniature as a lid. Withinside the lid was engraved, "Marianna to thee-Be faithful in life and in death to --." Here follows a name that I will not mention, but it was not unfamiliar to me.

mechanically - mecánicamente, maquinalmente

engraved - grabado; grabar

pentacle - pentáculo

ladder - escalera, escalafón, carrera

minutely - minuciosamente

lid - tapa

thee - tú; vos (en Espana)

faithful - fieles; fiel, leal

I had heard it spoken of by old men in my childhood as the name borne by a dazzling charlatan who had made a great sensation in London for a year or so, and had fled the country on the charge of a double murder within his own house-that of his mistress and his rival. I said nothing of this to Mr. J--, to whom reluctantly I resigned the miniature.

charlatan - un charlatán; charlatán, vendehúmos, vendedor de crecepelo

sensation - sensación

fled - huyó; huir, desvanecerse, checkfugarse

rival - rival

reluctantly - a reganadientes, de mala gana, con renuencia

resigned - renunció; dimitir

We had found no difficulty in opening the first drawer within the iron safe; we found great difficulty in opening the second: it was not locked, but it resisted all efforts, till we inserted in the chinks the edge of a chisel. When we had thus drawn it forth, we found a very singular apparatus in the nicest order. Upon a small thin book, or rather tablet, was placed a saucer of crystal; this saucer was filled with a clear liquid-on that liquid floated a kind of compass, with a needle shifting rapidly round; but instead of the usual points of the compass were seven strange characters, not very unlike those used by astrologers to denote the planets. A peculiar but not strong nor displeasing odour came from this drawer, which was lined with a wood that we afterward discovered to be hazel.

resisted - esistido; resistir, panish: t-needed

inserted - insertado; insertar, meter

chisel - cincel

singular - singular, único, singular

apparatus - aparato, equipo, aparataje

saucer - plato; platillo

floated - flotó; flotar, carroza

compass - brújula

rapidly - rápidamente

astrologers - astrólogos; astrólogo, astróloga

denote - senalar, denotar, marcar, revelar, significar

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

odour - olor

hazel - avellano, color avellana

Whatever the cause of this odour, it produced a material effect on the nerves. We all felt it, even the two workmen who were in the room-a creeping, tingling sensation from the tips of the fingers to the roots of the hair. Impatient to examine the tablet, I removed the saucer. As I did so the needle of the compass went round and round with exceeding swiftness, and I felt a shock that ran through my whole frame, so that I dropped the saucer on the floor. The liquid was spilled-the saucer was broken-the compass rolled to the end of the room-and at that instant the walls shook to and fro, as if a giant had swayed and rocked them.

creeping - reptando; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

tingling - hormigueo; (tingle); hormigueo

roots - raíces; raíz

swiftness - rapidez

spilled - erramado; derramar, verter

The two workmen were so frightened that they ran up the ladder by which we had descended from the trap-door; but seeing that nothing more happened, they were easily induced to return.

Meanwhile I had opened the tablet: it was bound in plain red leather, with a silver clasp; it contained but one sheet of thick vellum, and on that sheet were inscribed, within a double pentacle, words in old monkish Latin, which are literally to be translated thus: "On all that it can reach within these walls-sentient or inanimate, living or dead-as moves the needle, so work my will!

bound - atado; (bind); atar, atar (tie), empastar (books), liar

plain - plano; sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)

vellum - papel; vitela

inscribed - inscrito; inscribir

monkish - monjes; frailesco, frailuno, monacal, monástico

Latin - Latín

sentient - sensible, con sentidos, consciente

Accursed be the house, and restless be the dwellers therein."

accursed - exacto

dwellers - habitante

Therein - En eso

We found no more. Mr. J-- burned the tablet and its anathema. He razed to the foundations the part of the building containing the secret room with the chamber over it. He had then the courage to inhabit the house himself for a month, and a quieter, better-conditioned house could not be found in all London. Subsequently he let it to advantage, and his tenant has made no complaints.

anathema - anatema

razed - arrasado; arrasar

foundations - fundaciones; fundación, cimiento, base

inhabit - habitar, morar, vivir

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