introduction - introducción, presentación

On February the First 1887, the Lady Vain was lost by collision with a derelict when about the latitude 1° S. and longitude 107° W.

lady - senora; ama, senora, dama, bano de damas

vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo

collision - colisión

derelict - derrelicto; abandonado, derelicto, negligente, paria

Latitude - latitud, holgura

Longitude - longitud

On January the Fifth, 1888"that is eleven months and four days after"my uncle, Edward Prendick, a private gentleman, who certainly went aboard the Lady Vain at Callao, and who had been considered drowned, was picked up in latitude 5° 3'S. and longitude 101° W. in a small open boat of which the name was illegible, but which is supposed to have belonged to the missing schooner Ipecacuanha. He gave such a strange account of himself that he was supposed demented.

Edward - Eduardo

private - privado, privado

gentleman - caballero, senores

Certainly - seguro; ciertamente, sin duda, a todas luces, por supuesto

aboard - a bordo, a bordo de

considered - onsiderado; considerar, barajar, sopesar, observar

drowned - hogado; ahogarse

picked - elegido; pico, ganzúa, hurgar, recoger

illegible - ilegible, indescifrable

supposed - se supone; suponer

belonged - pertenecía; pertenecer, ser propiedad (de)

schooner - goleta, escuna

such - cómo; así, tal, semejante, tan, qué

strange - extrano; extrano, raro, anormal, desconocido

account - cuenta

demented - emente

Subsequently he alleged that his mind was a blank from the moment of his escape from the Lady Vain. His case was discussed among psychologists at the time as a curious instance of the lapse of memory consequent upon physical and mental stress. The following narrative was found among his papers by the undersigned, his nephew and heir, but unaccompanied by any definite request for publication.

alleged - supuesto; alegar

mind - mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito, voluntad

blank - en blanco, virgen, de fogueo, espacio en blanco, espacio

escape - escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

case - caso

among - entre

psychologists - psicólogos; psicólogo, psicóloga

Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro

instance - caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

lapse - lapso, desliz, prescripción

memory - memoria, recuerdo

consequent - consecuente, consecuente

upon - sobre, en, tras

physical - físico, revisación

stress - tensión, estrés, énfasis, tensionar, tensar, estresar, acentuar

narrative - narrativo, narrativa, narración

undersigned - Subfirmar

nephew - sobrino

heir - heredero, sucesor, checkheredera

definite - definitiva; definido, indudable

request - solicitud; pedir, solicitar, demandar, checkpedir

publication - publicación

The only island known to exist in the region in which my uncle was picked up is Noble's Isle, a small volcanic islet and uninhabited. It was visited in 1891 by H. M. S. Scorpion. A party of sailors then landed, but found nothing living thereon except certain curious white moths, some hogs and rabbits, and some rather peculiar rats. So that this narrative is without confirmation in its most essential particular. With that understood, there seems no harm in putting this strange story before the public in accordance, as I believe, with my uncle's intentions. There is at least this much in its behalf: my uncle passed out of human knowledge about latitude 5° S.

exist - existen; existir

region - región

noble - noble

volcanic - volcánica; volcánico

islet - islote, isleta, mejana

uninhabited - deshabitado, abandonado, inhabitado

scorpion - escorpión, alacrán

Sailors - marineros; marinero, marinera

thereon - al respecto

Except - exceptuar, excepto, salvo, exceptuando, menos, salvo que

Certain - seguro; cierto, cierto, cierta

moths - polillas; mariposa nocturna

hogs - cerdos; cerdo, puerco, marrano

rabbits - conejos; conejo

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

rats - ratas; rata

confirmation - confirmación

most essential - lo más esencial

particular - particular

Seems - te parece; parecer

harm - dano; dano, danar

public - público, público

accordance - de acuerdo; acuerdo, conformidad, arreglo

intentions - intenciones; intención

passed - pasó; pasar(por), dejar atrás

human - humano

knowledge - conocimiento, conocimientos, sabiduría, checkconocimiento

and longitude 105° E., and reappeared in the same part of the ocean after a space of eleven months. In some way he must have lived during the interval. And it seems that a schooner called the Ipecacuanha with a drunken captain, John Davies, did start from Africa with a puma and certain other animals aboard in January, 1887, that the vessel was well known at several ports in the South Pacific, and that it finally disappeared from those seas (with a considerable amount of copra aboard), sailing to its unknown fate from Bayna in December, 1887, a date that tallies entirely with my uncle's story.

reappeared - reapareció; reaparecer

Ocean - océano

interval - intervalo

drunken - Borracho

captain - capitán, capitanear, pilotar

Africa - África

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

several - varios, varias

ports - puertos; puerto

Pacific - pacífico; pacífica

finally - por fin, finalmente, por fin

disappeared - desapareció; desaparecer

those - esos, esas, aquéllos, aquellas

considerable - considerable

amount - cantidad, monto, montante, importe

copra - copra

sailing - navegando; (sail) navegando

unknown - ignoto, desconocido, incógnita, desconocido

fate - destino, azar

tallies - cuentas; cuenta (llevar la cuenta), registro


Charles - Carlos

The Island of Doctor Moreau

(The Story written by Edward Prendick.)


Chapter - capítulo, sede, sección

I do not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the Lady Vain. As everyone knows, she collided with a derelict when ten days out from Callao. The longboat, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H. M. gunboat Myrtle, and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible Medusa case.

propose - proponer, pedir la mano, pedir matrimonio, proponer matrimonio

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

Loss - pérdida

collided with - Chocó con

longboat - barco largo

crew - tripulación

gunboat - una canonera; canonera, canonero

Myrtle - arrayán, murta, mirto

more horrible - más horrible

Medusa - Medusa

But I have to add to the published story of the Lady Vain another, possibly as horrible and far stranger. It has hitherto been supposed that the four men who were in the dingey perished, but this is incorrect. I have the best of evidence for this assertion: I was one of the four men.

published - publicado; publicar, divulgar

Possibly - es posible; posiblemente

horrible - horrible, horrendo

Stranger - Extrano; (strang) Extrano

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

perished - pereció; perecer

incorrect - incorrecto

evidence - pruebas; prueba, prueba, evidencia, evidenciar

assertion - aserción; afirmación, aserto

But in the first place I must state that there never were four men in the dingey,"the number was three. Constans, who was "seen by the captain to jump into the gig,"[1] luckily for us and unluckily for himself did not reach us. He came down out of the tangle of ropes under the stays of the smashed bowsprit, some small rope caught his heel as he let go, and he hung for a moment head downward, and then fell and struck a block or spar floating in the water.

state - el estado

jump - saltar

gig - bolo, actuación

unluckily - desgraciadamente; desafortunadamente

reach - llegar (a)

tangle - desorden, marana, enredo

ropes - cuerdas; cuerda

smashed - aplastado; estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar

bowsprit - bauprés

caught - atrapado; pega, traba, truco, cuestión

heel - tacón; talón

hung - colgado; colgar

downward - hacia abajo

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

block - bloque

spar - chispa; palo, verga

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

We pulled towards him, but he never came up.

pulled - sacado; tirar, jalar, halar, tirón, ligar

towards - hacia, sobre, para

[1] Daily News, March 17, 1887.

daily - diariamente; diario

I say luckily for us he did not reach us, and I might almost say luckily for himself; for we had only a small beaker of water and some soddened ship's biscuits with us, so sudden had been the alarm, so unprepared the ship for any disaster. We thought the people on the launch would be better provisioned (though it seems they were not), and we tried to hail them. They could not have heard us, and the next morning when the drizzle cleared,"which was not until past midday,"we could see nothing of them. We could not stand up to look about us, because of the pitching of the boat.

luckily - afortunadamente, por suerte, por fortuna, dichosamente

almost - casi, por poco

beaker - vaso de precipitación, vaso de precipitados

soddened - empapado

ship - barco, buque, navío, embarcación

biscuits - galletas; galleta, hallulla, biscocho, bizcocho

sudden - de repente; repentino, súbito, brusco

alarm - alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

unprepared - Prepararse

disaster - desastre

launch - lanzar; botar, echar al mar

provisioned - provisto; provisión, aprovisionar, avituallar

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

hail - Granizo, granizar; llamar, saludar

drizzle - lloviznar, chispear, estar pringando, mear, llovizna

cleared - transparente, claro, despejado, libre

midday - mediodía

The two other men who had escaped so far with me were a man named Helmar, a passenger like myself, and a seaman whose name I don't know,"a short sturdy man, with a stammer.

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

passenger - pasajero

myself - yo mismo; me

whose - de quién; quién, quien, cuyo, cuya, cuyas

sturdy - recio, sólido, robusto, fuerte

stammer - tartamudear, balbucir, balbucear, gaguear, tartamudeo

We drifted famishing, and, after our water had come to an end, tormented by an intolerable thirst, for eight days altogether. After the second day the sea subsided slowly to a glassy calm. It is quite impossible for the ordinary reader to imagine those eight days. He has not, luckily for himself, anything in his memory to imagine with. After the first day we said little to one another, and lay in our places in the boat and stared at the horizon, or watched, with eyes that grew larger and more haggard every day, the misery and weakness gaining upon our companions. The sun became pitiless.

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

famishing - Hambriento

tormented - atormentado; tormento, atormentar

intolerable - insoportable; intolerable, de juzgado de guardia

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

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

subsided - se calmó; calmarse

slowly - lentamente, despacio

glassy - vidrioso, vítreo

Calm - calmado, sosiego, calma

impossible - imposible, insoportable, imposible

ordinary - pieza, ordinario, del montón

lay in - recoger; estar tumbado en

horizon - horizonte

haggard - macilento, ojeroso, demacrado

misery - miseria, sinvivir, desgracia, desdicha, infortunio

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

gaining - Ganando; (gain) Ganando

Companions - companeros; companero, companera

The water ended on the fourth day, and we were already thinking strange things and saying them with our eyes; but it was, I think, the sixth before Helmar gave voice to the thing we had all been thinking. I remember our voices were dry and thin, so that we bent towards one another and spared our words. I stood out against it with all my might, was rather for scuttling the boat and perishing together among the sharks that followed us; but when Helmar said that if his proposal was accepted we should have drink, the sailor came round to him.

sixth - sexto, sexto

voices - voces; voz

dry - seco, secarse, enjugar

bent - Doblado; (bend); doblar, curvar, doblarse, agacharse

spared - se salvó; palo, verga

against - contra, cerca de, frente, en contra, enfrente, en pugna

scuttling - huyendo; echar a correr

perishing - pereciendo; perecer

sharks - tiburones; tiburón

proposal - propuesta

accepted - aceptado; aceptar

sailor - marinero, marinera

round - ronda; redondo

I would not draw lots however, and in the night the sailor whispered to Helmar again and again, and I sat in the bows with my clasp-knife in my hand, though I doubt if I had the stuff in me to fight; and in the morning I agreed to Helmar's proposal, and we handed halfpence to find the odd man. The lot fell upon the sailor; but he was the strongest of us and would not abide by it, and attacked Helmar with his hands.

whispered - susurrado; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

bows - arcos; (bow) arcos

clasp-knife - (clasp-knife) navaja

doubt - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

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

fight - pelear (se), luchar

halfpence - Medias peniques

odd - raro; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto, extrano

abide - morir; quedar, permanecer, resistir, aguantar

attacked - atacado; ataque, atacar

They grappled together and almost stood up. I crawled along the boat to them, intending to help Helmar by grasping the sailor's leg; but the sailor stumbled with the swaying of the boat, and the two fell upon the gunwale and rolled overboard together. They sank like stones. I remember laughing at that, and wondering why I laughed. The laugh caught me suddenly like a thing from without.

grappled - agarrado; forcejear, luchar

crawled - se arrastró; avanzar lentamente

along - a lo largo, a lo largo de, por

intending - con intención; pretender, planear, intencionar, intentar

grasping - agarrando; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión

stumbled - tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo, tropezar

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

gunwale - la borda; borda

rolled - rodando; rollo

sank - se hundió; hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos, fregadero

stones - piedras; piedra, roca, gema, piedra preciosa, hueso, cálculo

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

suddenly - de repente, repentinamente, de pronto, súbitamente

I lay across one of the thwarts for I know not how long, thinking that if I had the strength I would drink sea-water and madden myself to die quickly. And even as I lay there I saw, with no more interest than if it had been a picture, a sail come up towards me over the sky-line. My mind must have been wandering, and yet I remember all that happened, quite distinctly.

lay - poner, colocar

thwarts - frustrar, contrariar, bancada

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

sea-water - (sea-water) agua de mar

madden - enloquecer

sail - velas; vela

sky - cielo

wandering - deambulando; errabundo, andariego, errante, peripatético

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

I remember how my head swayed with the seas, and the horizon with the sail above it danced up and down; but I also remember as distinctly that I had a persuasion that I was dead, and that I thought what a jest it was that they should come too late by such a little to catch me in my body.

swayed - nfluido; balanceo, influencia, influjo, preponderancia

persuasion - persuasión

dead - muerto

jest - bromea; broma

catch - coger; pega, traba, truco, cuestión

For an endless period, as it seemed to me, I lay with my head on the thwart watching the schooner (she was a little ship, schooner-rigged fore and aft) come up out of the sea. She kept tacking to and fro in a widening compass, for she was sailing dead into the wind. It never entered my head to attempt to attract attention, and I do not remember anything distinctly after the sight of her side until I found myself in a little cabin aft.

endless - interminable, sin fin, infinito

seemed - parecía; parecer

thwart - frustrar, contrariar, bancada

rigged - arreglado; aparejar

aft - De popa

tacking - virando; dando bordadas

compass - brújula

wind - viento, aire

entered - entró; entrar

attempt - intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

attract attention - atraer la atención

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

side - lado

cabin - barraca, cabana, cabina, camarote

There's a dim half-memory of being lifted up to the gangway, and of a big round countenance covered with freckles and surrounded with red hair staring at me over the bulwarks. I also had a disconnected impression of a dark face, with extraordinary eyes, close to mine; but that I thought was a nightmare, until I met it again. I fancy I recollect some stuff being poured in between my teeth; and that is all.

dim - débil, ténue

lifted - levantado; levantar, alzar

gangway - pasarela; corredor, panish: t-needed

countenance - semblante, apariencia, expresión, rostro

covered - cubierto; tapa, cubierta, escondrijo, guarida, tapa

freckles - pecas; peca, tener peca

surrounded - rodeado; circundar, envolver, cercar, rodear

bulwarks - baluartes; baluarte, amurada

disconnected - desconectado; desconectar

impression - impresión

extraordinary - extraordinario, descomunal

mine - (el) mío, (la) mía, (los) míos, (las) mías

nightmare - pesadilla, mal sueno, tormento, suplicio

fancy - te apetece; capricho, antojo

recollect - recuerdas; recordar, acordarse de

poured in - verter, llegar a raudales


nowhere - en ninguna parte, en ningún lugar, en ningún sitio

The cabin in which I found myself was small and rather untidy. A youngish man with flaxen hair, a bristly straw-coloured moustache, and a dropping nether lip, was sitting and holding my wrist. For a minute we stared at each other without speaking. He had watery grey eyes, oddly void of expression.

untidy - desordenado; descuidado, desorganizado

youngish - Joven

bristly - rizado

straw - paja, pajizo, pajiza

moustache - bigote, mostacho

nether - Más abajo

lip - labio, labro

wrist - muneca; muneca

watery - agua; acuoso, lloroso

oddly - extranamente; extranamente, curiosamente, sorprendentemente

void - vacío; nulo

expression - expresión, frase hecha

Then just overhead came a sound like an iron bedstead being knocked about, and the low angry growling of some large animal. At the same time the man spoke. He repeated his question,""How do you feel now?"

overhead - sobrecarga; arriba, por encima de la cabeza; aéreo

iron - hierro; férreo, planchar

bedstead - cama (sin#Spanish

knocked - golpeado; golpe, golpear

low - bajo

growling - Grunendo; (growl); rugido, grunir

I think I said I felt all right. I could not recollect how I had got there. He must have seen the question in my face, for my voice was inaccessible to me.

voice - voz

inaccessible - inaccesible

"You were picked up in a boat, starving. The name on the boat was the Lady Vain, and there were spots of blood on the gunwale."

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

spots - puntos; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

blood - ensangrentar

At the same time my eye caught my hand, so thin that it looked like a dirty skin-purse full of loose bones, and all the business of the boat came back to me.

skin - piel, máscara, despellejar, desollar

purse - bolsa, monedero, fruncir

loose - suelto; flojo

bones - huesos; hueso

"Have some of this," said he, and gave me a dose of some scarlet stuff, iced.

dose - dosis

scarlet - escarlata, escarlatina

It tasted like blood, and made me feel stronger.

tasted - probado; gusto, gusto, gustos, muestra, gustar, probar, catar

"You were in luck," said he, "to get picked up by a ship with a medical man aboard." He spoke with a slobbering articulation, with the ghost of a lisp.

luck - suerte

medical - médico

slobbering - balbuceando; babear

articulation - articulación, pronunciación

ghost - fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

lisp - ceceo, balbuceo, cecear, balbucear

"What ship is this?" I said slowly, hoarse from my long silence.

hoarse - ronco

silence - silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

"It's a little trader from Arica and Callao. I never asked where she came from in the beginning,"out of the land of born fools, I guess. I'm a passenger myself, from Arica. The silly ass who owns her,"he's captain too, named Davies,"he's lost his certificate, or something. You know the kind of man,"calls the thing the Ipecacuanha, of all silly, infernal names; though when there's much of a sea without any wind, she certainly acts according.

trader - comerciante; (trade); comercio, gremio, compraventa, comerciar

fools - idiotas; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

silly ass - Imbécil

certificate - certificado

infernal - infernal

acts - actos; acto, ley, acción, hecho, actuar

according - de acuerdo; acuerdo, convenio, acordar, conceder, conferir

(Then the noise overhead began again, a snarling growl and the voice of a human being together. then another voice, telling some "Heaven-forsaken idiot" to desist.)

noise - ruido, estrépito

growl - grunir; rugido, grunir

then another - Y luego otro

Heaven - el cielo; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

forsaken - abandonado; abandonar

idiot - idiota

desist - desistir

"You were nearly dead," said my interlocutor. "It was a very near thing, indeed. But I've put some stuff into you now. Notice your arm's sore? Injections. You've been insensible for nearly thirty hours."

nearly - casi

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

ve - e

notice - aviso; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta, advertir

sore - dolorido; doloroso

injections - inyecciones; inyección, panish: t-needed

insensible - insensible

I thought slowly. (I was distracted now by the yelping of a number of dogs.) "Am I eligible for solid food?" I asked.

distracted - distraído; distraer, despistar

yelping - Gritos; (yelp) Gritos

eligible - es elegible; elegible, propio, cualificado, apto

solid - sólido, masivo, macizo, continuo, junto, sólido, cuerpo

"Thanks to me," he said. "Even now the mutton is boiling."

mutton - ovino; cordero

boiling - hirviendo; (boil); hirviendo

"Yes," I said with assurance; "I could eat some mutton."

assurance - seguridad; certidumbre, confianza

"But," said he with a momentary hesitation, "you know I'm dying to hear of how you came to be alone in that boat. damn that howling!" I thought I detected a certain suspicion in his eyes.

momentary - momentánea; momentáneo

hesitation - hesitación, vacilación, dudas, titubeo

I'm dying - Me estoy muriendo

hear of - oír de, escuchar de

alone - solo, a solas

damn - maldecir; maldita sea

howling - aullando; (howl); aullido, aullar, ganir

detected - detectado; detectar, sentir

suspicion - sospecha, suspicacia

He suddenly left the cabin, and I heard him in violent controversy with some one, who seemed to me to talk gibberish in response to him. The matter sounded as though it ended in blows, but in that I thought my ears were mistaken. Then he shouted at the dogs, and returned to the cabin.

