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Table of Content

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII
Chapter XIII
Chapter XIV
Chapter XV
Chapter XVI
Chapter XVII
Chapter XVIII
Chapter XIX
Chapter XX
Chapter XXI
Chapter XXII
Chapter XXIII
Chapter XXIV
Chapter XXV
Chapter XXVI
Chapter XXVII
Chapter XXVIII
Chapter XXIX
Chapter XXX
Chapter XXXI

The House of the Vampire Text

THE HOUSE OF THE VAMPIRE, BY George Sylvester Viereck

vampire - vampiro

George - Jorge

Chapter I

Chapter - capítulo, sede, sección

The freakish little leader of the orchestra, newly imported from Sicily to New York, tossed his conductor's wand excitedly through the air, drowning with musical thunders the hum of conversation and the clatter of plates.

orchestra - orquesta

newly - recién; nuevamente

imported - importado; importar

Sicily - Sicilia

York - York, Yórk

tossed - lanzado; tiro, lanzamiento, lanzar una moneda al aire

conductor - director, revisor, guarda, inspector, conductor

wand - varita

drowning - ahogándose; ahogamiento; (drown); ahogarse

thunders - truenos; trueno, estruendo, fragor, tronar

Hum - tararear, canturrear

clatter - ruido; trapalear

Yet neither his apish demeanour nor the deafening noises that responded to every movement of his agile body detracted attention from the figure of Reginald Clarke and the young man at his side as they smilingly wound their way to the exit.

demeanour - conducta, comportamiento

deafening - sordo; ensordecedor; (deafen); ensordecer

agile - ágil

detracted - detraído; desvirtuar

smilingly - Sonriendo

wound - Herida

exit - salir; salida

The boy's expression was pleasant, with an inkling of wistfulness, while the soft glimmer of his lucid eyes betrayed the poet and the dreamer.

pleasant - agradable, placentero

inkling - un indicio; idea, sospecha

wistfulness - Anoranza

glimmer - resplandor; luz tenue, titileo

lucid - lúcido, lucido, brillante

betrayed - traicionado; traicionar, entregar, vender, delatar, demostrar

poet - poeta, poetisa

dreamer - sonador; sonador, sonadora, visionario, visionaria

The smile of Reginald Clarke was the smile of a conqueror. A suspicion of silver in his crown of dark hair only added dignity to his bearing, while the infinitely ramified lines above the heavy-set mouth spoke at once of subtlety and of strength. Without stretch of the imagination one might have likened him to a Roman cardinal of the days of the Borgias, who had miraculously stepped forth from the time-stained canvas and slipped into twentieth century evening-clothes.

Conqueror - conquistador

suspicion - sospecha, suspicacia

crown - corona

dignity - dignidad

infinitely - infinitamente

ramified - ramificado; ramificar, diversificar

subtlety - delicadeza, sutileza

strength - fuerza, neque, potencia, intensidad, fuerte, fortaleza

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

imagination - imaginación, magín

likened - comparado; comparar

Roman - romano, romano, romana, Román

cardinal - cardinal, número cardinal, cardenal

miraculously - milagrosamente

forth - adelante

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

canvas - lienzo; lona

slipped - se resbaló; resbalar

twentieth - el vigésimo; vigésimo, veinteno, veinteavo

With the affability of complete self-possession he nodded in response to greetings from all sides, inclining his head with special politeness to a young woman whose sea-blue eyes were riveted upon his features with a look of mingled hate and admiration.

affability - afabilidad

self - yo; uno mismo

nodded - asintió; asentir, cabecear, cabezada

greetings - saludos; saludo

inclining - Inclinándose; (incline) Inclinándose

politeness - educación, cortesía

riveted - remachado; remache, remachar

upon - sobre, en, tras

mingled - mezclados; mezclar

admiration - admiración

The woman, disregarding his silent salutation, continued to stare at him wild-eyed, as a damned soul in purgatory might look at Satan passing in regal splendour through the seventy times sevenfold circles of hell.

disregarding - desprecio; descuidar, desatender, ignorar

silent - silencioso, callar, checkcallado

stare - mirar fijamente

damned - maldito; (damn); maldecir, condenar, reprobar, maldito, puto

soul - alma, espíritu

Satan - Satanás, Satán

regal - regio, real

splendour - esplendor

hell - infierno

Reginald Clarke walked on unconcernedly through the rows of gay diners, still smiling, affable, calm. But his companion bethought himself of certain rumours he had heard concerning Ethel Brandenbourg's mad love for the man from whose features she could not even now turn her eyes. Evidently her passion was unreciprocated. It had not always been so. There was a time in her career, some years ago in Paris, when it was whispered that she had secretly married him and, not much later, obtained a divorce. The matter was never cleared up, as both preserved an uncompromising silence upon the subject of their matrimonial experience.

unconcernedly - espreocupadamente

rows - filas; hilera, fila

gay - gay, homosexual

affable - afable, amable, tranquilo

Calm - calmado, sosiego, calma

companion - companero; companero, companera

bethought - Pensar

rumours - rumores; rumor

concerning - preocupante; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir

mad - loco, trastornado, zumbado, enfadado, enojado

evidently - evidentemente

passion - pasión

unreciprocated - No se lo agradecen

whispered - susurrado; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

secretly - secretamente, en secreto

obtained - obtenido; obtener, coger

divorce - divorcio, divorciar, divorciarse

cleared up - limpiar; despejar(se); aclarar

preserved - conservado; mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno

uncompromising - intransigente; inquebrantable

silence - silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

matrimonial - matrimonial

Certain it was that, for a space, the genius of Reginald Clarke had completely dominated her brush, and that, ever since he had thrown her aside, her pictures were but plagiarisms of her former artistic self.

genius - genio, genia

dominated - Dominar

aside - aparte, a un lado, aparte

plagiarisms - plagios; plagio

former - antiguo, anterior

artistic - artístico

The cause of the rupture between them was a matter only of surmise; but the effect it had on the woman testified clearly to the remarkable power of Reginald Clarke. He had entered her life and, behold! the world was transfixed on her canvases in myriad hues of transcending radiance; he had passed from it, and with him vanished the brilliancy of her colouring, as at sunset the borrowed amber and gold fade from the face of the clouds.

rupture - ruptura; rotura, romper

surmise - supongo; suponer, conjeturar, presumir

testified - testificó; testificar, atestiguar, aseverar

remarkable - notable, remarcable, destacable

behold - contemplar, mirar, observar, he aquí, mirad

canvases - lienzos; lona

myriad - múltiples; miríada

hues - atices; color; matiz

transcending - trascender

radiance - resplandor, brillo, fulgor

vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

sunset - puesta de sol; puesta del sol, ocaso, atardecer

amber - ámbar, ambarino, de color ámbar

fade - desvanecerse; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

The glamour of Clarke's name may have partly explained the secret of his charm, but, even in circles where literary fame is no passport, he could, if he chose, exercise an almost terrible fascination. Subtle and profound, he had ransacked the coffers of medićval dialecticians and plundered the arsenals of the Sophists.

glamour - fascinación, elegancia, encanto

partly - en parte, en cierto modo

charm - encanto

literary - literaria; literario

fame - fama

fascination - fascinación

subtle - sutil

profound - profundo

ransacked - saqueado; saquear, desvalijar, escudrinar

coffers - cofre, casetón, arcas

medićval - Medieval

dialecticians - Dialéctico

plundered - saqueado; saquear, saqueo, botín

arsenals - arsenales; arsenal

Sophists - sofistas; sofista

Many years later, when the vultures of misfortune had swooped down upon him, and his name was no longer mentioned without a sneer, he was still remembered in New York drawing-rooms as the man who had brought to perfection the art of talking. Even to dine with him was a liberal education.

vultures - buitres; buitre, zopilote

misfortune - infortunio, gafe, mala suerte, desgracia

swooped - en picado; precipitarse, abalanzarse, lanzarse en picada

perfection - perfección

dine - cenar

liberal - liberal, liberal, libertario, libertaria

Clarke's marvellous conversational power was equalled only by his marvellous style. Ernest Fielding's heart leaped in him at the thought that henceforth he would be privileged to live under one roof with the only writer of his generation who could lend to the English language the rich strength and rugged music of the Elizabethans.

marvellous - maravilloso

conversational - conversacional

equalled - igualado; igual, igualar, equivaler

leaped - saltó; saltar, brincar

privileged - privilegiado; privilegio, privilegiar

generation - generación, generación, linaje

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

Elizabethans - isabelinos; isabelino

Reginald Clarke was a master of many instruments. Milton's mighty organ was no less obedient to his touch than the little lute of the troubadour. He was never the same; that was his strength. Clarke's style possessed at once the chiselled chasteness of a Greek marble column and the elaborate deviltry of the late Renaissance.

Master - maestro; senor, dueno; senora, duena

mighty - poderoso

organ - órgano, publicación oficial

obedient - obediente

lute - Laúd

troubadour - trovador, trovadora

possessed - poseído; poseer

chiselled - incelado; cincel

chasteness - astidad

Greek - griego, griego, griega

marble - mármol, canica, balita

elaborate - elaborar; profundizar

Renaissance - renacimiento

At times his winged words seemed to flutter down the page frantically like Baroque angels; at other times nothing could have more adequately described his manner than the timeless calm of the gaunt pyramids.

winged - alado; ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

flutter - leteo; ondear, aletear

Baroque - Barroco, barroca

angels - ángeles; ángel

adequately - adecuadamente

gaunt - enjuto; demacrado, chupado, macilento

pyramids - pirámides; pirámide

The two men had reached the street. Reginald wrapped his long spring coat round him.

wrapped - envuelto; enrollar

"I shall expect you to-morrow at four," he said.

morrow - manana; manana

The tone of his voice was deep and melodious, suggesting hidden depths and cadences.

tone - tono

melodious - melódico; melodioso

depths - profundidades; profundidad

cadences - cadencias; cadencia, cadencia

"I shall be punctual."

punctual - puntual

The younger man's voice trembled as he spoke.

trembled - tembló; tiritar, temblar, temblor, vibración, temblequera

"I look forward to your coming with much pleasure. I am interested in you."

pleasure - placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

The glad blood mounted to Ernest's cheeks at praise from the austere lips of this arbiter of literary elegance.

Glad - feliz, alegre, contento

mounted - montado; montar

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

Praise - elogios; alabanza, loa, enaltecimiento, elogio, adoración

austere - austeridad; severo, austero

lips - labios; labio, labro

arbiter - árbitro, árbitra

elegance - elegancia, checkchic

An almost imperceptible smile crept over the other man's features.

imperceptible - imperceptible

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

"I am proud that my work interests you," was all the boy could say.

proud - orgulloso

"I think it is quite amazing, but at present," here Clarke drew out a watch set with jewels, "I am afraid I must bid you good-bye."

jewels - joyas; gema, joya, alhaja, rubí

bid - ofertar; pujar, hacer una oferta

Good-bye - (Good-bye) Adiós

He held Ernest's hand for a moment in a firm genial grasp, then turned away briskly, while the boy remained standing open-mouthed. The crowd jostling against him carried him almost off his feet, but his eyes followed far into the night the masterful figure of Reginald Clarke, toward whom he felt himself drawn with every fiber of his body and the warm enthusiasm of his generous youth.

firm - firma; firme, sólido

genial - genial, amable, formidable, bueno, simpático

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

briskly - enérgicamente; con brío, brioso; rápido, enérgico, briosamente

remained - se quedó; resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer

jostling - Empujones; (jostle); codear, empujar

masterful - Maestro

toward - hacia, sobre, para

whom - a quién; quién, quiénes, cuyo, quien

fiber - fibra

enthusiasm - entusiasmo

generous - generoso, magnánimo, dadivoso, munificente

youth - jóvenes; juventud, adolescencia, mocedad, anos mozos, joven

Chapter II

With elastic step, inhaling the night-air with voluptuous delight, Reginald Clarke made his way down Broadway, lying stretched out before him, bathed in light and pulsating with life.

elastic - elástico, elástico

inhaling - inhalando; inhalar, alentar, aspirar, inspirar

voluptuous - voluptuosa; voluptuoso, sensual

delight - disfrutar; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

stretched - estirado; estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón

pulsating - palpitante; latir

His world-embracing intellect was powerfully attracted by the Giant City's motley activities. On the street, as in the salon, his magnetic power compelled recognition, and he stepped through the midst of the crowd as a Circassian blade cleaves water.

embracing - abrazar, abrazo

intellect - intelecto

powerfully - con fuerza; poderosamente

attracted - atraído; atraer, llamar

giant - gigante, gigantesco

motley - heterogéneo, variopinto, variado, abigarrado, mezcolanza

salon - salón, sala

magnetic - magnético

compelled - obligado; obligar, forzar, compeler

midst - en medio; centro

blade - cuchilla, hoja, cuchillo (said of a dagger), espada, pala, aspa

cleaves - cortes; partir

After walking a block or two, he suddenly halted before a jeweller's shop. Arrayed in the window were priceless gems that shone in the glare of electricity, like mystical serpent-eyes-green, pomegranate and water-blue. And as he stood there the dazzling radiance before him was transformed in the prism of his mind into something great and very wonderful that might, some day, be a poem.

block - bloque

halted - detenido; parar, detener

jeweller's shop - Joyería

arrayed - arreglado; atavío, galas, distribución, ristra, gama, vector

priceless - no tiene precio; inestimable

gems - gemas; joya, alhaja, piedra preciosa, gema

shone - brilló; brillar

glare - resplandor; mirada fulminante

mystical - místico

serpent - serpiente

pomegranate - granada, granado

transformed - transformado; trasformar, transformar

prism - prisma

poem - poema, poesía, oda

Then his attention was diverted by a small group of tiny girls dancing on the sidewalk to the husky strains of an old hurdy-gurdy. He joined the circle of amused spectators, to watch those pink-ribboned bits of femininity swaying airily to and fro in unison with the tune. One especially attracted his notice-a slim olive-coloured girl from a land where it is always spring.

diverted - desviado; desviar, entretener, distraer

tiny - pequeno; diminuto, minúsculo, pequenito

sidewalk - acera, andén

husky - ronco

strains - correas; estirar, tensar

hurdy - Lanzadera

amused - divertido; entretener, distraer, divertir

spectators - espectadores; espectador

ribboned - cinta, mono, lazo, galón

femininity - feminidad, femineidad

swaying - Oscilación; (sway); balanceo, influencia, influjo

airily - en el aire

tune - melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

slim - flaco, delgado, adelgazarse, enflaquecer, enflaquecerse

olive - aceituna, oliva, olivo, verde oliva, aceitunado, verde aceituna

Her whole being translated into music, with hair dishevelled and feet hardly touching the ground, the girl suggested an orange-leaf dancing on a sunbeam. The rasping street-organ, perchance, brought to her melodious reminiscences of some flute-playing Savoyard boy, brown-limbed and dark of hair.

translated - traducido; traducir, trasladar, verter

dishevelled - desgrenado; desordenar

hardly - apenas, a duras penas

leaf - hoja, tablero

sunbeam - rayo de sol

rasping - raspando; áspero; (rasp) raspando; áspero

perchance - por casualidad; por ventura

reminiscences - recuerdos; reminiscencia

flute - flauta

Savoyard - Saboyano

limbed - con extremidades; miembro

For several minutes Reginald Clarke followed with keen delight each delicate curve her graceful limbs described.

keen - con ganas; entusiasta

delicate - delicado, delicado (1, 2)

curve - curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

graceful - gracia; grácil, gracioso

limbs - miembros; miembro

Then-was it that she grew tired, or that the stranger's persistent scrutiny embarrassed her?-the music oozed out of her movements. They grew slower, angular, almost clumsy. The look of interest in Clarke's eyes died, but his whole form quivered, as if the rhythm of the music and the dance had mysteriously entered into his blood.

persistent - persistente

scrutiny - escrutinio, escudrino, escudrinamiento

embarrassed - avergonzado; avergonzar, abochornar, sonrojar, humillar

oozed out - salir, brotar, rebosar

angular - angular, anguloso, esquinado, rudo

clumsy - patoso, torpe, desmanado, bruto

quivered - tembló; estremecer(se)

rhythm - ritmo

mysteriously - misteriosamente

He continued his stroll, seemingly without aim; in reality he followed, with nervous intensity, the multiform undulations of the populace, swarming through Broadway in either direction. Like the giant whose strength was rekindled every time he touched his mother, the earth, Reginald Clarke seemed to draw fresh vitality from every contact with life.

stroll - paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

seemingly - Parece

aim - apuntar

reality - realidad

intensity - intensidad

multiform - multiforme

populace - la población; populacho

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

vitality - vitalidad

contact - contacto, contactar, entrar en contacto con

He turned east along Fourteenth street, where cheap vaudevilles are strung together as glass-pearls on the throat of a wanton. Gaudy bill-boards, drenched in clamorous red, proclaimed the tawdry attractions within. Much to the surprise of the doorkeeper at a particularly evil-looking music hall, Reginald Clarke lingered in the lobby, and finally even bought a ticket that entitled him to enter this sordid wilderness of décolleté art. Street-snipes, a few workingmen, dilapidated sportsmen, and women whose ruined youth thick layers of powder and paint, even in this artificial light, could not restore, constituted the bulk of the audience. Reginald Clarke, apparently unconscious of the curiosity, surprise and envy that his appearance excited, seated himself at a table near the stage, ordering from the solicitous waiter only a cocktail and a programme. The drink he left untouched, while his eyes greedily ran down the lines of the announcement.

Fourteenth - decimocuarto, decimocuarto, decimocuarta, catorceavo

vaudevilles - vaudevilles; vodevil

strung - encordado; cordel, mecate, usic, cadena, cuerda, enhebrar

pearls - perlas; perla, parisienne

throat - garganta, tráquea, cuello

wanton - gracioso; indisciplinado, desenfadado, juguetón, lascivo

gaudy - vistoso, llamativo, chillón

drenched - empapado; empapar

clamorous - clamoroso

proclaimed - proclamado; proclamar

tawdry - de mal gusto; hortera, chabacano, charro

attractions - atracciones; atracción

within - dentro de, adentro

doorkeeper - portero, portera

particularly - en particular; particularmente

lingered - permaneció; permanecer, demorar, persistir, perdurar, pervivir

lobby - vestíbulo

entitled - con derecho; intitular

sordid - sórdido

wilderness - salvajes; descampado, jungla, maleza, monte

snipes - snipes; disparar (desde un escondite)

workingmen - trabajador

dilapidated - deteriorado; deteriorar, derrochar, deteriorarse

sportsmen - deportistas; deportista

ruined - arruinado; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

layers - Capa

powder - polvo, reducir a polvo, pulverizar, triturar, espolvorear

artificial light - luz artificial

restore - restablecer, restaurar

constituted - onstituido; constituir

bulk - masa, corpulencia, grueso, bulto, a granel, masivo

apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente

unconscious - inconsciente, subconsciente, subconsciencia

curiosity - curiosidad

envy - envidia, pelusa, envidiar

cocktail - un cóctel; cóctel, coctel

announcement - anuncio, declaración, anunciación, checkanuncio

When he had found what he sought, he lit a cigar, paying no attention to the boards, but studying the audience with cursory interest until the appearance of Betsy, the Hyacinth Girl.

sought - buscado; buscar

cigar - un puro; puro, cigarro

cursory - rápido, superficial

hyacinth - jacinto

When she began to sing, his mind still wandered. The words of her song were crude, but not without a certain lilt that delighted the uncultured ear, while the girl's voice was thin to the point of being unpleasant. When, however, she came to the burden of the song, Clarke's manner changed suddenly. laying down his cigar, he listened with rapt attention, eagerly gazing at her.

wandered - deambuló; vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

crude - crudo, rudimentario

delighted - encantado; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

uncultured - inculto

unpleasant - desagradable, desapacible

burden - carga

laying down - ponerse, acostarse, tumbarse

rapt - extasiado; absorto, embelesado

eagerly - con ganas; ansiosamente

gazing at - mirando

For, as she sang the last line and tore the hyacinth-blossoms from her hair, there crept into her voice a strangely poignant, pathetic little thrill, that redeemed the execrable faultiness of her singing, and brought the rude audience under her spell.

tore - Romper

blossoms - flores; flor, floración, florecer

strangely - extranamente; extranamente

poignant - conmovedor; puntiagudo, punzo-cortante, claro, elocuente

pathetic - patético, penoso

thrill - emoción; excitar; emocionar, conmover

redeemed - edimido; redimir, rescatar, liberar, libertar, redimirse

execrable - excrable; execrable

faultiness - falta

Clarke, too, was captivated by that tremour, the infinite sadness of which suggested the plaint of souls moaning low at night, when lust preys on creatures marked for its spoil.

captivated - cautivado; cautivar

tremour - Temblor

infinite - infinito

sadness - tristeza, desgracia, infortunio

plaint - Paint

souls - almas; alma, espíritu

moaning - gimiendo; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

lust - lujuria, deseo, ganas, lujuria, alegría

preys - presas; botín, presa

creatures - criaturas; criatura

spoil - expoliar, despojar, danar, arruinar, echar a perder

The singer paused. Still those luminous eyes were upon her. She grew nervous. It was only with tremendous difficulty that she reached the refrain. As she sang the opening lines of the last stanza, an inscrutable smile curled on Clarke's lips. She noticed the man's relentless gaze and faltered. When the burden came, her singing was hard and cracked: the tremour had gone from her voice.

paused - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

luminous - luminoso

tremendous - tremendo

difficulty - dificultad

refrain - estribillo

stanza - estrofa

inscrutable - incrutable; inescrutable, impenetrable, incomprensible

curled - rizado; rizo, bucle, flexión

relentless - incesante; implacable, furioso, inexorable, incansable

gaze - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

faltered - aciló; dudar

cracked - roto; rajarse, resquebrajarse

Chapter III

Long before the appointed time Ernest walked up and down in front of the abode of Reginald Clarke, a stately apartment-house overlooking Riverside Drive.

appointed time - hora indicada

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

stately - enorial; majestuoso

overlooking - pasando por alto; mirador, pasar por alto, otear

riverside - ribera, ribereno

Misshapen automobiles were chasing by, carrying to the cool river's marge the restlessness and the fever of American life. But the bustle and the noise seemed to the boy only auspicious omens of the future.

misshapen - Malformar

automobiles - automóviles; automóvil, carro, coche, auto

chasing - Persiguiendo; (chas) Persiguiendo

restlessness - agitación, desasosiego, desazón, inquietud

fever - fiebre, calentura

bustle - tiempo; polisón, abundar

auspicious - uspicioso; prometedor, propicio

omens - presagios; presagio

Jack, his room-mate and dearest friend, had left him a month ago, and, for a space, he had felt very lonely. His young and delicate soul found it difficult to grapple with the vague fears that his nervous brain engendered, when whispered sounds seemed to float from hidden corners, and the stairs creaked under mysterious feet.

Jack - Juanito, Jacobo, Santiago

mate - colega; aparear, acoplar

lonely - solo; solitario, desolado, desierto

grapple with - luchar con

vague - vago, impreciso

engendered - engendrar

float - flotador; flotar, carroza

creaked - rujió; crujido, crujir, chirriar, rechinar

mysterious - misterioso

He needed the voice of loving kindness to call him back from the valley of haunting shadows, where his poet's soul was wont to linger overlong; in his hours of weakness the light caress of a comrade renewed his strength and rekindled in his hand the flaming sword of song.

kindness - amabilidad, bondad

shadows - sombras; sombra

wont - no

linger - permanecer, demorar, persistir, perdurar, pervivir

overlong - Demasiado largo

weakness - debilidad, flaqueza, punto débil, debilidad por, carino

caress - caricia, carantona, acariciar

comrade - companero, colega, camarada, correligionario, camarada

renewed - renovado; reanudar, renovar, reiniciar, recomenzar

flaming - en llamas; llameante; (flame); flama, llama

sword - espada, gladio

And at nightfall he would bring the day's harvest to Clarke, as a worshipper scattering precious stones, incense and tapestries at the feet of a god.

at nightfall - al anochecer

harvest - cosecha, cosechar

worshipper - adorador, devoto, fiel

precious - preciosos; precioso

incense - incienso, sahumerio, sahumo

tapestries - tapices; tapiz

Surely he would be very happy. And as the heart, at times, leads the feet to the goal of its desire, while multicoloured dreams, like dancing-girls, lull the will to sleep, he suddenly found himself stepping from the elevator-car to Reginald Clarke's apartment.

surely - seguro; seguramente, checksin duda

leads - llevar, conducir

desire - desear, deseo, gana

multicoloured - ulticolor

lull - calma; arrullar, adormecer

Already was he raising his hand to strike the electric bell when a sound from within made him pause half-way.

strike - tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar, hacer la huelga

bell - campana

pause - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

"No, there's no help!" he heard Clarke say. His voice had a hard, metallic clangour.

metallic - metálico, metalizado

clangour - estruendo

A boyish voice answered plaintively. What the words were Ernest could not distinctly hear, but the suppressed sob in them almost brought the tears to his eyes. He instinctively knew that this was the finale of some tragedy.

plaintively - Llamativamente

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

suppressed - suprimido; reprimar, contener, ocultar, suprimir

sob - sollozar; hdp

Tears - lágrimas; lágrima

instinctively - instintivamente

finale - final

tragedy - tragedia

He withdrew hastily, so as not to be a witness of an interview that was not meant for his ears.

withdrew - se retiró; retirar(se)

hastily - apresuradamente; de prisa, atropelladamente

witness - Testigo

Reginald Clarke probably had good reason for parting with his young friend, whom Ernest surmised to be Abel Felton, a talented boy, whom the master had taken under his wings.

surmised - suponer, conjeturar, presumir

Abel - Abel

talented - con talento; talentoso, dotado

wings - alas; ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

In the apartment a momentary silence had ensued.

momentary - momentánea; momentáneo

ensued - siguió; seguirse, resultar

This was interrupted by Clarke: "It will come again, in a month, in a year, in two years."

interrupted - interrumpido; interrumpir, interrupción

"No, no! It is all gone!" sobbed the boy.

sobbed - sollozó; hdp

"Nonsense. You are merely nervous. But that is just why we must part. There is no room in one house for two nervous people."

nonsense - tonterías; tontería, tontada, tontuna, disparate

merely - simplemente; meramente, puramente, solamente, sólo

just why - pero por qué

"I was not such a nervous wreck before I met you."

wreck - naufragio; cacharro, trasto, guinapo, choque, desastre

"Am I to blame for it-for your morbid fancies, your extravagance, the slow tread of a nervous disease, perhaps?"

blame - culpar, responsabilizar, echar la culpa

morbid - mórbida; mórbido, morboso

fancies - ganas; capricho, antojo

extravagance - extravagancia

tread - pisada; pisar, pisotear, hollar

"Who can tell? But I am all confused. I don't know what I am saying. Everything is so puzzling-life, friendship, you. I fancied you cared for my career, and now you end our friendship without a thought!"

confused - confundido; confundir, confundirse, mezclar

friendship - amistad

fancied - te apetece; capricho, antojo

"We must all follow the law of our being."

"The laws are within us and in our control."

"They are within us and beyond us. It is the physiological structure of our brains, our nerve-cells, that makes and mars our lives.

beyond - más allá de

physiological - fisiológico

nerve - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

cells - células; celda

Mars - Marte; (Mar) Marte

"Our mental companionship was so beautiful. It was meant to last."

"That is the dream of youth. Nothing lasts. Everything flows-panta rei. We are all but sojourners in an inn. Friendship, as love, is an illusion. Life has nothing to take from a man who has no illusions."

flows - flujos; fluir

rei - ei

sojourners - viajero

Inn - posada, venta

take from - tomar de

illusions - ilusiones; ilusión

"It has nothing to give him."

They said good-bye.

At the door Ernest met Abel.

"Where are you going?" he asked.

"For a little pleasure trip."

pleasure trip - viaje de placer

Ernest knew that the boy lied.

lied - Mentiste

He remembered that Abel Felton was at work upon some book, a play or a novel. It occurred to him to inquire how far he had progressed with it.

occurred - ocurrió; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

inquire - preguntar; investigar, informarse

Abel smiled sadly. "I am not writing it."

"Not writing it?"

"Reginald is."

"I am afraid I don't understand."

I don't understand - No lo entiendo

"Never mind. Some day you will."