violent - violento

controversy - controversia, polémica

talk gibberish - hablar tonterías

response - respuesta

matter - importa; materia, asunto, cuestión, tema

blows - Golpes; (blow) Golpes

shouted - gritó; grito

"Well?" said he in the doorway. "You were just beginning to tell me."

doorway - puerta; entrada

I told him my name, Edward Prendick, and how I had taken to natural history as a relief from the dulness of my comfortable independence.

natural history - historia natural

relief - alivio

dulness - Dulzura

comfortable - cómodo, confortable, checkcómodo

Independence - independencia

He seemed interested in this. "I've done some science myself. I did my Biology at University College,"getting out the ovary of the earthworm and the radula of the snail, and all that. Lord! It's ten years ago. But go on! go on! tell me about the boat."

biology - biología

ovary - ovario

earthworm - lombriz de tierra, gusano de tierra

radula - Rádula

snail - caracol, haragán, holgazán, gandul, tortuga

Lord - senor; castellano, senor

He was evidently satisfied with the frankness of my story, which I told in concise sentences enough, for I felt horribly weak; and when it was finished he reverted at once to the topic of Natural History and his own biological studies. He began to question me closely about Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street.

evidently - evidentemente

satisfied - satisfecho; satisfacer

frankness - franqueza

concise - conciso, breve, sucinto, escueto

horribly - horriblemente

weak - débil, feble, flaco, flojo

reverted - revertido; revertir

biological - biológico, consanguíneo

closely - de cerca; cercanamente

Court - patio, callejón, corte, tribunal, juzgado

"Is Caplatzi still flourishing? What a shop that was!" He had evidently been a very ordinary medical student, and drifted incontinently to the topic of the music halls. He told me some anecdotes.

flourishing - loreciente; florecer, prosperar, ademanes, floritura, floreo

incontinently - con incontinencia

halls - pasillos; pasillo, salón, vestibulo

anecdotes - anécdotas; anécdota, chascarrillo

"Left it all," he said, "ten years ago. How jolly it all used to be! But I made a young ass of myself,"played myself out before I was twenty-one. I daresay it's all different now. But I must look up that ass of a cook, and see what he's done to your mutton."

jolly - alegre, divertido, gracioso

ass - culo; asno, burro

daresay - Se atreve

The growling overhead was renewed, so suddenly and with so much savage anger that it startled me. "What's that?" I called after him, but the door had closed. He came back again with the boiled mutton, and I was so excited by the appetising smell of it that I forgot the noise of the beast that had troubled me.

renewed - renovado; reanudar, renovar, reiniciar, recomenzar

savage - salvaje

anger - ira, enfado, enojo, rabia

startled - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

boiled - hervido; hervir

appetising - Apetito

smell - olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

beast - bestia, animal, salvaje

troubled - con problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema

After a day of alternate sleep and feeding I was so far recovered as to be able to get from my bunk to the scuttle, and see the green seas trying to keep pace with us. I judged the schooner was running before the wind. Montgomery"that was the name of the flaxen-haired man"came in again as I stood there, and I asked him for some clothes. He lent me some duck things of his own, for those I had worn in the boat had been thrown overboard.

alternate - suplente; alterno, sustituta, sustituto, alternar

feeding - alimentación; (feed); alimentación

recovered - recuperado; recuperarse

bunk - litera

scuttle - echar a correr

pace - paso

judged - juzgado; juzgar

haired - Pelo

lent - Prestado; (lend) Prestado

Duck - pato; hundir, sumergir

thrown - tirado; lanzar, tirar

They were rather loose for me, for he was large and long in his limbs. He told me casually that the captain was three-parts drunk in his own cabin. As I assumed the clothes, I began asking him some questions about the destination of the ship. He said the ship was bound to Hawaii, but that it had to land him first.

limbs - miembros; miembro

casually - Casualmente

assumed - asumido; suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

destination - destino

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

Hawaii - Hawái

"Where?" said I.

"It's an island, where I live. So far as I know, it hasn't got a name."

He stared at me with his nether lip dropping, and looked so wilfully stupid of a sudden that it came into my head that he desired to avoid my questions. I had the discretion to ask no more.

wilfully - voluntariamente

stupid - estúpido, menso, gilí, pendejo

desired - deseado; desear, deseo, gana

avoid - evitar, esquivar

discretion - discreción


We left the cabin and found a man at the companion obstructing our way. He was standing on the ladder with his back to us, peering over the combing of the hatchway. He was, I could see, a misshapen man, short, broad, and clumsy, with a crooked back, a hairy neck, and a head sunk between his shoulders.

companion - companero; companero, companera

obstructing - obstruyendo; entorpecer, estorbar, atorar, obstruir

ladder - escalera, escalafón, carrera

peering - espiando; par, noble

combing - Peinarse; (comb) Peinarse

misshapen - Malformar

broad - amplio; ancho

clumsy - patoso, torpe, desmanado, bruto

crooked - Corrupto; (crook) Corrupto

hairy - peludo, velludo, lanudo

neck - cuello

sunk - Hundido; (sink); hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos

He was dressed in dark-blue serge, and had peculiarly thick, coarse, black hair. I heard the unseen dogs growl furiously, and forthwith he ducked back,"coming into contact with the hand I put out to fend him off from myself. He turned with animal swiftness.

dark-blue - (dark-blue) azul oscuro

serge - sarga

thick - gruesa; grueso, espeso

coarse - grosero; tosco, rústico, rudo, bruto

unseen - No se ve

furiously - furiosamente

forthwith - inmediatamente

ducked - agachado; hundir, sumergir

contact - contacto, contactar, entrar en contacto con

fend - defenderse

swiftness - rapidez

In some indefinable way the black face thus flashed upon me shocked me profoundly. It was a singularly deformed one. The facial part projected, forming something dimly suggestive of a muzzle, and the huge half-open mouth showed as big white teeth as I had ever seen in a human mouth. His eyes were blood-shot at the edges, with scarcely a rim of white round the hazel pupils. There was a curious glow of excitement in his face.

thus - así

flashed - flasheado; destello

shocked - sorprendido; conmoción, golpe

profoundly - profundamente

singularly - Singularmente

deformed - deformado; deformar

facial - facial

dimly - tenuemente

suggestive - sugerente; sugestivo

muzzle - bocina; hocico, bozal, boca, amordazar, censurar

huge - enorme, grandote

half-open - (half-open) medio abierto

shot - tiro, disparo; (shoot) tiro, disparo

edges - bordes; orilla, borde, lado, arista, ventaja, filo

scarcely - apenas, difícilmente

rim - (rueda) llanta; borde, canto

hazel - avellano, color avellana

pupils - alumnos; alumno

glow - resplandor; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

excitement - emoción; entusiasmo

"confound you!" said Montgomery. "Why the devil don't you get out of the way?"

confound you - confundir

devil - demonio; diablo

The black-faced man started aside without a word. I went on up the companion, staring at him instinctively as I did so. Montgomery stayed at the foot for a moment. "You have no business here, you know," he said in a deliberate tone. "Your place is forward."

aside - aparte, a un lado, aparte

instinctively - instintivamente

deliberate - deliberada; deliberado, a propósito, prudente, deliberar

tone - tono

forward - hacia adelante; hacia delante

The black-faced man cowered. "They"won't have me forward." He spoke slowly, with a queer, hoarse quality in his voice.

cowered - acobardado; encogerse, empequenecerse, apocarse

queer - raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón

quality - calidad, cualidad, de calidad

"Won't have you forward!" said Montgomery, in a menacing voice. "But I tell you to go!" He was on the brink of saying something further, then looked up at me suddenly and followed me up the ladder.

menacing - amenazante; amenaza, peligro

brink - al borde; borde

further - más allá; fomentar, asistir, exhortar, desarrollar

I had paused half way through the hatchway, looking back, still astonished beyond measure at the grotesque ugliness of this black-faced creature. I had never beheld such a repulsive and extraordinary face before, and yet"if the contradiction is credible"I experienced at the same time an odd feeling that in some way I had already encountered exactly the features and gestures that now amazed me.

paused - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

astonished - asombrado; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

beyond - más allá de

measure - medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

grotesque - grotesco

ugliness - feo; fealdad, feúra

creature - criatura

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

repulsive - repulsivo

contradiction - contradicción, contrasentido

credible - creíble

experienced - con experiencia; experiencia, vivencia, experimentar, vivir

encountered - encontrado; encontrar

exactly - exactamente, exacto

features - aracterísticas; característica, atracción, atractivo, reportaje

gestures - gestos; gesto, ademán, detalle, atención

amazed - asombrado; pasmar, sorprender, asombrar

Afterwards it occurred to me that probably I had seen him as I was lifted aboard; and yet that scarcely satisfied my suspicion of a previous acquaintance. Yet how one could have set eyes on so singular a face and yet have forgotten the precise occasion, passed my imagination.

afterwards - después

occurred - ocurrió; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

previous - previo, anterior

acquaintance - conocido; amistad, conocimiento, junta, relación

singular - singular, único, singular

precise - preciso, concreto, precisar, especificar, concretar

Occasion - ocasión, ocasionar

imagination - imaginación, magín

Montgomery's movement to follow me released my attention, and I turned and looked about me at the flush deck of the little schooner. I was already half prepared by the sounds I had heard for what I saw. Certainly I never beheld a deck so dirty. It was littered with scraps of carrot, shreds of green stuff, and indescribable filth. Fastened by chains to the mainmast were a number of grisly staghounds, who now began leaping and barking at me, and by the mizzen a huge puma was cramped in a little iron cage far too small even to give it turning room.

movement - movimiento

released - liberado; liberar

attention - atención

flush - lanzar; rubor

deck - baraja

littered - limpiado; litera, artolas, camada, cama, lecho, detritus

scraps - restos; pedacito, retazo

shreds - trituras; triza, jirón

green stuff - cosas verdes; verduras; pasta (dinero)

indescribable - indescriptible

filth - suciedad; mugre, porquería, inmundicia, bascosidad

fastened - sujetado; atar, abrochar

chains - cadenas; cadena, encadenar

mainmast - mástil principal; palo mayor

grisly - horripilante, espeluznante

leaping - saltando; saltar, brincar

barking at - ladrando a

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

cage - jaula, cabina, enjaular

Farther under the starboard bulwark were some big hutches containing a number of rabbits, and a solitary llama was squeezed in a mere box of a cage forward. The dogs were muzzled by leather straps. The only human being on deck was a gaunt and silent sailor at the wheel.

starboard - estribor

bulwark - baluarte, amurada

hutches - cabanas; conejera

containing - conteniendo; contener, dominar

solitary - solitario

squeezed - exprimido; exprimir, apretar, apretujar, apuro, crisis, apretón

mere - simple, mero

Muzzled - con bozal; hocico, bozal, boca, amordazar, censurar

leather - piel; cuero

straps - correas; correa, cincha, tirante

deck - cubierta

gaunt - enjuto; demacrado, chupado, macilento

silent - silencioso, callar, checkcallado

wheel - rueda, pez gordo, llanta, rodar, circunvolar, volar en círculos

The patched and dirty spankers were tense before the wind, and up aloft the little ship seemed carrying every sail she had. The sky was clear, the sun midway down the western sky; long waves, capped by the breeze with froth, were running with us.

patched - parcheado; remiendo, parche

tense - tenso; tiempo

clear - está claro; transparente, claro, despejado, libre

midway - a mitad de camino; medianía

Western - occidental, oesteno, western

waves - olas; ola

capped - tapado; gorra

breeze - brisa

froth - espuma, espumar

We went past the steersman to the taffrail, and saw the water come foaming under the stern and the bubbles go dancing and vanishing in her wake. I turned and surveyed the unsavoury length of the ship.

steersman - Director

foaming - Espumante; (foam); espuma, espumar

stern - severo, austero, serio

bubbles - burbujas; burbuja, pompa, burbujear

go dancing - Ir a bailar

vanishing - Desapareciendo; (vanish); desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

surveyed - encuestado; sondeo, encuesta, supervisión, campana topográfica

unsavoury - repugnante, asqueroso, desagradable

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

"Is this an ocean menagerie?" said I.

menagerie - casa de fieras

"Looks like it," said Montgomery.

"What are these beasts for? Merchandise, curios? Does the captain think he is going to sell them somewhere in the South Seas?"

beasts - bestias; bestia, animal, salvaje

merchandise - mercancía, mercadería

curios - curiosidades; curiosidad, objeto curioso

somewhere - en alguna parte, en algún lugar, en algún sitio, a alguna parte

"It looks like it, doesn't it?" said Montgomery, and turned towards the wake again.

Suddenly we heard a yelp and a volley of furious blasphemy from the companion hatchway, and the deformed man with the black face came up hurriedly. He was immediately followed by a heavy red-haired man in a white cap. At the sight of the former the staghounds, who had all tired of barking at me by this time, became furiously excited, howling and leaping against their chains. The black hesitated before them, and this gave the red-haired man time to come up with him and deliver a tremendous blow between the shoulder-blades. The poor devil went down like a felled ox, and rolled in the dirt among the furiously excited dogs. It was lucky for him that they were muzzled.

yelp - ganir

volley - salva, volea, voleo

furious - furioso

blasphemy - blasfemia

immediately - inmediatamente, de inmediato, ya, sin demora

heavy - pesado

cap - gorra

former - antiguo, anterior

barking - ladrando; ladrido

hesitated - vaciló; vacilar, dudar, hesitar

deliver - cumplir; liberar, parir, dar a luz, entregar

tremendous - tremendo

blow - soplar; golpe

shoulder-blades - (shoulder-blades) escápula (hueso)

felled - Cayó

ox - buey

dirt - suciedad, mugor, tierra, mugre, trapos sucios

lucky - suerte; afortunado, suertudo

The red-haired man gave a yawp of exultation and stood staggering, and as it seemed to me in serious danger of either going backwards down the companion hatchway or forwards upon his victim.

exultation - exultación

serious - en serio; serio

danger - peligro; (dang); peligro

either - cada, tampoco, o , o, ya sea...o

backwards - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado

forwards - hacia delante

victim - víctima, sacrificio

So soon as the second man had appeared, Montgomery had started forward. "Steady on there!" he cried, in a tone of remonstrance. A couple of sailors appeared on the forecastle. The black-faced man, howling in a singular voice rolled about under the feet of the dogs. No one attempted to help him. The brutes did their best to worry him, butting their muzzles at him. There was a quick dance of their lithe grey-figured bodies over the clumsy, prostrate figure. The sailors forward shouted, as though it was admirable sport.

appeared - apareció; aparecer, comparecer

Steady on - Mantener la calma

cried - lloró; llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

couple - pareja, par, un par de, unos, par de fuerzas, acoplar

forecastle - el castillo de proa; castillo de proa

attempted - intentado; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

brutes - brutos; animal, bestia

worry - preocuparse, estar preocupado, inquietarse, comerse la cabeza

muzzles - bozales; hocico, bozal, boca, amordazar, censurar

lithe - delgado; ágil

figured - imaginado; figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

prostrate - postrado, acostado boca abajo

admirable - admirable, loable

Montgomery gave an angry exclamation, and went striding down the deck, and I followed him. The black-faced man scrambled up and staggered forward, going and leaning over the bulwark by the main shrouds, where he remained, panting and glaring over his shoulder at the dogs. The red-haired man laughed a satisfied laugh.

exclamation - exclamación

striding - estridente

scrambled - revuelto; gatear, revolver, arrebato, arrebatina

staggered - escalonada; tambalearse

leaning - Inclinado; (lean) Inclinado

shrouds - cubiertas; mortaja

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

panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando

glaring - deslumbrante; mirada fulminante

"look here, Captain," said Montgomery, with his lisp a little accentuated, gripping the elbows of the red-haired man, "This won't do!"

look here - mira aquí

accentuated - acentuado; acentuar

gripping - agarrando; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

elbows - codos; codo, codazo, panish: t-needed

This won't do - Esto no servirá

I stood behind Montgomery. The captain came half round, and regarded him with the dull and solemn eyes of a drunken man. "Wha'won't do?" he said, and added, after looking sleepily into Montgomery's face for a minute, "Blasted Sawbones!"

regarded - considerado; considerar

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

solemn - solemne

wha - Qué

sleepily - con sueno

blasted - explotado; ráfaga

Sawbones - huesos de sierra; matasanos

With a sudden movement he shook his arms free, and after two ineffectual attempts stuck his freckled fists into his side pockets.

shook - Sacudido; (shake); agitar, sacudir, checksacudir, sacudida

ineffectual - ineficaz; inoperante

attempts - intentos; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

stuck - atascado; clavar

freckled - pecas; peca, tener peca

fists - punos; puno

side pockets - Bolsillos laterales

"That man's a passenger," said Montgomery. "I'd advise you to keep your Hands off him."

advise - aconsejar, asesorar, notificar

Hands off - fuera la mano

"Go to hell!" said the captain, loudly. He suddenly turned and staggered towards the side. "Do what I like on my own ship," he said.

hell - infierno

loudly - en voz alta, ruidosamente

I think Montgomery might have left him then, seeing the brute was drunk; but he only turned a shade paler, and followed the captain to the bulwarks.

brute - bruto; animal, bestia

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

paler - más pálido; amigo, colega

"Look you here, Captain," he said; "that man of mine is not to be ill-treated. He has been hazed ever since he came aboard."

ill - enfermo, mareado, mal

treated - tratado; tratar, negociar, rogar, invitar, convidar, sorpresa

hazed - novatada; neblina

Since - desde cuándo; desde entonces, desde que, ya que, dado que

For a minute, alcoholic fumes kept the captain speechless. "Blasted Sawbones!" was all he considered necessary.

alcoholic - alcohólica; alcohólico, escabiador

fumes - humos; humo, humear, echar humo

speechless - sin palabras, sin habla, atónito, perplejo

necessary - es necesario; necesario, menester

I could see that Montgomery had one of those slow, pertinacious tempers that will warm day after day to a white heat, and never again cool to forgiveness; and I saw too that this quarrel had been some time growing. "The man's drunk," said I, perhaps officiously; "you'll do no good."

pertinacious - convicción, pertinaz

tempers - templos; temperamento, temple, templar, temperar, atemperar

heat - calor; temperatura

never again - nunca más

forgiveness - perdón, misericordia

quarrel - discutir; pelea, rina

Perhaps - acaso, quizá, quizás, tal vez

officiously - Oficiosamente

Montgomery gave an ugly twist to his dropping lip. "He's always drunk. Do you think that excuses his assaulting his passengers?"

ugly - feo, callo

twist - giro; torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

excuses - excusas; excusar, perdonar, panish: t-needed

assaulting - agredir; asalto, acometimiento, agresión, ataque, asaltar

passengers - pasajeros; pasajero

"My ship," began the captain, waving his hand unsteadily towards the cages, "was a clean ship. Look at it now!" It was certainly anything but clean. "Crew," continued the captain, "clean, respectable crew."

waving - Saludando; (wave) Saludando

unsteadily - Inestablemente

cages - jaulas; jaula, cabina, enjaular

continued - continuamos; continuar, seguir

respectable - respetable

"You agreed to take the beasts."

"I wish I'd never set eyes on your infernal island. What the devil"want beasts for on an island like that? Then, that man of yours"understood he was a man. He's a lunatic; and he hadn't no business aft. Do you think the whole damned ship belongs to you?"

wish - deseo, gana, desear

lunatic - insano, orate, lunático

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

belongs - pertenecer, ser propiedad (de)

"Your sailors began to haze the poor devil as soon as he came aboard."

haze - niebla; neblina

"That's just what he is"he's a devil! an ugly devil! My men can't stand him. I can't stand him. None of us can't stand him. Nor you either!"

none - ninguna; ninguno

Montgomery turned away. "You leave that man alone, anyhow," he said, nodding his head as he spoke.