Chapter IV

"I am so happy you came," Reginald Clarke said, as he conducted Ernest into his studio. It was a large, luxuriously furnished room overlooking the Hudson and Riverside Drive.

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

studio - estudio

luxuriously - lujosamente

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

Dazzled and bewildered, the boy's eyes wandered from object to object, from picture to statue. Despite seemingly incongruous details, the whole arrangement possessed style and distinction.

dazzled - deslumbrado; deslumbrar, obnubilar, encandilar, empaparotar

bewildered - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

statue - una estatua; estatua

despite - pesar de..; a pesar de, pese a, no obstante, maguer

incongruous - incongruente

possessed - Posees

distinction - distinción

A satyr on the mantelpiece whispered obscene secrets into the ears of saint Cecilia. The argent limbs of Antinous brushed against the garments of Mona Lisa. And from a corner a little rococo lady peered coquettishly at the gray image of an Egyptian sphinx. There was a picture of Napoleon facing the image of the Crucified. Above all, in the semi-darkness, artificially produced by heavy draperies, towered two busts.

satyr - sátiro

mantelpiece - mantel; repisa

obscene - obsceno, procaz, panish: t-needed

saint - Santo

argent - plata, argénteo, plata (blanco)

garments - prendas de vestir; prenda, prenda de vestir

peered - miró; par, noble

coquettishly - con coquetería

Gray - Gris

Egyptian - egipcio, egipciano, egipcio, egipcia

sphinx - esfinge

Napoleon - Napoleón

crucified - rucificado; crucificar

darkness - oscuridad, tinieblas

artificially - artificialmente

draperies - cortinas; cortina

busts - ustos; busto, pecho

"Shakespeare and Balzac!" Ernest exclaimed with some surprise.

Shakespeare - Shakespeare

exclaimed - exclamó; exclamar

"Yes," explained Reginald, "they are my gods."

His gods! Surely there was a key to Clarke's character. Our gods are ourselves raised to the highest power.

Clarke and Shakespeare!

Even to Ernest's admiring mind it seemed almost blasphemous to name a contemporary, however esteemed, in one breath with the mighty master of song, whose great gaunt shadow, thrown against the background of the years has assumed immense, unproportionate, monstrous dimensions.

admiring - admirando; admirar

blasphemous - blasfemo

contemporary - contemporario, contemporáneo

esteemed - stimado; estima

breath - respiración, aliento, respiro

shadow - sombra

assumed - asumido; suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

immense - inmenso

unproportionate - desproporcionado

monstrous - monstruoso

dimensions - dimensiones; dimensión

Yet something might be said for the comparison. Clarke undoubtedly was universally broad, and undoubtedly concealed, with no less exquisite taste than the Elizabethan, his own personality under the splendid raiment of his art. They certainly were affinities. It would not have been surprising to him to see the clear calm head of Shakespeare rise from behind his host.

comparison - comparación

Undoubtedly - sin duda

universally - universalmente

broad - amplio; ancho

concealed - ocultos; esconder, ocultar

exquisite - exquisito, bonísimo

Elizabethan - isabelino

splendid - espléndido

raiment - Ropa

affinities - afinidades; afinidad

Host - anfitrión; anfitriona

Perhaps-who knows?-the very presence of the bust in his room had, to some extent, subtly and secretly moulded Reginald Clarke's life. A man's soul, like the chameleon, takes colour from its environment. Even comparative trifles, the number of the house in which we live, or the colour of the wallpaper of a room, may determine a destiny.

presence - presencia

bust - reventar; busto, pecho

extent - en qué medida; extensión

subtly - sutilmente

moulded - moldeado; mantillo

chameleon - camaleón

comparative - comparativa; comparativo, comparativo

trifles - baratijas; sopa inglesa, pizca, nadería, nimiedad, zarandaja

wallpaper - papel pintado, papel tapiz, decomural, empapelado

determine - determinar

destiny - destino, sino

The boy's eyes were again surveying the fantastic surroundings in which he found himself; while, from a corner, Clarke's eyes were watching his every movement, as if to follow his thoughts into the innermost labyrinth of the mind.

surroundings - alrededores; periferia, rededor, derredor, circundante

thoughts - pensamientos; pensamiento

innermost - más interior

labyrinth - laberinto, dédalo

It seemed to Ernest, under the spell of this passing fancy, as though each vase, each picture, each curio in the room, was reflected in Clarke's work. In a long-queued, porcelain Chinese mandarin he distinctly recognised a quaint quatrain in one of Clarke's most marvellous poems. And he could have sworn that the grin of the Hindu monkey-god on the writing-table reappeared in the weird rhythm of two stanzas whose grotesque cadence had haunted him for years.

fancy - te apetece; capricho, antojo

though - ero..; no obstante, de todas formas, de todas maneras

vase - un jarrón; jarrón, florero, vasija

curio - una curiosidad; curiosidad, objeto curioso

reflected - reflejado; reflejar, recapacitar, reflexionar, cavilar

queued - en cola; coleta, fila, cola, línea, lista

porcelain - porcelana, loza

Mandarin - mandarín, chino mandarín

recognised - Reconoces

quaint - raro, singular; pintoresco

quatrain - cuatrain; cuarteto

poems - poemas; poema, poesía, oda

sworn - jurado; jurar

grin - sonreír abiertamente, sonreír de oreja a oreja

Hindu - hindú, hindú, hinduista

reappeared - reapareció; reaparecer

weird - raro

stanzas - estrofas; estrofa

grotesque - grotesco

cadence - cadencia, cadencia

haunted - hechizado; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

At last Clarke broke the silence. "You like my studio?" he asked.

The simple question brought Ernest back to reality.

"Like it? Why, it's stunning. It set up in me the queerest train of thought."

stunning - impresionante; anonadar, aturdir, pasmar, atontar

queerest - queerest; raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón

"I, too, have been in a whimsical mood to-night. Fancy, unlike genius, is an infectious disease."

whimsical - caprichosa; caprichoso, antojadizo

mood - estado de ánimo; humor

unlike - a diferencia de; diferente

infectious disease - enfermedad infecciosa

"What is the peculiar form it assumed in your case?"

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

"I have been wondering whether all the things that environ us day by day are, in a measure, fashioning our thought-life. I sometimes think that even my little mandarin and this monkey-idol which, by the way, I brought from India, are exerting a mysterious but none the less real influence upon my work."

wondering - Te preguntas; (wonder); maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro

whether - si, si , o, ya sea

measure - medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

idol - ídolo

India - India

exerting - ejerciendo; esforzar, ejercer, aplicar

influence - influencia, influir, influenciar

"Great God!" Ernest replied, "I have had the identical thought!"

identical - idénticos; idéntico

"How very strange!" Clarke exclaimed, with seeming surprise.

"It is said tritely but truly, that great minds travel the same roads," Ernest observed, inwardly pleased.

tritely - tritualmente

truly - de verdad; verdaderamente, realmente

observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

inwardly - nteriormente

"No," the older man subtly remarked, "but they reach the same conclusion by a different route."

remarked - remarcado; observación, comentario

conclusion - conclusión

"And you attach serious importance to our fancy?"

attach - acoplar; anexar, adjuntar

importance - importancia

"Why not?"

Clarke was gazing abstractedly at the bust of Balzac.

gazing - mirando; observar, mirar fijamente

abstractedly - En abstracto

"A man's genius is commensurate with his ability of absorbing from life the elements essential to his artistic completion. Balzac possessed this power in a remarkable degree. But, strange to say, it was evil that attracted him most. He absorbed it as a sponge absorbs water; perhaps because there was so little of it in his own make-up.

commensurate - corresponde; adecuado, conmensurado, proporcional

absorbing - absorbente; absorber

elements - elementos; elemento

essential - esencial

completion - terminación; conclusión, compleción

evil - malo, malvado

absorbed - absorbido; absorber

sponge - esponja, cafiche, gorrón, cafichear, gorronear, gallofear

absorbs - absorber

He must have purified the atmosphere around him for miles, by bringing all the evil that was floating in the air or slumbering in men's souls to the point of his pen.

purified - purificado; purificar

atmosphere - atmósfera, aire, clima, ambiente

floating - flotante, flotador; (float); flotar, carroza

slumbering - dormir; (slumber); adormecimiento, adormilamiento, adormecer

"And he"-his eyes were resting on Shakespeare's features as a man might look upon the face of a brother-"he, too, was such a nature. In fact, he was the most perfect type of the artist. Nothing escaped his mind. From life and from books he drew his material, each time reshaping it with a master-hand. Creation is a divine prerogative. Re-creation, infinitely more wonderful than mere calling into existence, is the prerogative of the poet.

most perfect - el más perfecto

escaped - se escapó; escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

reshaping - reformar

creation - creación

divine - divino

prerogative - prerrogativa

more wonderful - más maravilloso

mere - simple, mero

existence - existencia

Shakespeare took his colours from many palettes. That is why he is so great, and why his work is incredibly greater than he. It alone explains his unique achievement. Who was he? What education did he have, what opportunities? None. And yet we find in his work the wisdom of Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh's fancies and discoveries, Marlowe's verbal thunders and the mysterious loveliness of Mr. W.H."

palettes - paletas; paleta, gama de colores

incredibly - increíblemente

unique - único, senero

achievement - logro, hazana, proeza, gesta, hombrada

wisdom - sabiduría

bacon - tocino

verbal - verbal, verbal

Ernest listened, entranced by the sound of Clarke's mellifluous voice. He was, indeed, a master of the spoken word, and possessed a miraculous power of giving to the wildest fancies an air of vraisemblance.

entranced - entusiasmado; entrada

mellifluous - melifluo

indeed - de verdad; de hecho, realmente, efectivamente, verdaderamente

miraculous - milagroso

Chapter V

"Yes," said Walkham, the sculptor, "it's a most curious thing."

sculptor - escultor, escultora

most curious - más curioso

"What is?" asked Ernest, who had been dreaming over the Sphinx that was looking at him from its corner with the sarcastic smile of five thousand years.

sarcastic - sarcástico

"How our dreams of yesterday stare at us like strangers to-day."

strangers - Extrano

"On the contrary," remarked Reginald, "it would be strange if they were still to know us. In fact, it would be unnatural. The skies above us and the earth underfoot are in perpetual motion. Each atom of our physical nature is vibrating with unimaginable rapidity. Change is identical with life."

contrary - contrario

unnatural - no es natural; antinatural, contranatural, contra natura

perpetual - perpetua; perpetuo

motion - movimiento, moción

atom - átomo

vibrating - vibrando; vibrar

unimaginable - inimaginable

rapidity - rapidez, celeridad

"It sometimes seems," said the sculptor, "as if thoughts evaporated like water."

evaporated - se evaporó; evaporar

"Why not, under favorable conditions?"

"But where do they go? Surely they cannot perish utterly?"

perish - perecer

utterly - Completamente

"Yes, that is the question. Or, rather, it is not a question. Nothing is ever lost in the spiritual universe."

spiritual - espiritual, espiritual

universe - universo

"But what," inquired Ernest, "is the particular reason for your reflection?"

inquired - preguntó; investigar, informarse

reflection - reflexión, reflejo

"It is this," the sculptor replied; "I had a striking motive and lost it."

striking - sorprendente; llamativo, imponente

motive - motivo, móbil

"Do you remember," he continued, speaking to Reginald, "the Narcissus I was working on the last time when you called at my studio?"

narcissus - narciso

"Yes; it was a striking thing and impressed me very much, though I cannot recall it at the moment."

impressed - impresionado; impresionar, impresión, impresión

recall - recordar, evocar, retirada

"Well, it was a commission. An eccentric young millionaire had offered me eight thousand dollars for it. I had an absolutely original conception. But I cannot execute it. It's as if a breeze had carried it away."

commission - misión, cometido, destino, cargo, comisión, encargo, encargar

eccentric - excéntrico

millionaire - millonario, millonaria

offered - ofrecido; ofrecer

absolutely - totalmente, absolutamente

conception - concepción

execute - ejecutar, ajusticiar, arrancar

breeze - brisa

"That is very regrettable."

regrettable - lamentable

"Well, I should say so," replied the sculptor.

Ernest smiled. For everybody knew of Walkham's domestic troubles. Having twice figured in the divorce court, he was at present defraying the expenses of three households.

domestic - doméstico, nacional, empleada doméstica, empleada, malos tratos

Court - patio, callejón, corte, tribunal, juzgado

defraying - pagar; costear

households - hogares; hogar, agregado familiar, núcleo familiar, familia

The sculptor had meanwhile seated himself at Reginald's writing-table, unintentionally scanning a typewritten page that was lying before him. Like all artists, something of a madman and something of a child, he at first glanced over its contents distractedly, then with an interest so intense that he was no longer aware of the impropriety of his action.

Meanwhile - y mientras tanto; mientras tanto, entretanto, a todo esto

unintentionally - sin querer, involuntariamente

scanning - Escaneando; (scan); escrutar, escanear, escandir

madman - loco

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

Contents - ontenido; satisfecho

distractedly - Distraídamente

intense - intenso

aware - alerta, consciente, conocedor, sabedor, entendido

"By Jove!" he cried. "What is this?"

"It's an epic of the French Revolution," Reginald replied, not without surprise.

epic - epopeya, poema épico

French - francés, franceses

revolution - revolución, vuelta, giro

"But, man, do you know that I have discovered my motive in it?"

"What do you mean?" asked Ernest, looking first at Reginald and then at Walkham, whose sanity he began to doubt.

sanity - la cordura; cordura, sensatez

doubt - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre


And the sculptor read, trembling with emotion, a long passage whose measured cadence delighted Ernest's ear, without, however, enlightening his mind as to the purport of Walkham's cryptic remark.

emotion - afecto, emoción

passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo

measured - medido; medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

enlightening - esclarecedor; iluminar, alumbrar, ilustrar

purport - pretender, propósito

cryptic - enigmático; críptico

remark - observación, comentario

Reginald said nothing, but the gleam in his eye showed that this time, at least, his interest was alert.

gleam - resplandor; relucir, brillar, destellar

alert - alerta; despierto, vivo

Walkham saw the hopelessness of making clear his meaning without an explanation.

hopelessness - desesperanza

making clear - aclarar

"I forget you haven't a sculptor's mind. I am so constituted that, with me, all impressions are immediately translated into the sense of form. I do not hear music; I see it rise with domes and spires, with painted windows and Arabesques.

impressions - impresiones; impresión

domes - cúpulas; cúpula, domo

spires - espiras; aguja

arabesques - arabescos; arabesco

The scent of the rose is to me tangible. I can almost feel it with my hand. So your prose suggested to me, by its rhythmic flow, something which, at first indefinite, crystallised finally into my lost conception of Narcissus."

scent - olor, esencia, olfato, fragancia, oler

tangible - tangible, palpable

prose - prosa

rhythmic - rítmico, acompasado, cadencioso

flow - flujo; fluir

indefinite - indefinido

crystallised - Cristalizar

"It is extraordinary," murmured Reginald. "I had not dreamed of it."

extraordinary - extraordinario, descomunal

murmured - murmuró; soplo, murmurar

"So you do not think it rather fantastic?" remarked Ernest, circumscribing his true meaning.

circumscribing - circunscribiendo; circunscribir

"No, it is quite possible. Perhaps his Narcissus was engaging the sub-conscious strata of my mind while I was writing this passage. And surely it would be strange if the undercurrents of our mind were not reflected in our style."

engaging - atractivo; atraer, trabar conversación con, trabar batalla

conscious - consciente

strata - estratos; (stratum); estrato, capa

undercurrents - corrientes subterráneas; contracorriente, trasfondo

"Do you mean, then, that a subtle psychologist ought to be able to read beneath and between our lines, not only what we express, but also what we leave unexpressed?"

Psychologist - psicólogo, psicóloga

beneath - por debajo; bajo


"Even if, while we are writing, we are unconscious of our state of mind? That would open a new field to psychology."

psychology - psicología

"Only to those that have the key, that can read the hidden symbols. It is to me a matter-of-course that every mind-movement below or above the threshold of consciousness must, of a necessity, leave its imprint faintly or clearly, as the case may be, upon our activities."

threshold - umbral, entrada, límite

consciousness - conciencia

necessity - necesidad, menester

imprint - huella, marca, impresión

"This may explain why books that seem intolerably dull to the majority, delight the hearts of the few," Ernest interjected.

intolerably - intolerablemente

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

majority - mayoría, mayoría de edad

"Yes, to the few that possess the key. I distinctly remember how an uncle of mine once laid down a discussion on higher mathematics and blushed fearfully when his innocent wife looked over his shoulder. The man who had written it was a roué."

possess - poseer

laid - tirado; poner, colocar

blushed - se sonrojó; sonrojo, rubor

fearfully - con miedo

innocent - inocente

"Then the seemingly most harmless books may secretly possess the power of scattering in young minds the seed of corruption," Walkham remarked.

most harmless - el más inofensivo

seed - semilla

corruption - corrupción, corruptela, dano de datos

"If they happen to understand," Clarke observed thoughtfully. "I can very well conceive of a lecherous text-book of the calculus, or of a reporter's story of a picnic in which burnt, under the surface, undiscoverable, save to the initiate, the tragic passion of Tristram and Iseult."

thoughtfully - Pensadamente

conceive of - concebir

lecherous - lujurioso; libidinoso, lascivo, licencioso, libertino

calculus - cálculo, cálculo diferencial

picnic - jira, pícnic

surface - superficie

undiscoverable - Indetectable

tragic - trágico

Chapter VI

The strange personality of the master of the house had enveloped the lad's thoughts with an impenetrable maze. The day before Jack had come on a flying visit from Harvard, but even he was unable to free Ernest's soul from the obsession of Reginald Clarke.

enveloped - envuelto; envolver

lad - nino, chico, mozo, mozalbete

impenetrable - impenetrable

maze - laberinto, desconcertar

flying visit - Visita relámpago

unable - incapaz

obsession - obsesión

Ernest was lazily stretching himself on a couch, waving the smoke of his cigarette to Reginald, who was writing at his desk.

lazily - perezosamente

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

couch - un sofá; sofá, canapé

"Your friend Jack is delightful," Reginald remarked, looking up from his papers. "And his ebon-coloured hair contrasts prettily with the gold in yours. I should imagine that you are temperamental antipodes."

delightful - delicioso

ebon - Ébano

contrasts - contrastes; contraste, contrastar

prettily - bonito; bellamente, hermosamente, lindamente

Antipodes - antípodas; antípoda

"So we are; but friendship bridges the chasm between."

chasm - abismo; garganta, canón, barranco, barranca

"How long have you known him?"

"We have been chums ever since our sophomore year."

chums - companeros; colega

"What attracted you in him?"

"It is no simple matter to define exactly one's likes and dislikes. Even a tiny protoplasmic animal appears to be highly complex under the microscope. How can we hope to analyse, with any degree of certitude, our souls, especially when, under the influence of feeling, we see as through a glass darkly."

define - determinar, definir, definirse, aclarar, describir

dislikes - no le gusta; aversión, disgusto, antipatía, desagradar

protoplasmic - Protoplasmático

highly - altamente

complex - complicado, complejo, complexo, complejo

microscope - microscopio

analyse - analizar

certitude - certeza; certidumbre

darkly - oscuramente

"It is true that personal feeling colours our spectacles and distorts the perspective. Still, we should not shrink from self-analysis. We must learn to see clearly into our own hearts if we would give vitality to our work. Indiscretion is the better part of literature, and it behooves us to hound down each delicate elusive shadow of emotion, and convert it into copy."

spectacles - gafas; espectáculo, papelón

distorts - deformar, distorsionar, tergiversar, desvirtuar

perspective - perspectiva

shrink - contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

analysis - análisis

indiscretion - indiscreción

literature - literatura, literatura

behooves - conviene

hound - sabueso; perro de caza

elusive - escurridizo; elusivo, impreciso, inexacto, indefinible, ambiguo

convert - convertirse; convertir, converso

"It is because I am so self-analytical that I realise the complexity of my nature, and am at a loss to define my emotions. Conflicting forces sway us hither and thither without neutralising each other. Physicology isn't physics. There were many things to attract me to Jack. He was subtler, more sympathetic, more feminine, perhaps, than the rest of my college-mates."

analytical - analítica; analítico

realise - Te das cuenta

complexity - complejidad

Loss - pérdida

emotions - emociones; afecto, emoción

conflicting - en conflicto; conflicto, discrepancia, discrepar, estar renido

forces - fuerzas; fuerza

sway - maniobrar; balanceo, influencia, influjo, preponderancia

thither - por allí, hacia allá

neutralising - neutralizar

attract - atraer, llamar

subtler - más sutil; sutil

more sympathetic - más comprensivo/empático

feminine - femenino, femenil, de mujeres, femenino

mates - companeros; aparear, acoplar

"That I have noticed. In fact, his lashes are those of a girl. You still care for him very much?"

lashes - pestanas; pestana

"It isn't a matter of caring. We are two beings that live one life."

beings - seres; ser, criatura, existencia

"A sort of psychic Siamese twins?"

Siamese twins - Gemelos siameses

"Almost. Why, the matter is very simple. Our hearts root in the same soil; the same books have nourished us, the same great winds have shaken our being, and the same sunshine called forth the beautiful blossom of friendship."

root - raíz

soil - tierra, suelo

nourished - alimentado; nutrir

winds - vientos; viento, aire

sunshine - sol, luz del sol

blossom - flor, floración, florecer

"He struck me, if you will pardon my saying so, as a rather commonplace companion."

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

Pardon - perdón, indulto, perdonar, indultar, cómo?, ?perdón?, ?ah?

commonplace - lugar común, tópico, cliché, clisé

"There is in him a hidden sweetness, and a depth of feeling which only intimate contact reveals. He is now taking his post-graduate course at Harvard, and for well-nigh two months we have not met; yet so many invisible threads of common experience unite us that we could meet after years and still be near each other."

sweetness - dulzura, dulzor, melosidad, dulcedumbre, agradabilidad

depth - profundidad

intimate - intimo; íntimo

reveals - revelar, propalar

graduate - graduado, graduada, graduados, checkgraduada, graduarse

nigh - cerca, cabe, cercano

invisible - invisible

threads - hilos; hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón, subproceso

unite - unirse; unir, aunar, juntar, combinar

"You are very young," Reginald replied.

"What do you mean?"

"Ah-never mind."

"So you do not believe that two hearts may ever beat as one?"

"No, that is an auditory delusion. Not even two clocks beat in unison. There is always a discrepancy, infinitesimal, perhaps, but a discrepancy nevertheless."

auditory - Auditivo

delusion - engano, ilusión, delirio, idea delirante

discrepancy - discrepancia

nevertheless - a pesar de todo; sin embargo, a pesar de esto, con todo

A sharp ring of the bell interrupted the conversation. A moment later a curly head peeped through the door.

sharp - agudo, afilado, filoso, listo, sostenido, agrio, certero

ring - anillo

peeped - spiado; espiar

"Hello, Ernest! How are you, old man?" the intruder cried, with a laugh in his voice. Then, noticing Clarke, he shook hands with the great man unceremoniously, with the nonchalance of the healthy young animal bred in the atmosphere of an American college.

intruder - intruso, intrusa

bred - criado; (breed); criar, procrear, aparearse, cultivar

His touch seemed to thrill Clarke, who breathed heavily and then stepped to the window, as if to conceal the flush of vitality on his cheek.

breathed - respiró; respirar

heavily - pesadamente

conceal - esconder, ocultar

flush - lanzar; rubor

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

It was a breath of springtide that Jack had brought with him. Youth is a Prince Charming. To shrivelled veins the pressure of his hand imparts a spark of animation, and middle age unfolds its petals in his presence, as a sunflower gazing at late noon once more upon its lord.

springtide - primavera

Prince Charming - Príncipe Azul

shrivelled - arrugado; arrugar

veins - venas; vena

pressure - presión, presionar

imparts - mparte; impartir

spark - chispa

animation - vivificación, animación, animación

unfolds - e desarrolla; desplegar

petals - pétalos; pétalo

sunflower - girasol, maravilla, tornasol, mirasol

noon - mediodía

Lord - senor; castellano, senor

"I have come to take Ernest away from you," said Jack. "He looks a trifle paler than usual, and a day's outing will stir the red corpuscles in his blood."

trifle - baratija; sopa inglesa, pizca, nadería, nimiedad, zarandaja

paler - más pálido; amigo, colega

stir - remover, revolver

corpuscles - corpúsculos; corpúsculo

"I have no doubt that you will take very good care of him," Reginald replied.

"Where shall we go?" Ernest asked, absent-mindedly.

absent - ausente

mindedly - Pensando

But he did not hear the answer, for Reginald's scepticisms had more deeply impressed him than he cared to confess to himself.

scepticisms - escepticismo

deeply - profundamente; a fondo

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

Chapter VII

The two boys had bathed their souls in the sea-breeze, and their eyes in light.

sea-breeze - (sea-breeze) Brisa marina

The tide of pleasure-loving humanity jostling against them had carried their feet to the "Lion Palace." From there, seated at table and quenching their thirst with high-balls, they watched the feverish palpitations of the city's life-blood pulsating in the veins of Coney Island, to which they had drifted from Brighton Beach.

tide - marea

humanity - la humanidad; humanidad

quenching - apagado; enfriamiento; (quench); saciar, apagar, templar

thirst - sed, hambre, ambición, ansias, tener sed, desear

feverish - fiebre; febril

palpitations - palpitaciones; palpitación

drifted - deriva, derrape, ir a la deriva, vagar, derivar, errar

Ernest blew thoughtful rings of smoke into the air.

thoughtful - pensativo; detallista, minucioso, meticuloso, cortés

rings - anillos; anillo

"Do you notice the ferocious look in the mien of the average frequenter of this island resort?" he said to Jack, whose eyes, following the impulse of his more robust youth, were examining specimens of feminine flotsam on the waves of the crowd.

ferocious - feroz

mien - apostura, gesto

frequenter - Frecuentador; (frequent) Frecuentador

resort - esort; recurrir (a)

impulse - impulso, capricho

more robust - más robusto

examining - examinando; examinar, analizar, auscultar

specimens - especímenes; espécimen, ejemplar

flotsam - pecio

"It is," he continued, speaking to himself for want of an audience, "the American who is in for having a 'good time.'And he is going to get it. Like a huntsman, he follows the scent of happiness; but I warrant that always it eludes him. Perhaps his mad race is only the epitome of humanity's vain pursuit of pleasure, the eternal cry that is never answered."

huntsman - Cazador

Happiness - la felicidad; felicidad

warrant - garantía, cédula, orden, garantizar

eludes - lude; eludir

epitome - epítome, resumen, sinopsis

vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo

pursuit - persecución

eternal - eterno, eternal

But Jack was not listening. There are times in the life of every man when a petticoat is more attractive to him than all the philosophy of the world.

petticoat - enaguas

Philosophy - filosofía

Ernest was a little hurt, and it was not without some silent remonstrance that he acquiesced when Jack invited to their table two creatures that once were women.

acquiesced - aceptó; consentir


"But they are interesting."

"I cannot find so."

They both had seen better times-of course. Then money losses came, with work in shop or factory, and the voice of the tempter in the commercial wilderness.

losses - pérdidas; pérdida

commercial - anuncio, comercial

One, a frail nervous little creature, who had instinctively chosen a seat at Ernest's side, kept prattling in his ear, ready to tell the story of her life to any one who was willing to treat her to a drink. Something in her demeanour interested him.

frail - frágil; débil, delicado

creature - criatura

prattling - Parloteo; (prattle); parlotear

treat - tratar, negociar, rogar, invitar, convidar, sorpresa

"And then I had a stroke of luck. The manager of a vaudeville was my friend and decided to give me a trial. He thought I had a voice. They called me Betsy, the Hyacinth Girl. At first it seemed as if people liked to hear me. But I suppose that was because I was new. After a month or two they discharged me."

stroke - ictus; golpe

vaudeville - vodevil

trial - proceso, juicio

discharged - dado de alta; cumplir, completar, despedir, descargar, descargo

"And why?"

"I suppose I was just used up, that's all."


frightful - aterrador; temible

"I never had much of a voice-and the tobacco smoke-and the wine-I love wine."

tobacco - tabaco

She gulped down her glass.

gulped - tragado; trago, glup, tragar, zampar

"And do you like your present occupation?"

occupation - ocupación

"Why not? Am I not young? Am I not pretty?"