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

nodding - Asintiendo; (nod); asentir, cabecear, cabezada

But the captain meant to quarrel now. He raised his voice. "If he comes this end of the ship again I'll cut his insides out, I tell you. Cut out his blasted insides! Who are you, to tell me what I'm to do? I tell you I'm captain of this ship,"captain and owner.

raised - levantado; levantar

insides - interior, dentro, adentro, dentro de

I'm the law here, I tell you,"the law and the prophets. I bargained to take a man and his attendant to and from Arica, and bring back some animals. I never bargained to carry a mad devil and a silly Sawbones, a""

law - ley

prophets - profetas; profeta, profetisa

bargained - negociado; trato, ganga, bicoca, chollo, regatear

attendant - asistente, guarda, concomitante, inherente

mad - loco, trastornado, zumbado, enfadado, enojado

silly - bobo, tonto, ninito, infantil, apayasado, semiaturdido, tontito

Well, never mind what he called Montgomery. I saw the latter take a step forward, and interposed. "He's drunk," said I. The captain began some abuse even fouler than the last. "Shut up!" I said, turning on him sharply, for I had seen danger in Montgomery's white face. With that I brought the downpour on myself.

step forward - dar un paso adelante, pasar al frente

interposed - interpuesto; interponer, intercalar, mediar, interrumpir

abuse - Abuso

Last - el último; último

shut - cerrar

turning on - encender,

sharply - Agudamente

downpour - lluvia; chaparrón, aguacero, chubasco

However, I was glad to avert what was uncommonly near a scuffle, even at the price of the captain's drunken ill-will. I do not think I have ever heard quite so much vile language come in a continuous stream from any man's lips before, though I have frequented eccentric company enough. I found some of it hard to endure, though I am a mild-tempered man; but, certainly, when I told the captain to "shut up" I had forgotten that I was merely a bit of human flotsam, cut off from my resources and with my fare unpaid; a mere casual dependant on the bounty, or speculative enterprise, of the ship.

Glad - feliz, alegre, contento

avert - apartar, evitar

uncommonly - inusualmente; extraordinariamente

scuffle - rina, pelea, escaramuza

ill-will - (ill-will) mala voluntad, malas intenciones

quite so - Así es

vile - vil

continuous - continuo

stream - corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir, recibir flujo, (2) checkcorrer

lips - labios; labio, labro

frequented - recuentado; frecuente

eccentric - excéntrico

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

mild - suave, leve, cálido

tempered - templado; temperamento, temple, templar, temperar, atemperar

merely - simplemente; meramente, puramente, solamente, sólo

bit - oco; pedacito; (bite); morder, picar, mordida, mordedura

flotsam - pecio

resources - recursos; recurso

fare - tarifa, precio del billete

unpaid - Sin pagar

casual - casual, ocasional, accidental, indiferente, informal

dependant - dependiente

bounty - dádiva, donación, recompensa

speculative - especulativo

enterprise - empresa, emprendimiento, empuje, iniciativa

He reminded me of it with considerable vigour; but at any rate I prevented a fight.

reminded - recordado; recordar

vigour - vigor, vivacidad, vigor, lozanía, fuerza, energía

rate - tasa, índice

prevented - prevenido; impedir, prevenir


rail - ferrocarril; barra

That night land was sighted after sundown, and the schooner hove to. Montgomery intimated that was his destination. It was too far to see any details; it seemed to me then simply a low-lying patch of dim blue in the uncertain blue-grey sea. An almost vertical streak of smoke went up from it into the sky. The captain was not on deck when it was sighted. After he had vented his wrath on me he had staggered below, and I understand he went to sleep on the floor of his own cabin. The mate practically assumed the command. He was the gaunt, taciturn individual we had seen at the wheel. Apparently he was in an evil temper with Montgomery.

sighted - vidente; vista, lugar de interés, espectáculo, panorama, visor

sundown - Puesta de sol

hove to - cargar, levantar, lanzar, vomitar

intimated - insinuado; íntimo

Simply - simplemente, sencillamente

low-lying - (low-lying) bajo

patch - remiendo, parche

uncertain - incierto

vertical - vertical

streak - raya, trazo, sarta, racha, ristra

smoke - fumar; humo

vented - ventilado; respiradero; rejilla de ventilación

wrath - cólera, ira, castigo

sleep on - consultar algo con la almohada

practically - prácticamente

Command - orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

taciturn - taciturno

individual - individuo, individual

apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente

evil - malo, malvado

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

He took not the slightest notice of either of us. We dined with him in a sulky silence, after a few ineffectual efforts on my part to talk. It struck me too that the men regarded my companion and his animals in a singularly unfriendly manner. I found Montgomery very reticent about his purpose with these creatures, and about his destination; and though I was sensible of a growing curiosity as to both, I did not press him.

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

dined - cenamos; jaleo

sulky - enfurrunado; mohíno

efforts - esfuerzos; esfuerzo

unfriendly - no es amistoso; antipático

manner - de qué manera; manera, modo, forma, actitud

reticent - reticente

purpose - propósito, fin; razón

creatures - criaturas; criatura

sensible - razonable, sensato, sesudo

curiosity - curiosidad

press - prensa; apretar, presionar

We remained talking on the quarter deck until the sky was thick with stars. Except for an occasional sound in the yellow-lit forecastle and a movement of the animals now and then, the night was very still. The puma lay crouched together, watching us with shining eyes, a black heap in the corner of its cage. Montgomery produced some cigars. He talked to me of London in a tone of half-painful reminiscence, asking all kinds of questions about changes that had taken place.

occasional - ocasional, esporádico

crouched - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

shining - brillante; brillar

heap - pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

corner - ángulo, checkrincón, esquina, acorralar, girar, virar, maniobrar

produced - producido; producir, realizar, producto, producción, cosecha

cigars - puros; puro, cigarro

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

reminiscence - recuerdo; reminiscencia

He spoke like a man who had loved his life there, and had been suddenly and irrevocably cut off from it. I gossiped as well as I could of this and that. All the time the strangeness of him was shaping itself in my mind; and as I talked I peered at his odd, pallid face in the dim light of the binnacle lantern behind me. Then I looked out at the darkling sea, where in the dimness his little island was hidden.

gossiped - cotilleaba; chismoso, chismosa, chisme, chismear, cotillear

strangeness - extraneza; rareza, extraneza, extranez

shaping - Dando forma; (shape); forma, estado, modelar, formar

itself - en sí; se, solo, a si mismo, por si mismo, sí mismo

peered - miró; par, noble

pallid - pálido

dim light - Luz tenue

binnacle - bitácora

lantern - farol, linterna

darkling - oscuro; (darkle) oscuro

dimness - Opacidad

hidden - ocultos; esconder(se), ocultar

This man, it seemed to me, had come out of Immensity merely to save my life. To-morrow he would drop over the side, and vanish again out of my existence. Even had it been under commonplace circumstances, it would have made me a trifle thoughtful; but in the first place was the singularity of an educated man living on this unknown little island, and coupled with that the extraordinary nature of his luggage. I found myself repeating the captain's question.

immensity - inmensidad

save - salvar, rescatar, redimir, parar, ahorrar, guardar, reservar

morrow - manana; manana

drop - dejar caer; gota

vanish - desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

existence - existencia

commonplace - lugar común, tópico, cliché, clisé

circumstances - circunstancias; circunstancia

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

thoughtful - pensativo; detallista, minucioso, meticuloso, cortés

Singularity - singularidad

educated - educado; educar, instruir

coupled - acoplado; pareja, par, un par de, unos, par de fuerzas, acoplar

nature - naturaleza, natura

luggage - equipaje

What did he want with the beasts? Why, too, had he pretended they were not his when I had remarked about them at first? Then, again, in his personal attendant there was a bizarre quality which had impressed me profoundly. These circumstances threw a haze of mystery round the man. They laid hold of my imagination, and hampered my tongue.

pretended - fingido; fingir, de mentirijillas

remarked - remarcado; observación, comentario

bizarre - raro, extrano, estrafalario, bizarro

impressed - impresionado; impresionar, impresión, impresión

threw - tiró; lanzar, tirar

mystery - misterio, arcano

laid - tirado; poner, colocar

hold - sostener; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

hampered - bstaculizado; estorbar, impedir, obstaculizar

tongue - lengua, tsinhueso, lengüeta

Towards midnight our talk of London died away, and we stood side by side leaning over the bulwarks and staring dreamily over the silent, starlit sea, each pursuing his own thoughts. It was the atmosphere for sentiment, and I began upon my gratitude.

dreamily - ensonadoramente

pursuing - Persiguiendo; (pursue); perseguir, apuntar a

thoughts - pensamientos; pensamiento

atmosphere - atmósfera, aire, clima, ambiente

sentiment - sentimiento

gratitude - gratitud

"If I may say it," said I, after a time, "you have saved my life."

saved - salvado; salvar, rescatar, redimir, parar, ahorrar, guardar

"Chance," he answered. "Just chance."

chance - oportunidad; suerte, by chance: por casualidad

"I prefer to make my thanks to the accessible agent."

accessible - accesible, asequible, abordable

agent - agente

"Thank no one. You had the need, and I had the knowledge; and I injected and fed you much as I might have collected a specimen. I was bored and wanted something to do. If I'd been jaded that day, or hadn't liked your face, well"it's a curious question where you would have been now!"

injected - inyectada; inyectar

fed - alimentado; (feed) alimentado

collected - recogido; reunir, recopilar

specimen - espécimen, ejemplar

This damped my mood a little. "At any rate," I began.

damped - amortiguado; húmedo, humedad, amortiguar

mood - estado de ánimo; humor

"It's a chance, I tell you," he interrupted, "as everything is in a man's life. Only the asses won't see it! Why am I here now, an outcast from civilisation, instead of being a happy man enjoying all the pleasures of London? Simply because eleven years ago"I lost my head for ten minutes on a foggy night."

interrupted - interrumpido; interrumpir, interrupción

asses - Culos; (ass) Culos

outcast - desterrado; paria

civilisation - ivilización

instead - en su lugar; en vez de, en lugar de

pleasures - laceres; placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

head for - Dirigirse a

foggy - niebla; brumoso

He stopped. "Yes?" said I.

"That's all."

We relapsed into silence. Presently he laughed. "There's something in this starlight that loosens one's tongue. I'm an ass, and yet somehow I would like to tell you."

relapsed - recayó; reincidir, recaer, recaída, recidiva, reincidencia

loosens - se afloja; aflojar, soltar

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

"Whatever you tell me, you may rely upon my keeping to myself"if that's it."

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

rely - confiar; contar con, atenerse

He was on the point of beginning, and then shook his head, doubtfully.

doubtfully - dudosamente

"Don't," said I. "It is all the same to me. After all, it is better to keep your secret. There's nothing gained but a little relief if I respect your confidence. If I don't"well?"

secret - secreto, arcano

nothing gained - no ganado nada

respect - respeto, respetar

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

He grunted undecidedly. I felt I had him at a disadvantage, had caught him in the mood of indiscretion; and to tell the truth I was not curious to learn what might have driven a young medical student out of London. I have an imagination.

grunted - grunó; grunido, currito, machaca, grunir

undecidedly - Indecisos

disadvantage - desventaja

indiscretion - indiscreción

truth - verdad

I shrugged my shoulders and turned away. Over the taffrail leant a silent black figure, watching the stars. It was Montgomery's strange attendant. It looked over its shoulder quickly with my movement, then looked away again.

shrugged - se encogió de hombros; encogimiento de hombros

leant - leant; inclinarse

figure - figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

looked away - miró hacia otro lado

It may seem a little thing to you, perhaps, but it came like a sudden blow to me. The only light near us was a lantern at the wheel. The creature's face was turned for one brief instant out of the dimness of the stern towards this illumination, and I saw that the eyes that glanced at me shone with a pale-green light. I did not know then that a reddish luminosity, at least, is not uncommon in human eyes. The thing came to me as stark inhumanity.

Seem - parecer

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

instant - instantáneo, inmediato

illumination - iluminación, ilustración

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

shone - brilló; brillar

pale - pálido

reddish - rojizo, rubescente

luminosity - luminosidad

uncommon - incomún; raro, poco común, extrano, poco frecuente

Stark - escueto, crudo, duro

inhumanity - inhumanidad; crueldad

That black figure with its eyes of fire struck down through all my adult thoughts and feelings, and for a moment the forgotten horrors of childhood came back to my mind. Then the effect passed as it had come. An uncouth black figure of a man, a figure of no particular import, hung over the taffrail against the starlight, and I found Montgomery was speaking to me.

feelings - Sentimientos

horrors - horrores; horror

childhood - infancia, ninez

effect - efecto, efectos, efectos especiales, vigencia, vigor

uncouth - bruto, torpe, grosero, basto, chocarrero

import - importar

hung over - resaca

"I'm thinking of turning in, then," said he, "if you've had enough of this."

turning in - acostarse, ir a la cama; devolver, entregar

I answered him incongruously. We went below, and he wished me good-night at the door of my cabin.

incongruously - incongruentemente, de manera incongruente

wished - deseaba; deseo, gana, desear

That night I had some very unpleasant dreams. The waning moon rose late. Its light struck a ghostly white beam across my cabin, and made an ominous shape on the planking by my bunk. Then the staghounds woke, and began howling and baying; so that I dreamt fitfully, and scarcely slept until the approach of dawn.

unpleasant - desagradable, desapacible

dreams - suenos; sueno, ensueno, sonar

waning - Disminuyendo; (wan) Disminuyendo

moon - Luna

rose - Rosa; (rise); Rosa

ghostly - fantasmal

beam - rayo; viga, timón, radio

ominous - ominoso, siniestro, agorero

shape - forma, estado, modelar, formar

planking - entablado, entarimado, planking; (plank); tablón, artículo

baying - aullando; bahía

dreamt - sonado; sueno, ensueno, sonar

fitfully - con dificultad; irregularmente

approach - enfoque; acercarse, aproximarse

dawn - amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada


In the early morning (it was the second morning after my recovery, and I believe the fourth after I was picked up), I awoke through an avenue of tumultuous dreams,"dreams of guns and howling mobs,"and became sensible of a hoarse shouting above me. I rubbed my eyes and lay listening to the noise, doubtful for a little while of my whereabouts. Then came a sudden pattering of bare feet, the sound of heavy objects being thrown about, a violent creaking and the rattling of chains.

recovery - recuperación, repunte

awoke - despertó; despertar(se)

avenue - avenida, vía, camino

tumultuous - tumultuoso, bullicioso, tempestuoso

guns - armas; arma de fuego; pistola

mobs - afias; banda, chusma

rubbed - frotado; frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

doubtful - dudoso

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

pattering - pattering; repiquetear, golpear, corretear

bare - desnudo, descubierto

creaking - chirriante; crujido, crujir, chirriar, rechinar

rattling - traqueteo; (rattle) traqueteo

I heard the swish of the water as the ship was suddenly brought round, and a foamy yellow-green wave flew across the little round window and left it streaming. I jumped into my clothes and went on deck.

foamy - esponjoso (material), espumoso (liquid)

wave - ola

streaming - treaming; (stream); corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir

jumped - saltó; saltar

As I came up the ladder I saw against the flushed sky"for the sun was just rising"the broad back and red hair of the captain, and over his shoulder the puma spinning from a tackle rigged on to the mizzen spanker-boom.

flushed - enjuagado; rubor

rising - subiendo; rebelión, levantamiento, alzamiento, ascensión

spinning - girando; hilatura; (spin) girando; hilatura

tackle - atacar; equipo, aparejo, entrada, tacleada, placaje, afrontar

boom - boom, auge

The poor brute seemed horribly scared, and crouched in the bottom of its little cage.

scared - asustado; (scar); asustado

bottom - fondo, culo, pasivo

"Overboard with 'em!" bawled the captain. "Overboard with 'em! We'll have a clean ship soon of the whole bilin'of 'em."

bawled - gritó; gritar, alarido, grito

He stood in my way, so that I had perforce to tap his shoulder to come on deck. He came round with a start, and staggered back a few paces to stare at me. It needed no expert eye to tell that the man was still drunk.

perforce - por fuerza, forzadamente, de juro

tap - golpear; golpecito, palmadita

paces - pasos; paso

stare - mirar fijamente

expert - experto, pericial, perito, experto, conocedor

"Hullo!" said he, stupidly; and then with a light coming into his eyes, "Why, it's Mister"Mister?"

Hullo - hola; vaya, anda

stupidly - estúpidamente

mister - Senor

"Prendick," said I.

"Prendick be damned!" said he. "Shut-up,"that's your name. Mister Shut-up."

It was no good answering the brute; but I certainly did not expect his next move. He held out his hand to the gangway by which Montgomery stood talking to a massive grey-haired man in dirty-blue flannels, who had apparently just come aboard.

expect - esperar, checkaguardar

held - sostenida; tener en las manos, agarrar, asir

massive - masiva; masivo

flannels - ranelas; franela

"That way, Mister Blasted Shut-up! that way!" roared the captain.

roared - rugía; rugir, bramar, rugido, bramido

Montgomery and his companion turned as he spoke.

"What do you mean?" I said.

"That way, Mister Blasted Shut-up,"that's what I mean! Overboard, Mister Shut-up,"and sharp! We're cleaning the ship out,"cleaning the whole blessed ship out; and overboard you go!"

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

blessed - bendecido; bendito; (bless) bendecido; bendito

I stared at him dumfounded. Then it occurred to me that it was exactly the thing I wanted. The lost prospect of a journey as sole passenger with this quarrelsome sot was not one to mourn over. I turned towards Montgomery.

prospect - prospecto; perspectiva, vista, panorama, expectativa, prospectar

sole - suela; planta

quarrelsome - endenciero; rijoso

sot - tomador, borracho, bebedor

mourn - lamentar, estar de luto

"Can't have you," said Montgomery's companion, concisely.

concisely - concisamente

"You can't have me!" said I, aghast. He had the squarest and most resolute face I ever set eyes upon.

aghast - asustado; espantado, aterrado, horrorizado

squarest - más cuadrado; cuadro, cuadrado, escuadra, cartabón, plaza

resolute - decidido; resoluto

"Look here," I began, turning to the captain.

"Overboard!" said the captain. "This ship aint for beasts and cannibals and worse than beasts, any more. Overboard you go, Mister Shut-up. If they can't have you, you goes overboard. But, anyhow, you go"with your friends. I've done with this blessed island for evermore, amen! I've had enough of it."

aint - no

cannibals - caníbales; caníbal

evermore - para siempre; siempre

Amen - amén

"But, Montgomery," I appealed.

appealed - apelado; suplicar, rogar

He distorted his lower lip, and nodded his head hopelessly at the grey-haired man beside him, to indicate his powerlessness to help me.

distorted - distorsionado; deformar, distorsionar, tergiversar, desvirtuar

lower lip - El labio inferior

nodded - asintió; asentir, cabecear, cabezada

beside - al lado de, cabe

indicate - indicar, senalizar, panish: t-needed

powerlessness - impotencia

"I'll see to you, presently," said the captain.

see to - ver

Then began a curious three-cornered altercation. Alternately I appealed to one and another of the three men,"first to the grey-haired man to let me land, and then to the drunken captain to keep me aboard. I even bawled entreaties to the sailors. Montgomery said never a word, only shook his head.

cornered - arrinconado; ángulo, checkrincón, esquina, acorralar, girar

altercation - disputa, altercado

alternately - alternativamente, por turno

entreaties - suplicas; petición, solicitud, plegaria

"You're going overboard, I tell you," was the captain's refrain. "Law be damned! I'm king here." At last I must confess my voice suddenly broke in the middle of a vigorous threat. I felt a gust of hysterical petulance, and went aft and stared dismally at nothing.

refrain - estribillo

king - rey

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

Middle - medio, centro, cintura, central

vigorous - vigoroso

threat - amenaza

gust - ráfaga, racha

dismally - Desalentadoramente

Meanwhile the sailors progressed rapidly with the task of unshipping the packages and caged animals. A large launch, with two standing lugs, lay under the lee of the schooner; and into this the strange assortment of goods were swung. I did not then see the hands from the island that were receiving the packages, for the hull of the launch was hidden from me by the side of the schooner. Neither Montgomery nor his companion took the slightest notice of me, but busied themselves in assisting and directing the four or five sailors who were unloading the goods. The captain went forward interfering rather than assisting. I was alternately despairful and desperate. Once or twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves, I could not resist an impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary.

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

progressed - ha progresado; progreso

rapidly - rápidamente

task - tarea

unshipping - Desembarcar

packages - paquetes; paquete, embalaje, bulto, empacar, empaquetar

caged - enjaulado; jaula, cabina, enjaular

lugs - las lengüetas; arrastrar

Lee - abrigo, sotavento, socaire

assortment - surtido, variedad, colección

swung - se balanceó; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

receiving - recibir

neither - ninguno de los dos; ninguno, ningún, ni X ni Y, tampoco

themselves - se, ellos mismos, ellas mismas

assisting - asistiendo; ayudar, asistir

directing - dirigiendo; directo, dirigir

unloading - descargando; descarga; (unload); descargar

interfering - interfiriendo; panish: t-needed

despairful - Desesperado

desperate - desesperado

accomplish - cumplir; efectuar, realizar, lograr, completar

resist - resistir

impulse - impulso, capricho

miserable - miserable

quandary - un dilema; indecisión, dilema, disyuntiva

I felt all the wretcheder for the lack of a breakfast. Hunger and a lack of blood-corpuscles take all the manhood from a man. I perceived pretty clearly that I had not the stamina either to resist what the captain chose to do to expel me, or to force myself upon Montgomery and his companion. So I waited passively upon fate; and the work of transferring Montgomery's possessions to the launch went on as if I did not exist.

lack - falta; carecer de

hunger - hambre

corpuscles - corpúsculos; corpúsculo

manhood - humanidad, virilidad, masculinidad, hombría

perceived - percibido; percibir, entender

Clearly - está claro; claramente, por lo claro

stamina - estamina, resistencia, aguante

resist - resistir, panish: t-needed

expel - expulsar, expeler

force - fuerza

passively - pasivamente

transferring - transfiriendo; transferir, trasladar, calcar, imprimir

possessions - posesión, posesión natural, tenencia, posesión civil, posesiones

Presently that work was finished, and then came a struggle. I was hauled, resisting weakly enough, to the gangway. Even then I noticed the oddness of the brown faces of the men who were with Montgomery in the launch; but the launch was now fully laden, and was shoved off hastily. A broadening gap of green water appeared under me, and I pushed back with all my strength to avoid falling headlong.

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

hauled - arrastrado; empujar, tirar fuerte, llevar

resisting - resistiendo; resistir, panish: t-needed

weakly - débilmente

noticed - te has dado cuenta; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta

oddness - extraneza

fully - totalmente; completamente, a fondo

laden - cargado; (lade); cargado

shoved - empujado; empujar

hastily - apresuradamente; de prisa, atropelladamente

broadening - ampliación; ensanchar, ensancharse

gap - hueco, espacio, vacío; brecha

pushed back - hacer retroceder, posponer

headlong - de cabeza

The hands in the launch shouted derisively, and I heard Montgomery curse at them; and then the captain, the mate, and one of the seamen helping him, ran me aft towards the stern.

curse - maldición; maldecir

mate - colega; aparear, acoplar

The dingey of the Lady Vain had been towing behind; it was half full of water, had no oars, and was quite unvictualled. I refused to go aboard her, and flung myself full length on the deck. In the end, they swung me into her by a rope (for they had no stern ladder), and then they cut me adrift. I drifted slowly from the schooner. In a kind of stupor I watched all hands take to the rigging, and slowly but surely she came round to the wind; the sails fluttered, and then bellied out as the wind came into them.

towing - remolque; (tow) remolque

oars - remos; remo

unvictualled - sin válvula

refused - rechazado; negarse (a)

flung - arrojado; arrojar, lanzar

full length - largometraje; edición completa

rope - cuerda

adrift - a la deriva

stupor - estupor

rigging - Arreglar; (rig) Arreglar

surely - seguro; seguramente, checksin duda

sails - velas; vela

fluttered - leteó; ondear, aletear

bellied - barriga, panza, vientre, guata

I stared at her weather-beaten side heeling steeply towards me; and then she passed out of my range of view.

beaten - golpeado; batir, golpear, percutir

heeling - Escalando; (heel) Escalando

steeply - e forma pronunciada

range - rango; sierra, cordillera, hornillo, estufa, escala, gama

view - vista, reproducción, visualización, visitas, visión, mirada, ver

I did not turn my head to follow her. At first I could scarcely believe what had happened. I crouched in the bottom of the dingey, stunned, and staring blankly at the vacant, oily sea.

stunned - aturdido; anonadar, aturdir, pasmar, atontar

blankly - en blanco

vacant - vacío; vacante

oily - grasa; aceitoso

Then I realised that I was in that little hell of mine again, now half swamped; and looking back over the gunwale, I saw the schooner standing away from me, with the red-haired captain mocking at me over the taffrail, and turning towards the island saw the launch growing smaller as she approached the beach.

realised - Te das cuenta

swamped - empantanado; embalsadero, pantano, ciénaga, embalse

mocking - burlándose; burlón; (moc) burlándose; burlón

approached - se acercó; acercarse, aproximarse

Abruptly the cruelty of this desertion became clear to me. I had no means of reaching the land unless I should chance to drift there. I was still weak, you must remember, from my exposure in the boat; I was empty and very faint, or I should have had more heart. But as it was I suddenly began to sob and weep, as I had never done since I was a little child.

abruptly - de repente; abruptamente, precipitadamente

cruelty - crueldad

desertion - deserción

reaching - llegando; llegar (a)

Unless - menos que..; a menos que, a no ser que, salvo

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

exposure - exposición, exposición, checkpublicidad, checkdenuncia

empty - vacío, vaciar

faint - desmayarse; débil, tenue

heart - corazón

sob - sollozar; hdp

weep - llorar

The tears ran down my face. In a passion of despair I struck with my fists at the water in the bottom of the boat, and kicked savagely at the gunwale. I prayed aloud for God to let me die.

Tears - lágrimas; lágrima

ran down - agotarse; reducir; leer

passion - pasión

despair - desesperar, desesperanzar, desesperación, desesperanza

kicked - pateado; dar un puntapié, golpear con el pie, dar una patada a

savagely - salvajemente

prayed - rezó; rezar, orar

aloud - en voz alta, de viva voz

God - endiosar, idolatrar, deificar


boatmen - barqueros; barquero, balsero

But the islanders, seeing that I was really adrift, took pity on me. I drifted very slowly to the eastward, approaching the island slantingly; and presently I saw, with hysterical relief, the launch come round and return towards me. She was heavily laden, and I could make out as she drew nearer Montgomery's white-haired, broad-shouldered companion sitting cramped up with the dogs and several packing-cases in the stern sheets.

islanders - islenos; isleno, islena

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

approaching - se acerca; acercarse, aproximarse

slantingly - De forma oblicua

heavily laden - muy cargado

packing - Empacando; (pack) Empacando

cases - asos; caso

sheets - sábanas; hoja, folio, pliego, lámina, capa, escota

This individual stared fixedly at me without moving or speaking. The black-faced cripple was glaring at me as fixedly in the bows near the puma. There were three other men besides,"three strange brutish-looking fellows, at whom the staghounds were snarling savagely. Montgomery, who was steering, brought the boat by me, and rising, caught and fastened my painter to the tiller to tow me, for there was no room aboard.

fixedly - fijamente

cripple - lisiado, lisiado, lisiada

besides - además; al lado de, cabe

brutish - bruto; cafre

fellows - companeros; tipo

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

steering - dirección; (steer); dirección

painter - Pintor

tiller - cultivador; cana del timón

tow - remolque; remolcar

I had recovered from my hysterical phase by this time and answered his hail, as he approached, bravely enough. I told him the dingey was nearly swamped, and he reached me a piggin. I was jerked back as the rope tightened between the boats. For some time I was busy baling.

phase - fase

hail - granizo

bravely - con valentía; valientemente

reached - alcanzado; llegar (a)

piggin - Cerdo

jerked - sacudido; sacudida

tightened - apretado; apretar, tensar, tensarse

baling - Enfardar; (bal) Enfardar

It was not until I had got the water under (for the water in the dingey had been shipped; the boat was perfectly sound) that I had leisure to look at the people in the launch again.

shipped - enviado; barco, buque, navío, embarcación

perfectly - perfectamente

leisure - ocio, tiempo libre

The white-haired man I found was still regarding me steadfastly, but with an expression, as I now fancied, of some perplexity. When my eyes met his, he looked down at the staghound that sat between his knees.

regarding - con respecto a; considerar

steadfastly - con firmeza

fancied - te apetece; capricho, antojo

perplexity - perplejidad

He was a powerfully-built man, as I have said, with a fine forehead and rather heavy features; but his eyes had that odd drooping of the skin above the lids which often comes with advancing years, and the fall of his heavy mouth at the corners gave him an expression of pugnacious resolution. He talked to Montgomery in a tone too low for me to hear.

powerfully - con fuerza; poderosamente

forehead - la frente; frente

lids - tapas; tapa

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

corners - esquinas; ángulo, checkrincón, esquina, acorralar, girar, virar

pugnacious - pugnaz, belicoso

resolution - resolución, panish: t-needed

From him my eyes travelled to his three men; and a strange crew they were. I saw only their faces, yet there was something in their faces"I knew not what"that gave me a queer spasm of disgust. I looked steadily at them, and the impression did not pass, though I failed to see what had occasioned it. They seemed to me then to be brown men; but their limbs were oddly swathed in some thin, dirty, white stuff down even to the fingers and feet: I have never seen men so wrapped up before, and women so only in the East. They wore turbans too, and thereunder peered out their elfin faces at me,"faces with protruding lower-jaws and bright eyes. They had lank black hair, almost like horsehair, and seemed as they sat to exceed in stature any race of men I have seen.

spasm - espasmo, acceso

disgust - repugnar, dar asco, asquear, asco, repugnancia

steadily - De forma constante

pass - pasar(por), dejar atrás

failed - falló; fracasar

occasioned - ocasionado; ocasión, ocasionar

swathed - envainada; envolver; vendar

fingers - dedos; apuntar, senalar, hurgar, dedear

wrapped up - envuelto; arropado

turbans - turbantes; turbante

elfin - Elfo

protruding - saliente; sobresalir, protruir

lower - más bajo; oscurecerse, encapotarse; (low) más bajo; oscurecerse

jaws - mandíbulas; maxilar

bright - luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

lank - delgado, flaco

exceed - sobrepasar, pasarse, exceder

stature - estatura

race - carrera

The white-haired man, who I knew was a good six feet in height, sat a head below any one of the three. I found afterwards that really none were taller than myself; but their bodies were abnormally long, and the thigh-part of the leg short and curiously twisted. At any rate, they were an amazingly ugly gang, and over the heads of them under the forward lug peered the black face of the man whose eyes were luminous in the dark. As I stared at them, they met my gaze; and then first one and then another turned away from my direct stare, and looked at me in an odd, furtive manner. It occurred to me that I was perhaps annoying them, and I turned my attention to the island we were approaching.

height - altura, estatura, cumbre, cima

abnormally - anormalmente

thigh - muslo, muslamen

curiously - con curiosidad; curiosamente

twisted - retorcido; torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

amazingly - extraordinariamente, increíblemente, asombrosamente

gang - pandilla; grupo, cuadrilla, equipo

lug - lugar; arrastrar

luminous - luminoso

gaze - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

Direct - directo, dirigir

furtive - furtivo, sigiloso

annoying - molesto; molestar, agobiar, jorobar

It was low, and covered with thick vegetation,"chiefly a kind of palm, that was new to me. From one point a thin white thread of vapour rose slantingly to an immense height, and then frayed out like a down feather. We were now within the embrace of a broad bay flanked on either hand by a low promontory. The beach was of dull-grey sand, and sloped steeply up to a ridge, perhaps sixty or seventy feet above the sea-level, and irregularly set with trees and undergrowth. Half way up was a square enclosure of some greyish stone, which I found subsequently was built partly of coral and partly of pumiceous lava. Two thatched roofs peeped from within this enclosure.

vegetation - vegetación

chiefly - principalmente, sobre todo, particularmente, especialmente

palm - palma

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

vapour - vapor

immense - inmenso

frayed - deshilachado; deshilacharse, raerse

feather - pluma

within - dentro de, adentro

Embrace - abrazar, abrazo

bay - bahía

flanked - flanqueado; costado, flanco

promontory - promontorio

sand - arena

sloped - nclinado; pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco

ridge - cresta, arista, cumbrera, caballete, cordillera, sierra, dorsal

sea-level - (sea-level) nivel del mar

irregularly - irregularmente

undergrowth - maleza; sottobosque

square - cuadro, cuadrado, escuadra, cartabón, plaza, casilla

enclosure - encierro, cercamiento, recinto, reparto, clausura

greyish - grisáceo

stone - piedra, roca, gema, piedra preciosa, hueso, cálculo, lapidar

partly - en parte, en cierto modo

coral - coral

pumiceous - pómez

lava - lava

thatched roofs - techos de paja

peeped - spiado; espiar

A man stood awaiting us at the water's edge. I fancied while we were still far off that I saw some other and very grotesque-looking creatures scuttle into the bushes upon the slope; but I saw nothing of these as we drew nearer. This man was of a moderate size, and with a black negroid face. He had a large, almost lipless, mouth, extraordinary lank arms, long thin feet, and bow-legs, and stood with his heavy face thrust forward staring at us. He was dressed like Montgomery and his white-haired companion, in jacket and trousers of blue serge. As we came still nearer, this individual began to run to and fro on the beach, making the most grotesque movements.

awaiting - esperando; esperar, aguantar

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

bushes - arbustos; arbusto

slope - pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco, chuequito

moderate - moderado, comedido, mediocre, moderar

size - tamano, magnitud

lipless - sin labios

bow - arco; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

thrust - estocada, empuje, envión, impulso, énfasis, propulsar, asestar

most grotesque - el más grotesco

movements - movimientos; movimiento

At a word of command from Montgomery, the four men in the launch sprang up, and with singularly awkward gestures struck the lugs. Montgomery steered us round and into a narrow little dock excavated in the beach. Then the man on the beach hastened towards us. This dock, as I call it, was really a mere ditch just long enough at this phase of the tide to take the longboat. I heard the bows ground in the sand, staved the dingey off the rudder of the big boat with my piggin, and freeing the painter, landed. The three muffled men, with the clumsiest movements, scrambled out upon the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo, assisted by the man on the beach. I was struck especially by the curious movements of the legs of the three swathed and bandaged boatmen,"not stiff they were, but distorted in some odd way, almost as if they were jointed in the wrong place.

sprang up - brotar; aparecer; alzarse

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

steered - dirigido; buey

narrow - estrecho

Dock - muelle

excavated - excavado; excavar

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

ditch - zanja, foso, cuneta

tide - marea

ground - uelo; (grind) uelo

staved - estabulado; duela, estrofa, pentagrama

rudder - timón; (rud); timón

muffled - silenciado; mufla

clumsiest - el más torpe; patoso, torpe, desmanado, bruto

cargo - carga

assisted - asistida; ayudar, asistir

especially - especialmente, sobre todo, máxime, más

bandaged - vendado; venda, vendaje, vendar

stiff - rígido, duro, tieso, inflexible

jointed - articulado; en común, comunitario, en conjunto, articulación

The dogs were still snarling, and strained at their chains after these men, as the white-haired man landed with them. The three big fellows spoke to one another in odd guttural tones, and the man who had waited for us on the beach began chattering to them excitedly"a foreign language, as I fancied"as they laid hands on some bales piled near the stern. Somewhere I had heard such a voice before, and I could not think where. The white-haired man stood, holding in a tumult of six dogs, and bawling orders over their din. Montgomery, having unshipped the rudder, landed likewise, and all set to work at unloading. I was too faint, what with my long fast and the sun beating down on my bare head, to offer any assistance.

strained - estirar, tensar

tones - tonos; tono

chattering - Charlando; (chatter) Charlando

foreign language - lengua extranjera

bales - pacas; fardo

piled - apilado; montón, pila

tumult - clamor, bullicio, alboroto, tumulto

bawling - Gritando; (bawl); gritar, alarido, grito

din - jaleo

unshipped - Desembarcar

likewise - similarmente, igualmente

beating - golpeando; paliza, latido; (beat) golpeando; paliza, latido

assistance - asistencia

Presently the white-haired man seemed to recollect my presence, and came up to me.

presence - presencia

"You look," said he, "as though you had scarcely breakfasted." His little eyes were a brilliant black under his heavy brows. "I must apologise for that. Now you are our guest, we must make you comfortable,"though you are uninvited, you know." He looked keenly into my face. "Montgomery says you are an educated man, Mr. Prendick; says you know something of science. May I ask what that signifies?"

brilliant - brillante, perla

brows - cejas; (brow) cejas

apologise - Pedir disculpas

guest - invitado; huésped, visita, visitante, convidado

uninvited - sin invitación; no invitado

keenly - con entusiasmo

Mr - Senor

signifies - significar, senalar, checksuponer, checkrepresentar

I told him I had spent some years at the Royal College of Science, and had done some researches in biology under Huxley. He raised his eyebrows slightly at that.

Royal - real

researches - investigaciones; investigación, investigación, investigar

eyebrows - cejas; ceja

slightly - un poco; levemente, ligeramente

"That alters the case a little, Mr. Prendick," he said, with a trifle more respect in his manner. "As it happens, we are biologists here. This is a biological station"of a sort." His eye rested on the men in white who were busily hauling the puma, on rollers, towards the walled yard.

alters - cambiar, modificar, alterar

biologists - iólogos; biólogo, bióloga

sort - cómo; clase, tipo, género

rested - descansado; descanso, reposo

busily - Ocupado

hauling - transporte; empujar, tirar fuerte, llevar

rollers - rodillos; rodillo, carraca

"I and Montgomery, at least," he added. Then, "When you will be able to get away, I can't say. We're off the track to anywhere. We see a ship once in a twelve-month or so."

track - pista; rastro, huella, trilla, trillo, sendero, curso

anywhere - en algún sitio; en cualquier parte, dondequiera

He left me abruptly, and went up the beach past this group, and I think entered the enclosure. The other two men were with Montgomery, erecting a pile of smaller packages on a low-wheeled truck. The llama was still on the launch with the rabbit hutches; the staghounds were still lashed to the thwarts.

erecting - rigiendo; erecto, erguido

pile - montón, pila

wheeled - con ruedas; rueda, pez gordo, llanta, rodar, circunvolar

truck - camión

rabbit - conejo

lashed - azotado; pestana

The pile of things completed, all three men laid hold of the truck and began shoving the ton-weight or so upon it after the puma. Presently Montgomery left them, and coming back to me held out his hand.

shoving - empujones; empujar

ton - tonelada

weight - peso, pesa, pesar, ponderar

"I'm glad," said he, "for my own part. That captain was a silly ass. He'd have made things lively for you."

lively - animado

"It was you," said I, "that saved me again."

"That depends. You'll find this island an infernally rum place, I promise you. I'd watch my goings carefully, if I were you. He"" He hesitated, and seemed to alter his mind about what was on his lips. "I wish you'd help me with these rabbits," he said.