This she said not parrotwise, but with a simple coquettishness that was all her own.

parrotwise - al loro

On the way to the steamer a few moments later, Ernest asked, half-reproachfully: "Jack-and you really enjoyed this conversation?"

steamer - al vapor

reproachfully - con reproche

"Didn't you?"

"Do you mean this?"

"Why, yes; she was-very agreeable."

agreeable - lisonjero, agradable, dispuesto, conforme

Ernest frowned.

frowned - frunció el ceno; fruncir el ceno

"We're twenty, Ernest. And then, you see, it's like a course in sociology. Susie-"

sociology - sociología

"Susie, was that her name?"


"So she had a name?"

"Of course."

"She shouldn't. It should be a number."

shouldn - Debería

"They may not be pillars of society; still, they're human."

pillars - pilares; pilar

"Yes," said Ernest, "that is the most horrible part of it."

most horrible - el más horrible

Chapter VIII

The moon was shining brightly.

shining - brillante; brillar

Swift and sure the prow of the night-boat parted the silvery foam.

swift - rápido, veloz, célere, pronto

prow - proa

silvery - plateado, argénteo, argentino

foam - espuma, espumar

The smell of young flesh. Peals of laughter. A breathless pianola. The tripping of dancing-feet. Voices husked with drink and voices soft with love. The shrill accents of vulgarity. Hustling waiters. Shop-girls. Bourgeois couples. Tired families of four and upward. Sleeping children. A boy selling candy. The crying of babies.

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

peals - eals; repique, toque de campanas

breathless - jadeante, sin aliento

husked - escascarillado; cáscara (cereales), vaina (judías, por ej.)

shrill - chillón; estridente

accents - acentos; acento, pronunciación

vulgarity - vulgaridad

hustling - Apurado; (hustle); darse prisa, apurarse, enganar, engrupir

bourgeois - burgués; Burgesia

upward - hacia arriba

candy - caramelos; dulce, bombón

The two friends were sitting on the upper deck, muffled in their long rain-coats.

upper deck - la cubierta superior

muffled - silenciado; mufla

In the distance the Empire City rose radiant from the mist.

Empire - imperio

radiant - radiante, punto radiante

mist - niebla; neblina

"Say, Ernest, you should spout some poetry as of old. Are your lips stricken mute, or are you still thinking of Coney Island?"

spout - pitorro; pico, chorro, chorrear

poetry - poesía, poeticidad

mute - silencio; mudo

"Oh, no, the swift wind has taken it away. I am clean, I am pure. Life has passed me. It has kissed me, but it has left no trace."

wind - viento, aire

pure - pura; puro

kissed - besado; besar

trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

He looked upon the face of his friend. Their hands met. They felt, with keen enjoyment, the beauty of the night, of their friendship, and of the city beyond.

enjoyment - disfrutar; disfrute, gozo, regocijo, holganza

beauty - belleza, hermosura, preciosidad, preciosura

Then Ernest's lips moved softly, musically, twitching with a strange ascetic passion that trembled in his voice as he began:

softly - suavemente, inaudiblemente, silenciosamente

musically - musicalmente

twitching - Tic; (twitch) Tic

ascetic - ascético, asceta

"Huge steel-ribbed monsters rise into the air

steel - acero

ribbed - acanalado; costilla

monsters - monstruos; monstruo, fiera

Her Babylonian towers, while on high,

Babylonian - babilonio, babilónico

Like gilt-scaled serpents, glide the swift trains by,

gilt - dorado; (gild) dorado

scaled - a escala; escala

serpents - serpientes; serpiente

glide - deslizarse; deslizar, planear

Or, underfoot, creep to their secret lair.

creep - se arrastran; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

lair - guarida

A thousand lights are jewels in her hair,

The sea her girdle, and her crown the sky;

girdle - faja; cinto

Her life-blood throbs, the fevered pulses fly.

throbs - pulsa; palpitar

fevered - febril; fiebre, calentura

pulses - pulsos; pulso

Immense, defiant, breathless she stands there.

defiant - desafiante, fresco, contestatario

"And ever listens in the ceaseless din,

din - jaleo

Waiting for him, her lover, who shall come,

lover - amante

Whose singing lips shall boldly claim their own,

boldly - con valentía; audazmente, valientemente

claim - reclamación, declaración, proposición, afirmación, concesión

And render sonant what in her was dumb,

render - renderizar; dejar, volver

sonant - Sonante

dumb - tonto; mudo

The splendour, and the madness, and the sin,

madness - locura

sin - pecado

Her dreams in iron and her thoughts of stone."

iron - hierro; férreo, planchar

He paused. The boat glided on. For a long time neither spoke a word.

glided - se deslizó; deslizar, planear

After a while Jack broke the silence: "And are you dreaming of becoming the lyric mouth of the city, of giving utterance to all its yearnings, its 'dreams in iron and its thoughts of stone'?"

utterance - Expresión

yearnings - Anhelo

"No," replied Ernest, simply, "not yet. It is strange to what impressions the brain will respond. In Clarke's house, in the midst of inspiring things, inspiration failed me. But while I was with that girl an idea came to me-an idea, big, real."

Simply - simplemente, sencillamente

inspiring - inspirador; inspirar, infundir

inspiration - inspiración

"Will it deal with her?"

Ernest smiled: "Oh, no. She personally has nothing to do with it. At least not directly. It was the commotion of blood and-brain. The air-the change. I don't know what."

personally - personalmente

directly - directamente, en derechura

commotion - conmoción

"What will it be?" asked Jack, with interest all alert.

"A play, a wonderful play. And its heroine will be a princess, a little princess, with a yellow veil."

heroine - heroína

princess - princesa, infanta, princesa, checkinfanta

veil - velo, velar

"What of the plot?"

plot - argumento, trama, hilo argumental, intriga, plano

"That I shall not tell you to-day. In fact, I shall not breathe a word to any one. It will take you all by surprise-and the public by storm."

breathe - respirar

"So it will be playable?"

playable - jugable, reproducible

"If I am not very much mistaken, you will see it on Broadway within a year. And," he added graciously, "I will let you have two box-seats for the first night."

graciously - con amabilidad

They both chuckled at the thought, and their hearts leaped within them.

chuckled - se rió; reírse (entre dientes)

"I hope you will finish it soon," Jack observed after a while. "You haven't done much of late."

"A similar reflection was on my mind when you came yesterday. That accounts for the low spirits in which you found me."

accounts - uentas; cuenta

low spirits - ánimo decaído, moral baja

"Ah, indeed," Jack replied, measuring Ernest with a look of wonder. "But now your face is aglow. It seems that the blood rushes to your head swifter at the call of an idea than at the kiss of a girl."

measuring - Medir; (measure); medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

wonder - me pregunto; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

aglow - encendido

rushes - prisas; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

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

kiss - besar

"Thank God!" Ernest remarked with a sigh of relief. "Mighty forces within me are fashioning the limpid thought. Passion may grip us by the throat momentarily; upon our backs we may feel the lashes of desire and bathe our souls in flames of many hues; but the joy of activity is the ultimate passion."

sigh - suspiro; suspirar

relief - alivio

limpid - límpido

grip - agarre; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

bathe - banarse; banar, lavar

flames - llamas; flama, llama

joy - alegría, júbilo

ultimate - el último; último, final, máximo, extremo, mayor

Chapter IX

It seemed, indeed, as if work was to Ernest what the sting of pleasure is to the average human animal. The inter-play of his mental forces gave him the sensuous satisfaction of a woman's embrace. His eyes sparkled. His muscle tightened. The joy of creation was upon him.

sting - picar; aguijón

inter - enterrar

satisfaction - satisfacción, satisfacción

Embrace - abrazar, abrazo

sparkled - brillaba; centelleo, destello

muscle - músculo

tightened - apretado; apretar, tensar, tensarse

Often very material reasons, like stone weights tied to the wings of a bird, stayed the flight of his imagination. Magazines were waiting for his copy, and he was not in the position to let them wait. They supplied his bread and butter.

supplied - suministrado; proporcionar, abastecer

Between the bread and butter, however, the play was growing scene by scene. In the lone hours of the night he spun upon the loom of his fancy a brilliant weft of swift desire-heavy, perfumed, Oriental-interwoven with bits of gruesome tenderness. The thread of his own life intertwined with the thread of the story. All genuine art is autobiography.

Lone - solitario; solo

spun - hilado; hacer girar

loom - telar

weft - trama

perfumed - perfumado; aroma, perfume, perfumar

interwoven - entrelazados; entretejer, entrelazar

gruesome - thorripilante; espantoso, truculento

tenderness - ternura

thread - hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón, subproceso

intertwined - entrelazados; entretejer, entrelazar, entretejerse, entrelazarse

genuine - genuino, auténtico, legítimo, verdadero

autobiography - autobiografía

It is not, however, necessarily a revelation of the artist's actual self, but of a myriad of potential selves. Ah, our own potential selves! They are sometimes beautiful, often horrible, and always fascinating. They loom to heavens none too high for our reach; they stray to yawning hells beneath our very feet.

necessarily - necesariamente

revelation - revelación, develamiento

actual - real, existente, verdadero, efectivo, actual

potential - potencial

selves - yo; uno mismo

horrible - horrible, horrendo

fascinating - fascinante; fascinar

heavens - cielos; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

stray - perderte; extraviarse, perderse

yawning - Bostezando; (yawn); bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

hells - infiernos; infierno

The man who encompasses heaven and hell is a perfect man. But there are many heavens and more hells. The artist snatches fire from both. Surely the assassin feels no more intensely the lust of murder than the poet who depicts it in glowing words. The things he writes are as real to him as the things that he lives. But in his realm the poet is supreme. His hands may be red with blood or white with leprosy: he still remains king. Woe to him, however, if he transcends the limits of his kingdom and translates into action the secret of his dreams.

encompasses - comprende; circundar, rodear, abarcar, englobar

Heaven - el cielo; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

snatches - rapidas; agarrar, arrebatar, arrancada, arranque

assassin - asesino, asesina

intensely - intensamente

murder - asesinato, asesinar, cepillarse, devorar

depicts - representar, retratar, describir

glowing - resplandeciente; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

realm - esfera, reino

supreme - supremo

leprosy - lepra

remains - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

woe - pena, infortunio, ay

transcends - rasciende; trascender

limits - límites; límite

Kingdom - reino

translates - traduce; traducir, trasladar, verter

The throng that before applauded him will stone his quivering body or nail to the cross his delicate hands and feet.

throng - una multitud; muchedumbre, gentío, caterva, multitud, montón

applauded - aplaudido; aplaudir

quivering - tiembla; estremecer(se)

nail - un clavo; una

Sometimes days passed before Ernest could concentrate his mind upon his play. Then the fever seized him again, and he strung pearl on pearl, line on line, without entrusting a word to paper. Even to discuss his work before it had received the final brush-strokes would have seemed indecent to him.

concentrate - concentrar, concentrarse, concentrado

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

pearl - perla, parisienne

entrusting - encomendar, confiar

strokes - golpes; golpe

Reginald, too, seemed to be in a turmoil of work. Ernest had little chance to speak to him. And to drop even a hint of his plans between the courses at breakfast would have been desecration.

turmoil - confusión; desorden, turbulencia, dificultad, tumulto

hint - insinuación; pista, indicio, indirecta, buscapié, toque

at breakfast - en el desayuno

desecration - profanación

Sunset followed sunset, night followed night. The stripling April had made room for the lady May. The play was almost completed in Ernest's mind, and he thought, with a little shudder, of the physical travail of the actual writing. He felt that the transcript from brain to paper would demand all his powers. For, of late, his thoughts seemed strangely evanescent; they seemed to run away from him whenever he attempted to seize them.

shudder - temblor; escalofrío

travail - trabajo

transcript - transcripción, transcrito, expediente académico

demand - demanda, exigencia, exigir, demandar

whenever - cuándo; cuando quiera, siempre que, siempre y cuando

attempted - intentado; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

seize - incautar; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

The day was glad with sunshine, and he decided to take a long walk in the solitude of the Palisades, to steady hand and nerve for the final task.

solitude - soledad, solitud

palisades - palizadas; palizada

steady - estable; firme, liso, fijo

He told Reginald of his intention, but met with little response. Reginald's face was wan and bore the peculiar pallor of one who had worked late at night.

intention - intención

wan - pálido, macilento; débil

pallor - palidez

"You must be frightfully busy?" Ernest asked, with genuine concern.

frightfully - Asustado

concern - preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar, preocupar

"So I am," Reginald replied. "I always work in a white heat. I am restless, nervous, feverish, and can find no peace until I have given utterance to all that clamours after birth."

restless - inquieto

clamours - lamores; clamor, griterío

"What is it that is so engaging your mind, the epic of the French Revolution?"

"Oh, no. I should never have undertaken that. I haven't done a stroke of work on it for several weeks. In fact, ever since Walkham called, I simply couldn't. It seemed as if a rough hand had in some way destroyed the web of my thought. Poetry in the writing is like red hot glass before the master-blower has fashioned it into birds and trees and strange fantastic shapes.

undertaken - emprendido; emprender, acometer

rough - aspero; áspero, aproximado, aproximativo, casi, turbulento

blower - soplador; fuelle, ventilador

A draught, caused by the opening of a door may distort it. But at present I am engaged upon more important work. I am modelling a vessel not of fine-spun glass, but of molten gold."

draught - de barril; dama

distort - deformar, distorsionar, tergiversar, desvirtuar

engaged - comprometido; atraer, trabar conversación con, trabar batalla

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

molten - fundido; derretido, incandescente; (melt); material fundido

"You make me exceedingly anxious to know what you have in store for us. It seems to me you have reached a point where even you can no longer surpass yourself."

exceedingly - excesivamente; extremadamente, sumamente, sobremanera, asaz

anxious - ansioso, inquieto, deseoso

surpass - sobrepasar, superar, aventajar

Reginald smiled. "Your praise is too generous, yet it warms like sunshine. I will confess that my conception is unique. It combines with the ripeness of my technique the freshness of a second spring."

combines - combinar, juntar, unir

ripeness - madurez, sazón

technique - técnica

freshness - frescura, frescor

Ernest was bubbling with anticipated delights. His soul responded to Reginald's touch as a harp to the winds. "When," he cried, "shall we be privileged to see it?"

bubbling - burbujeo; burbuja, pompa, burbujear

anticipated - previsto; anticipar, prever

delights - elicias; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

harp - arpa, harpa

Reginald's eyes were already straying back to his writing table. "If the gods are propitious," he remarked, "I shall complete it to-night. To-morrow is my reception, and I have half promised to read it then."

straying - desviarse; (stray) desviarse

Propitious - propicio; panish: t-needed

"Perhaps I shall be in the position soon to let you see my play."

"Let us hope so," Reginald replied absent-mindedly. The egotism of the artist had once more chained him to his work.

chained - Cadena

Chapter X

That night a brilliant crowd had gathered in Reginald Clarke's house. From the studio and the adjoining salon arose a continual murmur of well-tuned voices. On bare white throats jewels shone as if in each a soul were imprisoned, and voluptuously rustled the silk that clung to the fair slim forms of its bearers in an undulating caress. Subtle perfumes emanated from the hair and the hands of syren women, commingling with the soft plump scent of their flesh.

gathered - reunidos; juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular, reunir

adjoining - colindante; lindar

arose - surgió; surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

murmur - murmullo; soplo, murmurar

tuned - sintonizado; melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

bare - desnudo, descubierto

throats - argantas; garganta, tráquea, cuello

imprisoned - encarcelado; encarcelar, aprisionar

voluptuously - voluptuosamente

rustled - susurrado; crujido

silk - seda

clung - aferrado; engancharse, adherirse

bearers - portadores; portador, portadora

undulating - ondulante; ondear, ondular, ondulado

perfumes - perfumes; aroma, perfume, perfumar

emanated - emanar

plump - relleno, regordete, rechoncho

Fragrant tapers, burning in precious crystal globules stained with exquisite colours, sprinkled their shimmering light over the fashionable assemblage and lent a false radiance to the faces of the men, while in the hair and the jewels of the women each ray seemed to dance like an imp with its mate.

fragrant - oloroso; fragante, perfumado

tapers - galletas; cerilla

crystal - cristal

globules - glóbulos; glóbulo

sprinkled - rociado; salpicar, rociar, asperjar, espolvorear

shimmering - brillante; (shimmer) brillante

fashionable - a la moda, de moda

ray - rayo

imp - diablillo

A seat like a throne, covered with furs of tropic beasts of prey, stood in one corner of the room in the full glare of the light, waiting for the monarch to come. Above were arranged with artistic raffinement weird oriental draperies, resembling a crimson canopy in the total effect. Chattering visitors were standing in groups, or had seated themselves on the divans and curiously-fashioned chairs that were scattered in seeming disorder throughout the salon.

throne - trono

furs - pieles; pelo, pelaje

Tropic - trópico

beasts - bestias; bestia, animal, salvaje

prey - botín, presa

monarch - monarca

raffinement - Rafinamiento

resembling - se parece; asemejar

crimson - carmín, carmesí

canopy - cubierta; dosel, palio, toldo, alero, copa, parabrisas, capota

Total - total, montante, suma

chattering - Charlando; (chatter) Charlando

divans - divanes; diván

curiously - con curiosidad; curiosamente

scattered - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir, desviar

disorder - desorden, disturbio, desenfreno, trastorno

throughout - en todo; a lo largo de, durante, de arriba abajo

There were critics and writers and men of the world. Everybody who was anybody and a little bigger than somebody else was holding court in his own small circle of enthusiastic admirers. The Bohemian element was subdued, but not entirely lacking. The magic of Reginald Clarke's name made stately dames blind to the presence of some individuals whom they would have passed on the street without recognition.

critics - críticos; crítico

enthusiastic - entusiasmado, entusiástico

admirers - admiradores; admirador, admiradora

Bohemian - bohemio, bohemia

element - elemento

subdued - sumiso; someter, doblegar, domenar, debelar

lacking - falta; carecer de

magic - magia, mágico, embrujar

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

Ernest surveyed this gorgeous assembly with the absent look of a sleep-walker. Not that his sensuous soul was unsusceptible to the atmosphere of culture and corruption that permeated the whole, nor to the dazzling colour effects that tantalised while they delighted the eye. But to-night they shrivelled into insignificance before the splendour of his inner vision. A radiant dreamland palace, his play, had risen from the night of inchoate thought. It was wonderful, it was real, and needed for its completion only the detail of actual construction.

gorgeous - guapa; guapísimo

assembly - ensamblaje, ensamblaje, montaje, asamblea, ensamblador

sleep-walker - (sleep-walker) sonámbulo

unsusceptible - insusceptible

permeated - permeado; percolar, permear

tantalised - tantalizar

insignificance - insignificancia, intrascendencia

vision - vista, visión

dreamland - el país de los suenos; país de los suenos, panish: t-needed

inchoate - embrional, incipiente, caótico; incoherente

construction - construcción

And now the characters were hovering in the recesses of his brain, were yearning to leave that many-winded labyrinth to become real beings of paper and ink. He would probably have tarried overlong in this fanciful mansion, had not the reappearance of an unexpected guest broken his reverie.

hovering - revoloteando; cerner, dudar, hesitar, vacilar

recesses - recesos; receso

yearning - Anhelo; (yearn) Anhelo

winded - sin aliento

ink - tinta, entintar, firmar, tatuar

tarried - tardar

fanciful - antasioso; imaginado, fantástico

mansion - mansión, casoplón

unexpected - inesperado, inopinado

reverie - ensonación; ensueno

"Jack!" he exclaimed in surprise, "I thought you a hundred miles away from here."

"That shows that you no longer care for me," Jack playfully answered. "When our friendship was young, you always had a presentiment of my presence."

playfully - Juguetonamente

had a presentiment - tener un presentimiento

"Ah, perhaps I had. But tell me, where do you hail from?"

hail - Granizo, granizar; llamar, saludar

"Clarke called me up on the telephone-long-distance, you know. I suppose it was meant as a surprise for you. And you certainly looked surprised-not even pleasantly. I am really head-over-heels at work. But you know how it is. Sometimes a little imp whispers into my ears daring me to do a thing which I know is foolish. But what of it? My legs are strong enough not to permit my follies to overtake me."

pleasantly - agradablemente

heels - tacones; talón

whispers - susurros; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

daring - atrevido, audaz, osado; (dare); atrevido, audaz, osado

foolish - tonto, necio, imprudente

permit - permiso; permitir

follies - locuras; capricho

overtake - rebasar, sobrepasar, adelantar, alcanzar, superar, sorprender

"It was certainly good of you to come. In fact, you make me very glad. I feel that I need you to-night-I don't know why. The feeling came suddenly-suddenly as you. I only know I need you. How long can you stay?"

"I must leave you to-morrow morning. I have to hustle somewhat. You know my examinations are taking place in a day or two and I've got to cram up a lot of things."

ve - e

hustle - apresurarse; darse prisa, apurarse, enganar, engrupir

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

examinations - exámenes; examen, examinación

cram - atiborrarse; atestar, atiborrar, embutir, chancar

"Still," remarked Ernest, "your visit will repay you for the loss of time. Clarke will read to us to-night his masterpiece."

repay - repagar; devolver, pagar

loss of time - Pérdida de tiempo

masterpiece - obra maestra

"What is it?"

"I don't know. I only know it's the real thing. It's worth all the wisdom bald-headed professors may administer to you in concentrated doses at five thousand a year."

worth - vale la pena; valor

bald - calvo, pelón

administer - administrar

concentrated - concentrar, concentrarse, concentrado

doses - dosis

"Come now," Jack could not help saying, "is your memory giving way? Don't you remember your own days in college-especially the mathematical examinations? You know that your marks came always pretty near the absolute zero."

Come now - venir ahora

giving way - ceder el paso

mathematical - matemáticas; matemático

absolute - absoluto, completo, pleno

"Jack," cried Ernest in honest indignation, "not the last time. The last time I didn't flunk."

honest - honesto, sincero; (hon); honesto, sincero

indignation - indignación

flunk - reprobar; aplazar

"No, because your sonnet on Cartesian geometry roused even the math-fiend to compassion. And don't you remember Professor Squeeler, whose heart seemed to leap with delight whenever he could tell you that, in spite of incessant toil on your part, he had again flunked you in physics with fifty-nine and a half per cent.?"

sonnet - soneto

Cartesian - cartesiano

geometry - geometría, geometría

roused - despertado; despertar

math - Matemáticas

fiend - diablo, diablillo, demonio, malvado

compassion - compasión, conmiseración

leap - salto; saltar, brincar

spite - rencor

incessant - incesante

toil - esfuerzo, labrar, trabajar

flunked - reprobado; aplazar

"And he wouldn't raise the mark to sixty! God forgive him,-I cannot."

forgive - perdonar, disculpar

Here their exchange of reminiscences was interrupted. There was a stir. The little potentates of conversation hastened to their seats, before their minions had wholly deserted them.

Exchange - intercambio; cambiar

potentates - potentados; líder, potentado, podestá, líder máximo

hastened to - se apresuró a

minions - súbditos; lacayo, súbdito, sirviente, subalterno, acólito

wholly - Por completo

The king was moving to his throne!

Assuredly Reginald Clarke had the bearing of a king. Leisurely he took his seat under the canopy.

assuredly - seguro

leisurely - con calma

A hush fell on the audience; not a fan stirred as he slowly unfolded his manuscript.

Hush - callar, callarse, calmar, acallar, silencio

stirred - agitado; remover, revolver

unfolded - desplegado; desplegar

manuscript - manuscrito, manuscrito

Chapter XI

The music of Reginald Clarke's intonation captivated every ear. Voluptuously, in measured cadence, it rose and fell; now full and strong like the sound of an organ, now soft and clear like the tinkling of bells. His voice detracted by its very tunefulness from what he said. The powerful spell charmed even Ernest's accustomed ear. The first page gracefully glided from Reginald's hand to the carpet before the boy dimly realised that he was intimately familiar with every word that fell from Reginald's lips. When the second page slipped with seeming carelessness from the reader's hand, a sudden shudder ran through the boy's frame.

intonation - entonación

tinkling - Tintineo; (tinkle) Tintineo

bells - campanas; campana

tunefulness - Sintonía

powerful - poderoso

charmed - encantado; encanto

accustomed - acostumbrado; acostumbrarse, habituar

gracefully - con elegancia; agraciadamente

dimly - tenuemente

realised - Te das cuenta

intimately - íntimamente

familiar - te suena; familiar, espíritu familiar

carelessness - descuido, imprudencia, negligencia, dejadez

sudden - de repente; repentino, súbito, brusco

frame - arco; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

It was as if an icy hand had gripped his heart. There could be no doubt of it. This was more than mere coincidence. It was plagiarism. He wanted to cry out. But the room swam before his eyes. Surely he must be dreaming. It was a dream. The faces of the audience, the lights, Reginald, Jack-all phantasmagoria of a dream.

icy - helado, hielo

gripped - agarrado; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

coincidence - coincidencia, casualidad

plagiarism - plagio

phantasmagoria - fantasmagoría; fantasmagoria

Perhaps he had been ill for a long time. Perhaps Clarke was reading the play for him. He did not remember having written it. But he probably had fallen sick after its completion. What strange pranks our memories will play us! But no! He was not dreaming, and he had not been ill.

pranks - bromas; travesura, broma, inocentada, jugarreta

He could endure the horrible uncertainty no longer. His overstrung nerves must find relaxation in some way or break with a twang. He turned to his friend who was listening with rapt attention.

endure - soportar; aguantar, perdurar, tolerar, consentir, condescender

uncertainty - incertidumbre, incerteza

overstrung - sobrecargado

nerves - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

relaxation - relajación, relax

"Jack, Jack!" he whispered.

"What is it?"

"That is my play!"

"You mean that you inspired it?"

inspired - inspirado; inspirar, infundir

"No, I have written it, or rather, was going to write it."

"Wake up, Ernest! You are mad!"

"No, in all seriousness. It is mine. I told you-don't you remember-when we returned from Coney Island-that I was writing a play."

seriousness - seriedad, gravedad

"Ah, but not this play."

"Yes, this play. I conceived it, I practically wrote it."

conceived - concebido; concebir

practically - prácticamente

"The more's the pity that Clarke had preconceived it."

pity - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

preconceived - preconcebir

"But it is mine!"

"Did you tell him a word about it?"

"No, to be sure."

"Did you leave the manuscript in your room?"

"I had, in fact, not written a line of it. No, I had not begun the actual writing."

"Why should a man of Clarke's reputation plagiarise your plays, written or unwritten?"

reputation - reputación

plagiarise - plagiar

unwritten - desescribir

"I can see no reason. But-"

"Tut, tut."

For already this whispered conversation had elicited a look like a stab from a lady before them.

elicited - obtenido; provocar, suscitar, evocar, educir, sonsacar

stab - apunalar

Ernest held fast to the edge of a chair. He must cling to some reality, or else drift rudderless in a dim sea of vague apprehensions.

edge - orilla, borde, lado, arista, ventaja, filo

cling - aferrarse; engancharse, adherirse

drift - deriva, derrape, ir a la deriva, vagar, derivar, errar

rudderless - sin timón; desnortado

dim - débil, ténue

apprehensions - aprehensiones; arresto, aprensión

Or was Jack right?

Was his mind giving way? No! No! No! There must be a monstrous secret somewhere, but what matter? Did anything matter? He had called on his mate like a ship lost in the fog. For the first time he had not responded. He had not understood. The bitterness of tears rose to the boy's eyes.