That depends - Eso depende

infernally - infernalmente

rum - ron

promise - promesa, prometer

carefully - con cuidado; cuidadosamente, a conciencia, minuciosamente

alter - cambiar, modificar, alterar

His procedure with the rabbits was singular. I waded in with him, and helped him lug one of the hutches ashore. No sooner was that done than he opened the door of it, and tilting the thing on one end turned its living contents out on the ground.

procedure - procedimiento, trámite

waded - vadear; caminar por el agua

ashore - en tierra

tilting - Inclinación; (tilt) Inclinación

Contents - ontenido; satisfecho

They fell in a struggling heap one on the top of the other. He clapped his hands, and forthwith they went off with that hopping run of theirs, fifteen or twenty of them I should think, up the beach.

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

top - cima, parte superior, parte de más arriba, cabecera, tapa

clapped - aplaudió; aplaudir

hopping - saltando; (hop) saltando

"Increase and multiply, my friends," said Montgomery. "Replenish the island. Hitherto we've had a certain lack of meat here."

increase - aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

multiply - multiplicar

replenish - rellenar, reponer

As I watched them disappearing, the white-haired man returned with a brandy-flask and some biscuits. "Something to go on with, Prendick," said he, in a far more familiar tone than before. I made no ado, but set to work on the biscuits at once, while the white-haired man helped Montgomery to release about a score more of the rabbits.

disappearing - desapareciendo; desaparecer

brandy - brandy, conac

flask - frasco; petaca, licorera disfrazado

more familiar - más familiar

release - liberación; liberar

score - puntuación; tantos

Three big hutches, however, went up to the house with the puma. The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.

touch - tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

abstainer - abstencionista; abstemio

birth - nacimiento


locked - cerrado; cerradura

The reader will perhaps understand that at first everything was so strange about me, and my position was the outcome of such unexpected adventures, that I had no discernment of the relative strangeness of this or that thing. I followed the llama up the beach, and was overtaken by Montgomery, who asked me not to enter the stone enclosure.

position - posición, puesto, postura

outcome - resultado, consecuencia, desenlace, objetivos

unexpected - inesperado, inopinado

adventures - Aventuras; (adventure) Aventuras

relative - relativo, familiar, pariente, parienta, parentela

overtaken - uperado; rebasar, sobrepasar, adelantar, alcanzar, superar

enter - entrar

I noticed then that the puma in its cage and the pile of packages had been placed outside the entrance to this quadrangle.

entrance - entrada

quadrangle - cuadrilátero; patio

I turned and saw that the launch had now been unloaded, run out again, and was being beached, and the white-haired man was walking towards us. He addressed Montgomery.

unloaded - descargado; descargar

"And now comes the problem of this uninvited guest. What are we to do with him?"

"He knows something of science," said Montgomery.

"I'm itching to get to work again"with this new stuff," said the white-haired man, nodding towards the enclosure. His eyes grew brighter.

itching - Picazón; (itch) Picazón

brighter - más brillante; luminoso, resplandeciente, brillante

"I daresay you are," said Montgomery, in anything but a cordial tone.

cordial - cordial

"We can't send him over there, and we can't spare the time to build him a new shanty; and we certainly can't take him into our confidence just yet."

spare - de repuesto; prescindir, pasar sin

shanty - chabola, barraca

just yet - justo ahora

"I'm in your hands," said I. I had no idea of what he meant by "over there."

"I've been thinking of the same things," Montgomery answered. "There's my room with the outer door""

"That's it," said the elder man, promptly, looking at Montgomery; and all three of us went towards the enclosure. "I'm sorry to make a mystery, Mr. Prendick; but you'll remember you're uninvited. Our little establishment here contains a secret or so, is a kind of Blue-Beard's chamber, in fact. Nothing very dreadful, really, to a sane man; but just now, as we don't know you""

promptly - pronto; inmediatamente, rápidamente

establishment - establecimiento, establishment

contains - contiene; contener, dominar

beard - barba, jotera, pantalla, barbar, provocar, mortificar

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

dreadful - terrible; espantoso, espantosa

sane - sano; cuerdo

"Decidedly," said I, "I should be a fool to take offence at any want of confidence."

decidedly - decididamente; resueltamente

fool - idiota; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

take offence at - ofenderse por

He twisted his heavy mouth into a faint smile"he was one of those saturnine people who smile with the corners of the mouth down,"and bowed his acknowledgment of my complaisance. The main entrance to the enclosure was passed; it was a heavy wooden gate, framed in iron and locked, with the cargo of the launch piled outside it, and at the corner we came to a small doorway I had not previously observed. The white-haired man produced a bundle of keys from the pocket of his greasy blue jacket, opened this door, and entered. His keys, and the elaborate locking-up of the place even while it was still under his eye, struck me as peculiar. I followed him, and found myself in a small apartment, plainly but not uncomfortably furnished and with its inner door, which was slightly ajar, opening into a paved courtyard.

smile - sonrisa, sonreír

saturnine - saturno; saturnino, saturnina, soturno, soturna

bowed - inclinado; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

acknowledgment - reconocimiento, reconocimiento

complaisance - Complacencia

wooden - de madera, acartonado

Gate - puerta; verja

framed - enmarcado; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

previously - antes; anteriormente, previamente, con anterioridad

observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

bundle - haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

Pocket - bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

greasy - grasiento, grasoso, resbaloso

elaborate - elaborar; profundizar

locking-up - (locking-up) Cerrar

uncomfortably - incómodo; incómodamente

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

ajar - entreabierto

paved - pavimentado; pavimentar

courtyard - patio

This inner door Montgomery at once closed. A hammock was slung across the darker corner of the room, and a small unglazed window defended by an iron bar looked out towards the sea.

hammock - hamaca, hamaca paraguaya

slung - colgado; cabestrillo

unglazed - Sin esmaltar

defended - defendido; defender

bar - barra; tableta; barrote, reja

"We usually have our meals in here," said Montgomery, and then, as if in doubt, went out after the other. "Moreau!" I heard him call, and for the moment I do not think I noticed. Then as I handled the books on the shelf it came up in consciousness: Where had I heard the name of Moreau before? I sat down before the window, took out the biscuits that still remained to me, and ate them with an excellent appetite. Moreau!

handled - manejado; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

shelf - estante, balda, anaquel, entrepano, estantería, arrecife

consciousness - conciencia

excellent - excelente, sobresaliente, prominente, excelso

appetite - apetito, deseo, ganas

Through the window I saw one of those unaccountable men in white, lugging a packing-case along the beach. Presently the window-frame hid him. Then I heard a key inserted and turned in the lock behind me. After a little while I heard through the locked door the noise of the staghounds, that had now been brought up from the beach.

unaccountable - irresponsable; panish: t-needed

lugging - arrastrando; arrastrar

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

hid - Se escondió; (hide) Se escondió

inserted - insertado; insertar, meter

turned in - entregado, devuelto

lock - cerradura

They were not barking, but sniffing and growling in a curious fashion. I could hear the rapid patter of their feet, and Montgomery's voice soothing them.

sniffing - Olfateando; (sniff); olfatear, esnifar, husmear, checksorber

fashion - moda, manera, modo

rapid - rápido, rápido, rabión

patter - repiquetear, golpear, corretear; (pat) repiquetear, golpear

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

I was very much impressed by the elaborate secrecy of these two men regarding the contents of the place, and for some time I was thinking of that and of the unaccountable familiarity of the name of Moreau; but so odd is the human memory that I could not then recall that well-known name in its proper connection. From that my thoughts went to the indefinable queerness of the deformed man on the beach. I never saw such a gait, such odd motions as he pulled at the box.

secrecy - secreto, sigilo, secretismo

familiarity - intimidad, impertinencia, familiaridad

recall - recordar, evocar, retirada

proper - bien; adecuado, conveniente, preciso, propio

connection - vinculación, conexión, trabazón, ligazón

gait - caminar; andar

motions - mociones; movimiento, moción

I recalled that none of these men had spoken to me, though most of them I had found looking at me at one time or another in a peculiarly furtive manner, quite unlike the frank stare of your unsophisticated savage. Indeed, they had all seemed remarkably taciturn, and when they did speak, endowed with very uncanny voices. What was wrong with them? Then I recalled the eyes of Montgomery's ungainly attendant.

recalled - recordado; recordar, evocar, retirada

unlike - a diferencia de; diferente

frank - franco

remarkably - otablemente; extraordinariamente

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

uncanny - extrano; inquietante, desconcertante, extrano, siniestro

ungainly - desgarbado, torpe

Just as I was thinking of him he came in. He was now dressed in white, and carried a little tray with some coffee and boiled vegetables thereon. I could hardly repress a shuddering recoil as he came, bending amiably, and placed the tray before me on the table. Then astonishment paralysed me. Under his stringy black locks I saw his ear; it jumped upon me suddenly close to my face. The man had pointed ears, covered with a fine brown fur!

tray - bandeja

hardly - apenas, a duras penas

repress - reprimir

shuddering - Temblores; (shudder); escalofrío

recoil - retroceso, echarse atrás, recular

amiably - amablemente

astonishment - asombro, estupefacción, sorpresa, extraneza

paralysed - paralizado; paralizar(se)

locks - cerraduras; cerradura

fur - pelo, pelaje

"Your breakfast, sair," he said.

I stared at his face without attempting to answer him. He turned and went towards the door, regarding me oddly over his shoulder. I followed him out with my eyes; and as I did so, by some odd trick of unconscious cerebration, there came surging into my head the phrase, "The Moreau Hollows""was it? "The Moreau"" Ah! It sent my memory back ten years. "The Moreau Horrors!" The phrase drifted loose in my mind for a moment, and then I saw it in red lettering on a little buff-coloured pamphlet, to read which made one shiver and creep.

attempting - intentando; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

trick - truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

unconscious - inconsciente, subconsciente, subconsciencia

cerebration - cerebración

surging - Subiendo; (surge); aluvión, oleada, sobretensión, sobrecarga

hollows - huecos; hueco

Buff - color de ante

pamphlet - folleto, panfleto

shiver - tiritando; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

creep - se arrastran; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

Then I remembered distinctly all about it. That long-forgotten pamphlet came back with startling vividness to my mind. I had been a mere lad then, and Moreau was, I suppose, about fifty,"a prominent and masterful physiologist, well-known in scientific circles for his extraordinary imagination and his brutal directness in discussion.

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

vividness - vivacidad; nitidez

lad - nino, chico, mozo, mozalbete

suppose - supongo; suponer

prominent - destacado; prominente, sobresaliente

masterful - Maestro

physiologist - fisiólogo, fisióloga

scientific - científica; científico

circles - círculos; círculo, circunferencia, esfera, curva, grupo

brutal - brutal

discussion - discusión

Was this the same Moreau? He had published some very astonishing facts in connection with the transfusion of blood, and in addition was known to be doing valuable work on morbid growths. Then suddenly his career was closed. He had to leave England. A journalist obtained access to his laboratory in the capacity of laboratory-assistant, with the deliberate intention of making sensational exposures; and by the help of a shocking accident (if it was an accident), his gruesome pamphlet became notorious. On the day of its publication a wretched dog, flayed and otherwise mutilated, escaped from Moreau's house. It was in the silly season, and a prominent editor, a cousin of the temporary laboratory-assistant, appealed to the conscience of the nation.

astonishing - asombroso; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

transfusion - transfusión

Addition - agregación; adición, anadidura, suma

valuable - valioso

morbid - mórbida; mórbido, morboso

growths - crecimientos; crecimiento

journalist - diarista, periodista, reportero

obtained - obtenido; obtener, coger

access - acceso, entrada

laboratory - laboratorio

capacity - capacidad

assistant - ayudante, ayudante, asistente

intention - intención

exposures - exposiciones; exposición, exposición, checkpublicidad

shocking - impresionante; conmoción, golpe

accident - accidente

gruesome - thorripilante; espantoso, truculento

notorious - no es notorio; de mala fama, notorio, afamado

flayed - Desollar

otherwise - o no; de otro

mutilated - mutilado; mutilar

silly season - Serpiente de verano

editor - editor, editora, director, directora, redactor

temporary - temporal, provisional

conscience - conciencia

nation - nación

It was not the first time that conscience has turned against the methods of research. The doctor was simply howled out of the country. It may be that he deserved to be; but I still think that the tepid support of his fellow-investigators and his desertion by the great body of scientific workers was a shameful thing. Yet some of his experiments, by the journalist's account, were wantonly cruel. He might perhaps have purchased his social peace by abandoning his investigations; but he apparently preferred the latter, as most men would who have once fallen under the overmastering spell of research. He was unmarried, and had indeed nothing but his own interest to consider.

methods - métodos; método, forma

research - investigación, investigación, investigar, indagar, documentarse

howled - aulló; aullido, aullar, ganir

deserved - merecido; merecer, meritar

tepid - tibio, templado, flojo, blandengue

support - apoyo; aguantar, sostener

fellow - colega; tipo

investigators - investigadores; investigador, investigadora

Workers - trabajadores; trabajador, obrero, obrera

shameful - vergonzoso

experiments - experimentos; experimento, experimentar

wantonly - Sin querer

purchased - comprado; compra, adquisición, comprar

social - social

peace - paz, sosiego

Abandoning - abandonar, dejar

investigations - investigaciones; investigación

overmastering - Dominar

unmarried - soltero; (unmarry); soltero

Consider - considerar, barajar, sopesar, observar

I felt convinced that this must be the same man. Everything pointed to it. It dawned upon me to what end the puma and the other animals"which had now been brought with other luggage into the enclosure behind the house"were destined; and a curious faint odour, the halitus of something familiar, an odour that had been in the background of my consciousness hitherto, suddenly came forward into the forefront of my thoughts.

Convinced - convencido; convencer

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

odour - olor

familiar - te suena; familiar, espíritu familiar

background - Fondo

forefront - en primera línea; vanguardia, primer plano

It was the antiseptic odour of the dissecting-room. I heard the puma growling through the wall, and one of the dogs yelped as though it had been struck.

antiseptic - antiséptico, aséptico

dissecting - Diseccionando; (dissect); disecar, diseccionar

yelped - gritó; ganir

What could it all mean? A locked enclosure on a lonely island, a notorious vivisector, and these crippled and distorted men?

lonely - solo; solitario, desolado, desierto

crippled - lisiado, lisiado, lisiada


crying - llorando; llanto; (cry); llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

Montgomery interrupted my tangle of mystification and suspicion about one o'clock, and his grotesque attendant followed him with a tray bearing bread, some herbs and other eatables, a flask of whiskey, a jug of water, and three glasses and knives.

bearing - Rodamiento; (bear) Rodamiento

herbs - hierbas; hierba culinaria, planta medicinal, hierba

eatables - comestible

whiskey - whisky, wiski, güisqui

jug - jarro, jarra

knives - cuchillos; cuchillo, punal, acuchillar

I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes. Montgomery said he would lunch with me, but that Moreau was too preoccupied with some work to come.

askance - preguntas; con recelo, de reojo, de través

restless - inquieto

preoccupied - preocupado; preocupar

"Moreau!" said I. "I know that name."

"The devil you do!" said he. "What an ass I was to mention it to you! I might have thought. Anyhow, it will give you an inkling of our"mysteries. Whiskey?"

mention - mención, mencionar, mentar

inkling - un indicio; idea, sospecha

mysteries - misterios; misterio, arcano

"No, thanks; I'm an abstainer."

"I wish I'd been. But It's no use locking the door after the steed is stolen. It was that infernal stuff which led to my coming here,"that, and a foggy night. I thought myself in luck at the time, when Moreau offered to get me off. It's queer""

It's no use - Es inútil

locking - cerrando; cerradura

steed - caballo; corcel

stolen - robado; robar, hurtar, robo

led - llevado; led; (lead) llevado; led

coming here - venir aquí

offered - ofrecido; ofrecer

"Montgomery," said I, suddenly, as the outer door closed, "why has your man pointed ears?"

"Damn!" he said, over his first mouthful of food. He stared at me for a moment, and then repeated, "Pointed ears?"

Damn - maldecir, condenar, reprobar, maldito, puto, malditamente

mouthful - Un bocado

"Little points to them," said I, as calmly as possible, with a catch in my breath; "and a fine black fur at the edges?"

calmly - con calma; tranquilamente

breath - respiración, aliento, respiro

He helped himself to whiskey and water with great deliberation. "I was under the impression"that his hair covered his ears."

deliberation - deliberación

"I saw them as he stooped by me to put that coffee you sent to me on the table. And his eyes shine in the dark."

stooped - encorvado; inclinarse, agacharse

shine - brillar

By this time Montgomery had recovered from the surprise of my question. "I always thought," he said deliberately, with a certain accentuation of his flavouring of lisp, "that there was something the matter with his ears, from the way he covered them. What were they like?"

surprise - sorpresa, sorprender

deliberately - deliberadamente, concienzudamente

accentuation - acentuación

flavouring - Saborizante; (flavour) Saborizante

I was persuaded from his manner that this ignorance was a pretence. Still, I could hardly tell the man that I thought him a liar. "Pointed," I said; "rather small and furry,"distinctly furry. But the whole man is one of the strangest beings I ever set eyes on."

persuaded - persuadido; persuadir

ignorance - ignorancia

liar - mentiroso, mentirosa, embustero, embustera

furry - peludo, velludo, cabelludo, furro

Strangest - Extrano

beings - seres; ser, criatura, existencia

A sharp, hoarse cry of animal pain came from the enclosure behind us. Its depth and volume testified to the puma. I saw Montgomery wince.

cry - llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

pain - dolor

depth - profundidad

volume - volumen

testified - testificó; testificar, atestiguar, aseverar

"Yes?" he said.

"Where did you pick up the creature?"

pick - pico, ganzúa, hurgar, recoger

"San Francisco. He's an ugly brute, I admit. Half-witted, you know. Can't remember where he came from. But I'm used to him, you know. We both are. How does he strike you?"

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

witted - Ingenioso

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

"He's unnatural," I said. "There's something about him"don't think me fanciful, but it gives me a nasty little sensation, a tightening of my muscles, when he comes near me. It's a touch"of the diabolical, in fact."

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

fanciful - antasioso; imaginado, fantástico

nasty - asqueroso; sucio, menospreciable, obsceno, grosero, peligroso

sensation - sensación

tightening - apretando; apretar, tensar, tensarse

muscles - músculos; músculo

diabolical - diabólico

Montgomery had stopped eating while I told him this. "Rum!" he said. "I can't see it." He resumed his meal. "I had no idea of it," he said, and masticated. "The crew of the schooner must have felt it the same. Made a dead set at the poor devil. You saw the captain?"

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

masticated - masticar

Suddenly the puma howled again, this time more painfully. Montgomery swore under his breath. I had half a mind to attack him about the men on the beach. Then the poor brute within gave vent to a series of short, sharp cries.

painfully - dolorosamente

swore - lo juraste; jurar

attack - ataque, atacar

vent - ventilar; respiradero; rejilla de ventilación

series - eries; serie, serie de televisión

cries - llorar, gritar, panish: t-needed

"Your men on the beach," said I; "what race are they?"

"Excellent fellows, aren't they?" said he, absentmindedly, knitting his brows as the animal yelled out sharply.

aren - No

absentmindedly - istraídamente

knitting - tejer; punto, labor de punto; (knit); hacer punto, tricotar

yelled - gritó; grito, alarido

I said no more. There was another outcry worse than the former. He looked at me with his dull grey eyes, and then took some more whiskey. He tried to draw me into a discussion about alcohol, professing to have saved my life with it. He seemed anxious to lay stress on the fact that I owed my life to him. I answered him distractedly.

outcry - protesta

alcohol - alcohol

professing - profesando; profesar

anxious - ansioso, inquieto, deseoso

owed - debido; deber, adeudar, estar en deuda

distractedly - Distraídamente

Presently our meal came to an end; the misshapen monster with the pointed ears cleared the remains away, and Montgomery left me alone in the room again. All the time he had been in a state of ill-concealed irritation at the noise of the vivisected puma. He had spoken of his odd want of nerve, and left me to the obvious application.

monster - monstruo, fiera

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

state - Estado, declarar, indicar

concealed - ocultos; esconder, ocultar

irritation - irritación

nerve - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

obvious - obvio, evidente

application - aplicación, solicitud

I found myself that the cries were singularly irritating, and they grew in depth and intensity as the afternoon wore on. They were painful at first, but their constant resurgence at last altogether upset my balance. I flung aside a crib of Horace I had been reading, and began to clench my fists, to bite my lips, and to pace the room. Presently I got to stopping my ears with my fingers.

irritating - irritante; irritar, enviscar

in depth - en profundidad

intensity - intensidad

wore on - llevar encima; tener puesto algo; poner de los nervios

constant - constante, perseverante, firme, constante

upset - trastornado, perturbado, enfadado, molesto

balance - equilibrio, balance, balanza, balancear, equilibrar

crib - cuna, machete, chuleta, fusilar

clench - apretar; traba

bite - morder, picar, mordida, mordedura, mordisco, picadura

The emotional appeal of those yells grew upon me steadily, grew at last to such an exquisite expression of suffering that I could stand it in that confined room no longer. I stepped out of the door into the slumberous heat of the late afternoon, and walking past the main entrance"locked again, I noticed"turned the corner of the wall.

emotional - emocional, emotivo

appeal - apelación; suplicar, rogar

yells - grita; grito, alarido

exquisite - exquisito, bonísimo

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

confined - confinado; confinar, encorsetar, confín, raya

stepped out - salir

slumberous - Somnoliento

The crying sounded even louder out of doors. It was as if all the pain in the world had found a voice. Yet had I known such pain was in the next room, and had it been dumb, I believe"I have thought since"I could have stood it well enough. It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.

louder - más fuerte; alto

out of doors - en el exterior, al aire libre, fuera

dumb - tonto; mudo

nerves - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

quivering - tiembla; estremecer(se)

troubling - Preocupante; (trouble); marrón, berenjenal, dificultad

But in spite of the brilliant sunlight and the green fans of the trees waving in the soothing sea-breeze, the world was a confusion, blurred with drifting black and red phantasms, until I was out of earshot of the house in the chequered wall.

spite - rencor

sunlight - la luz del sol; luz del sol

fans - fans; abanico

sea-breeze - (sea-breeze) Brisa marina

confusion - confusión

blurred - borrosa; desdibujar, difuminar, borrar, manchar, esfumarse

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

phantasms - fantasma

earshot - al alcance del oído; alcance del oído


forest - bosque, floresta, selva, foresta, forestar; (fore); bosque

I strode through the undergrowth that clothed the ridge behind the house, scarcely heeding whither I went; passed on through the shadow of a thick cluster of straight-stemmed trees beyond it, and so presently found myself some way on the other side of the ridge, and descending towards a streamlet that ran through a narrow valley. I paused and listened.

strode - caminó; andar a zancadas

clothed - vestido; tela, pedazo de tela, trozo de tela, trapo, pano, facha

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

whither - ?adónde?

shadow - sombra

cluster - amontonamiento, agrupamiento, aglomeración, racimo, cúmulo

straight - recto, liso, franco, directo, puro, convencional, hetero

stemmed - de tallo; CTIM

descending - descendente; descender, bajar

streamlet - corriente; arroyuelo

Valley - valle

The distance I had come, or the intervening masses of thicket, deadened any sound that might be coming from the enclosure. The air was still. Then with a rustle a rabbit emerged, and went scampering up the slope before me. I hesitated, and sat down in the edge of the shade.

distance - distancia, lejanía, distanciarse, alejarse

intervening - intervenir, involucrarse, interceder, meterse

masses - masas; montón, masa

thicket - matorral, bosquecillo

deadened - muerto; amortecer, amortiguar, insonorizar

rustle - susurro; crujido

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

scampering - escapando; zafarse, corretear

The place was a pleasant one. The rivulet was hidden by the luxuriant vegetation of the banks save at one point, where I caught a triangular patch of its glittering water. On the farther side I saw through a bluish haze a tangle of trees and creepers, and above these again the luminous blue of the sky. Here and there a splash of white or crimson marked the blooming of some trailing epiphyte.

pleasant - agradable, placentero

rivulet - riachuelo

triangular - triangular

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

saw through - ver a través; calar

bluish - azulado

creepers - enredaderas; rastrera

splash - salpicaduras; salpicadura, chapotear, salpicar

crimson - carmín, carmesí

marked - marcado; Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

blooming - floreciendo; flor

trailing - recorriendo; seguir, arrastrar, rastro, pista, sendero

epiphyte - epífita, epifita

I let my eyes wander over this scene for a while, and then began to turn over in my mind again the strange peculiarities of Montgomery's man. But it was too hot to think elaborately, and presently I fell into a tranquil state midway between dozing and waking.

wander - vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

scene - escena, escenario

turn over - dar la vuelta, voltear; arrancar

peculiarities - particularidades; peculiaridad

elaborately - elaboradamente

tranquil - tranquilo, apacible

dozing - Dormir; (doze) Dormir

From this I was aroused, after I know not how long, by a rustling amidst the greenery on the other side of the stream. For a moment I could see nothing but the waving summits of the ferns and reeds. Then suddenly upon the bank of the stream appeared something"at first I could not distinguish what it was. It bowed its round head to the water, and began to drink.

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

rustling - usurro; (rustle); crujido

amidst - en medio de; en medio

greenery - verde

summits - umbres; cumbre, cima, cúspide; punto álgido

ferns - helechos; helecho, helez

reeds - lengüetas; junco, cana

distinguish - distinguir

Then I saw it was a man, going on all-fours like a beast. He was clothed in bluish cloth, and was of a copper-coloured hue, with black hair. It seemed that grotesque ugliness was an invariable character of these islanders. I could hear the suck of the water at his lips as he drank.

clothed - vestido; vestir

copper - cobre

hue - color; matiz

character - personaje, característica, carácter

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

I leant forward to see him better, and a piece of lava, detached by my hand, went pattering down the slope. He looked up guiltily, and his eyes met mine. Forthwith he scrambled to his feet, and stood wiping his clumsy hand across his mouth and regarding me. His legs were scarcely half the length of his body. So, staring one another out of countenance, we remained for perhaps the space of a minute.

detached - desprendido; desacoplar

guiltily - Culpablemente

wiping - Limpiar; (wipe) Limpiar

Then, stopping to look back once or twice, he slunk off among the bushes to the right of me, and I heard the swish of the fronds grow faint in the distance and die away. Long after he had disappeared, I remained sitting up staring in the direction of his retreat. My drowsy tranquillity had gone.

fronds - frondas; fronda, fronde

die away - desvanecerse, difuminarse; morir

sitting up - Sentarse

direction - dirección

retreat - retirarse, batirse en retirada

drowsy - somnoliento; adormecido, sonoliento, somnífero, soporífero

tranquillity - tranquilidad

I was startled by a noise behind me, and turning suddenly saw the flapping white tail of a rabbit vanishing up the slope. I jumped to my feet. The apparition of this grotesque, half-bestial creature had suddenly populated the stillness of the afternoon for me. I looked around me rather nervously, and regretted that I was unarmed.

flapping - leteo; solapa; faldón

tail - cola

apparition - aparición

populated - popular; poblar

nervously - nerviosamente

regretted - te arrepientes; lamentar, pena, pesar, arrepentimiento

unarmed - Desarmar

Then I thought that the man I had just seen had been clothed in bluish cloth, had not been naked as a savage would have been; and I tried to persuade myself from that fact that he was after all probably a peaceful character, that the dull ferocity of his countenance belied him.

cloth - tela, pedazo de tela, trozo de tela, trapo, pano, facha

naked - desnudo

persuade - persuadir

peaceful - Pacífico

belied - desmentida; esconder; desmentir

Yet I was greatly disturbed at the apparition. I walked to the left along the slope, turning my head about and peering this way and that among the straight stems of the trees. Why should a man go on all-fours and drink with his lips? Presently I heard an animal wailing again, and taking it to be the puma, I turned about and walked in a direction diametrically opposite to the sound.

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

disturbed - molesto; perturbar, molestar

stems - tallos; CTIM

wailing - aullidos; (wail) aullidos

turned about - darse la vuelta

diametrically - diametralmente

opposite to - lo contrario de, opuesto a

This led me down to the stream, across which I stepped and pushed my way up through the undergrowth beyond.

stepped - pisado; estepa

pushed - empujado; empujar

I was startled by a great patch of vivid scarlet on the ground, and going up to it found it to be a peculiar fungus, branched and corrugated like a foliaceous lichen, but deliquescing into slime at the touch; and then in the shadow of some luxuriant ferns I came upon an unpleasant thing,"the dead body of a rabbit covered with shining flies, but still warm and with the head torn off. I stopped aghast at the sight of the scattered blood. Here at least was one visitor to the island disposed of! There were no traces of other violence about it. It looked as though it had been suddenly snatched up and killed; and as I stared at the little furry body came the difficulty of how the thing had been done.

vivid - vívida; vívido, vivo

fungus - hongos; hongo

branched - ramificado; rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

corrugated - corrugado; corrugar

foliaceous - Foliáceo

lichen - liquen

deliquescing - deliquescing; Disolver abosorbiendo humedad

slime - limo, cieno, lama, légamo, baba

dead body - cadáver

shining - brillante; espinilla

torn off - desprendido, arrancado

scattered - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir, desviar

disposed of - se eliminó

traces - rastros; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

violence - violencia

snatched up - agarrar, tomar

killed - asesinado; matar, asesinar

difficulty - dificultad

The vague dread that had been in my mind since I had seen the inhuman face of the man at the stream grew distincter as I stood there. I began to realise the hardihood of my expedition among these unknown people. The thicket about me became altered to my imagination. Every shadow became something more than a shadow,"became an ambush; every rustle became a threat. Invisible things seemed watching me. I resolved to go back to the enclosure on the beach. I suddenly turned away and thrust myself violently, possibly even frantically, through the bushes, anxious to get a clear space about me again.

vague - vago, impreciso

dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor

inhuman - inhumano

distincter - más distintivo; distinto

realise - Te das cuenta

hardihood - Resistividad

expedition - expedición

altered - alterado; cambiar, modificar, alterar

ambush - emboscada, encerrona

invisible - invisible

resolved - resuelto; tomar la decisión de, resolver

violently - violentamente

I stopped just in time to prevent myself emerging upon an open space. It was a kind of glade in the forest, made by a fall; seedlings were already starting up to struggle for the vacant space; and beyond, the dense growth of stems and twining vines and splashes of fungus and flowers closed in again.

prevent - impedir, prevenir

emerging - emergente; emerger, aparecer, surgir, aparecer, aflorar

glade - claro, calvero

seedlings - plántulas

dense - denso, compacto, macizo, espeso, tupido, obscuro

growth - crecimiento

twining - Enroscando; (twin) Enroscando

vines - enredaderas; vid, trepadora, enredadera

splashes - salpicaduras; salpicadura, chapotear, salpicar

Before me, squatting together upon the fungoid ruins of a huge fallen tree and still unaware of my approach, were three grotesque human figures. One was evidently a female; the other two were men. They were naked, save for swathings of scarlet cloth about the middle; and their skins were of a dull pinkish-drab colour, such as I had seen in no savages before. They had fat, heavy, chinless faces, retreating foreheads, and a scant bristly hair upon their heads. I never saw such bestial-looking creatures.

squatting - sentarse en cuclillas

ruins - ruinas; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

unaware - inconsciente, desprevenido, ignorante

figures - cifras; figura, cifra, ocurrírsele

female - mujer; femenino, hembra, hembra

swathings - Hileras

skins - pieles; piel, máscara, despellejar, desollar

pinkish - rosadizo, arosado

drab - apagado, soso, sin gracia, gris

savages - salvajes; salvaje

chinless - Sin barbilla

retreating - retirarse, batirse en retirada

foreheads - frente

scant - escaso, magro, exiguo

They were talking, or at least one of the men was talking to the other two, and all three had been too closely interested to heed the rustling of my approach. They swayed their heads and shoulders from side to side. The speaker's words came thick and sloppy, and though I could hear them distinctly I could not distinguish what he said. He seemed to me to be reciting some complicated gibberish. Presently his articulation became shriller, and spreading his hands he rose to his feet. At that the others began to gibber in unison, also rising to their feet, spreading their hands and swaying their bodies in rhythm with their chant.

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

speaker - hablante, parlante, altavoz, altoparlante

sloppy - desalinado; empapado, desprolijo, chapucero, descuidado

reciting - Recitar

complicated - complicado; complicar

gibberish - un galimatías; algarabía, farfulla, monserga, jerga, jerigonza

shriller - más encogido; estridente

rhythm - ritmo

chant - cantar; salmodiar

I noticed then the abnormal shortness of their legs, and their lank, clumsy feet. All three began slowly to circle round, raising and stamping their feet and waving their arms; a kind of tune crept into their rhythmic recitation, and a refrain,""Aloola," or "Balloola," it sounded like. Their eyes began to sparkle, and their ugly faces to brighten, with an expression of strange pleasure. Saliva dripped from their lipless mouths.

abnormal - anormal

circle - círculo, circunferencia, esfera, curva, grupo, tertulia

stamping - Sello; (stamp); estampado, sello, timbrar, franquear

tune - melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

rhythmic - rítmico, acompasado, cadencioso

recitation - recitación

sparkle - brillo; centelleo, destello

pleasure - placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

saliva - saliva

dripped - goteó; gotear

Suddenly, as I watched their grotesque and unaccountable gestures, I perceived clearly for the first time what it was that had offended me, what had given me the two inconsistent and conflicting impressions of utter strangeness and yet of the strangest familiarity. The three creatures engaged in this mysterious rite were human in shape, and yet human beings with the strangest air about them of some familiar animal.

offended - ofendido; ofender

inconsistent - inconsistente, inconsecuente

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

impressions - impresiones; impresión

utter - totalmente; absoluto, total

Strangest - lo más extrano; extrano, raro, anormal, desconocido

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

mysterious - misterioso

rite - verdad; rito

Each of these creatures, despite its human form, its rag of clothing, and the rough humanity of its bodily form, had woven into it"into its movements, into the expression of its countenance, into its whole presence"some now irresistible suggestion of a hog, a swinish taint, the unmistakable mark of the beast.

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

rag - trapo

clothing - ropa, ropaje, indumentaria, indumento; (cloth); tela

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

humanity - la humanidad; humanidad

bodily - corporal, corpóreo, corporalmente

woven - tejido; (weave); tejido

irresistible - irresistible

suggestion - sugerencia, propuesta, sugestión

hog - cerdo, puerco, marrano

taint - mancha; echar a perder; contaminar

unmistakable - inconfundible

mark - Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

I stood overcome by this amazing realisation and then the most horrible questionings came rushing into my mind. They began leaping in the air, first one and then the other, whooping and grunting. Then one slipped, and for a moment was on all-fours,"to recover, indeed, forthwith. But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough.

overcome - vencer, superar

realisation - Realización

most horrible - el más horrible

rushing - Prisa; (rush) Prisa

whooping - Gritando; (whoop) Gritando

grunting - grunidos; (grunt); grunido, currito, machaca, grunir

slipped - se resbaló; resbalar

recover - recuperarse

transitory - transitorio, pasajero

gleam - resplandor; relucir, brillar, destellar

animalism - animalismo

monsters - monstruos; monstruo, fiera

I turned as noiselessly as possible, and becoming every now and then rigid with the fear of being discovered, as a branch cracked or a leaf rustled, I pushed back into the bushes. It was long before I grew bolder, and dared to move freely. My only idea for the moment was to get away from these foul beings, and I scarcely noticed that I had emerged upon a faint pathway amidst the trees. Then suddenly traversing a little glade, I saw with an unpleasant start two clumsy legs among the trees, walking with noiseless footsteps parallel with my course, and perhaps thirty yards away from me. The head and upper part of the body were hidden by a tangle of creeper. I stopped abruptly, hoping the creature did not see me.

rigid - rígido

fear - miedo, temor

discovered - descubierto; descubrir, destapar

branch - rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

cracked - roto; rajarse, resquebrajarse

leaf - hoja, tablero

rustled - susurrado; crujido

bolder - más audaz; valiente, audaz, atrevido

dared - se atrevió; atraverse, osar

freely - libremente

foul - falta; asqueroso, fétido

pathway - camino; via, ruta

traversing - atravesando; (traverse); atravesar, recorrer

Footsteps - pasos; huella, paso

parallel - en paralelo; paralelo, paralelo

creeper - enredadera; rastrera

The feet stopped as I did. So nervous was I that I controlled an impulse to headlong flight with the utmost difficulty. Then looking hard, I distinguished through the interlacing network the head and body of the brute I had seen drinking. He moved his head. There was an emerald flash in his eyes as he glanced at me from the shadow of the trees, a half-luminous colour that vanished as he turned his head again. He was motionless for a moment, and then with a noiseless tread began running through the green confusion. In another moment he had vanished behind some bushes. I could not see him, but I felt that he had stopped and was watching me again.

nervous - nervioso

controlled - controlado; controlar, administración, control, dirección

utmost - extremo, descollante, extremado, sobresaliente, sumo, máximo

distinguished - istinguido; distinguir

interlacing - entrelazado; entrelazar

network - red

emerald - esmeralda

flash - destello

vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

motionless - inmóvil, inerte, quieto, en reposo

tread - pisada; pisar, pisotear, hollar

What on earth was he,"man or beast? What did he want with me? I had no weapon, not even a stick. Flight would be madness. At any rate the Thing, whatever it was, lacked the courage to attack me. Setting my teeth hard, I walked straight towards him. I was anxious not to show the fear that seemed chilling my backbone.

earth - tierra, suelo, terreno, madriguera, aterrar

weapon - arma

stick - palo; clavar

madness - locura

lacked - le faltaba; carecer de

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

setting - configuración, ajustes, poniente; (set); configuración, ajustes

chilling - escalofriante; (chill) escalofriante

backbone - espina dorsal, columna vertebral, coraje, carácter

I pushed through a tangle of tall white-flowered bushes, and saw him twenty paces beyond, looking over his shoulder at me and hesitating. I advanced a step or two, looking steadfastly into his eyes.

hesitating - dudando; vacilar, dudar, hesitar

advanced - avanzado; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

step - paso

"Who are you?" said I.