Fog - niebla

bitterness - amargo, amargura, amargor, acíbar

Above it all, melodiously, ebbed and flowed the rich accents of Reginald Clarke.

ebbed - disminuyó; reflujo, marea, marea baja, bajamar

flowed - fluyó; fluir

Ernest listened to the words of his own play coming from the older man's mouth. The horrible fascination of the scene held him entranced. He saw the creations of his mind pass in review before him, as a man might look upon the face of his double grinning at him from behind a door in the hideous hours of night.

creations - creaciones; creación

pass in review - pasar una revisión

grinning at - sonreír a

hideous - horrible, odioso, chocante, atemorizante

They were all there! The mad king. The subtle-witted courtiers. The sombre-hearted Prince. The Queen-Mother who had loved a jester better than her royal mate, and the fruit of their shameful alliance, the Princess Marigold, a creature woven of sunshine and sin.

witted - Ingenioso

courtiers - cortesanos; cortesano

sombre - sombrío, grave

prince - príncipe, conde, príncipe

Royal - real

shameful - vergonzoso

alliance - alianza

marigold - caléndula, margarita, flor maravilla

woven - tejido; (weave); tejido

Swiftly the action progressed. Shadows of impending death darkened the house of the King. In the horrible agony of the rack the old jester confessed. Stripped of his cap and bells, crowned with a wreath of blood, he looked so pathetically funny that the Princess Marigold could not help laughing between her tears.

Swiftly - rápido; rápidamente

darkened - oscurecido; oscurecer, obscurecer

agony - agonía, angustia

rack - estante

confessed - confesó; confesar, panish: t-needed

stripped - despojado; quitar, desprender; arrancar; despojar

cap - gorra

crowned - coronado; corona

wreath - guirnalda, corona, burelete, rodear

The Queen stood there all trembling and pale. Without a complaint she saw her lover die. The executioner's sword smote the old man's head straight from the trunk. It rolled at the feet of the King, who tossed it to Marigold. The little Princess kissed it and covered the grinning horror with her yellow veil.

pale - pálido

complaint - queja, denuncia, problema, afección

executioner - ejecutor; verdugo, carnífice, sicario, asesino a sueldo

smote - golpeado; golpear, cascar

trunk - tronco, baúl, trompa

rolled - rodando; rollo

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

horror - horror

The last words died away.

There was no applause. Only silence. All were stricken with the dread that men feel in the house of God or His awful presence in genius.

applause - aplausos; aplauso

dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor

But the boy lay back in his chair. The cold sweat had gathered on his brow and his temples throbbed. Nature had mercifully clogged his head with blood. The rush of it drowned the crying voice of the nerves, deadening for a while both consciousness and pain.

lay - poner, colocar

cold sweat - sudor frío

temples - templos; templo

throbbed - palpitaba; palpitar

mercifully - Misericordiosamente

clogged - obstruido; zueco, bloqueo, obstrucción, obstruir, azolvar

rush - prisa; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

drowned - hogado; ahogarse

deadening - Asfixiante; (deaden); amortecer, amortiguar, insonorizar

Chapter XII

Somehow the night had passed-somehow in bitterness, in anguish. But it had passed.

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

anguish - angustia

Ernest's lips were parched and sleeplessness had left its trace in the black rings under the eyes, when the next morning he confronted Reginald in the studio.

parched - eseca; torrefacer, agostar

sleeplessness - insomnio

confronted - confrontado; enfrentar

Reginald was sitting at the writing-table in his most characteristic pose, supporting his head with his hand and looking with clear piercing eyes searchingly at the boy.

characteristic - característico, característica

pose - postura, pose

piercing - pirsin, perforación, punzante; (pierce); pirsin, perforación

searchingly - Buscando

"Yes," he observed, "it's a most curious psychical phenomenon."

Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro

phenomenon - fenómeno

"You cannot imagine how real it all seemed to me."

The boy spoke painfully, dazed, as if struck by a blow.

painfully - dolorosamente

dazed - turdido; aturdimiento, aturdir, encandilar

"Even now it is as if something has gone from me, some struggling thought that I cannot-cannot remember."

struggling - con dificultades; (struggle); lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar

Reginald regarded him as a physical experimenter might look upon the subject of a particularly baffling mental disease.

regarded - considerado; considerar

experimenter - experimentador, experimentadora

baffling - desconcertante; (baffle); desconcertar, confundir

mental disease - enfermedad mental

"You must not think, my boy, that I bear you any malice for your extraordinary delusion. Before Jack went away he gave me an exact account of all that has happened. Divers incidents recurred to him from which it appears that, at various times in the past, you have been on the verge of a nervous collapse."

malice - malicia

account - cuenta

divers - buceadores; saltador, saltadora, piscinero, piscinera

Incidents - incidentes; incidente

various - varios, diversos, diferentes, distintos

verge - margen, borde; arcén

collapse - derrumbarse, desplomarse, colapsar, colapso, desplome

A nervous collapse! What was the use of this term but a euphemism for insanity?

euphemism - eufemismo

insanity - locura, insania, vesania

"Do not despair, dear child," Reginald caressingly remarked. "Your disorder is not hopeless, not incurable. Such crises come to every man who writes. It is the tribute we pay to the Lords of Song. The minnesinger of the past wrote with his heart's blood; but we moderns dip our pen into the sap of our nerves. We analyse life, love art-and the dissecting knife that we use on other men's souls finally turns against ourselves.

despair - desesperar, desesperanzar, desesperación, desesperanza

caressingly - Con caricias

hopeless - sin esperanza; desesperado

incurable - incurable

crises - crisis

tribute - tributo, homenaje

lords - senores; castellano, senor

dip - mojar

Sap - savia

dissecting - Diseccionando; (dissect); disecar, diseccionar

"But what shall a man do? Shall he sacrifice art to hygiene and surrender the one attribute that makes him chiefest of created things? Animals, too, think. Some walk on two legs. But introspection differentiates man from the rest. Shall we yield up the sweet consciousness of self that we derive from the analysis of our emotion, for the contentment of the bull that ruminates in the shade of a tree or the healthful stupidity of a mule?"

sacrifice - sacrificar, sacrificio

Hygiene - higiene

surrender - entregar, rendir, abandonar, rendirse, capitular

attribute - atributo, atribuir

chiefest - el más importante; jefe, principal

introspection - introspección

differentiates - diferenciar

yield - ceder

consciousness of self - conciencia de sí mismo

derive from - derivar

contentment - satisfacción

Bull - toro

ruminates - rumiar

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

healthful - saludable, sano, salutífero

stupidity - estupidez, burricie, tontería, idiotez

mule - mula

"Assuredly not."

"But what shall a man do?"

"Ah, that I cannot tell. Mathematics offers definite problems that admit of a definite solution. Life states its problems with less exactness and offers for each a different solution. One and one are two to-day and to-morrow. Psychical values, on each manipulation, will yield a different result.

offers - ofertas; ofrecer

definite - definitiva; definido, indudable

admit of - admitirlo

values - valores; valor, importancia, valorar, cifrar, apreciar

manipulation - manipulación

Still, your case is quite clear. You have overworked yourself in the past, mentally and emotionally. You have sown unrest, and must not be surprised if neurasthenia is the harvest thereof."

overworked - sobrecargado de trabajo; trabajo excesivo

mentally - mentalmente

emotionally - emocionalmente

sown - sembrado; sembrar

unrest - inquietud

neurasthenia - neurastenia

thereof - de eso; de esta, de esto, de ella, de ello

"Do you think-that I should go to some sanitarium?" the boy falteringly asked.

sanitarium - sanatorio

falteringly - de forma vacilante

"God forbid! Go to the seashore, somewhere where you can sleep and play. Take your body along, but leave your brain behind-at least do not take more of it with you than is necessary. The summer season in Atlantic City has just begun. There, as everywhere in American society, you will be much more welcome if you come without brains."

forbid - prohibir, vedar, vetar, negar

seashore - la orilla del mar; litoral, costa

more welcome - más bienvenido

Reginald's half-bantering tone reassured Ernest a little. Timidly he dared approach once more the strange event that had wrought such havoc with his nervous equilibrium.

bantering - Bromeando; (banter); charla, plática, cháchara, charlar

reassured - tranquilizado; tranquilizar, reasegurar

timidly - tímidamente

dared - se atrevió; atraverse, osar

approach - enfoque; acercarse, aproximarse

havoc - estragos; estrago

equilibrium - equilibrio

"How do you account for my strange obsession-one might almost call it a mania?"

mania - manía

"If it could be accounted for it would not be strange."

accounted - contabilizado; cuenta

"Can you suggest no possible explanation?"

"Perhaps a stray leaf on my desk a few indications of the plot, a remark-who knows? Perhaps thought-matter is floating in the air. Perhaps-but we had better not talk of it now. It would needlessly excite you."

indications - indicaciones; indicación

needlessly - innecesariamente

excite - emocionar, estimular, excitar

"You are right," answered Ernest gloomily, "let us not talk of it. But whatever may be said, it is a marvellous play."

whatever - qué; cualquier, lo que sea que, cualquier cosa que, no importa

"You flatter me. There is nothing in it that you may not be able to do equally well-some day."

equally - igualmente

"Ah, no," the boy replied, looking up to Reginald with admiration. "You are the master."

Chapter XIII

Lazily Ernest stretched his limbs on the beach of Atlantic City. The sea, that purger of sick souls, had washed away the fever and the fret of the last few days. The wind was in his hair and the spray was in his breath, while the rays of the sun kissed his bare arms and legs. He rolled over in the glittering sand in the sheer joy of living.

purger - Purga

washed away - limpiar, lavar; quitar, eliminar

fret - traste; preocuparse

spray - pulverizador; rociada, pulverización

rays - rayos; rayo

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

sand - arena

sheer - ser puro; puro, absoluto

Now and then a wavelet stole far into the beach, as if to caress him, but pined away ere it could reach its goal. It was as if the enamoured sea was stretching out its arms to him. Who knows, perhaps through the clear water some green-eyed nymph, or a young sea-god with the tang of the sea in his hair, was peering amorously at the boy's red mouth.

wavelet - perturbación

pined - pinado; alfiler

ere - Aquí

enamoured - Enamorar

nymph - ninfa

tang - sabor/olor fuerte

peering - espiando; par, noble

amorously - carinosamente, amorosamente

The people of the deep love the red warm blood of human kind. It is always the young that they lure to their watery haunts, never the shrivelled limbs that totter shivering to the grave.

lure - enuelo; tentación, aliciente

watery - agua; acuoso, lloroso

haunts - recuerdos; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

totter - temblar; tambalearse, bascular, dar tumbos

shivering - Tiritando; (shiver) Tiritando

grave - tumba

Such fancies came to Ernest as he lay on the shore in his bathing attire, happy, thoughtless,-animal.

shore - oribera; costa, playa

attire - atuendo, atavío, ataviar

The sun and the sea seemed to him two lovers vying for his favor. The sudden change of environment had brought complete relaxation and had quieted his rebellious, assertive soul. He was no longer a solitary unit but one with wind and water, herb and beach and shell. Almost voluptuously his hand toyed with the hot sand that glided caressingly through his fingers and buried his breast and shoulder under its glittering burden.

lovers - amante

vying - ompitiendo; rivalizar, rivalejar

favor - favor, favor, preferir, favorecer

rebellious - rebelde, levantisco, contestatario

assertive - asertivo; categórico, enérgico, firme

solitary - solitario

herb - hierba culinaria, planta medicinal, hierba

shell - cascarón; concha, cáscara, vaina, caparazón, casquete, terminal

buried - enterrado; enterrar

breast - pecho, seno, teta, corazón, pechuga

A summer girl who passed lowered her eyes coquettishly. He watched her without stirring. Even to open his mouth or to smile would have seemed too much exertion.

lowered - bajado; oscurecerse, encapotarse

exertion - esfuerzo

Thus he lay for hours. When at length noon drew nigh, it cost him a great effort of will to shake off his drowsy mood and exchange his airy costume for the conventional habilaments of the dining-room.

thus - así

Length - largo, eslora (nautical: length of a ship from bow to stern)

effort - esfuerzo

shake off - Sacudir

drowsy - somnoliento; adormecido, sonoliento, somnífero, soporífero

airy - aireado; airoso

costume - traje, disfraz

conventional - convencional

habilaments - habilidades

dining - cenar; jaleo

He had taken lodgings in a fashionable hotel. An unusual stroke of good luck, hack-work that paid outrageously well, had made it possible for him to idle for a time without a thought of the unpleasant necessity of making money.

lodgings - alojamiento, hospedaje, encamado

hack - cortar, tajar

idle - ocioso; parado, inactivo

One single article to which he signed his name only with reluctance had brought to him more gear than a series of golden sonnets.

reluctance - reticencia; reluctancia

gear - equipo, engranaje, pertrecho, aparejo

sonnets - sonetos; soneto

"Surely," he thought, "the social revolution ought to begin from above. What right has the bricklayer to grumble when he receives for a week's work almost more than I for a song?"

bricklayer - albanil; albanil

grumble - grunir; refunfunar, rezongar

Thus soliloquising, he reached the dining-room. The scene that unfolded itself before him was typical-the table over-loaded, the women over-dressed.

soliloquising - Soliloquio

dining - cenar

loaded - cargado; carga

The luncheon was already in full course when he came. He mumbled an apology and seated himself on the only remaining chair next to a youth who reminded him of a well-dressed dummy. With slight weariness his eyes wandered in all directions for more congenial faces when they were arrested by a lady on the opposite side of the table. She was clad in a silk robe with curiously embroidered net-work that revealed a nervous and delicate throat. The rich effect of the net-work was relieved by the studied simplicity with which her heavy chestnut-colored hair was gathered in a single knot.

luncheon - almuerzo

mumbled - murmuró; mascullar, mascujar, susurrar, mascujada

apology - una disculpa; disculpa, excusa

remaining - quedan; resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer

reminded - recordado; recordar

dummy - silencioso, tonto, maniquí, muerto

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

arrested - arrestado; paro, arresto, detenido, parar, detener, arrestar

robe - túnica; bata, hábito, toga

embroidered - bordado; bordar

net - et; red, malla

revealed - revelado; revelar, propalar

relieved - aliviado; aliviar, relevar

simplicity - simplicidad, sencillez, llano

chestnut - castana; castana, castano, marrón

knot - nudo

Her face was turned away from him, but there was something in the carriage of her head that struck him as familiar. When at last she looked him in the face, the glass almost fell from his hand: it was Ethel Brandenbourg. She seemed to notice his embarrassment and smiled. When she opened her lips to speak, he knew by the haunting sweetness of the voice that he was not mistaken.

carriage - coche, carruaje

embarrassment - vergüenza, corte g

"Tell me," she said wistfully, "you have forgotten me? They all have."

wistfully - con nostalgia

He hastened to assure her that he had not forgotten her. He recollected now that he had first been introduced to her in Walkham's house some years ago, when a mere college boy, he had been privileged to attend one of that master's famous receptions. She had looked quite resolute and very happy then, not at all like the woman who had stared so strangely at Reginald in the Broadway restaurant.

hastened - se precipitó; correr, acelerar, precipitar, anticipar, adelantar

assure - asegurar

recollected - recuerdas; recordar, acordarse de

resolute - decidido; resoluto

He regarded this encounter as very fortunate. He knew so much of her personal history that it almost seemed to him as if they had been intimate for years. She, too, felt on familiar ground with him. Neither as much as whispered the name of Reginald Clarke. Yet it was he, and the knowledge of what he was to them, that linked their souls with a common bond.

encounter - encuentro

fortunate - afortunado, propicio, favorable, afortunada

common bond - vínculo común

Chapter XIV

It was the third day after their meeting. Hour by hour their intimacy had increased. Ethel was sitting in a large wicker-chair. She restlessly fingered her parasol, mechanically describing magic circles in the sand. Ernest lay at her feet. With his knees clasped between his hands, he gazed into her eyes.

intimacy - intimidad

wicker - mimbre

restlessly - Inquieta

parasol - parasol, sombrilla

mechanically - mecánicamente, maquinalmente

clasped - agarrado; broche, manija, corchete, hebilla, agarrar

gazed - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

"Why are you trying so hard to make love to me?" the woman asked, with the half-amused smile with which the Eve near thirty receives the homage of a boy. There is an element of insincerity in that smile, but it is a weapon of defence against love's artillery.

eve - víspera, vigilia

homage - homenaje

weapon - arma

defence - defensa

Artillery - artillería

Sometimes, indeed, the pleading in the boy's eyes and the cry of the blood pierces the woman's smiling superiority. She listens, loves and loses.

pleading - suplicando; (plead); rogar

pierces - perfora; atravesar, traspasar

superiority - superioridad

Ethel Brandenbourg was listening, but the idea of love had not yet entered into her mind. Her interest in Ernest was due in part to his youth and the trembling in his voice when he spoke of love. But what probably attracted her most powerfully was the fact that he intimately knew the man who still held her woman's heart in the hollow of his hand. It was half in play, therefore, that she had asked him that question.

due - debido; salir de cuentas, mérito

hollow - hueco

therefore - por qué; por eso, por consiguiente, por lo tanto, por ende

Why did he make love to her? He did not know. Perhaps it was the irresistible desire to be petted which young poets share with domesticated cats. But what should he tell her? Polite platitudes were out of place between them.

irresistible - irresistible

poets - poetas; poeta, poetisa

domesticated - domesticado; domesticar, domesticarse

platitudes - erogrulladas; perogrullada, tópico, lugar común, obviedad

Besides he knew the penalty of all tender entanglements. Women treat love as if it were an extremely tenuous wire that can be drawn out indefinitely. This is a very expensive process. It costs us the most precious, the only irretrievable thing in the universe-time. And to him time was song; for money he did not care.

besides - además; al lado de, cabe

penalty - penalización; pena, castigo

tender - tierno

entanglements - enredos; enredo

tenuous - débil; tenue

wire - alambre, hilo, cable

indefinitely - indefinidamente

most precious - el más preciado

The Lord had hallowed his lips with rhythmic speech; only in the intervals of his singing might he listen to the voice of his heart-strangest of all watches, that tells the time not by minutes and hours, but by the coming and going of love.

intervals - intervalos; intervalo

The woman beside him seemed to read his thoughts.

beside - al lado de, cabe

"Child, child," she said, "why will you toy with love? Like Jehovah, he is a jealous god, and nothing but the whole heart can placate him. Woe to the woman who takes a poet for a lover. I admit it is fascinating, but it is playing va banque. In fact, it is fatal. Art or love will come to harm. No man can minister equally to both. A genuine poet is incapable of loving a woman."

Jehovah - Jehová

jealous - celoso, encelado, envidioso, checkenvidioso

placate - pacificar; aplacar

admit - admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer, permitir

fatal - fatal

harm - dano; dano, danar

minister - ministro

incapable - incapaz

"Pshaw! You exaggerate. Of course, there is a measure of truth in what you say, but it is only one side of the truth, and the truth, you know, is always Janus-faced. In fact, it often has more than two faces. I can assure you that I have cared deeply for the women to whom my love-poetry was written. And you will not deny that it is genuine."

exaggerate - exagerar

truth - verdad

Janus - Jano

love-poetry - (love-poetry) amar la poesía

deny - Negar

"God forbid! Only you have been using the wrong preposition. You should have said that it was written at them."

preposition - preposición

Ernest stared at her in child-like wonder.

"By Jove! you are too devilishly clever!" he exclaimed.

devilishly - endiabladamente; diabólicamente

After a little silence he said not without hesitation: "And do you apply your theory to all artists, or only to us makers of rhyme?"

hesitation - hesitación, vacilación, dudas, titubeo

theory - teoría

makers - fabricantes; hacedor, fabricante

rhyme - rima, rima, rimar

"To all," she replied.

He looked at her questioningly.

questioningly - Preguntando

"Yes," she said, with a new sadness in her voice, "I, too, have paid the price."

"You mean?"

"I loved."

"And art?"

"That was the sacrifice."

"Perhaps you have chosen the better part," Ernest said without conviction.

conviction - convicción

"No," she replied, "my tribute was brought in vain."

This she said calmly, but Ernest knew that her words were of tragic import.

calmly - con calma; tranquilamente

import - importar

"You love him still?" he observed simply.

Ethel made no reply. Sadness clouded her face like a veil or like a grey mist over the face of the waters. Her eyes went out to the sea, following the sombre flight of the sea-mews.

mews - Miau; (mew) Miau

In that moment he could have taken her in his arms and kissed her with infinite tenderness.

But tenderness between man and woman is like a match in a powder-magazine. The least provocation, and an amorous explosion will ensue, tumbling down the card-houses of platonic affection. If he yielded to the impulse of the moment, the wine of the springtide would set their blood afire, and from the flames within us there is no escape.

provocation - provocación

amorous - amoroso, carinoso, enamorado

explosion - explosión

ensue - sucede algo; seguirse, resultar

tumbling - Dar volteretas; (tumble); caída, caer, revolverse

affection - afecto, carino, apego

yielded - cedido; ceder

afire - fuego; ardiendo

escape - escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

"Come, come," she said, "you do not love me."

He protested.

protested - protestó; protestar, proclamar, oponerse, objetar, protesta

"Ah!" she cried triumphantly, "how many sonnets would you give for me? If you were a usurer in gold instead of in rhyme, I would ask how many dollars. But it is unjust to pay in a coin that we value little. To a man starving in gold mines, a piece of bread weighs more than all the treasures of the earth. To you, I warrant your poems are the standard of appreciation. How many would you give for me? One, two, three?"

usurer - usurero, usurera

unjust - injusto

pay in - Pagar en

coin - moneda, acunar

value - valor, importancia, valorar, cifrar, apreciar

Starving - Muerto de hambre; (starve); morir de hambre, hambrear

weighs - pesar, levar, desancorar

treasures - tesoros; tesoro, atesorar

Standard - estándar, estándar, dechado, padrón, nivel

appreciation - apreciación


"Because you think love would repay you with compound interest," she observed merrily.

compound interest - Interés compuesto

He laughed.

And when love turns to laughter the danger is passed for the moment.

Chapter XV

Thus three weeks passed without apparent change in their relations. Ernest possessed a personal magnetism that, always emanating from him, was felt most deeply when withdrawn. He was at all times involuntarily exerting his power, which she ever resisted, always on the alert, always warding off.

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

relations - relación, pariente

magnetism - magnetismo

emanating - emanar

withdrawn - retirada; retirar(se)

involuntarily - involuntariamente

resisted - esistido; resistir, panish: t-needed

warding - Protección; (ward) Protección

When at last pressure of work made his immediate departure for New York imperative, he had not apparently gained the least ground. But Ethel knew in her heart that she was fascinated, if not in love. The personal fascination was supplemented by a motherly feeling toward Ernest that, sensuous in essence, was in itself not far removed from love.

immediate - inmediata; inmediato

departure - salida, partida

imperative - imperativo, imperativo

Gained - ganado; ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

fascinated - fascinado; fascinar

supplemented - suplementado; suplemento, suplementario, complementar

essence - esencia, extracto

She struggled bravely and with external success against her emotions, never losing sight of the fact that twenty and thirty are fifty.

struggled - luchado; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

bravely - con valentía; valientemente

external - externa; externo

sight - vista, lugar de interés, espectáculo, panorama, visor, mira, ver

Increasingly aware of her own weakness, she constantly attempted to lead the conversation into impersonal channels, speaking preferably of his work.

increasingly - cada vez más

constantly - constantemente

lead - llevar; liderar; guiar, dirigir; provocar; encabezar; principal; plomo

impersonal - impersonal

channels - canales; canal

preferably - preferiblemente

"Tell me," she said, negligently fanning herself, "what new inspiration have you drawn from your stay at the seaside?"

negligently - con negligencia; negligentemente

seaside - la playa; costa, litoral, costero

"Why," he exclaimed enthusiastically, "volumes and volumes of it. I shall write the great novel of my life after I am once more quietly installed at Riverside Drive."

enthusiastically - con entusiasmo

volumes - volúmenes; volumen

installed - instalado; instalar

"The great American novel?" she rejoined.

rejoined - Reincorporarse


"Who will be your hero-Clarke?"

There was a slight touch of malice in her words, or rather in the pause between the penultimate word and the last. Ernest detected its presence, and knew that her love for Reginald was dead. Stiff and cold it lay in her heart's chamber-beside how many others?-all emboxed in the coffin of memory.

penultimate - penúltimo, anteúltimo, penúltimo

detected - detectado; detectar, sentir

stiff - rígido, duro, tieso, inflexible

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

emboxed - embotellado

coffin - ataúd, féretro, cajón

"No," he replied after a while, a little piqued by her suggestion, "Clarke is not the hero. What makes you think that he casts a spell on everything I do?"

piqued - picado; resentimiento, despecho

casts - lances; moldear, elenco, castear, sondar, sondear, lanzar

"Dear child," she replied, "I know him. He cannot fail to impress his powerful personality upon all with whom he comes in contact, to the injury of their intellectual independence. Moreover, he is so brilliant and says everything so much better than anybody else, that by his very splendor he discourages effort in others. At best his influence will shape your development according to the tenets of his mind-curious, subtle and corrupted.

impress - impresionar, impresión, impresión

intellectual - intelectual

Independence - independencia

Moreover - además, adicionalmente, otrosí

splendor - esplendor

discourages - esalienta; descorazonar, acobardar, desalentar, persuadir

development - desarrollo, desenvolvimiento

tenets - rincipios; creencia, principio, dogma

corrupted - corrompido; corrupto, corromper

You will become mentally distorted, like one of those hunchback Japanese trees, infinitely wrinkled and infinitely grotesque, whose laws of growth are not determined by nature, but by the diseased imagination of the East."

distorted - distorsionado; deformar, distorsionar, tergiversar, desvirtuar

Japanese - japonés, nipón, japonés, japonesa, nipón

wrinkled - arrugado; arruga

growth - crecimiento

determined - determinado; determinar

"I am no weakling," Ernest asserted, "and your picture of Clarke is altogether out of perspective. His splendid successes are to me a source of constant inspiration. We have some things in common, but I realise that it is along entirely different lines that success will come to me. He has never sought to influence me, in fact, I never received the smallest suggestion from him.

weakling - enclenque, funingue, enclenque, pusilánime

asserted - afirmado; asegurar, aseverar, afirmar, ejercer; confirmar

altogether - todos juntos; totalmente, completamente, en general, en suma

constant - constante, perseverante, firme, constante

Here the Princess Marigold seemed to peer at him through the veil of the past, but he waved her aside. "As for my story," he continued, "you need not go so far out of your way to find the leading character?"

peer - companero; par, noble

leading character - Personaje principal

"Who can it be?" Ethel remarked, with a merry twinkle, "You?"

merry - contento; alegre

Twinkle - titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

"Ethel," he said sulkingly, "be serious. You know that it is you."

sulkingly - Enfurrunada

"I am immensely flattered," she replied. "Really, nothing pleases me better than to be immortalised in print, since I have little hope nowadays of perpetuating my name by virtue of pencil or brush. I have been put into novels before and am consumed with curiosity to hear the plot of yours."

immensely - inmensamente

flattered - te sientes halagado; halagar, adular

immortalised - inmortalizado; inmortalizar

nowadays - actualmente, ahora, hoy en día, hoy día, hogano

perpetuating - perpetuando; perpetuar

virtue - virtud

consumed - consumido; consumir, panish: t-needed

"If you don't mind, I had rather not tell you just yet," Ernest said. "It's going to be called Leontina-that's you. But all depends on the treatment. You know It doesn't matter much what you say so long as you say it well. That's what counts. At any rate, any indication of the plot at this stage would be decidedly inadequate."

treatment - trato, tratamiento

It doesn't matter - No importa

indication - indicación

decidedly - decididamente; resueltamente

inadequate - inadecuado

"I think you are right," she ventured. "By all means choose your own time to tell me. Let's talk of something else. Have you written anything since your delightful book of verse last spring? Surely now is your singing season. By the time we are thirty the springs of pure lyric passion are usually exhausted."

ventured - se aventuró; aventura, arriesgar

verse - verso; estrofa

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

Ethel's inquiry somehow startled him. In truth, he could find no satisfactory answer. A remark relative to his play-Clarke's play-rose to the threshold of his lips, but he almost bit his tongue as soon as he realised that the strange delusion which had possessed him that night still dominated the undercurrents of his cerebration. No, he had accomplished but little during the last few months-at least, by way of creative literature.

inquiry - investigación; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

startled - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

satisfactory - satisfactorio

relative - relativo, familiar, pariente, parienta, parentela

tongue - lengua, tsinhueso, lengüeta

cerebration - cerebración

accomplished - cumplido; efectuar, realizar, lograr, completar

So he replied that he had made money. "That is something," he said. "Besides, who can turn out a masterpiece every week? An artist's brain is not a machine, and in the respite from creative work I have gathered strength for the future. But," he added, slightly annoyed, "you are not listening."

respite - un respiro; pausa, descanso, respiro, atrasar, postergar

slightly - un poco; levemente, ligeramente

annoyed - molesto; molestar, agobiar, jorobar

His exclamation brought her back from the train of thoughts that his words had suggested. For in his reasoning she had recognised the same arguments that she had hourly repeated to herself in defence of her inactivity when she was living under the baneful influence of Reginald Clarke. Yes, baneful; for the first time she dared to confess it to herself. In a flash the truth dawned upon her that it was not her love alone, but something else, something irresistable and very mysterious, that had dried up the well of creation in her.

exclamation - exclamación

train of thoughts - hilo (de pensamiento)

hourly - por hora

inactivity - ociosidad, inactividad

flash - destello

dawned - amaneció; amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada

irresistable - irresistible

dried up - seco, resecado, desecado

Could it be that the same power was now exerting its influence upon the struggling soul of this talented boy? Rack her brains as she might, she could not definitely formulate her apprehensions and a troubled look came into her eyes.

formulate - formular

"Ethel," the boy repeated, impatiently, "why are you not listening? Do you realise that I must leave you in half an hour?"

impatiently - impacientemente

She looked at him with deep tenderness. Something like a tear lent a soft radiance to her large child-like eyes.

tear - desgarro; lágrima

Ernest saw it and was profoundly moved. In that moment he loved her passionately.

profoundly - profundamente

passionately - con pasión; apasionadamente

"Foolish boy," she said softly; then, lowering her voice to a whisper: "You may kiss me before you go."

lowering - Bajando; (lower) Bajando

whisper - susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

His lips gently touched hers, but she took his head between her hands and pressed her mouth upon his in a long kiss.

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

pressed - presionado; apretar, presionar

Ernest drew back a little awkwardly. He had not been kissed like this before.

awkwardly - torpemente

"Poet though you are," Ethel whispered, "you have not yet learned to kiss."

She was deeply agitated when she noticed that his hand was fumbling for the watch in his vest-pocket. She suddenly released him, and said, a little hurt: "No, you must not miss your train. Go by all means."

agitated - agitado; agitar, perturbar

fumbling - buscar/revolver a tientas/torpemente, manejar torpemente

released - liberado; liberar

Vainly Ernest remonstrated with her.

vainly - en vano; vanamente

remonstrated - remonstrated; quejarse

"Go to him," she said, and again, "go to him."

With a heavy heart the boy obeyed. He waved his hat to her once more from below, and then rapidly disappeared in the crowd. For a moment strange misgivings cramped her heart, and something within her called out to him: "Do not go! Do not return to that house." But no sound issued from her lips. Worldly wisdom had sealed them, had stifled the inner voice. And soon the boy's golden head was swallowed up in the distance.

obeyed - obedecer

rapidly - rápidamente

cramped - estrecho; calambre, rampa, acalambrarse, coartar, inmovilizar

issued - emitido; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

worldly - undano

sealed - sellado; sello

stifled - asfixiado; ahogar, sofocar

swallowed up - se ha tragado

Chapter XVI

While the train sped to New York, Ethel Brandenbourg was the one object engaging Ernest's mind. He still felt the pressure of her lips upon his, and his nostrils dilated at the thought of the fragrance of her hair brushing against his forehead.

nostrils - fosas nasales; narina, fosa nasal

dilated - dilatado; dilatar, dilatarse

fragrance - fragancia, aroma

forehead - la frente; frente

But the moment his foot touched the ferry-boat that was to take him to Manhattan, the past three weeks were, for the time being at least, completely obliterated from his memory. All his other interests that he had suppressed in her company because she had no part in them, came rushing back to him. He anticipated with delight his meeting with Reginald Clarke. The personal attractiveness of the man had never seemed so powerful to Ernest as when he had not heard from him for some time.

ferry-boat - (ferry-boat) ferry, transbordador

obliterated - oliterado; remover, borrar, destruir, obliterar

rushing - Prisa; (rush) Prisa

attractiveness - atractivo, atractividad

Reginald's letters were always brief. "Professional writers," he was wont to say, "cannot afford to put fine feeling into their private correspondence. They must turn it into copy." He longed to sit with the master in the studio when the last rays of the daylight were tremulously falling through the stained window, and to discuss far into the darkening night philosophies young and old. He longed for Reginald's voice, his little mannerisms, the very perfume of his rooms.

brief - breve, corto, conciso, sucinto, escueto, resumen, poner al tanto

afford - pagar; costear, permitirse

private - privado, privado

correspondence - correspondencia, carteo, noticias

tremulously - Temblorosamente

darkening - oscurecimiento; oscurecer, obscurecer

philosophies - ilosofías; filosofía

longed for - Anhelar, desear, esperar

mannerisms - Manierismo

perfume - aroma, perfume, perfumar

There also was a deluge of letters likely to await him in his apartment. For in his hurried departure he had purposely left his friends in the dark as to his whereabouts. Only to Jack he had dropped a little note the day after his meeting with Ethel.

deluge - un diluvio; diluvio, avalancha

await - esperar, aguantar

hurried - con prisas; prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

purposely - intencionadamente, aposta, a propósito

whereabouts - dónde; paradero; (whereabout) dónde; paradero

He earnestly hoped to find Reginald at home, though it was well nigh ten o'clock in the evening, and he cursed the "rapid transit" for its inability to annihilate space and time.

cursed - Maldito; (curs) Maldito

rapid - rápido, rápido, rabión

Transit - tránsito, transporte, pasaje, atravesar, girar, transitar

inability - incapacidad

annihilate - aniquilar, anihilar

It is indeed disconcerting to think how many months, if not years, of our earthly sojourn the dwellers in cities spend in transportation conveyances that must be set down as a dead loss in the ledger of life. A nervous impatience against things material overcame Ernest in the subway. It is ever the mere stupid obstacle of matter that weights down the wings of the soul and prevents it from soaring upward to the sun.

disconcerting - desconcertante; desconcertar

earthly - terrenal

sojourn - vivir; estadía, estada

dwellers - habitante

transportation - transporte

dead loss - un desastre

ledger - libro de cuentas; libro de contabilidad, libro mayor, registro

Impatience - impaciencia

overcame - uperado; vencer, superar

subway - metro, subte, paso subterráneo

obstacle - obstáculo, óbice, traba, estorbo

soaring - aumentando; ascendente; (soar); planear, elevarse, planar

When at last he had reached the house, he learned from the hall-boy that Clarke had gone out. Ruffled in temper he entered his rooms and went over his mail.

ruffled - revuelto; volante, retorcer

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

There were letters from editors with commissions that he could not afford to reject. Everywhere newspapers and magazines opened their yawning mouths to swallow up what time he had. He realised at once that he would have to postpone the writing of his novel for several weeks, if not longer.

editors - editores; editor, editora, director, directora, redactor

commissions - comisiones; misión, cometido, destino, cargo, comisión, encargo

reject - rechazar, desestimar, artículo defectuoso, marginado, marginada

swallow - tragar, engullir

postpone - posponer; aplazar, postergar, atrasar, perecear

Among the letters was one from Jack. It bore the postmark of a little place in the Adirondacks where he was staying with his parents. Ernest opened the missive not without hesitation. On reading and rereading it the fine lines on his forehead, that would some day deepen into wrinkles, became quite pronounced and a look of displeasure darkened his face. Something was wrong with Jack, a slight change that defied analysis. Their souls were out of tune. It might only be a passing disturbance; perhaps it was his own fault. It pained him, nevertheless.

postmark - matasellos, timbre, matasellar, matar

little place - lugar pequeno

missive - misiva

rereading - relectura; (reread); releer

deepen - ahondar, checkprofundizar

wrinkles - arrugas; arruga

displeasure - disgusto, desazón

defied - desafiado; desafiar, desobedecer, renunciar

disturbance - disturbio, estorbo, perturbación

fault - defecto, falla, culpa, falta

Somehow it seemed of late that Jack was no longer able to follow the vagaries of his mind. Only one person in the world possessed a similar mental vision, only one seemed to understand what he said and what he left unsaid. Reginald Clarke, being a man and poet, read in his soul as in an open book. Ethel might have understood, had not love, like a cloud, laid itself between her eyes and the page.

vagaries - vagabundeos; extravagancia, rareza, antojo, capricho

unsaid - Desdecir

It was with exultation that Ernest heard near midnight the click of Reginald's key in the door. He found him unchanged, completely, radiantly himself. Reginald possessed the psychic power of undressing the soul, of seeing it before him in primal nakedness. Although no word was said of Ethel Brandenbourg except the mere mention of her presence in Atlantic City, Ernest intuitively knew that Reginald was aware of the transformation that absence had wrought in him.

exultation - exultación

click - clic

unchanged - Sin cambios

radiantly - radiantemente

undressing - Desvistiéndote; (undress); desvestirse, desnudarse

primal - primer

nakedness - desnudez

intuitively - intuitivamente

transformation - transformación

absence - ausencia, falta, ausencia de hierro

In the presence of this man he could be absolutely himself, without shame or fear of mis-understanding; and by a strange metamorphosis, all his affection for Ethel and Jack went out for the time being to Reginald Clarke.

shame - vergüenza, pena

metamorphosis - metamorfosis

Chapter XVII

The next day Ernest wrote a letter of more or less superficial tenderness to Ethel. She had wounded his pride by proving victorious in the end over his passion and hers; besides, he was in the throes of work. When after the third day no answer came, he was inclined to feel aggrieved. It was plain now that she had not cared for him in the least, but had simply played with him for lack of another toy. A flush of shame rose to his cheeks at the thought.

superficial - superficial

wounded - Herida

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

proving - probando; probar

victorious - victorioso

throes - tirar

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

lack - falta; carecer de

He began to analyse his own emotions, and stunned, if not stabbed, his passion step by step. Work was calling to him. It was that which gave life its meaning, not the love of a season. How far away, how unreal, she now seemed to him. Yes, she was right, he had not cared deeply; and his novel, too, would be written only at her. It was the heroine of his story that absorbed his interest, not the living prototype.

stunned - aturdido; anonadar, aturdir, pasmar, atontar

stabbed - apunalado; apunalar

unreal - irreal

prototype - prototipo

Once in a conversation with Reginald he touched upon the subject. Reginald held that modern taste no longer permitted even the photographer to portray life as it is, but insisted upon an individual visualisation. "No man," he remarked, "was ever translated bodily into fiction. In contradiction to life, art is a process of artificial selection."

permitted - permitido; permitir

photographer - fotógrafo, fotógrafa

portray - retratar, describir

insisted - insistió; insistir

visualisation - visualización

bodily - corporal, corpóreo, corporalmente

contradiction - contradicción, contrasentido

artificial - artificial

selection - selección

Bearing in mind this motive, Ernest went to work to mould from the material in hand a new Ethel, more real than life. Unfortunately he found little time to devote to his novel. It was only when, after a good day's work, a pile of copy for a magazine lay on his desk, that he could think of concentrating his mind upon "Leontina.

mould - moho; mantillo

more real - más real

devote - devota; dedicar

pile - montón, pila

concentrating - concentrándose; concentrar, concentrarse, concentrado

The result was that when he went to bed his imagination was busy with the plan of his book, and the creatures of his own brain laid their fingers on his eyelid so that he could not sleep.

eyelid - párpado

When at last sheer weariness overcame him, his mind was still at work, not in orderly sequence but along trails monstrous and grotesque. Hobgoblins seemed to steal through the hall, and leering incubi oppressed his soul with terrible burdens. In the morning he awoke unrested. The tan vanished from his face and little lines appeared in the corners of his mouth.

orderly - ordenada; ordenado, metódico, pacífico, camillero

sequence - secuencia

trails - senderos; seguir, arrastrar, rastro, pista, sendero

leering - Leyendo; (leer) Leyendo

oppressed - primidos; oprimir

burdens - argas; carga

awoke - despertó; despertar(se)

unrested - sin descanso; inquietud

tan - curtir

It was as if his nervous vitality were sapped from him in some unaccountable way. He became excited, hysterical. Often at night when he wrote his pot-boilers for the magazines, fear stood behind his seat, and only the buzzing of the elevator outside brought him back to himself.

sapped - agotado; savia

unaccountable - irresponsable; panish: t-needed

pot - pote, cacerola, puchero; tarro; maceta, tiesto

boilers - Caldera

In one of his morbid moods he wrote a sonnet which he showed to Reginald after the latter's return from a short trip out of town. Reginald read it, looking at the boy with a curious, lurking expression.

moods - stados de ánimo; humor

lurking - al acecho; (lurk); acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse

O gentle Sleep, turn not thy face away,

gentle - tierno, suave, tranquilo, medido, gradual, amable

thy - tu; vuestro, vuestra, vuestros, vuestras

But place thy finger on my brow, and take

All burthens from me and all dreams that ache;

burthens - carga

ache - dolor

Upon mine eyes a cooling balsam lay,

balsam - bálsamo, balsamina

Seeing I am aweary of the day.

aweary - temeroso

But, lo! thy lips are ashen and they quake.

ashen - Ceniza

What spectral vision sees thou that can shake

spectral - espectral

thou - tú; vos

Thy sweet composure, and thy heart dismay?

composure - compostura, entereza

dismay - espanto, estupefacción, consternación

Perhaps some murderer's cruel eye agleam

murderer - asesino, asesina, victimario, victimaria

Is fixed upon me, or some monstrous dream

Might bring such fearful guilt upon the head

fearful - miedoso, temeroso, terrible, checkespantoso, checktremendo

guilt - culpa, culpabilidad

Of my unvigilant soul as would arouse

unvigilant - Sin vigilancia

arouse - provocar, incitar, concitar, excitar, despertar

The Borgian snake from her envenomed bed,

envenomed - Envenenamiento

Or startle Nero in his golden house.

startle - susto; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar, impedir

"Good stuff," Reginald remarked, laying down the manuscript; "when did you write it?"

stuff - cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia, atiborrar, rellenar

laying - colocación; (lay) colocación

"The night when you were out of town," Ernest rejoined.

"I see," Reginald replied.

There was something startling in his intonation that at once aroused Ernest's attention.

startling - sorprendente, alarmante; (startle); sobresaltarse, alarmarse

aroused - excitado; provocar, incitar, concitar, excitar, despertar

"What do you see?" he asked quickly.

"Nothing," Reginald replied, with immovable calm, "only that your state of nerves is still far from satisfactory."

immovable - inmovible, inamovible

Chapter XVIII

After Ernest's departure Ethel Brandenbourg's heart was swaying hither and thither in a hurricane of conflicting feelings. Before she had time to gain an emotional equilibrium, his letter had hurled her back into chaos. A false ring somewhere in Ernest's words, reechoing with an ever-increasing volume of sound, stifled the voice of love. His jewelled sentences glittered, but left her cold. They lacked that spontaneity which renders even simple and hackeneyed phrases wonderful and unique. Ethel clearly realised that her hold upon the boy's imagination had been a fleeting midsummer night's charm, and that a word from Reginald's lips had broken the potency of her spell. She almost saw the shadow of Reginald's visage hovering over Ernest's letter and leering at her from between the lines in sinister triumph. Finally reason came and whispered to her that it was extremely unwise to give her heart into the keeping of a boy.

hither - aquí, acá, citerior

hurricane - huracán

feelings - Sentimientos

gain - ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

emotional - emocional, emotivo

hurled - lanzado; arrojar, lanzar, tirar, proyectar, volver

chaos - caos; (chao); caos

reechoing - Reeco

volume - volumen

jewelled - gema, joya, alhaja, rubí

glittered - brillaba; brillo, purpurina, escarcha, brillar, resplandecer

lacked - le faltaba; carecer de

spontaneity - espontaneidad

renders - enders; dejar, volver

fleeting - fugaz; flota

midsummer - en pleno verano; día de San Juan

potency - potencia

sinister - siniestro, izquierdo

triumph - triunfar; triunfo

His love, she knew, would have been exacting, irritating at times. He would have asked her to sympathise with every phase of his life, and would have expected active interest on her part in much that she had done with long ago. Thus, untruth would have stolen into her life and embittered it. When mates are unequal, Love must paint its cheeks and, in certain moods at least, hide its face under a mask. Its lips may be honeyed, but it brings fret and sorrow in its train.

irritating - irritante; irritar, enviscar

sympathise - Simpatizar

phase - fase

embittered - amargado; amargar

unequal - desigual

mask - máscara, careta, mascarilla

honeyed - miel, dulzura, carino, tesoro, cielo

sorrow - pena; tristeza, aflicción, infelicidad, pesar

These things she told herself over and over again while she penned a cool and calculating answer to Ernest's letter. She rewrote it many times, and every time it became more difficult to reply. At last she put her letter aside for a few days, and when it fell again into her hand it seemed so unnatural and strained that she destroyed it.

penned - Enviado

calculating - calculando; calcular

rewrote - reescribir

strained - estirar, tensar

Thus several weeks had passed, and Ernest no longer exclusively occupied her mind when, one day early in September, while glancing over a magazine, she came upon his name in the table of contents. Once more she saw the boy's wistful face before her, and a trembling something stirred in her heart. Her hand shook as she cut the pages, and a mist of tears clouded her vision as she attempted to read his poem. It was a piece of sombre brilliance.

exclusively - exclusivamente

occupied - ocupado; ocupar

glancing - echando un vistazo; (glance); ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar

wistful - anorante; nostálgico, melancólico

brilliance - brillantez

Like black-draped monks half crazed with mystic devotion, the poet's thoughts flitted across the page. It was the wail of a soul that feels reason slipping from it and beholds madness rise over its life like a great pale moon. A strange unrest emanated from it and took possession of her. And again, with an insight that was prophetic, she distinctly recognised behind the vague fear that had haunted the poet the figure of Reginald Clarke.

draped - cubrir

monks - monjes; monje

crazed - enloquecido; panish: t-needed

mystic - místico, mística

devotion - devoción, dedicación, fervor, veneración

flitted - evoloteó; revolotear

wail - aullido; llorar, gimotear; ulular; planir

slipping - resbalando; resbalar

beholds - contemplar, mirar, observar, he aquí, mirad

insight - percepción; introspección, perspicacia, agudeza, deducción

prophetic - profético

A half-forgotten dream, struggling to consciousness, staggered her by its vividness. She saw Clarke as she had seen him in days gone by, grotesquely transformed into a slimy sea-thing, whose hungry mouths shut sucking upon her and whose thousand tentacles encircled her form. She closed her eyes in horror at the reminiscence.

staggered - escalonada; tambalearse

vividness - vivacidad; nitidez

grotesquely - grotescamente

slimy - pelusa; viscoso, baboso, pegajoso, gelatinoso

tentacles - tentáculos; tentáculo

encircled - rodeado; rodear

reminiscence - recuerdo; reminiscencia

And in that moment it became clear to her that she must take into her hands the salvation of Ernest Fielding from the clutches of the malign power that had mysteriously enveloped his life.

Salvation - salvación

clutches - embragues; agarrar

enveloped - envuelto; sobre

Chapter XIX

The summer was brief, and already by the middle of September many had returned to the pleasures of urban life. Ethel was among the first-comers; for, after her resolve to enter the life of the young poet once more, it would have been impossible for her to stay away from the city much longer. Her plan was all ready. Before attempting to see Ernest she would go to meet Reginald and implore him to free the boy from his hideous spell. An element of curiosity unconsciously entered her determination. When, years ago, she and Clarke had parted, the man had seemed, for once, greatly disturbed and had promised, in his agitation, that some day he would communicate to her what would exonerate him in her eyes. She had answered that all words between them were purposeless, and that she hoped never to see his face again.

pleasures - laceres; placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

Urban - urbano

comers - vienen; puntero, delantero, puntera, delantera

resolve - tomar la decisión de, resolver

attempting - intentando; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

implore - implorar

unconsciously - inconscientemente

determination - determinación, decisión, resolución, ahínco

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

disturbed - molesto; perturbar, molestar

agitation - agitación, desasosiego, inquietud

exonerate - exonerar, exculpar

The experience that the years had brought to her, instead of elucidating the mystery of Reginald's personality, had, on the contrary, made his behaviour appear more and more unaccountable. She had more than once caught herself wishing to meet him again and to analyse dispassionately the puzzling influences he had exerted upon her. And she could at last view him dispassionately; there was triumph in that. She was dimly aware that something had passed from her, something by which he had held her, and without which his magnetism was unable to play upon her.

elucidating - esclarecedor; dilucidar, elucidar

mystery - misterio, arcano

influences - influencias; influencia, influir, influenciar

exerted - jercido; esforzar, ejercer, aplicar

So when Walkham sent her an invitation to one of his artistic "at homes" she accepted, in the hope of meeting Reginald. It was his frequentation of Walkham's house that had for several years effectively barred her foot from crossing the threshold. It was with a very strange feeling she greeted the many familiar faces at Walkham's now; and when, toward ten o'clock, Reginald entered, politely bowing in answer to the welcome from all sides, her heart beat in her like a drum.

frequentation - Frecuentación

politely - educadamente, cortésmente

bowing - Inclinarse; (bow) Inclinarse

drum - tambor

But she calmed herself, and, catching his eye, so arranged it that early in the evening they met in an alcove of the drawing-room.

calmed - calmado, sosiego, calma

alcove - lcoba; hornacina, hueco, nicho

"It was inevitable," Reginald said. "I expected it."

inevitable - inevitable

"Yes," she replied, "we were bound to meet."

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

Like a great rush of water, memory came back to her. He was still horribly fascinating as of old-only she was no longer susceptible to his fascination. He had changed somewhat in those years. The lines about his mouth had grown harder and a steel-like look had come into his eyes.

horribly - horriblemente

susceptible - propenso, susceptible, vulnerable, sensible, sensitivo

Only for a moment, as he looked at her, a flash of tenderness seemed to come back to them. Then he said, with a touch of sadness: "Why should the first word between us be a lie?"

Ethel made no answer.

Reginald looked at her half in wonder and said: "And is your love for the boy so great that it overcame your hate of me?"

Ah, he knew! She winced.

"He has told you?"

"Not a word."

There was something superhuman in his power of penetration. Why should she wear a mask before him, when his eyes, like the eyes of God, pierced to the core of her being?

superhuman - superhumano; sobrehumano

penetration - penetración

pierced - perforado; atravesar, traspasar

core - corazón (fruta); núcleo

"No," she replied, "it is not love, but compassion for him."


"Yes, compassion for your victim."

victim - víctima, sacrificio

"You mean?"


"I am all ear."

"I implore you."


"You have ruined one life."

He raised his eyebrows derogatively.

eyebrows - cejas; ceja

derogatively - Despectivamente

"Yes," she continued fiercely, "ruined it! Is not that enough?"

fiercely - con fiereza; fieramente

"I have never wilfully ruined any one's life."

wilfully - voluntariamente

"You have ruined mine."


"How else shall I explain your conduct?"

conduct - conducción, conducta, guiar, dirigir, manejar, conducir

"I warned you."

warned - advertido; alertar, avisar, advertir

"Warning, indeed! The warning that the snake gives to the sparrow helpless under its gaze."

warning - advertencia, aviso, precaución, cuidado; (warn); alertar

sparrow - pasérido, gorrión, pájaro

helpless - desamparado; indefenso, incapaz

"Ah, but who tells you that the snake is to blame? Is it not rather the occult power that prescribes with blood on brazen scroll the law of our being?"

occult - oculto, ocultismo

prescribes - rescribe; prescribir, recetar, ordenar

brazen - descarado

scroll - pergamino; rollo, desplazarse

"This is no solace to the sparrow. But whatever may be said, let us drop the past. Let us consider the present. I beg of you, leave this boy-let him develop without your attempting to stifle the life in him or impressing upon it the stamp of your alien mind."

solace - consuelo, solaz, solazar, consolar

beg - pedir limosna; pedir

stifle - asfixiar; ahogar, sofocar

impressing - impresionante; impresionar, impresión, impresión

alien - desconocido, desconocida, advena, extranjero, extranjera

"Ethel," he protested, "you are unjust. If you knew-" Then an idea seemed to take hold of him. He looked at her curiously.

take hold - afianzar(se)

"What if I knew?" she asked.

"You shall know," he said, simply. "Are you strong?"

"Strong to withstand anything at your hand. There is nothing that you can give me, nothing that you can take away."

withstand - resistir; aguantar

"No," he remarked, "nothing. Yes, you have changed. Still, when I look upon you, the ghosts of the past seem to rise like live things."

ghosts - fantasmas; fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

"We both have changed. We meet now upon equal grounds. You are no longer the idol I made of you."

Equal - igual, igualar, equivaler

"Don't you think that to the idol this might be a relief, not a humiliation? It is a terrible torture to sit in state with lips eternally shut. Sometimes there comes over the most reticent of us a desire to break through the eternal loneliness that surrounds the soul.

humiliation - humillación, humillación

torture - tortura, suplicio, torturar

eternally - eternamente

reticent - reticente

loneliness - soledad

surrounds - circundar, envolver, cercar, rodear

It is this feeling that prompts madmen to tear off their clothes and exhibit their nakedness in the market-place. It's madness on my part, or a whim, or I don't know what; but it pleases me that you should know the truth."

prompts - instrucciones; rápido, pronto, puntual, pie, entrada, senal

madmen - locos; loco

tear off - arrancar, salir disparado

exhibit - exhibir, exponer, prueba documental, prueba instrumental

whim - capricho

"You promised me long ago that I should."

"To-day I will redeem my promise, and I will tell you another thing that you will find hard to believe."

redeem - redimir, rescatar, liberar, libertar, redimirse, canjear

"And that is?"

"That I loved you."

Ethel smiled a little sceptically. "You have loved often."

sceptically - con escepticismo

"No," he replied. "Loved, seriously loved, I have, only once."

seriously - en serio, seriamente

Chapter XX

They were sitting in a little Italian restaurant where they had often, in the old days, lingered late into the night over a glass of Lacrimć Christi. But no pale ghost of the past rose from the wine. Only a wriggling something, with serpent eyes, that sent cold shivers down her spine and held her speechless and entranced.

ghost - fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

wriggling - Retorciéndose; (wriggle); retorcer

shivers - escalofríos; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

spine - espina dorsal; columna vertebral, espinazo, lomo, espina

speechless - sin palabras, sin habla, atónito, perplejo

When their order had been filled and the waiter had posted himself at a respectful distance, Reginald began-at first leisurely, a man of the world. But as he proceeded a strange exultation seemed to possess him and from his eyes leaped the flame of the mystic.

respectful - respetuoso

proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder

flame - flama, llama

"You must pardon me," he commenced, "if I monopolise the conversation, but the revelations I have to make are of such a nature that I may well claim your attention. I will start with my earliest childhood. You remember the picture of me that was taken when I was five?"

commenced - comenzado; comenzar, empezar, iniciar, principiar

monopolise - monopolizar

revelations - revelaciones; revelación, develamiento

childhood - infancia, ninez

She remembered, indeed. Each detail of his life was deeply engraven on her mind.

engraven - grabado; grabar

"At that time," he continued, "I was not held to be particularly bright. The reason was that my mind, being pre-eminently and extraordinarily receptive, needed a stimulus from without. The moment I was sent to school, however, a curious metamorphosis took place in me.

eminently - eminentemente; sumamente

extraordinarily - extraordinariamente

receptive - receptivo

stimulus - estímulo

I may say that I became at once the most brilliant boy in my class. You know that to this day I have always been the most striking figure in any circle in which I have ever moved."

most brilliant - el más brillante

most striking - el más llamativo/impresionante

Ethel nodded assent. Silently watching the speaker, she saw a gleam of the truth from afar, but still very distant and very dim.

assent - asentir, consentir, asentimiento

silently - en silencio; silenciosamente

from afar - desde lejos

distant - distante, a distancia, hurano, remoto

Reginald lifted the glass against the light and gulped its contents. Then in a lower voice he recommenced: "Like the chameleon, I have the power of absorbing the colour of my environment."

recommenced - reanudado; recomenzar

"Do you mean that you have the power of absorbing the special virtues of other people?" she interjected.

virtues - irtudes; virtud

"That is exactly what I mean."