He tried to meet my gaze. "No!" he said suddenly, and turning went bounding away from me through the undergrowth. Then he turned and stared at me again. His eyes shone brightly out of the dusk under the trees.

bounding - atado

dusk - oscurecer; anochecer, ocaso, crepúsculo

My heart was in my mouth; but I felt my only chance was bluff, and walked steadily towards him. He turned again, and vanished into the dusk. Once more I thought I caught the glint of his eyes, and that was all.

bluff - un farol; directo

glint - brillo

For the first time I realised how the lateness of the hour might affect me. The sun had set some minutes since, the swift dusk of the tropics was already fading out of the eastern sky, and a pioneer moth fluttered silently by my head. Unless I would spend the night among the unknown dangers of the mysterious forest, I must hasten back to the enclosure.

affect - afectar

swift - rápido, veloz, célere, pronto

tropics - rópicos; trópico

fading - Desvaneciéndose; (fad); moda, moda pasajera

eastern - oriental, esteno

Pioneer - pionero

moth - polilla; mariposa nocturna

silently - en silencio; silenciosamente

dangers - peligros; peligro

hasten back - apresurarse a volver, volver con prisa

The thought of a return to that pain-haunted refuge was extremely disagreeable, but still more so was the idea of being overtaken in the open by darkness and all that darkness might conceal. I gave one more look into the blue shadows that had swallowed up this odd creature, and then retraced my way down the slope towards the stream, going as I judged in the direction from which I had come.

haunted - hechizado; frecuentar, espantar, desasosegar, inquietar

refuge - refugio, refugiarse

extremely - extremadamente, sumamente, harto

disagreeable - desagradable

darkness - oscuridad, tinieblas

conceal - esconder, ocultar

shadows - sombras; sombra

swallowed up - se ha tragado

I walked eagerly, my mind confused with many things, and presently found myself in a level place among scattered trees. The colourless clearness that comes after the sunset flush was darkling; the blue sky above grew momentarily deeper, and the little stars one by one pierced the attenuated light; the interspaces of the trees, the gaps in the further vegetation, that had been hazy blue in the daylight, grew black and mysterious. I pushed on. The colour vanished from the world. The tree-tops rose against the luminous blue sky in inky silhouette, and all below that outline melted into one formless blackness. Presently the trees grew thinner, and the shrubby undergrowth more abundant.

eagerly - con ganas; ansiosamente

confused - confundido; confundir, confundirse, mezclar

level - nivelado, al ras, nivel, niveles, llano, piso

colourless - incoloro

clearness - claridad

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

deeper - más profundo; profundo, hondo, fondo, ancho, bajo, grave, oscuro

pierced - perforado; atravesar, traspasar

interspaces - Interespacio

gaps - agunas; hueco, espacio, vacío; brecha

tops - tops; cima, parte superior, parte de más arriba, cabecera, tapa

silhouette - silueta

outline - contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

melted - material fundido, derretirse, fundirse

formless - sin forma

blackness - negritud; negror, negrura

shrubby - Arbustivo

abundant - abundante, copioso, cuantioso

Then there was a desolate space covered with a white sand, and then another expanse of tangled bushes. I did not remember crossing the sand-opening before. I began to be tormented by a faint rustling upon my right hand. I thought at first it was fancy, for whenever I stopped there was silence, save for the evening breeze in the tree-tops. Then when I turned to hurry on again there was an echo to my footsteps.

desolate - desierto, desolado, devastado

expanse - extensión

tangled - enredado; desorden, marana, enredo

Crossing - cruzando; cruce, crucero, edestrian; (cross); cruz, aspa

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

hurry - prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

Echo - eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

I turned away from the thickets, keeping to the more open ground, and endeavouring by sudden turns now and then to surprise something in the act of creeping upon me. I saw nothing, and nevertheless my sense of another presence grew steadily. I increased my pace, and after some time came to a slight ridge, crossed it, and turned sharply, regarding it steadfastly from the further side.

thickets - matorrales; matorral, bosquecillo

more open - más abierto

endeavouring - se esfuerza; esforzarse

act - acto, ley, acción, hecho, actuar

creeping - reptando; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

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

sense - sentido, sensación, significado, acepción, significación, sentir

increased - aumentado; aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

crossed - cruz, aspa, sotuer, santiguamiento, senal de la cruz, cruce

It came out black and clear-cut against the darkling sky; and presently a shapeless lump heaved up momentarily against the sky-line and vanished again. I felt assured now that my tawny-faced antagonist was stalking me once more; and coupled with that was another unpleasant realisation, that I had lost my way.

clear-cut - (clear-cut) caso claro, corte perfecto

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

heaved - pesado; ondular

assured - asegurado; (assure); asegurar

tawny - leonado

antagonist - antagonista

stalking - Acoso; (stalk) Acoso

lost my way - Perdí mi camino

For a time I hurried on hopelessly perplexed, and pursued by that stealthy approach. Whatever it was, the Thing either lacked the courage to attack me, or it was waiting to take me at some disadvantage. I kept studiously to the open. At times I would turn and listen; and presently I had half persuaded myself that my pursuer had abandoned the chase, or was a mere creation of my disordered imagination.

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

perplexed - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

pursued - perseguido; perseguir, apuntar a

stealthy - sigiloso, furtivo

abandoned - abandonado; abandonar, dejar

chase - persecución; perseguir

creation - creación

disordered - desordenado; desorden, disturbio, desenfreno, trastorno

Then I heard the sound of the sea. I quickened my footsteps almost into a run, and immediately there was a stumble in my rear.

quickened - Rápido

stumble - tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo, tropezar

rear - atrás; parte trasera

I turned suddenly, and stared at the uncertain trees behind me. One black shadow seemed to leap into another. I listened, rigid, and heard nothing but the creep of the blood in my ears. I thought that my nerves were unstrung, and that my imagination was tricking me, and turned resolutely towards the sound of the sea again.

leap - salto; saltar, brincar

unstrung - Desencadenar

tricking - Enganando; (trick); truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

resolutely - Decididamente

In a minute or so the trees grew thinner, and I emerged upon a bare, low headland running out into the sombre water. The night was calm and clear, and the reflection of the growing multitude of the stars shivered in the tranquil heaving of the sea. Some way out, the wash upon an irregular band of reef shone with a pallid light of its own.

headland - cabecera; promontorio, capitana

sombre - sombrío, grave

reflection - reflexión, reflejo

multitude - multitud

shivered - tembló; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

heaving - Agitado; (heave); ondular

irregular - irregular

reef - arrecife

Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star. The coast fell away from me to the east, and westward it was hidden by the shoulder of the cape. Then I recalled the fact that Moreau's beach lay to the west.

zodiacal - zodiacal

mingling - mezclando; (mingle); mezclar

brilliance - brillantez

evening star - estrella de la tarde

coast - costa, litoral

Cape - capa

A twig snapped behind me, and there was a rustle. I turned, and stood facing the dark trees. I could see nothing"or else I could see too much. Every dark form in the dimness had its ominous quality, its peculiar suggestion of alert watchfulness. So I stood for perhaps a minute, and then, with an eye to the trees still, turned westward to cross the headland; and as I moved, one among the lurking shadows moved to follow me.

twig - rama; ramita

snapped - se rompió; chasquido, crujido, chasquido de dedos, fotografía

alert - alerta; despierto, vivo

watchfulness - vigilancia; vigilia

stood for - significar; apoyar; soportar, estar con

Cross - cruz, aspa, sotuer, santiguamiento, senal de la cruz, cruce

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

My heart beat quickly. Presently the broad sweep of a bay to the westward became visible, and I halted again. The noiseless shadow halted a dozen yards from me. A little point of light shone on the further bend of the curve, and the grey sweep of the sandy beach lay faint under the starlight.

beat - Golpear; latir

sweep - barrer, peinar

visible - visible

halted - detenido; parar, detener

dozen - docena, decenas

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

curve - curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

sandy beach - playa de arena

Perhaps two miles away was that little point of light. To get to the beach I should have to go through the trees where the shadows lurked, and down a bushy slope.

lurked - al acecho; acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse, merodear

bushy - tupido, poblado

I could see the Thing rather more distinctly now. It was no animal, for it stood erect. At that I opened my mouth to speak, and found a hoarse phlegm choked my voice. I tried again, and shouted, "Who is there?" There was no answer. I advanced a step. The Thing did not move, only gathered itself together. My foot struck a stone. That gave me an idea. Without taking my eyes off the black form before me, I stooped and picked up this lump of rock; but at my motion the Thing turned abruptly as a dog might have done, and slunk obliquely into the further darkness.

erect - erecto, erguido

phlegm - flegma; flema

choked - ahogado; ahogar, asfixiar

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

Rock - roca

motion - movimiento, moción

obliquely - oblicuamente

Then I recalled a schoolboy expedient against big dogs, and twisted the rock into my handkerchief, and gave this a turn round my wrist. I heard a movement further off among the shadows, as if the Thing was in retreat. Then suddenly my tense excitement gave way; I broke into a profuse perspiration and fell a-trembling, with my adversary routed and this weapon in my hand.

expedient - conveniente, expediente

handkerchief - panuelo; panuelo

turn round - dar la vuelta

gave way - ceder el paso

profuse - rofusa; profuso

perspiration - sudor

adversary - adversario, adversaria

routed - enrutado; derrotar

It was some time before I could summon resolution to go down through the trees and bushes upon the flank of the headland to the beach. At last I did it at a run; and as I emerged from the thicket upon the sand, I heard some other body come crashing after me. At that I completely lost my head with fear, and began running along the sand. Forthwith there came the swift patter of soft feet in pursuit.

summon - convocar

flank - costado, flanco

crashing - chocando; estruendo, estrépito

completely - completamente, totalmente, rematadamente, de todo punto

soft - suave; blando

pursuit - persecución

I gave a wild cry, and redoubled my pace. Some dim, black things about three or four times the size of rabbits went running or hopping up from the beach towards the bushes as I passed.

wild - salvaje, bravío

redoubled - redoblado; redoblar

So long as I live, I shall remember the terror of that chase. I ran near the water's edge, and heard every now and then the splash of the feet that gained upon me. Far away, hopelessly far, was the yellow light. All the night about us was black and still. Splash, splash, came the pursuing feet, nearer and nearer. I felt my breath going, for I was quite out of training; it whooped as I drew it, and I felt a pain like a knife at my side. I perceived the Thing would come up with me long before I reached the enclosure, and, desperate and sobbing for my breath, I wheeled round upon it and struck at it as it came up to me,"struck with all my strength.

shall - sí; panish: ''shall followed by the infinitive is translated using the future tense''

terror - terror

Gained - ganado; ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

out of training - (estar) sin forma, sin entrenar

whooped - golpeado; grito/alarido (de alegría)

knife - cuchillo, punal, acuchillar

sobbing - sollozando; sollozo, sollozante; (sob); hdp

The stone came out of the sling of the handkerchief as I did so. As I turned, the Thing, which had been running on all-fours, rose to its feet, and the missile fell fair on its left temple. The skull rang loud, and the animal-man blundered into me, thrust me back with its hands, and went staggering past me to fall headlong upon the sand with its face in the water; and there it lay still.

sling - eslinga; cabestrillo

missile - proyectil, misil

fair - justo; rubio, claro, blanco

Temple - templo

skull - cráneo; calavera

loud - en voz alta; alto

blundered - se equivocó; error

I could not bring myself to approach that black heap. I left it there, with the water rippling round it, under the still stars, and giving it a wide berth pursued my way towards the yellow glow of the house; and presently, with a positive effect of relief, came the pitiful moaning of the puma, the sound that had originally driven me out to explore this mysterious island.

rippling - ndulación; (ripple) ndulación

wide - ancho, amplio, lateral

berth - itera; catre, amarradero, plaza, atracar

pitiful - lastimoso, lastimero, lamentable

moaning - gimiendo; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

originally - originalmente, originariamente

explore - explorar

At that, though I was faint and horribly fatigued, I gathered together all my strength, and began running again towards the light. I thought I heard a voice calling me.

fatigued - fatigado; fatiga, fatigar, acosar


As I drew near the house I saw that the light shone from the open door of my room; and then I heard coming from out of the darkness at the side of that orange oblong of light, the voice of Montgomery shouting, "Prendick!" I continued running. Presently I heard him again. I replied by a feeble "Hullo!" and in another moment had staggered up to him.

oblong - olongo; oblongo

replied - respondió; responder, repetir, respuesta

feeble - débil, endeble, feble, deficiente

"Where have you been?" said he, holding me at arm's length, so that the light from the door fell on my face. "We have both been so busy that we forgot you until about half an hour ago." He led me into the room and sat me down in the deck chair. For awhile I was blinded by the light. "We did not think you would start to explore this island of ours without telling us," he said; and then, "I was afraid"But"what"Hullo!"

awhile - un rato, algún tiempo

blinded - cegado; ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar

My last remaining strength slipped from me, and my head fell forward on my chest. I think he found a certain satisfaction in giving me brandy.

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

chest - pecho

satisfaction - satisfacción, satisfacción

"For God's sake," said I, "fasten that door."

For God's sake - Por el amor de Dios

fasten - atar, abrochar

"You've been meeting some of our curiosities, eh?" said he.

curiosities - curiosidades; curiosidad

eh - no, qué, cómo

He locked the door and turned to me again. He asked me no questions, but gave me some more brandy and water and pressed me to eat. I was in a state of collapse. He said something vague about his forgetting to warn me, and asked me briefly when I left the house and what I had seen.

pressed - presionado; apretar, presionar

collapse - derrumbarse, desplomarse, colapsar, colapso, desplome

warn - alertar, avisar, advertir

briefly - revemente; concisamente

I answered him as briefly, in fragmentary sentences. "Tell me what it all means," said I, in a state bordering on hysterics.

bordering - limítrofe; frontera, borde, cenefa, orla, parterre

"It's nothing so very dreadful," said he. "But I think you have had about enough for one day." The puma suddenly gave a sharp yell of pain. At that he swore under his breath. "I'm damned," said he, "if this place is not as bad as Gower Street, with its cats."

yell - gritar; grito, alarido

"Montgomery," said I, "what was that thing that came after me? Was it a beast or was it a man?"

"If you don't sleep to-night," he said, "you'll be off your head to-morrow."

be off - estar ausente, ausentarse

I stood up in front of him. "What was that thing that came after me?" I asked.

He looked me squarely in the eyes, and twisted his mouth askew. His eyes, which had seemed animated a minute before, went dull. "From your account," said he, "I'm thinking it was a bogle."

squarely - de lleno; en forma de cuadrado, cuadradamente, sólidamente

askew - desviado; torcido, oblicuo

animated - animado, animar

I felt a gust of intense irritation, which passed as quickly as it came. I flung myself into the chair again, and pressed my hands on my forehead. The puma began once more.

intense - intenso

Montgomery came round behind me and put his hand on my shoulder. "Look here, Prendick," he said, "I had no business to let you drift out into this silly island of ours. But it's not so bad as you feel, man. Your nerves are worked to rags. Let me give you something that will make you sleep. That"will keep on for hours yet. You must simply get to sleep, or I won't answer for it."

rags - trapos; trapo

answer for - responder por

I did not reply. I bowed forward, and covered my face with my hands. Presently he returned with a small measure containing a dark liquid. This he gave me. I took it unresistingly, and he helped me into the hammock.

reply - responder, repetir, respuesta

liquid - líquido, líquida

unresistingly - Sin resistencia

When I awoke, it was broad day. For a little while I lay flat, staring at the roof above me. The rafters, I observed, were made out of the timbers of a ship. Then I turned my head, and saw a meal prepared for me on the table. I perceived that I was hungry, and prepared to clamber out of the hammock, which, very politely anticipating my intention, twisted round and deposited me upon all-fours on the floor.

roof - techo

rafters - las vigas; viga

timbers - madera de construcción

clamber - trepar

politely - educadamente, cortésmente

anticipating - nticipando; anticipar, prever

deposited - epositado; depósito, empeno, depositar

I got up and sat down before the food. I had a heavy feeling in my head, and only the vaguest memory at first of the things that had happened over night. The morning breeze blew very pleasantly through the unglazed window, and that and the food contributed to the sense of animal comfort which I experienced. Presently the door behind me"the door inward towards the yard of the enclosure"opened. I turned and saw Montgomery's face.

vaguest - más vago; vago, impreciso

blew - sopló; golpe

pleasantly - agradablemente

contributed - ontribuido; contribuir

comfort - comodidad, consuelo, confortar

inward - hacia dentro; interior, adentro

"All right," said he. "I'm frightfully busy." And he shut the door.

frightfully - Asustado

Afterwards I discovered that he forgot to re-lock it. Then I recalled the expression of his face the previous night, and with that the memory of all I had experienced reconstructed itself before me. Even as that fear came back to me came a cry from within; but this time it was not the cry of a puma.

reconstructed - reconstruido; reconstruir

I put down the mouthful that hesitated upon my lips, and listened. Silence, save for the whisper of the morning breeze. I began to think my ears had deceived me.

whisper - susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

deceived - enganado; enganar, decebir

After a long pause I resumed my meal, but with my ears still vigilant. Presently I heard something else, very faint and low. I sat as if frozen in my attitude. Though it was faint and low, it moved me more profoundly than all that I had hitherto heard of the abominations behind the wall.

pause - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

vigilant - vigilante

frozen - congelado; congelar

attitude - postura, actitud

abominations - bominaciones; abominación, repugnancia, aborrecimiento, maldad

There was no mistake this time in the quality of the dim, broken sounds; no doubt at all of their source. For it was groaning, broken by sobs and gasps of anguish. It was no brute this time; it was a human being in torment!

source - fuente, fontana, origen

groaning - gimiendo; gemidor, gemebundo; (groan); gemido, grunido, gemir

sobs - sollozos; hdp

gasps - jadeos; jadear, bocanada, calada

anguish - angustia

torment - tormento, atormentar

As I realised this I rose, and in three steps had crossed the room, seized the handle of the door into the yard, and flung it open before me.

steps - pasos; paso

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

handle - manejar; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

"Prendick, man! Stop!" cried Montgomery, intervening.

A startled deerhound yelped and snarled. There was blood, I saw, in the sink,"brown, and some scarlet"and I smelt the peculiar smell of carbolic acid. Then through an open doorway beyond, in the dim light of the shadow, I saw something bound painfully upon a framework, scarred, red, and bandaged; and then blotting this out appeared the face of old Moreau, white and terrible. In a moment he had gripped me by the shoulder with a hand that was smeared red, had twisted me off my feet, and flung me headlong back into my own room.

deerhound - Sabueso

snarled - grunó; grunir

sink - hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos, fregadero, desagüe

smelt - olfato; fundir; (smell); olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

carbolic - Carbólico

acid - agrio, ácido, malhumorado, ácido

framework - entramado, infraestructura, marco

scarred - con cicatrices; cicatriz

blotting - borrado; (blot); mancha, desdoro, emborronar, manchar

gripped - agarrado; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

smeared - untado; manchar, untar, embadurnar, aplicar

He lifted me as though I was a little child. I fell at full length upon the floor, and the door slammed and shut out the passionate intensity of his face. Then I heard the key turn in the lock, and Montgomery's voice in expostulation.

slammed - golpeado; cerrar de golpe

passionate - apasionado

turn in - acostarse, ir a la cama; devolver, entregar

expostulation - expostulación

"Ruin the work of a lifetime," I heard Moreau say.

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

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

"He does not understand," said Montgomery. and other things that were inaudible.

inaudible - inaudible

"I can't spare the time yet," said Moreau.