"Oh!" she cried, for in a heart-beat many things had become clear to her. For the first time she realised, still vaguely but with increasing vividness, the hidden causes of her ruin and, still more plainly, the horrible danger of Ernest Fielding.

become clear - aclararse

vaguely - vagamente

ruin - ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

He noticed her agitation, and a look of psychological curiosity came into his eyes.

psychological - psicológico

"Ah, but that is not all," he observed, smilingly. "That is nothing. We all possess that faculty in a degree. The secret of my strength is my ability to reject every element that is harmful or inessential to the completion of my self. This did not come to me easily, nor without a struggle.

faculty - cuerpo docente, facultad

harmful - perjudicial, danino, nocivo, danoso

inessential - inesencial; (adjetivo) superfluo, (nombre)cosa no esencial

Struggle - lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

But now, looking back Upon my life, many things become transparent that were obscure even to me at the time. I can now follow the fine-spun threads in the intricate web of my fate, and discover in the wilderness of meshes a design, awful and grandly planned."

Upon my life - Por mi vida

transparent - transparente

obscure - oscuro; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

intricate - intrincado, complejo

fate - destino, azar

meshes - mallas; malla, rejilla, engranaje

grandly - Grandiosamente

His voice shook with conviction, as he uttered these words. There was something strangely gruesome in this man. It was thus that she had pictured to herself the high-priest of some terrible and mysterious religion, demanding a human sacrifice to appease the hunger of his god.

uttered - ronunciado; absoluto, total

priest - sacerdote, cura, padre, párroco; (prey); botín, presa

religion - religión

demanding - exigente; demanda, exigencia, exigir, demandar

human sacrifice - sacrificio humano

appease - apaciguar, calmar, aplacar

hunger - hambre

She was fascinated by the spell of his personality, and listened with a feeling not far removed from awe. But Reginald suddenly changed his tone and proceeded in a more conversational manner.

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

"The first friend I ever cared for was a boy marvellously endowed for the study of mathematics. At the time of our first meeting at school, I was unable to solve even the simplest algebraical problem. But we had been together only for half a month, when we exchanged parts. It was I who was the mathematical genius now, whereas he became hopelessly dull and stuttered through his recitations only with a struggle that brought the tears to his eyes. Then I discarded him. Heartless, you say? I have come to know better. Have you ever tasted a bottle of wine that had been uncorked for a long time? If you have, you have probably found it flat-the essence was gone, evaporated.

marvellously - maravillosamente

endowed - dotar, costear, financiar, ser bendecido, ser dotado

exchanged - intercambiado; cambiar

whereas - ientras que..; mientras que, siendo que, por cuanto, visto que

stuttered - tartamudeaba; tartamudeo

recitations - recitaciones; recitación

discarded - descartado; desechar, descartar

heartless - sin corazón; cruel, desalmado

uncorked - descorchado; descorchar

Thus it is when we care for people. Probably-no, assuredly-there is some principle prisoned in their souls, or in the windings of their brains, which, when escaped, leaves them insipid, unprofitable and devoid of interest to us. Sometimes this essence-not necessarily the finest element in a man's or a woman's nature, but soul-stuff that we lack-disappears. In fact, it invariably disappears. It may be that it has been transformed in the processes of their growth; it may also be that it has utterly vanished by some inadvertence, or that we ourselves have absorbed it."

principle - principio

windings - Devanado

insipid - insípido, insulso, soso, cursi

unprofitable - no es rentable; desaventajado

devoid - vacío, desprovisto

invariably - invariablemente

inadvertence - inadvertencia

"Then we throw them away?" Ethel asked, pale, but dry-eyed. A shudder passed through her body and she clinched her glass nervously. At that moment Reginald resembled a veritable Prince of Darkness, sinister and beautiful, painted by the hand of a modern master. Then, for a space, he again became the man of the world. Smiling and self-possessed, he filled the glasses, took a long sip of the wine and resumed his narrative.

clinched - seguro; panish: t-needed

nervously - nerviosamente

resembled - se parecía; asemejar

veritable - Verdadero

sip - sorbo, sorber

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

narrative - narrativo, narrativa, narración

"That boy was followed by others. I absorbed many useless things and some that were evil. I realised that I must direct my absorptive propensities. This I did. I selected, selected well. And all the time the terrible power of which I was only half conscious grew within me."

useless - inútil, negado

propensities - ropensiones; propensión, inclinación

selected - seleccionado; selecto, seleccionar

"It is indeed a terrible power," she cried; "all the more terrible for its subtlety. Had I not myself been its victim, I should not now find it possible to believe in it."

more terrible - más terrible

"The invisible hand that smites in the dark is certainly more fearful than a visible foe. It is also more merciful. Think how much you would have suffered had you been conscious of your loss."

visible - visible

smites - golpes; golpear, cascar

more fearful - Más miedoso

foe - enemigo

merciful - misericordioso

suffered - sufrido; sufrir, penar, empeorar

"Still it seems even now to me that it cannot have been an utter, irreparable loss. There is no action without reaction. Even I-even we-must have received from you some compensation for what you have taken away."

utter - totalmente; absoluto, total

irreparable - irreparable

reaction - reacción

compensation - compensación; contrapartida

"In the ordinary processes of life the law of action and reaction is indeed potent. But no law is without exception. Think of radium, for instance, with its constant and seemingly inexhaustible outflow of energy. It is a difficult thing to imagine, but our scientific men have accepted it as a fact. Why should we find it more difficult to conceive of a tremendous and infinite absorptive element? I feel sure that it must somewhere exist. But every phenomenon in the physical world finds its counterpart in the psychical universe. There are radium-souls that radiate without loss of energy, but also without increase.

potent - potente

exception - excepción, salvedad, ofensa

radium - radio

instance - caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

inexhaustible - inagotable

scientific - científica; científico

conceive - concebir

counterpart - ontraparte; contrapartida, homólogo, homóloga

radiate - irradiar

And there are souls, the reverse of radium, with unlimited absorptive capacities."

reverse - invertir; dar marcha atrás

unlimited - ilimitado, sin límite

capacities - capacidades; capacidad

"Vampire-souls," she observed, with a shudder, and her face blanched.

blanched - Palidecer

"No," he said, "don't say that." And then he suddenly seemed to grow in stature. His face was ablaze, like the face of a god.

stature - estatura

ablaze - ardiendo, en llamas, radiante, ardiente, resplandeciente

"In every age," he replied, with solemnity, "there are giants who attain to a greatness which by natural growth no men could ever have reached. But in their youth a vision came to them, which they set out to seek. They take the stones of fancy to build them a palace in the kingdom of truth, projecting into reality dreams, monstrous and impossible. Often they fail and, tumbling from their airy heights, end a quixotic career. Some succeed. They are the chosen. Carpenter's sons they are, who have laid down the Law of a World for milleniums to come; or simple Corsicans, before whose eagle eye have quaked the kingdoms of the earth. But to accomplish their mission they need a will of iron and the wit of a hundred men. And from the iron they take the strength, and from a hundred men's brains they absorb their wisdom. Divine missionaries, they appear in all departments of life.

solemnity - solemnidad

giants - gigante, gigantesco

attain - lograr, conseguir

greatness - grandeza

seek - buscar

Carpenter - carpintero, carpintera, ebanista

milleniums - milenios

Corsicans - corsos; corso, corso, corsa

eagle - águila

kingdoms - reinos; reino

accomplish - cumplir; efectuar, realizar, lograr, completar

wit - agudeza, ingenio, chispa, gracia

absorb - absorber

missionaries - misioneros; misionero, misionera, misionario

In their hand is gathered to-day the gold of the world. Mighty potentates of peace and war, they unlock new seas and from distant continents lift the bars. Single-handed, they accomplish what nations dared not hope; with Titan strides they scale the stars and succeed where millions fail. In art they live, the makers of new periods, the dreamers of new styles. They make themselves the vocal sun-glasses of God. Homer and Shakespeare, Hugo and Balzac-they concentrate the dispersed rays of a thousand lesser luminaries in one singing flame that, like a giant torch, lights up humanity's path."

unlock - abrir, abrir con llave, desatrancar, desbloquear

nations - aciones; nación

Titan - titán

strides - estridente

scale - escala

dreamers - sonadores; sonador, sonadora, visionario, visionaria

vocal - vocal

dispersed - dispersión; dispersar

torch - antorcha, incendiar

lights up - Iluminar, encender

path - camino, sendero

She gazed at him, open-mouthed. The light had gone from his visage. He paused, exhausted, but even then he looked the incarnation of a force no less terrible, no less grand. She grasped the immensity of his conception, but her woman's soul rebelled at the horrible injustice to those whose light is extinguished, as hers had been, to feed an alien flame.

gazed at - mirar fijamente, contemplar

incarnation - encarnación

force - fuerza

grand - grande; magnífico, espléndido, imponente

grasped - comprendido; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión

immensity - inmensidad

rebelled - se rebeló; rebelde

injustice - injusticia

extinguished - extinguido; extinguir, apagar

And then, for a moment, she saw the pale face of Ernest staring at her out of the wine.

"Cruel," she sobbed, "how cruel!"

"What matter?" he asked. "Their strength is taken from them, but the spirit of humanity, as embodied in us, triumphantly marches on."

spirit - espíritu, alma, onda, alcohol, bebida espirituosa

embodied - encarnado; personificar, encarnar, incorporar

Chapter XXI

Reginald's revelations were followed by a long silence, interrupted only by the officiousness of the waiter. The spell once broken, they exchanged a number of more or less irrelevant observations. Ethel's mind returned, again and again, to the word he had not spoken. He had said nothing of the immediate bearing of his monstrous power upon her own life and that of Ernest Fielding.

officiousness - oficialidad

irrelevant - irrelevante

observations - observaciones; observación, vigilancia; observancia, anotación

At last, somewhat timidly, she approached the subject.

approached - se acercó; acercarse, aproximarse

"You said you loved me," she remarked.

"I did."

"But why, then-"

"I could not help it."

"Did you ever make the slightest attempt?"

slightest - lo más mínimo; insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

attempt - intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

"In the horrible night hours I struggled against it. I even implored you to leave me."

implored - imploró; implorar

"Ah, but I loved you!"

"You would not be warned, you would not listen. You stayed with me, and slowly, surely, the creative urge went out of your life."

creative urge - Impulso creativo

"But what on earth could you find in my poor art to attract you? What were my pictures to you?"

"I needed them, I needed you. It was a certain something, a rich colour effect, perhaps. And then, under your very eyes, the colour that vanished from your canvases reappeared in my prose. My style became more luxurious than it had been, while you tortured your soul in the vain attempt of calling back to your brush what was irretrievably lost."

more luxurious - más lujoso

tortured - torturado; tortura, suplicio, torturar

calling back - devolver la llamada

irretrievably - irremediablemente

"Why did you not tell me?"

"You would have laughed in my face, and I could not have endured your laugh. Besides, I always hoped, until it was too late, that I might yet check the mysterious power within me. Soon, however, I became aware that it was beyond my control. The unknown god, whose instrument I am, had wisely made it stronger than me."

endured - oportado; aguantar, perdurar, tolerar, consentir, condescender

unknown - ignoto, desconocido, incógnita, desconocido

wisely - sabiamente

"But why," retorted Ethel, "was it necessary to discard me, like a cast-off garment, like a wanton who has lost the power to please?"

retorted - replicó; replicar

discard - desechar, descartar

cast - moldear, elenco, castear, sondar, sondear, lanzar, lanzamiento

garment - prenda, prenda de vestir

Her frame shook with the remembered emotion of that moment, when years ago he had politely told her that she was nothing to him.

"The law of being," Reginald replied, almost sadly, "the law of my being. I should have pitied you, but the eternal reproach of your suffering only provoked my anger. I cared less for you every day, and when I had absorbed all of you that my growth required, you were to me as one dead, as a stranger you were.

pitied - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

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

suffering - sufrido, sufriente, sufrimiento; (suffer); sufrir, penar

provoked - provocado; provocar

anger - ira, enfado, enojo, rabia

required - es necesario; requerir, necesitar

There was between us no further community of interest; henceforth, I knew, our lives must move in totally different spheres. You remember that day when we said good-bye?"

community of interest - comunidad de intereses

totally - totalmente

spheres - esferas; esfera, bola

"You mean that day when I lay before you on my knees," she corrected him.

"That day I buried my last dream of personal happiness. I would have gladly raised you from the floor, but love was utterly gone. If I am tenderer to-day than I am wont to be, it is because you mean so much to me as the symbol of my renunciation. When I realised that I could not even save the thing I loved from myself, I became hardened and cruel to others. Not that I know no kindly feeling, but no qualms of conscience lay their prostrate forms across my path.

gladly - con gusto; de buena gana

tenderer - icitador; (tender) icitador

hardened - Se endurece

qualms - reticencias; escrúpulo, escrupulo, naúsea

conscience - conciencia

prostrate - postrado, acostado boca abajo

There is nothing in life for me but my mission."

mission - misión

His face was bathed in ecstasy. The pupils were luminous, large and threatening. He had the look of a madman or a prophet.

ecstasy - éxtasis

pupils - alumnos; alumno

threatening - amenazante; amenazador; (threaten); amenazar

prophet - profeta, profetisa

After a while Ethel remarked: "But you have grown into one of the master-figures of the age. Why not be content with that? Is there no limit to your ambition?"

content - contenido; satisfecho

limit - límite

Ambition - ambición

Reginald smiled: "Ambition! Shakespeare stopped when he had reached his full growth, when he had exhausted the capacity of his contemporaries. I am not yet ready to lay down my pen and rest."

capacity - capacidad

contemporaries - ontemporáneos; contemporario, contemporáneo

"And will you always continue in this criminal course, a murderer of other lives?"

He looked her calmly in the face. "I do not know."

"Are you the slave of your unknown god?"

slave - esclavo, esclava, checkesclava

"We are all slaves, wire-pulled marionettes: You, Ernest, I. There is no freedom on the face of the earth nor above. The tiger that tears a lamb is not free, I am not free, you are not free. All that happens must happen; no word that is said is said in vain, in vain is raised no hand."

slaves - esclavos; esclavo, esclava, checkesclava

marionettes - marionetas; marioneta

freedom - libertad

tiger - tigre; tigresa

lamb - cordero, carne de cordero, borrego, borrega

"Then," Ethel retorted, eagerly, "if I attempted to wrest your victim from you, I should also be the tool of your god?"

wrest - Luchar

"Assuredly. But I am his chosen."

"Can you-can you not set him free?"

"I need him-a little longer. Then he is yours."

"But can you not, if I beg you again on my knees, at least loosen his chains before he is utterly ruined?"

loosen - aflojar, soltar

chains - cadenas; cadena, encadenar

"It is beyond my power. If I could not rescue you, whom I loved, what in heaven or on earth can save him from his fate? Besides, he will not be utterly ruined. It is only a part of him that I absorb. In his soul are chords that I have not touched. They may vibrate one day, when he has gathered new strength.

rescue - salvamento; rescatar, rescate

chords - acordes; acorde, cuerda

vibrate - vibrar

You, too, would have spared yourself much pain had you striven to attain success in different fields-not where I had garnered the harvest of a lifetime. It is only a portion of his talent that I take from him. The rest I cannot harm. Why should he bury that remainder?"

spared - se salvó; palo, verga

striven - esforzado; esforzarse

garnered - ganado; granero

lifetime - para toda la vida; vida, eternidad, toda la vida

portion - porción

talent - talento, talentosos, talentoso

bury - enterrar

remainder - restos; resto, remanente, sobras, restante

His eyes strayed through the window to the firmament, as if to say that words could no more bend his indomitable will than alter the changeless course of the stars.

strayed - se ha extraviado; extraviarse, perderse

firmament - firmamento

bend - doblar, curvar, doblarse, agacharse, inclinarse, doblegar

indomitable - indomable

alter - cambiar, modificar, alterar

Changeless - Sin cambios

Ethel had half-forgotten the wrong she herself had suffered at his hands. He could not be measured by ordinary standards, this dazzling madman, whose diseased will-power had assumed such uncanny proportions. But here a young life was at stake. In her mind's eye she saw Reginald crush between his relentless hands the delicate soul of Ernest Fielding, as a magnificent carnivorous flower might close its glorious petals upon a fly.

standards - normas; estándar, estándar, dechado, padrón, nivel

uncanny - extrano; inquietante, desconcertante, extrano, siniestro

proportions - proporciones; proporción

stake - estaca, participación, estacar, poner en juego

crush - aplastamiento, enamoramiento, aplastar, destripar, machacar

magnificent - magnífico, macanudo

carnivorous - carnívoro

glorious - glorioso

Love, all conquering love, welled up in her. She would fight for Ernest as a tiger cat fights for its young. She would place herself in the way of the awful force that had shattered her own aspirations, and save, at any cost, the brilliant boy who did not love her.

conquering - conquistando; conquistar, debelar

shattered - destrozado; astillar, estrellar, quebrantar, hacer anicos

aspirations - aspiración

Chapter XXII

The last rays of the late afternoon sun fell slanting through Ernest's window. He was lying on his couch, in a leaden, death-like slumber that, for the moment at least, was not even perturbed by the presence of Reginald Clarke.

slanting - inclinado; inclinación

leaden - plúmbeo, plomizo, cubierto, nublado

slumber - sueno; adormecimiento, adormilamiento, adormecer, adormilar

perturbed - molesto; perturbar

The latter was standing at the boy's bedside, calm, unmoved as ever. The excitement of his conversation with Ethel had left no trace on the chiselled contour of his forehead. Smilingly fastening an orchid of an indefinable purple tint in his evening coat, radiant, buoyant with life, he looked down upon the sleeper. Then he passed his hand over Ernest's forehead, as if to wipe off beads of sweat. At the touch of his hand the boy stirred uneasily.

bedside - al lado de la cama

unmoved - insensible, impasible

excitement - emoción; entusiasmo

contour - contorno

fastening - Cierre; (fasten); atar, abrochar

Orchid - orquídea

tint - tinte, matiz

buoyant - boyante

sleeper - Dormir

wipe off - limpiar, borrar

beads - perlas; cuenta, gota

sweat - sudor

uneasily - Inquieta

When it was not withdrawn his countenance twitched in pain. He moaned as men moan under the influence of some anćsthetic, without possessing the power to break through the narrow partition that separates them from death on the one side and from consciousness on the other. At last a sigh struggled to his seemingly paralysed lips, then another. Finally the babbling became articulate.

countenance - semblante, apariencia, expresión, rostro

twitched - se movió; crispar(se), mover(se) convulsivamente

moaned - gimió; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

anćsthetic - Anestésico

possessing - poseer

partition - parte, partición, partir

paralysed - paralizado; paralizar(se)

babbling - balbuceando; (babble); mascullar, farfullar, charlar

articulate - articular

"For God's sake," he cried, in his sleep, "take that hand away!"

For God's sake - Por el amor de Dios

And all at once the benignant smile on Reginald's features was changed to a look of savage fierceness. He no longer resembled the man of culture, but a disappointed, snarling beast of prey. He took his hand from Ernest's forehead and retired cautiously through the half-open door.

benignant - Benigno

savage - salvaje

fierceness - ferocidad

disappointed - decepcionado; decepcionar, desilusionar, defraudar, quedar mal

beast of prey - bestia de presa

retired - jubilado; retirarse, jubilarse

cautiously - con cautela; precavidamente

half-open - (half-open) medio abierto

Hardly had he disappeared when Ernest awoke. For a moment he looked around, like a hunted animal, then sighed with relief and buried his head in his hand. At that moment a knock at the door was heard, and Reginald re-entered, calm as before.

hunted - cazado; cazar, buscar, caza

sighed - suspiró; suspirar

knock at - Golpear, tocar

"I declare," he exclaimed, "you have certainly been sleeping the sleep of the just."

declare - explicar, aclarar, declarar

"It isn't laziness," Ernest replied, looking up rather pleased at the interruption. "But I've a splitting headache."

laziness - pereza, desidia

interruption - interrupción, paréntesis

splitting headache - Dolor de cabeza agudo

"Perhaps those naps are not good for your health."

naps - siestas; siesta

"Probably. But of late I have frequently found it necessary to exact from the day-hours the sleep which the night refuses me. I suppose it is all due to indigestion, as you have suggested. The stomach is the source of all evil."

frequently - con frecuencia; frecuentemente

refuses - se niega; negarse (a)

indigestion - indigestión

"It is also the source of all good. The Greeks made it the seat of the soul. I have always claimed that the most important item in a great poet's biography is an exact reproduction of his menu."

Greeks - griegos; griego, griego, griega

claimed - reclamado; reclamación, declaración, proposición, afirmación

biography - biografía

reproduction - reproducción

"True, a man who eats a heavy beefsteak for breakfast in the morning is incapable of writing a sonnet in the afternoon."

beefsteak - bistec, bife

"Yes," Reginald added, "we are what we eat and what our forefathers have eaten before us. I ascribe the staleness of American poetry to the griddle-cakes of our Puritan ancestors. I am sorry we cannot go deeper into the subject at present. But I have an invitation to dinner where I shall study, experimentally, the influence of French sauces on my versification."

forefathers - antepasados; ancestro, antepasado, ascendiente, predecesor

ascribe - ascribir; imputar, atribuir, adscribir

staleness - anquilosamiento

griddle - Parrilla

Puritan - puritano

ancestors - ancestros; ancestro, antepasado


"Au revoir." And, with a wave of the hand, Reginald left the room.

When the door had closed behind him, Ernest's thoughts took a more serious turn. The tone of light bantering in which the preceding conversation had taken place had been assumed on his part. For the last few weeks evil dreams had tortured his sleep and cast their shadow upon his waking hours. They had ever increased in reality, in intensity and in hideousness.

preceding - precedente; preceder, anteceder

Even now he could see the long, tapering fingers that every night were groping in the windings of his brain. It was a well-formed, manicured hand that seemed to reach under his skull, carefully feeling its way through the myriad convolutions where thought resides.

tapering - reducción; (taper) reducción

groping - palpar, tantear, buscar a tientas, manosear, meter mano

manicured - manicura

skull - cráneo; calavera

resides - Residuos

And, oh, the agony of it all! A human mind is not a thing of stone, but alive, horribly alive to pain. What was it those fingers sought, what mysterious treasures, what jewels hidden in the under-layer of his consciousness? His brain was like a human gold-mine, quaking under the blow of the pick and the tread of the miner.

layer - Capa; (lay) Capa

quaking - Tiembla; (quake) Tiembla

Miner - minero

The miner! Ah, the miner! Ceaselessly, thoroughly, relentlessly, he opened vein after vein and wrested untold riches from the quivering ground; but each vein was a live vein and each nugget of gold a thought!

ceaselessly - sin cesar; incesantemente

thoroughly - cabalmente, a cabalidad, a fondo, detenidamente

vein - vena

wrested - Luchar

untold - in contar

nugget - una pepita; pepita

No wonder the boy was a nervous wreck. Whenever a tremulous nascent idea was formulating itself, the dream-hand clutched it and took it away, brutally severing the fine threads that bind thought to thought. And when the morning came, how his head ached! It was not an acute pain, but dull, heavy, incessant.

tremulous - tembloroso; trémulo

nascent - incipiente; naciente, nasciente

formulating - formulando; formular

clutched - aferrado; agarrar

brutally - brutalmente

severing - corte; cortar, tallar

bind - bindar; atar, atar (tie), empastar (books), liar, acoplar

ached - te dolía; dolor

acute - agudo, perspicaz, sagaz, grave

These sensations, Ernest frequently told himself, were morbid fancies. But then, the monomaniac who imagines that his arms have been mangled or cut from his body, might as well be without arms. Mind can annihilate obstacles. It can also create them. Psychology was no unfamiliar ground to Ernest, and it was not difficult for him to seek in some casual suggestion an explanation for his delusion, the fixed notion that haunted him day and night.

sensations - sensaciones; sensación

monomaniac - Monomaníaco

mangled - destrozado; destrozar, despedazar, aplastar

obstacles - obstáculos; obstáculo, óbice, traba, estorbo

casual - casual, ocasional, accidental, indiferente, informal

notion - noción, ganas, intención

But he also realized that to explain a phenomenon is not to explain it away. The man who analyses his emotions cannot wholly escape them, and the shadow of fear-primal, inexplicable fear-may darken at moments of weakness the life of the subtlest psychologist and the clearest thinker.

analyses - análisis

inexplicable - inexplicable

darken - oscurecer, obscurecer

subtlest - más sutil; sutil

thinker - pensador, pensadora

He had never spoken to Reginald of his terrible nightmares. Coming on the heel of the fancy that he, Ernest, had written "The Princess With the Yellow Veil," a fancy that, by the way, had again possessed him of late, this new delusion would certainly arouse suspicion as to his sanity in Reginald's mind.

nightmares - pesadillas; pesadilla, mal sueno, tormento, suplicio

heel - tacón; talón

He would probably send him to a sanitarium; he certainly would not keep him in the house. Beneficence itself in all other things, his host was not to be trifled with in any matter that interfered with his work. He would act swiftly and without mercy.

beneficence - beneficencia

trifled - contrariado; sopa inglesa, pizca, nadería, nimiedad, zarandaja

interfered - interferido; panish: t-needed

mercy - misericordia, piedad

For the first time in many days Ernest thought of Abel Felton. Poor boy! What had become of him after he had been turned from the house? He would not wait for any one to tell him to pack his bundle. But then, that was impossible; Reginald was fond of him.

bundle - haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

fond - carinoso, afectuoso

Suddenly Ernest's meditations were interrupted by a noise at the outer door. A key was turned in the lock. It must be he-but why so soon? What could have brought him back at this hour? He opened the door and went out into the hall to see what had happened. The figure that he beheld was certainly not the person expected, but a woman, from whose shoulders a theatre-cloak fell in graceful folds,-probably a visitor for Reginald.

meditations - meditaciones; meditación

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

cloak - capa, embozo, velo, capa, embozar

folds - liegues; doblar, plegar

Ernest was about to withdraw discreetly, when the electric light that was burning in the hallway fell upon her face and illumined it.

withdraw - retirarse; retirar(se)

discreetly - discretamente; disimuladamente

hallway - pasillo

illumined - iluminar

Then indeed surprise overcame him. "Ethel," he cried, "is it you?"

Chapter XXIII

Ernest conducted Ethel Brandenbourg to his room and helped her to remove her cloak.

While he was placing the garment upon the back of a chair, she slipped a little key into her hand-bag. He looked at her with a question in his eyes.

"Yes," she replied, "I kept the key; but I had not dreamed that I would ever again cross this threshold."

Meanwhile it had grown quite dark. The reflection of the street lanterns without dimly lit the room, and through the twilight fantastic shadows seemed to dance.

lanterns - linternas; farol, linterna

twilight - crepúsculo, penumbra

The perfume of her hair pervaded the room and filled the boy's heart with romance. Tenderness long suppressed called with a thousand voices. The hour, the strangeness and unexpectedness of her visit, perhaps even a boy's pardonable vanity, roused passion from its slumbers and once again wrought in Ernest's soul the miracle of love. His arm encircled her neck and his lips stammered blind, sweet, crazy and caressing things.

pervaded - mpregnado; permear

romance - romance

strangeness - extraneza; rareza, extraneza, extranez

unexpectedness - Imprevistos

vanity - vanidad

slumbers - dormir; adormecimiento, adormilamiento, adormecer, adormilar

miracle - milagro

stammered - tartamudeó; tartamudear, balbucir, balbucear, gaguear

caressing - Caricias; (cares) Caricias

"Turn on the light," she pleaded.

pleaded - suplicado; rogar

"You were not always so cruel."

"No matter, I have not come to speak of love."

"Why, then, have you come?"

Ernest felt a little awkward, disappointed, as he uttered these words.

awkward - torpe, desmanado, embarazoso, delicado, incómodo, tímido

What could have induced her to come to his rooms? He loosened his hold on her and did as she asked.

induced - inducido; inducir

loosened - aflojado; aflojar, soltar

How pale she looked in the light, how beautiful! Surely, she had sorrowed for him; but why had she not answered his letter? Yes, why?

sorrowed - penado; tristeza, aflicción, infelicidad, pesar

"Your letter?" She smiled a little sadly. "Surely you did not expect me to answer that?"

"Why not?" He had again approached her and his lips were close to hers. "Why not? I have yearned for you. I love you."

yearned - anorado; anhelar

His breath intoxicated her; it was like a subtle perfume. Still she did not yield.

intoxicated - intoxicado; intoxicar, emborrachar

"You love me now-you did not love me then. The music of your words was cold-machine-made, strained and superficial. I shall not answer, I told myself: in his heart he has forgotten you. I did not then realise that a dangerous force had possessed your life and crushed in your mind every image but its own."

crushed - aplastado; aplastamiento, enamoramiento, aplastar, destripar

"I don't understand."

"Do you think I would have come here if it were a light matter? No, I tell you, it is a matter of life and death to you, at least as an artist."

"What do you mean by that?"

"Have you done a stroke of work since I last saw you?"

"Yes, let me see, surely, magazine articles and a poem."

"That is not what I want to know. Have you accomplished anything big? Have you grown since this summer? How about your novel?"

"I-I have almost finished it in my mind, but I have found no chance to begin with the actual writing. I was sick of late, very sick."

No doubt of it! His face was pinched and pale, and the lines about the mouth were curiously contorted, like those of a man suffering from a painful internal disease.

pinched - pellizcado; pellizcar, repizcar, afanar, chorizar, pellizco

contorted - contorcida; contorsionar

painful - doloroso, dolorido, adolorido, panish: t-needed

internal - interno, interior

"Tell me," she ventured, "do you ever miss anything?"

"Do you mean-are there thieves?"

"Thieves! Against thieves one can protect oneself."

oneself - sí mismo, uno mismo

He stared at her wildly, half-frightened, in anticipation of some dreadful revelation. His dream! His dream! That hand! Could it be more than a dream? God! His lips quivered.

wildly - alocadamente, salvajemente

frightened - asustado; atemorizar

anticipation - previsión, anticipación

dreadful - terrible; espantoso, espantosa

Ethel observed his agitation and continued more quietly, but with the same insistence: "Have you ever had ideas, plans that you began without having strength to complete them? Have you had glimpses of vocal visions that seemed to vanish no sooner than seen? Did it ever seem to you as if some mysterious and superior will brutally interfered with the workings of your brain?"

insistence - insistencia

glimpses - atisbos; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

visions - visiones; vista, visión

vanish - desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

superior - superior, superior

workings - Trabajando

Did it seem so to him! He himself could not have stated more plainly the experience of the last few months. Each word fell from her lips like the blow of a hammer. Shivering, he put his arm around her, seeking solace, not love. This time she did not repulse him and, trustingly, as a child confides to his mother, he depicted to her the suffering that harrowed his life and made it a hell.

hammer - martillo, percutor, malleus, martillar; (ham); martillo

seeking - buscando; buscar

repulse - repulsión; repulsar

trustingly - Con confianza

confides - confía; confiar

depicted - dibujado; representar, retratar, describir

harrowed - Rastra

As she listened, indignation clouded her forehead, while rising tears of anger and of love weighed down her lashes. She could bear the pitiful sight no longer.

weighed - pesado; pesar, levar, desancorar

pitiful - lastimoso, lastimero, lamentable

"Child," she cried, "do you know who your tormentor is?"

tormentor - atormentador

And like a flash the truth passed from her to him. A sudden intimation told him what her words had still concealed.

intimation - Insinuación

"Don't! For Christ's sake, do not pronounce his name!" he sobbed. "Do not breathe it. I could not endure it. I should go mad."

Christ - Cristo, Jesucristo, Cristo

sake - por, por motivo de; por el bien de

go mad - volverse loco

Chapter XXIV

Very quietly, with difficulty restraining her own emotion so as not to excite him further, Ethel had related to Ernest the story of her remarkable interview with Reginald Clarke. In the long silence that ensued, the wings of his soul brushed against hers for the first time, and Love by a thousand tender chains of common suffering welded their beings into one.

restraining - retención; refrenar(se), contenerse

related - relacionado; identificarse (con)

welded - soldado; soldar

Caressingly the ivory of her fingers passed through the gold of his hair and over his brow, as if to banish the demon-eyes that stared at him across the hideous spaces of the past. In a rush a thousand incidents came back to him, mute witnesses of a damning truth. His play, the dreams that tormented him, his own inability to concentrate his mind upon his novel which hitherto he had ascribed to nervous disease-all, piling fact on fact, became one monstrous monument of Reginald Clarke's crime.

ivory - marfil, ebúrneo

banish - desterrar

demon - demonio

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

damning - condenatorio; maldecir, condenar, reprobar, maldito, puto

tormented - atormentado; tormento, atormentar

hitherto - hasta ahora, hasta aquí, hasta este momento, en ese entonces

ascribed - atribuido; imputar, atribuir, adscribir

monument - monumento

At last Ernest understood the parting words of Abel Felton and the look in Ethel's eye on the night when he had first linked his fate with the other man's. Walkham's experience, too, and Reginald's remarks on the busts of Shakespeare and Balzac unmistakably pointed toward the new and horrible spectre that Ethel's revelation had raised in place of his host.

remarks - observaciones; observación, comentario

spectre - espectro, fantasma

And then, again, the other Reginald appeared, crowned with the lyric wreath. From his lips golden cadences fell, sweeter than the smell of many flowers or the sound of a silver bell. He was once more the divine master, whose godlike features bore no trace of malice and who had raised him to a place very near his heart.

godlike - dios; divino

"No," he cried, "it is impossible. It's all a dream, a horrible nightmare."

nightmare - pesadilla, mal sueno, tormento, suplicio

"But he has himself confessed it," she interjected.

"Perhaps he has spoken in symbols. We all absorb to some extent other men's ideas, without robbing them and wrecking their thought-life. Reginald may be unscrupulous in the use of his power of impressing upon others the stamp of his master-mind.

robbing - robando; robar

wrecking - Destrozando; (wreck); cacharro, trasto, guinapo, choque

unscrupulous - sin escrúpulos; inescrupuloso, desaprensivo

So was Shakespeare. No, no, no! You are mistaken; we were both deluded for the moment by his picturesque account of a common, not even a discreditable, fact. He may himself have played with the idea, but surely he cannot have been serious."

are mistaken - estar equivocado

deluded - iluso; deludir, enganar

picturesque - pintoresco

discreditable - desacreditable

"And your own experience, and Abel Felton's and mine-can they, too, be dismissed with a shrug of the shoulder?"

dismissed - despedido; despedir, echar, disipar, rechazar, expulsar

shrug - encogimiento de hombros, encogerse de hombros

"But, come to think of it, the whole theory seems absurd. It is unscientific. It is not even a case of mesmerism. If he had said that he hypnotised his victims, the matter would assume a totally different aspect. I admit that something is wrong somewhere, and that the home of Reginald Clarke is no healthful abode for me. But you must also remember that probably we are both unstrung to the point of hysteria."

absurd - absurdo, absurdo

unscientific - no es científico; acientífico

hypnotised - hipnotizar

victims - víctimas; víctima, sacrificio

assume - suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

aspect - aspecto

unstrung - Desencadenar

hysteria - histeria

But to Ethel his words carried no conviction.

"You are still under his spell," she cried, anxiously.

anxiously - ansioso; con inquietud, con ansiedad, ansiosamente

A little shaken in his confidence, Ernest resumed: "Reginald is utterly incapable of such an action, even granting that he possessed the terrible power of which you speak. A man of his splendid resources, a literary Midas at whose very touch every word turns into gold, is under no necessity to prey on the thoughts of others.

confidence - confianza; certeza, certeza propia, certidumbre, confidencia

granting - otorgar, conceder, subvención, beca, patrocinio

resources - recursos; recurso

Midas - Midas

Circumstances, I admit, are suspicious. But in the light of common day this fanciful theory shrivels into nothing. Any court of law would reject our evidence as madness. It is too utterly fantastic, utterly alien to any human experience."

circumstances - circunstancias; circunstancia

suspicious - sospechoso, suspicaz, desconfiado

shrivels - se arruga; arrugar

"Is it though?" Ethel replied with peculiar intonation.

"Why, what do you mean?"

"Surely," she answered, "you must know that in the legends of every nation we read of men and women who were called vampires. They are beings, not always wholly evil, whom every night some mysterious impulse leads to steal into unguarded bedchambers, to suck the blood of the sleepers and then, having waxed strong on the life of their victims, cautiously to retreat. Thence comes it that their lips are very red. It is even said that they can find no rest in the grave, but return to their former haunts long after they are believed to be dead. Those whom they visit, however, pine away for no apparent reason.

legends - leyendas; leyenda, simbología

nation - nación

vampires - vampiros; vampiro

bedchambers - cámara

suck - chupar, sorber, ser un asco, dar asco, apestar

sleepers - Dormir

waxed - encerado; cera

retreat - retirarse, batirse en retirada

thence - desde ahí

pine away - languidecer

The physicians shake their wise heads and speak of consumption. But sometimes, ancient chronicles assure us, the people's suspicions were aroused, and under the leadership of a good priest they went in solemn procession to the graves of the persons suspected. And on opening the tombs it was found that their coffins had rotted away and the flowers in their hair were black. But their bodies were white and whole; through no empty sockets crept the vermin, and their sucking lips were still moist with a little blood."

physicians - médicos; médico, médica, facultativo

wise - sabio

consumption - consumo

Chronicles - crónicas; crónica

suspicions - sospechas; sospecha, suspicacia

leadership - liderazgo, jefatura, liderazgo, caudillaje

solemn - solemne

procession - procesión

graves - umbas; tumba

suspected - sospechas; barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

tombs - tumbas; tumba

coffins - féretros; ataúd, féretro, cajón

rotted - pudriéndose; pudrir, podrir, putrefacción, podre

sockets - enchufes; enchufe, toma corriente, toma, cuenca (eye socket)

vermin - bichos; alimana, bicho, gentuza, sabandija

moist - húmedo

Ernest was carried away in spite of himself by her account, which vividly resembled his own experience. Still he would not give in.

vividly - ívidamente

"All this is impressive. I admit it is very impressive. But you yourself speak of such stories as legends. They are unfounded upon any tangible fact, and you cannot expect a man schooled in modern sciences to admit, as having any possible bearing upon his life, the crude belief of the Middle Ages!"

impressive - impresionante, impresionable, halagüeno

unfounded - sin fundamento; infundado, que no tiene ni pies ni cabeza

belief - creencia

"Why not?" she responded. "Our scientists have proved true the wildest theories of medićval scholars. The transmutation of metals seems to-day no longer an idle speculation, and radium has transformed into potential reality the dream of perpetual motion. The fundamental notions of mathematics are being undermined. One school of philosophers claims that the number of angles in a triangle is equal to more than two right angles; another propounds that it is less.

proved - probado; probar

theories - teorías; teoría

scholars - estudiosos; erudito, especialista, estudioso, docto

transmutation - transmutación

speculation - especulación

fundamental - fundamental

notions - nociones; noción, ganas, intención

undermined - ocavado; socavar, desvirtuar

philosophers - filósofos; filósofo, filósofa

claims - reclamaciones; reclamación, declaración, proposición

angles - ángulos; anglo

triangle - triángulo

propounds - propósitos; proponer

Even great scientists who have studied the soul of nature are turning to spiritism. The world is overcoming the shallow scepticism of the nineteenth century. Life has become once more wonderful and very mysterious. But it also seems that, with the miracles of the old days, their terrors, their nightmares and their monsters have come back in a modern guise."

spiritism - espiritismo

Overcoming - superación; vencer, superar

shallow - poco profundo, superficial, desinteresante, poco profundo (1

scepticism - escepticismo

nineteenth - decimonoveno, diecinueveavo

miracles - milagros; milagro

terrors - terrores; terror

guise - guisa; apariencia, forma, aspecto

Ernest became even more thoughtful. "Yes," he observed, "there is something in what you say." Then, pacing the room nervously, he exclaimed: "And still I find it impossible to believe your explanation. Reginald a vampire! It seems so ludicrous. If you had told me that such creatures exist somewhere, far away, I might have discussed the matter; but in this great city, in the shadow of the Flatiron Building-no!"

more thoughtful - más reflexivo

pacing - itmo; paso

ludicrous - irrisorio, ridículo, disparatado, descabellado

She replied with warmth: "Yet they exist-always have existed. Not only in the Middle Ages, but at all times and in all regions. There is no nation but has some record of them, in one form or another. And don't you think if we find a thought, no matter how absurd it may seem to us, that has ever occupied the minds of men-if we find, I say, such a perennially recurrent thought, are we not justified in assuming that it must have some basis in the actual experience of mankind?

warmth - calor, simpatía

perennially - perennemente

recurrent - recurrente

justified - justificado; legitimar, justificar, absolver

assuming - Suponiendo; (assume); suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

basis - base, fundamento

mankind - la humanidad; humanidad, género humano, raza humana

Ernest's brow became very clouded, and infinite numbers of hidden premature wrinkles began to show. How wan he looked and how frail! He was as one lost in a labyrinth in which he saw no light, convinced against his will, or rather, against his scientific conviction, that she was not wholly mistaken.

premature - prematuro

Convinced - convencido; convencer

"Still," he observed triumphantly, "your vampires suck blood; but Reginald, if vampire he be, preys upon the soul. How can a man suck from another man's brain a thing as intangible, as quintessential as thought?"

intangible - intangible

quintessential - la quintaesencia; quintaesencial

"Ah," she replied, "you forget, thought is more real than blood!"

Chapter XXV

Only three hours had passed since Ethel had startled Ernest from his sombre reveries, but within this brief space their love had matured as if each hour had been a year. The pallor had vanished from his cheeks and the restiveness from his eyes. The intoxication of her presence had rekindled the light of his countenance and given him strength to combat the mighty forces embodied in Reginald Clarke.

reveries - recuperación

matured - madurado; maduro

restiveness - Inquietud

combat - batalla, acción, combate, combatir

The child in him had made room for the man. He would not hear of surrendering without a struggle, and Ethel felt sure she might leave his fate in his own hand. Love had lent him a coat of mail. He was warned, and would not succumb. Still she made one more attempt to persuade him to leave the house at once with her.

surrendering - entregar, rendir, abandonar, rendirse, capitular

succumb - sucumbir, rendirse, ceder, morir

persuade - persuadir

"I must go now," she said. "Will you not come with me, after all? I am so afraid to think of you still here."

"No, dear," he replied. "I shall not desert my post. I must solve the riddle of this man's life; and if, indeed, he is the thing he seems to be, I shall attempt to wrest from him what he has stolen from me. I speak of my unwritten novel."

riddle - enigma; adivinanza, acertijo

"Do not attempt to oppose him openly. You cannot resist him."

oppose - oponerse; oponer

openly - abiertamente, sin tapujos, con luz y taquígrafos

resist - resistir

"Be assured that I shall be on my guard. I have in the last few hours lived through so much that makes life worth living, that I would not wantonly expose myself to any danger. Still, I cannot go without certainty-cannot, if there is some truth in our fears, leave the best of me behind."

assured - asegurado; (assure); asegurar

guard - guarda, guardia, guardés, guarda, tapador, bloque

wantonly - Sin querer

expose - exponer, revelar, descubrir, exhibir

certainty - seguridad; certeza

"What are you planning to do?"

"My play-I am sure now that it is mine-I cannot take from him; that is irretrievably lost. He has read it to his circle and prepared for its publication. And, no matter how firmly convinced you or I may be of his strange power, no one would believe our testimony. They would pronounce us mad. Perhaps we are mad!"

publication - publicación

firmly - con firmeza; firmemente

testimony - testimonio

"No; we are not mad; but it is mad for you to stay here," she asserted.

"I shall not stay here one minute longer than is absolutely essential. Within a week I shall have conclusive proof of his guilt or innocence."

absolutely essential - es absolutamente esencial

conclusive - concluyente, conclusivo, decisivo

Proof - pruebas; prueba

innocence - inocencia

"How will you go about it?"

"His writing table-"


"Yes, perhaps I can discover some note, some indication, some proof-"

"It's a dangerous game."

"I have everything to gain."

"I wish I could stay here with you," she said. "Have you no friend, no one whom you could trust in this delicate matter?"

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

"Why, yes-Jack."

A shadow passed over her face.

"Do you know," she said, "I have a feeling that you care more for him than for me?"

"Nonsense," he said, "he is my friend, you, you-immeasurably more."

"Are you still as intimate with him as when I first met you?"

"Not quite; of late a troubling something, like a thin veil, seems to have passed between us. But he will come when I call him. He will not fail me in my hour of need."

"When can he be here?"

"In two or three days."

"Meanwhile be very careful. Above all, lock your door at night."

"I will not only lock, but barricade it. I shall try with all my power to elucidate this mystery without, however, exposing myself to needless risks."

barricade - barricada

elucidate - dilucidar, elucidar

exposing - Exposiciones

needless - innecesario; inútil

risks - riesgos; riesgo, checkpeligro, arriesgar, poner en riesgo

"I will go, then. Kiss me good-bye."

"May I not take you to the car?"

"You had better not."

At the door she turned back once more. "Write me every day, or call me up on the telephone."

He straightened himself, as if to convince her of his strength. Yet when at last the door had closed behind her, his courage forsook him for a moment. And, if he had not been ashamed to appear a weakling before the woman he loved, who knows if any power on earth could have kept him in that house where from every corner a secret seemed to lurk!

straightened - nderezado; estirar (hair), desencorvar, destorcer, enderezar

convince - convencer

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

forsook - renunció; abandonar

ashamed - avergonzado, abochornado, apenado

power on - encenderse

lurk - acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse, merodear, vigilar

There was a misgiving, too, in the woman's heart as she left the boy behind,-a prey to the occult power that, seeking expression in multiple activities, has made and unmade emperors, prophets and poets.

multiple - múltiples; múltiple, múltiplo

unmade - Deshacer

emperors - emperadores; emperador

prophets - profetas; profeta, profetisa

As she stepped into a street car she saw from afar, as in a vision, the face of Reginald Clarke. It seemed very white and hungry. There was no human kindness in it-only a threat and a sneer.

afar - lejos; afar

human kindness - la bondad humana

threat - amenaza

Chapter XXVI

For over an hour Ernest paced up and down his room, wildly excited by Ethel's revelations. It required an immense amount of self-control for him to pen the following lines to Jack: "I need you. Come."

paced - a ritmo; paso

self-control - (self-control) autocontrol

After he had entrusted the letter to the hall-boy, a reaction set in and he was able to consider the matter, if not with equanimity, at least with a degree of calmness. The strangest thing to him was that he could not bring himself to hate Reginald, of whose evil influence upon his life he was now firmly convinced. Here was another shattered idol; but one-like the fragment of a great god-face in the desert-intensely fascinating, even in its ruin. Then yielding to a natural impulse, Ernest looked over his photographs and at once laid hold upon the austere image of his master and friend. No-it was preposterous; there was no evil in this man. There was no trace of malice in this face, the face of a prophet or an inspired madman, a poet.

entrusted - onfiado; encomendar, confiar

equanimity - equanimidad; ecuanimidad

calmness - calma

fragment - fragmento, fragmentar

yielding - Ceder; (yield) Ceder

preposterous - absurdo, insensato, ridículo, prepóstero

And yet, as he scrutinised the picture closely a curious transformation seemed to take place in the features; a sly little line appeared insinuatingly about Reginald's well-formed mouth, and the serene calm of his Jupiter-head seemed to turn into the sneak smile of a thief. Nevertheless, Ernest was not afraid. His anxieties had at last assumed definite shape; it was possible now to be on his guard. It is only invisible, incomprehensible fear, crouching upon us from the night, that drives sensitive natures to the verge of madness and transforms stern warriors into cowards.

scrutinised - Escrutinar

closely - de cerca; cercanamente

sly - astuto, pillo, listo, habilidoso

insinuatingly - insinuantemente

serene - sereno

Jupiter - Júpiter

sneak - escapar; pillo, moverse con sigilo, esconder, escabullir

anxieties - nsiedades; zozobra, ansiedad, inquietud

incomprehensible - incomprensible

crouching - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

sensitive - sensible, sensitivo, susceptible

transforms - transformaciones; trasformar, transformar

stern - severo, austero, serio

warriors - guerreros; guerrero, guerrera

cowards - cobardes; cobarde, gallina

Ernest realised the necessity of postponing the proposed investigation of Reginald's papers until the morning, as it was now near eleven, and he expected to hear at any moment the sound of his feet at the door. Before retiring he took a number of precautions. Carefully he locked the door to his bedroom and placed a chair in front of it.

postponing - posponer; aplazar, postergar, atrasar, perecear

proposed - propuesta; proponer, pedir la mano, pedir matrimonio

investigation - investigación

retiring - retirarse, jubilarse

precautions - precauciones; precaución

To make doubly sure, he fastened the handle to an exquisite Chinese vase, a gift of Reginald's, that at the least attempt to force an entrance from without would come down with a crash.

doubly - doblemente

fastened - sujetado; atar, abrochar

handle - manejar; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

entrance - entrada

crash - chocar; estruendo, estrépito

Then, although sleep seemed out of the question, he went to bed. He had hardly touched the pillow when a leaden weight seemed to fall upon his eyes. The day's commotion had been too much for his delicate frame. By force of habit he pulled the cover over his ear and fell asleep.

pillow - almohada

All night he slept heavily, and the morning was far advanced when a knock at the door that, at first, seemed to come across an immeasurable distance, brought him back to himself. It was Reginald's manservant announcing that breakfast was waiting.

advanced - avanzado; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

immeasurable - inconmensurable; inmedible

manservant - sirviente; servidor

announcing - anunciando; anunciar, declarar

Ernest got up and rubbed his eyes. The barricade at the door at once brought back to his mind with startling clearness the events of the previous evening.

rubbed - frotado; frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

clearness - claridad

previous - previo, anterior

Everything was as he had left it. Evidently no one had attempted to enter the room while he slept. He could not help smiling at the arrangement which reminded him of his childhood, when he had sought by similar means security from burglars and bogeys. And in the broad daylight Ethel's tales of vampires seemed once more impossible and absurd. Still, he had abundant evidence of Reginald's strange influence, and was determined to know the truth before nightfall. Her words, that thought is more real than blood, kept ringing in his ears.

Security - seguridad, confianza, garantía, prenda

bogeys - bogeys; bogie, carretón

tales - cuentos; historia, relato

abundant - abundante, copioso, cuantioso

nightfall - al anochecer; anochecer

If such was the case, he would find evidence of Reginald's intellectual burglaries, and possibly be able to regain a part of his lost self that had been snatched from him by the relentless dream-hand.

burglaries - robos; allanamiento de morada

Possibly - es posible; posiblemente

regain - recuperar; recobrar

snatched from - robado de, arrancado

But under no circumstances could he face Reginald in his present state of mind. He was convinced that if in the fleeting vision of a moment the other man's true nature should reveal itself to him, he would be so terribly afraid as to shriek like a maniac. So he dressed particularly slowly in the hope of avoiding an encounter with his host. But fate thwarted this hope.

reveal - revelar, propalar

Terribly - terriblemente; rematadamente

shriek - gritar; alarido, chillido, chillar

maniac - maníaco, maniaco, maniático

encounter - encuentro; encontrar

thwarted - frustrado; frustrar, contrariar, bancada

Reginald, too, lingered that morning unusually long over his coffee. He was just taking his last sip when Ernest entered the room. His behaviour was of an almost bourgeois kindness. Benevolence fairly beamed from his face. But to the boy's eyes it had assumed a new and sinister expression.

benevolence - benevolencia

fairly - justamente; francamente, abiertamente, bastante

beamed - remitido; viga, timón, radio

"You are late this morning, Ernest," he remarked in his mildest manner. "Have you been about town, or writing poetry? Both occupations are equally unhealthy." As he said this he watched the young man with the inscrutable smile that at moments was wont to curl upon his lips. Ernest had once likened it to the smile of Mona Lisa, but now he detected in it the suavity of the hypocrite and the leer of the criminal.

are late - llegar tarde

mildest - más suave; suave, leve, cálido

occupations - ocupaciones; ocupación

curl - rulo; rizo, bucle, flexión

hypocrite - hipócrita

leer - eer; mirada lasciva; (lee) eer; mirada lasciva

He could not endure it; he could not look upon that face any longer. His feet almost gave way under him, cold sweat gathered on his brow, and he sank on a chair trembling and studiously avoiding the other man's gaze.

sank - se hundió; hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos, fregadero

At last Reginald rose to go. It seemed impossible to accuse this splendid impersonation of vigorous manhood of cunning and underhand methods, of plagiarisms and of theft. As he stood there he resembled more than anything a beautiful tiger-cat, a wonderful thing of strength and will-power, indomitable and insatiate.

accuse - acusar, denunciar

impersonation - Suplantación

vigorous - vigoroso

manhood - humanidad, virilidad, masculinidad, hombría

cunning - astucia; astuto

underhand - ..bajo mano; solapado, bajuno

theft - robo, hurto

insatiate - Insaciable

Yet who could tell whether this strength was not, after all, parasitic. If Ethel's suspicions were justified, then, indeed, more had been taken from him than he could ever realise. For in that case it was his life-blood that circled in those veins and the fire of his intellect that set those lips aflame!

parasitic - parásitos; parasítico, parasitario, parásito

aflame - en llamas, llameante

Chapter XXVII

Reginald Clarke had hardly left the room when Ernest hastily rose from his seat. While it was likely that he would remain in undisturbed possession of the apartment the whole morning, the stake at hand was too great to permit of delay.

remain - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

delay - retraso; aplazar, retrasar

Palpitating and a little uncertain, he entered the studio where, scarcely a year ago, Reginald Clarke had bidden him welcome. Nothing had changed there since then; only in Ernest's mind the room had assumed an aspect of evil. The Antinous was there and the Faun and the Christ-head. But their juxtaposition to-day partook of the nature of the blasphemous. The statues of Shakespeare and Balzac seemed to frown from their pedestals as his fingers were running through Reginald's papers. He brushed against a semblance of Napoleon that was standing on the writing-table, so that it toppled over and made a noise that weirdly re-echoed in the silence of the room.

palpitating - palpitaciones; palpitar

uncertain - incierto

scarcely - apenas, difícilmente

bidden - obligado; pujar, hacer una oferta

Faun - fauno

partook - participó; participar

statues - estatuas; estatua

frown - fruncir el ceno

pedestals - pedestales; pedestal, peana

toppled - derribado; derribar, recargar

weirdly - Raro

echoed - resonó; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

At that moment a curious family resemblance between Shakespeare, Balzac, Napoleon-and Reginald, forcibly impressed itself upon his mind. It was the indisputable something that marks those who are chosen to give ultimate expression to some gigantic world-purpose. In Balzac's face it was diffused with kindliness, in that of Napoleon sheer brutality predominated. The image of one who was said to be the richest man of the world also rose before his eyes. Perhaps it was only the play of his fevered imagination, but he could have sworn that this man's features, too, bore the mark of those unoriginal, great absorptive minds who, for better or for worse, are born to rob and rule. They seemed to him monsters that know neither justice nor pity, only the law of their being, the law of growth.

resemblance - semejanza, similitud, similaridad, parecido

indisputable - indiscutible; indisputable, inobjetable

gigantic - gigante, gigantesco

diffused - difusa; difundir(se)

kindliness - bondad; amabilidad

brutality - brutalidad

unoriginal - poco original

rob - robar

justice - justicia, justedad, justeza, justicia

Common weapons would not avail against such forces. Being one, they were stronger than armies; nor could they be overcome in single combat. Stealth, trickery, the outfit of the knave, were legitimate weapons in such a fight. In this case the end justified the means, even if the latter included burglary.

weapons - armas; arma

avail - aprovechar, servir

overcome - vencer, superar

single combat - combate individual

stealth - sigilo, cautela

trickery - trucos; triquinuela, superchería, trapisonda

outfit - conjunto, atuendo, tenida

knave - bribón; paje, mozo, bellaco, villano, sota

legitimate - legítimo, genuino

burglary - robo; allanamiento de morada

After a brief and fruitless search of the desk, he attempted to force open a secret drawer, the presence of which he had one day accidentally discovered. He tried a number of keys to no account, and was thinking of giving up his researches for the day until he had procured a skeleton key, when at last the lock gave way.

fruitless - infructuoso, estéril

force open - abrir algo por la fuerza, forzar algo

drawer - cajón

accidentally - accidentalmente

skeleton key - Llave maestra

The drawer disclosed a large file of manuscript. Ernest paused for a moment to draw breath. The paper rustled under his nervous fingers. And there-at last-his eyes lit upon a bulky bundle that bore this legend: "Leontina, A Novel."

disclosed - divulgado; revelar, divulgar

file - fichero; fila

bulky - grande; voluminoso, abultado

legend - leyenda, simbología

It was true, then-all, his dream, Reginald's confession. And the house that had opened its doors so kindly to him was the house of a Vampire!

confession - confesión

Finally curiosity overcame his burning indignation. He attempted to read. The letters seemed to dance before his eyes-his hands trembled.

At last he succeeded. The words that had first rolled over like drunken soldiers now marched before his vision in orderly sequence. He was delighted, then stunned. This was indeed authentic literature, there could be no doubt about it. And it was his. He was still a poet, a great poet. He drew a deep breath. Sudden joy trembled in his heart. This story set down by a foreign hand had grown chapter by chapter in his brain.

drunken - Borracho

authentic - auténtico

There were some slight changes-slight deviations from the original plan. A defter hand than his had retouched it here and there, but for all that it remained his very own. It did not belong to that thief. The blood welled to his cheek as he uttered this word that, applied to Reginald, seemed almost sacrilegious.

deviations - desviaciones; desviación

defter - defter; hábil, diestro

sacrilegious - sacrílego

He had nearly reached the last chapter when he heard steps in the hallway. Hurriedly he restored the manuscript to its place, closed the drawer and left the room on tiptoe.

restored - restaurado; restablecer, restaurar

on tiptoe - de puntillas

It was Reginald. But he did not come alone. Someone was speaking to him. The voice seemed familiar. Ernest could not make out what it said. He listened intently and-was it possible? Jack? Surely he could not yet have come in response to his note!

intently - con atención; atentamente

What mysterious power, what dim presentiment of his friend's plight had led him hither? But why did he linger so long in Reginald's room, instead of hastening to greet him? Cautiously he drew nearer. This time he caught Jack's words:

plight - drama, situación grave

led - llevado; led; (lead) llevado; led

hastening to - apresurarse a hacer algo

"It would be very convenient and pleasant. Still, some way, I feel that it is not right for me, of all men, to take his place here."

Convenient - conveniente, cómodo

"That need not concern you," Reginald deliberately replied; "the dear boy expressed the desire to leave me within a fortnight. I think he will go to some private sanitarium. His nerves are frightfully overstrained."

deliberately - deliberadamente, concienzudamente

fortnight - quince días; quincena

overstrained - Sobreesfuerzo

"This seems hardly surprising after the terrible attack he had when you read your play."

"That idea has since then developed into a monomania."

"I am awfully sorry for him. I cared for him much, perhaps too much. But I always feared that he would come to such an end. Of late his letters have been strangely unbalanced."

awfully - muy mal; asombroso

unbalanced - desequilibrado; desequilibrar

"You will find him very much changed. In fact, he is no longer the same."

"No," said Jack, "he is no longer the friend I loved."

Ernest clutched for the wall. His face was contorted with intense agony. Each word was like a nail driven into his flesh. Crucified upon the cross of his own affection by the hand he loved, all white and trembling he stood there. Tears rushed to his eyes, but he could not weep. Dry-eyed he reached his room and threw himself upon his bed. Thus he lay-uncomforted and alone.

driven into - entrar,chocar contra

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

weep - llorar

uncomforted - incómodo

Chapter XXVIII

Terrible as was his loneliness, a meeting with Jack would have been more terrible. And, after all, it was true, a gulf had opened between them.

Gulf - golfo

Ethel alone could bring solace to his soul. There was a great void in his heart which only she could fill. He hungered for the touch of her hand. He longed for her presence strongly, as a wanton lusts for pleasure and as sad men crave death.

void - vacío; nulo

hungered - tienes hambre; hambre

strongly - con fuerza; fuertemente

lusts - lujuria, deseo, ganas, lujuria, alegría

crave - anhelar, ansiar, implorar

Noiselessly he stole to the door so as not to arouse the attention of the other two men, whose every whisper pierced his heart like a dagger. When he came to Ethel's home, he found that she had gone out for a breath of air. The servant ushered him into the parlor, and there he waited, waited, waited for her.

dagger - daga, punal

servant - sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

ushered - acompanado; acomodador, acomodadora, gloss rotestant churches

parlor - salón; sala, sala de estar

Greatly calmed by his walk, he turned the details of Clarke's conversation over in his mind, and the conviction grew upon him that the friend of his boyhood was not to blame for his course of action. Reginald probably had encircled Jack's soul with his demoniacal influence and singled him out for another victim. That must never be. It was his turn to save now. He would warn his friend of the danger that threatened him, even if his words should be spoken into the wind. For Reginald, with an ingenuity almost satanic, had already suggested that the delusion of former days had developed into a monomania, and any attempt on his part to warn Jack would only seem to confirm this theory. In that case only one way was left open. He must plead with Reginald himself, confront at all risks that snatcher of souls.

boyhood - ninez; ninez

demoniacal - Demoníaco

warn - alertar, avisar, advertir

threatened - amenazado; amenazar

ingenuity - ingenuidad; ingenio

satanic - satánico

confirm - confirmar

left open - dejado abierto

plead - suplicar; rogar

confront - confrontar; enfrentar

snatcher - Ladrón

To-night he would not fall asleep. He would keep his vigil. And if Reginald should approach his room, if in some way he felt the direful presence, he must speak out, threaten if need be, to save his friend from ruin. He had fully determined upon this course when a cry of joy from Ethel, who had just returned from her walk, interrupted his reverie. But her gladness changed to anxiety when she saw how pale he was. Ernest recounted to her the happenings of the day, from the discovery of his novel in Reginald's desk to the conversation which he had accidentally overheard. He noticed that her features brightened as he drew near the end of his tale.

vigil - vigilia, víspera

direful - Terrible

threaten - amenazar

fully - totalmente; completamente, a fondo

gladness - alegría

anxiety - zozobra, ansiedad, inquietud

recounted - recuento; relatar

happenings - Ocurre algo

overheard - oído por casualidad; oír por casualidad, oír sin querer

Tale - cuento; historia, relato

"Was your novel finished?" she suddenly asked.

"I think so."

"Then you are out of danger. He will want nothing else of you. But you should have taken it with you."

"I had only sufficient presence of mind to slip it back into the drawer. To-morrow I shall simply demand it."

sufficient - suficiente

slip - resbalón; resbalar

"You will do nothing of the kind. It is in his handwriting, and you have no legal proof that it is yours. You must take it away secretly. And he will not dare to reclaim it."

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

legal - jurídico, legal

dare - te atreves; atraverse, osar

reclaim - reclamar

"And Jack?"

She had quite forgotten Jack. Women are invariably selfish for those they love.

Selfish - egoísta

"You must warn him," she replied.

"He would laugh at me. However, I must speak to Reginald."

"It is of no avail to speak to him. At least, you must not do so before you have obtained the manuscript. It would unnecessarily jeopardise our plans."

unnecessarily - innecesariamente

jeopardise - Poner en peligro

"And after?"

"After, perhaps. But you must not expose yourself to any danger."

"No, dear," he said, and kissed her; "what danger is there, provided I keep my wits about me? He steals upon men only in their sleep and in the dark."

wits - agudeza, ingenio, chispa, gracia

"Be careful, nevertheless."

"I shall. In fact, I think he is not at home at this moment. If I go now I may be able to get hold of the manuscript and hide it before he returns."

"I cannot but tremble to think of you in that house."

tremble - tiritar, temblar, temblor, vibración, temblequera

"You shall have no more reason to tremble in a day or two."

"Shall I see you to-morrow?"

"I don't think so. I must go over my papers and things so as to be ready at any moment to leave the house."

I don't think so - No lo creo.

"And then?"


He took her in his arms and looked long and deeply into her eyes.

"Yes," she replied-"at least, perhaps."

Then he turned to go, resolute and happy. How strangely he had matured since the summer! Her heart swelled with the consciousness that it was her love that had effected this transformation.

swelled - hinchado; hinchar(se), inflar(se)

"As I cannot expect you to-morrow, I shall probably go to the opera, but I shall be at home before midnight. Will you call me up then? A word from you will put me at ease for the night, even if it comes over the telephone."

opera - ópera; (opus) ópera

ease - facilidad; aliviar

"I will call you up. We moderns have an advantage over the ancients in this respect: the twentieth-century Pyramus can speak to Thisbe even if innumerable walls sever his body from hers."

respect - respeto, respetar

innumerable - innumerables; innumerable, incontable

sever - cortar, tallar

"A quaint conceit! But let us hope that our love-story will end less tragically," she said, tenderly caressing his hair. "Oh, we shall be happy, you and I," she added, after a while. "The iron finger of fate that lay so heavily on our lives is now withdrawn. Almost withdrawn. Yes, almost. Only almost."

conceit - engreimiento, vanidad, presunción, ego

tragically - trágicamente

tenderly - con ternura; tiernamente

And then a sudden fear overcame her.

"No," she cried, "do not go, do not go! Stay with me; stay here. I feel so frightened. I don't know what comes over me. I am afraid-afraid for you."

"No, dear," he rejoined, "you need not be afraid. In your heart you don't want me to desert a friend, and, besides, leave the best part of my artistic life in Reginald's clutch."

clutch - embrague; agarrar

"Why should you expose yourself to God knows what danger for a friend who is ready to betray you?"

betray - traicionar, entregar, vender, delatar, demostrar

"You forget friendship is a gift. If it exacts payment in any form, it is no longer either friendship or a gift. And you yourself have assured me that I have nothing to fear from Reginald. I have nothing to give to him."

payment - pago, pago

She rallied under his words and had regained her self-possession when the door closed behind him. He walked a few blocks very briskly. Then his pace slackened. Her words had unsettled him a little, and when he reached home he did not at once resume his exploration of Reginald's papers. He had hardly lit a cigarette when, at an unusually early hour, he heard Reginald's key in the lock.

rallied - reunidos; reagrupar

regained - recuperado; recobrar

blocks - bloqueos; bloque

pace - paso

slackened - flojado; aflojar

unsettled - inquietos; perturbar, inquietar

resume - resumen; reanudar

exploration - exploración

Quickly he turned the light out and in the semi-darkness, lit up by an electric lantern below, barricaded the door as on the previous night. Then he went to bed without finding sleep.

lantern - farol, linterna

barricaded - atrincherado; barricada

Supreme silence reigned over the house. Even the elevator had ceased to run. Ernest's brain was all ear. He heard Reginald walking up and down in the studio. Not the smallest movement escaped his attention. Thus hours passed. When the clock struck twelve, he was still walking up and down, down and up, up and down.

reigned - reinado, reinar

ceased - esado; cesar, parar, terminar

One o'clock.

Still the measured beat of his footfall had not ceased. There was something hypnotic in the regular tread. Nature at last exacted its toll from the boy. He fell asleep.

footfall - pisada; panish: t-needed

hypnotic - hipnótico, hipnótico

Toll - peaje; taner, doblar

Hardly had he closed his eyes when again that horrible nightmare-no longer a nightmare-tormented him. Again he felt the pointed delicate fingers carefully feeling their way along the innumerable tangled threads of nerve-matter that lead to the innermost recesses of self....

tangled - enredado; desorden, marana, enredo

lead - plomo; llevar, conducir

A subconscious something strove to arouse him, and he felt the fingers softly withdrawn.

subconscious - subconsciente

strove - se esforzó; esforzarse

He could have sworn that he heard the scurrying of feet in the room. Bathed in perspiration he made a leap for the electric light.

scurrying - escapando; corretear

perspiration - sudor

But there was no sign of any human presence. The barricade at the door was undisturbed. But fear like a great wind filled the wings of his soul.

Yet there was nothing, nothing to warrant his conviction that Reginald Clarke had been with him only a few moments ago, plying his horrible trade. The large mirror above the fireplace only showed him his own face, white, excited,-the face of a madman.

plying - plying; ejercer

trade - comercio

fireplace - chimenea, hogar

Chapter XXIX

The next morning's mail brought a letter from Ethel, a few lines of encouragement and affection. Yes, she was right; it would not do for him to stay under one roof with Reginald any longer. He must only obtain the manuscript and, if possible, surprise him in the attempt to exercise his mysterious and criminal power. Then he would be in the position to dictate terms and to demand Jack's safety as the price of his silence.

encouragement - aliento; apoyo

obtain - obtener, coger

dictate - orden, ordenar, dictar

safety - seguridad, seguro

Reginald, however, had closeted himself that day in his studio busily writing. Only the clatter of his typewriter announced his presence in the house. There was no chance for conversation or for obtaining the precious manuscript of "Leontina."

closeted - en el armario; ropero, armario, clóset

busily - Ocupado

typewriter - máquina de escribir

announced - anunciado; anunciar, declarar

obtaining - obteniendo; obtener, coger

Meanwhile Ernest was looking over his papers and preparing everything for a quick departure. Glancing over old letters and notes, he became readily interested and hardly noticed the passage of the hours.

readily - listo; fácilmente, en seguida, pronto

When the night came he only partly undressed and threw himself upon the bed. It was now ten. At twelve he had promised Ethel to speak to her over the telephone. He was determined not to sleep at all that night. At last he would discover whether or not on the previous and other nights Reginald had secretly entered his room.

undressed - desvestido; desvestirse, desnudarse

When one hour had passed without incident, his attention relaxed a little. His eyes were gradually closing when suddenly something seemed to stir at the door. The Chinese vase came rattling to the floor.

incident - incidente

gradually - gradualmente, poco a poco, paulatinamente

rattling - traqueteo; (rattle) traqueteo

At once Ernest sprang up. His face had blanched with terror. It was whiter than the linen in which they wrap the dead. But his soul was resolute.

sprang up - brotar; aparecer; alzarse

terror - terror

linen - lino, linge, ropa blanca, linocros

wrap - envolver; enrollar

He touched a button and the electric light illuminated the whole chamber. There was no nook for even a shadow to hide. Yet there was no one to be seen. From without the door came no sound. Suddenly something soft touched his foot. He gathered all his will power so as not to break out into a frenzied shriek. Then he laughed, not a hearty laugh, to be sure. A tiny nose and a tail gracefully curled were brushing against him. The source of the disturbance was a little Maltese cat, his favourite, that by some chance had remained in his room.

illuminated - iluminado; iluminar

nook - rincón, recoveco

frenzied - frenético; frenesí, manía

hearty - corazonoso; carinoso, de corazón, cordial, corpulento, nutritivo

tail - cola

Maltese - malteses, maltés

After its essay at midnight gymnastics the animal quieted down and lay purring at the foot of his bed.

gymnastics - gimnasia; gimnástico

purring - Ronroneando; (pur) Ronroneando

The presence of a living thing was a certain comfort, and the reservoir of his strength was well nigh exhausted.

comfort - comodidad, consuelo, confortar

reservoir - yacimiento; embalse, represa, checkdepósito, checkreserva

He dimly remembered his promise to Ethel, but his lids drooped with sheer weariness. Perhaps an hour passed in this way, when suddenly his blood congealed with dread.

lids - tapas; tapa

congealed - congelado; congelar, coagular

He felt the presence of the hand of Reginald Clarke-unmistakably-groping in his brain as if searching for something that had still escaped him.

He tried to move, to cry out, but his limbs were paralysed. When, by a superhuman effort, he at last succeeded in shaking off the numbness that held him enchained, he awoke just in time to see a figure, that of a man, disappearing in the wall that separated Reginald's apartments from his room....

shaking off - sacudir; librarse de

numbness - entumecimiento

enchained - Encadenar

This time it was no delusion of the senses. He heard something like a secret door softly closing behind retreating steps. A sudden fierce anger seized him. He was oblivious of the danger of the terrible power of the older man, oblivious of the love he had once borne him, oblivious of everything save the sense of outraged humanity and outraged right.

retreating - retirarse, batirse en retirada

fierce - fiero, feroz, enconado

oblivious - ignorante; inconsciente, desprevenido, olvidadizo

outraged - indignado; atrocidad, ultraje, desafuero, atropello

The law permits us to shoot a burglar who goes through our pockets at night. Must he tolerate the ravages of this a thousand times more dastardly and dangerous spiritual thief? Was Reginald to enjoy the fruit of other men's labour unpunished? Was he to continue growing into the mightiest literary factor of the century by preying upon his betters? Abel, Walkham, Ethel, he, Jack, were they all to be victims of this insatiable monster?

permits - permisos; permitir

shoot - disparar, lanzar

tolerate - tolerar, soportar

ravages - los estragos; estragar, estrago

dastardly - Desalmado

labour - trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

mightiest - el más poderoso; poderoso

preying - predador; botín, presa

insatiable - insaciable

monster - monstruo, fiera

Was this force resistless as it was relentless?

resistless - Sin resistencia

No, a thousand times, no!

He dashed himself against the wall at the place where the shadow of Reginald Clarke had disappeared. In doing so he touched upon a secret spring. The wall gave way noiselessly. Speechless with rage he crossed the next room and the one adjoining it, and stood in Reginald's studio.

dashed - dashed; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

rage - furia; rabia, furor

The room was brilliantly lighted, and Reginald, still dressed, was seated at his writing-table scribbling notes upon little scraps of paper in his accustomed manner.

brilliantly - brillantemente

scraps - restos; pedacito, retazo

At Ernest's approach he looked up without evincing the least sign of terror or surprise. Calmly, almost majestically, he folded his arms over his breast, but there was a menacing glitter in his eyes as he confronted his victim.

evincing - evidenciando; manifestar, revelar, evidenciar

majestically - majestuosamente

folded - doblado; doblar, plegar

menacing - amenazante; amenaza, peligro

glitter - brillo, purpurina, escarcha, brillar, resplandecer, centellear

Chapter XXX

Silently the two men faced each other. Then Ernest hissed:


Reginald shrugged his shoulders.

shrugged - se encogió de hombros; encogimiento de hombros


"So Ethel has infected you with her absurd fancies! Poor boy! I am afraid.... I have been wanting to tell you for some time.... But I think.... We have reached the parting of our road!"

infected - infectado; infectar, contagiar, alborotar

"And that you dare to tell me!"

The more he raged, the calmer Reginald seemed to become.

raged - enfurecido; rabia, furor

calmer - más tranquilo; calmado, sosiego, calma

"Really," he said, "I fail to understand.... I must ask you to leave my room!"

"You fail to understand? You cad!" Ernest cried. He stepped to the writing-table and opened the secret drawer with a blow. A bundle of manuscripts fell on the floor with a strange rustling noise. Then, seizing his own story, he hurled it upon the table. And behold-the last pages bore corrections in ink that could have been made only a few minutes ago!

cad - boletero, villano

manuscripts - manuscritos; manuscrito, manuscrito

rustling - usurro; (rustle); crujido

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

corrections - correcciones; corrección

Reginald smiled. "Have you come to play havoc with my manuscripts?" he remarked.

"Your manuscripts? Reginald Clarke, you are an impudent impostor! You have written no word that is your own. You are an embezzler of the mind, strutting through life in borrowed and stolen plumes!"

impudent - imprudente; insolente, descarado, fresco

impostor - impostor, impostora

embezzler - malversador

strutting - Presumiendo; (strut) Presumiendo

plumes - plumas; pluma

And at once the mask fell from Reginald's face.

"Why stolen?" he coolly said, with a slight touch of irritation. "I absorb. I appropriate. That is the most any artist can say for himself. God creates; man moulds. He gives us the colours; we mix them."

coolly - con frialdad

irritation - irritación

appropriate - es apropiado; apropiado, adecuado, aduenarse, designar

moulds - moldes; mantillo

Mix - mezclar

"That is not the question. I charge you with having wilfully and criminally interfered in my life; I charge you with having robbed me of what was mine; I charge you with being utterly vile and rapacious, a hypocrite and a parasite!"

charge - cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar, cargar

criminally - criminalmente

robbed - robado; robar

vile - vil

rapacious - codicioso, rapaz

parasite - parásito

"Foolish boy," Reginald rejoined austerely. "It is through me that the best in you shall survive, even as the obscure Elizabethans live in him of Avon. Shakespeare absorbed what was great in little men-a greatness that otherwise would have perished-and gave it a setting, a life."

austerely - con austeridad; austeramente

survive - sobrevivir

otherwise - o no; de otro

perished - pereció; perecer

setting - configuración, ajustes, poniente; (set); configuración, ajustes

"A thief may plead the same. I understand you better. It is your inordinate vanity that prompts you to abuse your monstrous power."

abuse - Abuso

"You err. Self-love has never entered into my actions. I am careless of personal fame. Look at me, boy! As I stand before you I am Homer, I am Shakespeare ... I am every cosmic manifestation in art. Men have doubted in each incarnation my individual existence.

err - error; errar, equivocarse

self-love - (self-love) Amor propio

careless - descuidado, irresponsable, negligente, dejado

cosmic - cósmico

manifestation - manifestación

doubted - dudaba; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

Historians have more to tell of the meanest Athenian scribbler or Elizabethan poetaster than of me. The radiance of my work obscured my very self. I care not. I have a mission. I am a servant of the Lord. I am the vessel that bears the Host!"

historians - historiadores; historiador, historiadora

Athenian - ateniense

poetaster - poetastro, poetucho

obscured - ocultado; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

He stood up at full length, the personification of grandeur and power. A tremendous force trembled in his very finger tips. He was like a gigantic dynamo, charged with the might of ten thousand magnetic storms that shake the earth in its orbit and lash myriads of planets through infinities of space....

full length - largometraje; edición completa

personification - personificación, prosopopeya

grandeur - grandeza

finger tips - punta de dedo; dedil

dynamo - dinamo; dínamo

charged - cargado; cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar

orbit - órbita, orbitar

lash - pestanas; pestana

myriads - miríadas; miríada

infinities - infinitos; infinidad, infinito

Under ordinary circumstances Ernest or any other man would have quailed before him. But the boy in that epic moment had grown out of his stature. He felt the sword of vengeance in his hands; to him was intrusted the cause of Abel and of Walkham, of Ethel and of Jack. His was the struggle of the individual soul against the same blind and cruel fate that in the past had fashioned the ichthyosaurus and the mastodon.

quailed - se acobardó; acobardarse, amedrentarse

vengeance - venganza

Ichthyosaurus - Ictiosaurio

Mastodon - mastodonte

"By what right," he cried, "do you assume that you are the literary Messiah? Who appointed you? What divine power has made you the steward of my mite and of theirs whom you have robbed?"

Messiah - mesías

appointed - nombrado; equipar, determinar, fijar, designar, nombrar

steward - camarero; administrador, gestor, representante, apoderado, mozo

mite - ácaro

"I am a light-bearer. I tread the high hills of mankind ... I point the way to the future. I light up the abysses of the past. Were not my stature gigantic, how could I hold the torch in all men's sight? The very souls that I tread underfoot realise, as their dying gaze follows me, the possibilities with which the future is big.

bearer - portador, portadora

abysses - abismos; abismo, sima

dying - Muriendo; (dye) Muriendo

.. Eternally secure, I carry the essence of what is cosmic ... of what is divine.... I am Homer ... Goethe ... Shakespeare.... I am an embodiment of the same force of which Alexander, Cćsar, Confucius and the Christos were also embodiments.... None so strong as to resist me."

secure - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

Goethe - Goethe

Alexander - Alejandro

Confucius - Confucio

embodiments - encarnaciones; encarnación, personificación

resist - resistir, panish: t-needed

A sudden madness overcame Ernest at this boast. He must strike now or never. He must rid humanity of this dangerous maniac-this demon of strength. With a power ten times intensified, he raised a heavy chair so as to hurl it at Reginald's head and crush it.

boast - presumir; vanagloriarse, jactarse de, fanfarronear

rid - cabalgar; librar

intensified - intensificado; intensificar

hurl - arrojar, lanzar, tirar, proyectar, volver

Reginald stood there calmly, a smile upon his lips.... Primal cruelties rose from the depth of his nature.... Still he smiled, turning his luminous gaze upon the boy ... and, behold ... Ernest's hand began to shake ... the chair fell from his grasp.... He tried to call for help, but no sound issued from his lips.... Utterly paralysed he confronted ... the Force....

cruelties - rueldades; crueldad

Minutes-eternities passed.

eternities - ternidades; eternidad

And still those eyes were fixed upon him.

But this was no longer Reginald!

It was all brain ... only brain ... a tremendous brain-machine ... infinitely complex ... infinitely strong. Not more than a mile away Ethel endeavoured to call to him through the night. The telephone rang, once, twice, thrice, insistingly. But Ernest heard it not. Something dragged him ... dragged the nerves from his body dragged, dragged, dragged.... It was an irresistible suction ... pitiless ... passionless ... immense.

endeavoured - se esforzó; esforzarse

thrice - tres veces; tres vez

insistingly - Insistentemente

dragged - arrastrado; llevar a rastras

suction - succión, succionar, chupar

Sparks, blue, crimson and violet, seemed to play around the living battery. It reached the finest fibres of his mind.... Slowly ... every trace of mentality disappeared.... First the will ... then feeling ... judgment ... memory ... fear even.... All that was stored in his brain-cells came forth to be absorbed by that mighty engine....

sparks - chispas; chispa

Violet - violeta

Battery - pila, lesiones, golpes, batería

fibres - fibras; fibra, fibra

mentality - mentalidad

judgment - juicio

The Princess With the Yellow Veil appeared ... flitted across the room and melted away. She was followed by childhood memories ... girls'heads, boys'faces.... He saw his dead mother waving her arms to him.... An expression of death-agony distorted the placid features.... Then, throwing a kiss to him, she, too, disappeared. Picture on picture followed.... Words of love that he had spoken ... sins, virtues, magnanimities, meannesses, terrors ... mathematical formulas even, and snatches of songs. Leontina came and was swallowed up.... No, it was Ethel who was trying to speak to him ... trying to warn.... She waved her hands in frantic despair.

melted away - Derretirse

placid - pacido; plácido

sins - pecados; pecado

magnanimities - magnanimidades; magnanimidad, generosidad

meannesses - ezquindades; mezquindad

formulas - fórmulas; fórmula, preparado para lactantes, leche maternizada

swallowed - tragado; tragar, engullir

frantic - frenético

.. She was gone.... A pale face ... dark, dishevelled hair.... Jack.... How he had changed! He was in the circle of the vampire's transforming might. "Jack," he cried. Surely Jack had something to explain ... something to tell him ... some word that if spoken would bring rest to his soul. He saw the words rise to the boy's lips, but before he had time to utter them his image also had vanished. And Reginald ... Reginald, too, was gone.... There was only the mighty brain ... panting ... whirling.... Then there was nothing.... The annihilation of Ernest Fielding was complete.

transforming - Transformando; (transform); trasformar, transformar

panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando

whirling - Girando; (whirl) Girando

annihilation - aniquilación

Vacantly he stared at the walls, at the room and at his master. The latter was wiping the sweat from his forehead. He breathed deeply.... The flush of youth spread over his features.... His eyes sparkled with a new and dangerous brilliancy.... He took the thing that had once been Ernest Fielding by the hand and led it to its room.

vacantly - Vacantemente

wiping - Limpiar; (wipe) Limpiar

breathed - respiró; respiración, aliento, respiro

spread - extender, dispersar, esparcir, untar, diseminar, difundir

Chapter XXXI

With the first flush of the morning Ethel appeared at the door of the house on Riverside Drive. She had not heard from Ernest, and had been unable to obtain connection with him at the telephone. Anxiety had hastened her steps. She brushed against Jack, who was also directing his steps to the abode of Reginald Clarke.

connection - vinculación, conexión, trabazón, ligazón

At the same time something that resembled Ernest Fielding passed from the house of the Vampire. It was a dull and brutish thing, hideously transformed, without a vestige of mind.

brutish - bruto; cafre

hideously - Horriblemente

vestige - huella, pisada, vestigio

"Mr. Fielding," cried Ethel, beside herself with fear as she saw him descending.

descending - descendente; descender, bajar

"Ernest!" Jack gasped, no less startled at the change in his friend's appearance.

gasped - jadeó; jadear, bocanada, calada

Ernest's head followed the source of the sound, but no spark of recognition illumined the deadness of his eyes. Without a present and without a past ... blindly ... a gibbering idiot ... he stumbled down the stairs.

deadness - muerte

blindly - ciegamente, a ciegas, a tientas, a tiento

gibbering - farfullando; farfullar, hablar atropelladamente

idiot - idiota

stumbled - tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo, tropezar

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