The rest I did not hear. I picked myself up and stood trembling, my mind a chaos of the most horrible misgivings. Could it be possible, I thought, that such a thing as the vivisection of men was carried on here? The question shot like lightning across a tumultuous sky; and suddenly the clouded horror of my mind condensed into a vivid realisation of my own danger.

rest - descansar; descanso, reposo

chaos - caos; (chao); caos

vivisection - vivisección

lightning - un rayo; relámpago, rayo

clouded - nublado; nublar

horror - horror

condensed - condensado; condensar, condensarse


hunting - Cazar; (hunt); cazar, buscar, caza

It came before my mind with an unreasonable hope of escape that the outer door of my room was still open to me. I was convinced now, absolutely assured, that Moreau had been vivisecting a human being. All the time since I had heard his name, I had been trying to link in my mind in some way the grotesque animalism of the islanders with his abominations; and now I thought I saw it all.

unreasonable - no es razonable; irrazonable

absolutely - totalmente, absolutamente

link - enlace; eslabón

The memory of his work on the transfusion of blood recurred to me. These creatures I had seen were the victims of some hideous experiment. These sickening scoundrels had merely intended to keep me back, to fool me with their display of confidence, and presently to fall upon me with a fate more horrible than death,"with torture; and after torture the most hideous degradation it is possible to conceive,"to send me off a lost soul, a beast, to the rest of their Comus rout.

victims - víctimas; víctima, sacrificio

hideous - horrible, odioso, chocante, atemorizante

experiment - experimento, experimentar

sickening - asqueroso; asqueante, estomagante

scoundrels - sinvergüenzas; bribón, canalla, bellaco, villano

intended - pretendías; planeado; (intend); pretender, planear, intencionar

display - mostrar; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor

Death - muerte, la muerte, el arcano de la muerte

torture - tortura, suplicio, torturar

conceive - concebir

soul - alma, espíritu

rout - rutina; derrotar

I looked round for some weapon. Nothing. Then with an inspiration I turned over the deck chair, put my foot on the side of it, and tore away the side rail. It happened that a nail came away with the wood, and projecting, gave a touch of danger to an otherwise petty weapon. I heard a step outside, and incontinently flung open the door and found Montgomery within a yard of it. He meant to lock the outer door!

inspiration - inspiración

turned over - dar la vuelta, voltear; arrancar

tore - Romper

nail - un clavo; una

wood - madera

petty - pequeno; baladí, de pitiminí, detallista, insignificante

I raised this nailed stick of mine and cut at his face; but he sprang back. I hesitated a moment, then turned and fled, round the corner of the house. "Prendick, man!" I heard his astonished cry, "don't be a silly ass, man!"

nailed - clavado; una

fled - huyó; huir, desvanecerse, checkfugarse

round the corner - a la vuelta de la esquina

Another minute, thought I, and he would have had me locked in, and as ready as a hospital rabbit for my fate. He emerged behind the corner, for I heard him shout, "Prendick!" Then he began to run after me, shouting things as he ran. This time running blindly, I went northeastward in a direction at right angles to my previous expedition. Once, as I went running headlong up the beach, I glanced over my shoulder and saw his attendant with him. I ran furiously up the slope, over it, then turning eastward along a rocky valley fringed on either side with jungle I ran for perhaps a mile altogether, my chest straining, my heart beating in my ears; and then hearing nothing of Montgomery or his man, and feeling upon the verge of exhaustion, I doubled sharply back towards the beach as I judged, and lay down in the shelter of a canebrake.

shout - gritar; grito

run after - perseguir a

blindly - ciegamente, a ciegas, a tientas, a tiento

northeastward - hacia el noreste; al nordeste, hacia el nordeste

angles - ángulos; anglo

fringed - con flecos; orla, extremista, radical, periferia, marginal

side with - apoyar a alguien, respaldar

jungle - la jungla; selva, jungla

straining - esforzándose; (strain) esforzándose

verge - margen, borde; arcén

exhaustion - agotamiento, cansancio

doubled - doble, doblado, bicapa, encorvado, doble, sosias, duplicar

shelter - refugio, abrigo, amparo, asilo

There I remained for a long time, too fearful to move, and indeed too fearful even to plan a course of action. The wild scene about me lay sleeping silently under the sun, and the only sound near me was the thin hum of some small gnats that had discovered me. Presently I became aware of a drowsy breathing sound, the soughing of the sea upon the beach.

fearful - miedoso, temeroso, terrible, checkespantoso, checktremendo

Hum - tararear, canturrear

gnats - mosquitos; mosquito

aware - alerta, consciente, conocedor, sabedor, entendido

breathing - respirando; respiración; (breath); respiración, aliento, respiro

soughing - Suspira

After about an hour I heard Montgomery shouting my name, far away to the north. That set me thinking of my plan of action. As I interpreted it then, this island was inhabited only by these two vivisectors and their animalised victims. Some of these no doubt they could press into their service against me if need arose.

interpreted - interpretado; explicar, exponer, interpretar

inhabited - habitado; habitar, morar, vivir

animalised - animalizar

service - servicio

arose - surgió; surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

I knew both Moreau and Montgomery carried revolvers; and, save for a feeble bar of deal spiked with a small nail, the merest mockery of a mace, I was unarmed.

revolvers - revólveres; revólver

deal - trato, acuerdo, pacto

spiked - picado; clavo, pincho, púa, punta, espiga, clavos

merest - más; simple, mero

mockery - burla; mote, mofa, pitorreo, ludibrio

mace - maza

So I lay still there, until I began to think of food and drink; and at that thought the real hopelessness of my position came home to me. I knew no way of getting anything to eat. I was too ignorant of botany to discover any resort of root or fruit that might lie about me; I had no means of trapping the few rabbits upon the island. It grew blanker the more I turned the prospect over.

hopelessness - desesperanza

ignorant - ignorante, ignaro, inculto

Botany - botánica

discover - descubrir, destapar

resort - esort; recurrir (a)

root - raíz

lie - mentira

Trapping - Trampa; (trap) Trampa

blanker - más blanco; en blanco, virgen, de fogueo, espacio en blanco

At last in the desperation of my position, my mind turned to the animal men I had encountered. I tried to find some hope in what I remembered of them. In turn I recalled each one I had seen, and tried to draw some augury of assistance from my memory.

desperation - desesperación

augury - augurio, presagio, agüero

Then suddenly I heard a staghound bay, and at that realised a new danger. I took little time to think, or they would have caught me then, but snatching up my nailed stick, rushed headlong from my hiding-place towards the sound of the sea. I remember a growth of thorny plants, with spines that stabbed like pen-knives. I emerged bleeding and with torn clothes upon the lip of a long creek opening northward. I went straight into the water without a minute's hesitation, wading up the creek, and presently finding myself kneedeep in a little stream.

snatching up - agarrar, tomar

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

hiding-place - (hiding-place) escondite

thorny - espinoso, espinudo

spines - espinas; columna vertebral, espinazo, lomo, espina

stabbed - apunalado; apunalar

knives - Cuchillo

bleeding - sangrado, hemorragia; (bleed); sangrar, desangrar, purgar

torn - desgarrado; lágrima

Creek - caleta, arroyo, riachuelo

wading - Vadeando; (wad) Vadeando

kneedeep - Arrodillarse

I scrambled out at last on the westward bank, and with my heart beating loudly in my ears, crept into a tangle of ferns to await the issue. I heard the dog (there was only one) draw nearer, and yelp when it came to the thorns. Then I heard no more, and presently began to think I had escaped.

await - esperar, aguantar

issue - problema; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

thorns - spinas; espina, thorn

The minutes passed; the silence lengthened out, and at last after an hour of security my courage began to return to me. By this time I was no longer very much terrified or very miserable. I had, as it were, passed the limit of terror and despair. I felt now that my life was practically lost, and that persuasion made me capable of daring anything. I had even a certain wish to encounter Moreau face to face; and as I had waded into the water, I remembered that if I were too hard pressed at least one path of escape from torment still lay open to me,"they could not very well prevent my drowning myself. I had half a mind to drown myself then; but an odd wish to see the whole adventure out, a queer, impersonal, spectacular interest in myself, restrained me.

lengthened - largado; alargar

Security - seguridad, confianza, garantía, prenda

terrified - aterrorizado; aterrar

limit - límite

capable - capaz

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

encounter - encuentro

path - camino, sendero

lay open - revelar

drowning - ahogándose; ahogamiento; (drown); ahogarse

adventure - aventura

impersonal - impersonal

spectacular - espectacular

restrained - retenido; refrenar(se), contenerse

I stretched my limbs, sore and painful from the pricks of the spiny plants, and stared around me at the trees; and, so suddenly that it seemed to jump out of the green tracery about it, my eyes lit upon a black face watching me. I saw that it was the simian creature who had met the launch upon the beach. He was clinging to the oblique stem of a palm-tree. I gripped my stick, and stood up facing him. He began chattering. "You, you, you," was all I could distinguish at first. Suddenly he dropped from the tree, and in another moment was holding the fronds apart and staring curiously at me.

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

pricks - gilipollas; pinchar, perforar

jump out - Saltar fuera

tracery - tracería

simian - símico, simiesco, simio

clinging to - aferrarse a

oblique - oblicua; oblicuo

stem - tallo; CTIM

palm-tree - (palm-tree) Palmeras

dropped - se cayó; gota

apart - aparte, separadamente

I did not feel the same repugnance towards this creature which I had experienced in my encounters with the other Beast Men. "You," he said, "in the boat." He was a man, then,"at least as much of a man as Montgomery's attendant,"for he could talk.

encounters - encuentros; encontrar

"Yes," I said, "I came in the boat. From the ship."

"Oh!" he said, and his bright, restless eyes travelled over me, to my hands, to the stick I carried, to my feet, to the tattered places in my coat, and the cuts and scratches I had received from the thorns. He seemed puzzled at something. His eyes came back to my hands. He held his own hand out and counted his digits slowly, "One, two, three, four, five"eigh?"

tattered - Jirones

scratches - rayaduras; rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo

received - recibido; recibir

puzzled - rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar, dejar perplejo

hand out - Repartir

counted - contado; conde

Digits - digitos; dígito

eigh - Ocho

I did not grasp his meaning then; afterwards I was to find that a great proportion of these Beast People had malformed hands, lacking sometimes even three digits. But guessing this was in some way a greeting, I did the same thing by way of reply. He grinned with immense satisfaction. Then his swift roving glance went round again; he made a swift movement"and vanished. The fern fronds he had stood between came swishing together.

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

proportion - proporción

lacking - falta; carecer de

greeting - saludo; (greet); saludo

grinned - sonrió; sonreír abiertamente, sonreír de oreja a oreja

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

fern - helecho, helez

swishing - Swing; (swish) Swing

I pushed out of the brake after him, and was astonished to find him swinging cheerfully by one lank arm from a rope of creepers that looped down from the foliage overhead. His back was to me.

brake - freno; frenar

swinging - Balanceándose; (swing); balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar

cheerfully - con alegría

looped - en bucle; lazo, lazada, gaza, recodo

foliage - follaje

"Hullo!" said I.

He came down with a twisting jump, and stood facing me.

twisting - Torciendo; (twist); torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

"I say," said I, "where can I get something to eat?"

"Eat!" he said. "Eat Man's food, now." And his eye went back to the swing of ropes. "At the huts."

swing - balanceo; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

huts - cabanas; cabana

"But where are the huts?"


"I'm new, you know."

At that he swung round, and set off at a quick walk. All his motions were curiously rapid. "Come along," said he.

I went with him to see the adventure out. I guessed the huts were some rough shelter where he and some more of these Beast People lived. I might perhaps find them friendly, find some handle in their minds to take hold of. I did not know how far they had forgotten their human heritage.

minds - mentes; mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito

take hold - afianzar(se)

heritage - patrimonio; herencia, acervo

My ape-like companion trotted along by my side, with his hands hanging down and his jaw thrust forward. I wondered what memory he might have in him. "How long have you been on this island?" said I.

ape - simio; mono

trotted - trotó; trotar

hanging - Colgando; (hang) Colgando

jaw - mandíbula; maxilar

wondered - se preguntaba; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

"How long?" he asked; and after having the question repeated, he held up three fingers.

The creature was little better than an idiot. I tried to make out what he meant by that, and it seems I bored him. After another question or two he suddenly left my side and went leaping at some fruit that hung from a tree. He pulled down a handful of prickly husks and went on eating the contents.

pulled down - bajar, demoler, abatir

handful - manojo, punado, checkmanojo, poca cantidad

prickly - espinoso, espinudo, con espinas, irritable, malhumorado

husks - cáscaras; cáscara (cereales), vaina (judías, por ej.)

I noted this with satisfaction, for here at least was a hint for feeding. I tried him with some other questions, but his chattering, prompt responses were as often as not quite at cross purposes with my question. Some few were appropriate, others quite parrot-like.

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

prompt - rápido, pronto, puntual, pie, entrada, senal, incitar, apuntar

responses - respuestas; respuesta

purposes - propósitos; propósito, fin; razón

appropriate - es apropiado; apropiado, adecuado, aduenarse, designar

parrot - papagayo, loro, cotorra

I was so intent upon these peculiarities that I scarcely noticed the path we followed. Presently we came to trees, all charred and brown, and so to a bare place covered with a yellow-white incrustation, across which a drifting smoke, pungent in whiffs to nose and eyes, went drifting.

intent - intención, intento, propósito, concentrado, entregado

charred - chamuscado; chamuscar, carbonizar

incrustation - incrustación

pungent - picante; acre, punzante

whiffs - pifias; bocanadas, soplo, hálito, bocanada

On our right, over a shoulder of bare rock, I saw the level blue of the sea. The path coiled down abruptly into a narrow ravine between two tumbled and knotty masses of blackish scoriae. Into this we plunged.

coiled - en espiral; enroscarse

ravine - barranco

tumbled - tumbado; caída, caer, revolverse

knotty - nudoso

blackish - negruzco

scoriae - Escoria

plunged - se hundió; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

It was extremely dark, this passage, after the blinding sunlight reflected from the sulphurous ground. Its walls grew steep, and approached each other. Blotches of green and crimson drifted across my eyes. My conductor stopped suddenly. "Home!" said he, and I stood in a floor of a chasm that was at first absolutely dark to me.

passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo

blinding - cegador; (blind); ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega

reflected - reflejado; reflejar, recapacitar, reflexionar, cavilar

sulphurous - Sulfuroso

steep - mpinada; empinado

blotches - manchas; mancha

conductor - director, revisor, guarda, inspector, conductor

chasm - abismo; garganta, canón, barranco, barranca

I heard some strange noises, and thrust the knuckles of my left hand into my eyes. I became aware of a disagreeable odor, like that of a monkey's cage ill-cleaned. Beyond, the rock opened again upon a gradual slope of sunlit greenery, and on either hand the light smote down through narrow ways into the central gloom.

noises - ruidos; ruido, estrépito

knuckles - nudillos; nudillo

odor - olor

monkey - mono, chango

gradual - gradual, paulatino

sunlit - iluminado por el sol; soleado

smote - golpeado; golpear, cascar

central - central

gloom - pesimismo; penumbra, melancolía


Sayers - Wayer

Then something cold touched my hand. I started violently, and saw close to me a dim pinkish thing, looking more like a flayed child than anything else in the world. The creature had exactly the mild but repulsive features of a sloth, the same low forehead and slow gestures.

touched - tocado; tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

sloth - pereza, perezoso

As the first shock of the change of light passed, I saw about me more distinctly. The little sloth-like creature was standing and staring at me. My conductor had vanished. The place was a narrow passage between high walls of lava, a crack in the knotted rock, and on either side interwoven heaps of sea-mat, palm-fans, and reeds leaning against the rock formed rough and impenetrably dark dens.

shock - conmoción, golpe

crack - rajarse, resquebrajarse

knotted - nudo

interwoven - entrelazados; entretejer, entrelazar

heaps - montones; pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

mat - estera, felpudo

impenetrably - Impenetrablemente

dens - uaridas; (den) uaridas

The winding way up the ravine between these was scarcely three yards wide, and was disfigured by lumps of decaying fruit-pulp and other refuse, which accounted for the disagreeable stench of the place.

winding - Devanado; (wind) Devanado

disfigured - desfigurado; desfigurar

lumps - grumos; bulto, grumo, chichón, cúmulo, agrupación

decaying - decayendo; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción

pulp - pulpa, pulpa dentaria, pulpa dental, pulpa de celulosa

refuse - rechazar; negarse (a)

accounted - contabilizado; cuenta

stench - hedor, fetidez

The little pink sloth-creature was still blinking at me when my Ape-man reappeared at the aperture of the nearest of these dens, and beckoned me in.

blinking at - parpadear

aperture - abertura, apertura

beckoned - llamado; llamar con senas, atraer

As he did so a slouching monster wriggled out of one of the places, further up this strange street, and stood up in featureless silhouette against the bright green beyond, staring at me. I hesitated, having half a mind to bolt the way I had come; and then, determined to go through with the adventure, I gripped my nailed stick about the middle and crawled into the little evil-smelling lean-to after my conductor.

wriggled - se retorció; retorcer

featureless - sin rasgos

bolt - perno; pestillo

determined - determinado; determinar

smelling - Oliendo; (smell); olor, olfato, oler, husmear, oler a

lean - esbelta; inclinarse

It was a semi-circular space, shaped like the half of a bee-hive; and against the rocky wall that formed the inner side of it was a pile of variegated fruits, cocoa-nuts among others. Some rough vessels of lava and wood stood about the floor, and one on a rough stool. There was no fire. In the darkest corner of the hut sat a shapeless mass of darkness that grunted "Hey!" as I came in, and my Ape-man stood in the dim light of the doorway and held out a split cocoa-nut to me as I crawled into the other corner and squatted down. I took it, and began gnawing it, as serenely as possible, in spite of a certain trepidation and the nearly intolerable closeness of the den.

circular - circular

shaped - con forma; forma, estado, modelar, formar

bee - abeja

variegated - Variar

nuts - nueces; fruto seco

vessels - vasos; embarcación, barco, casco, recipiente, receptáculo

stood about - quedarse; estar sin hacer nada

stool - heces; taburete

hut - cabana

mass - montón, masa

split - fisura, escisión, partir, dividir, escindir, repartir

squatted - sentarse en cuclillas

gnawing - roer; corrosivo, punzante; insistente; (gnaw); roer

trepidation - trepidación; preocupación, duda, aprensión, ansiedad

den - guarida

The little pink sloth-creature stood in the aperture of the hut, and something else with a drab face and bright eyes came staring over its shoulder.

"Hey!" came out of the lump of mystery opposite. "It is a man."

"It is a man," gabbled my conductor, "a man, a man, a five-man, like me."

gabbled - balbuceó; farfullar, parlotear, hablar atropelladamente

"Shut up!" said the voice from the dark, and grunted. I gnawed my cocoa-nut amid an impressive stillness.

gnawed - roído; roer

Nut - nueces; fruto seco

amid - en medio de, entre

impressive - impresionante, impresionable, halagüeno

I peered hard into the blackness, but could distinguish nothing.

"It is a man," the voice repeated. "He comes to live with us?"

It was a thick voice, with something in it"a kind of whistling overtone"that struck me as peculiar; but the English accent was strangely good.

whistling - Silbando; (whistle); silbato, pito, chifle, pitido

overtone - sobretono, difónico

accent - acento, pronunciación

strangely - extranamente; extranamente

The Ape-man looked at me as though he expected something. I perceived the pause was interrogative. "He comes to live with you," I said.

expected - esperado; esperar, checkaguardar

interrogative - interrogativo, interrogativo

"It is a man. He must learn the Law."

I began to distinguish now a deeper blackness in the black, a vague outline of a hunched-up figure. Then I noticed the opening of the place was darkened by two more black heads. My hand tightened on my stick.

hunched - jorobado; corazonada, pálpito, intuición

darkened - oscurecido; oscurecer, obscurecer

The thing in the dark repeated in a louder tone, "Say the words." I had missed its last remark. "Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law," it repeated in a kind of sing-song.

remark - observación, comentario

I was puzzled.

"Say the words," said the Ape-man, repeating, and the figures in the doorway echoed this, with a threat in the tone of their voices.

echoed - resonó; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

I realised that I had to repeat this idiotic formula; and then began the insanest ceremony. The voice in the dark began intoning a mad litany, line by line, and I and the rest to repeat it. As they did so, they swayed from side to side in the oddest way, and beat their hands upon their knees; and I followed their example. I could have imagined I was already dead and in another world.

idiotic - idiótico, idiota

formula - fórmula, preparado para lactantes, leche maternizada

insanest - más loco; enfermo mental, loco, demente, enajenado

ceremony - ceremonia

intoning - entonando; (intone) entonando

litany - letanía, letanía

oddest - más extrano; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto, extrano

beat - batir, golpear, percutir

That dark hut, these grotesque dim figures, just flecked here and there by a glimmer of light, and all of them swaying in unison and chanting,

flecked - manchado; mota, salpicadura

glimmer - resplandor; luz tenue, titileo

chanting - cantando; salmodiar

"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?

"Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?

"Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

"Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?

claw - garra

bark - corteza; ladrido

"Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"

And so from the prohibition of these acts of folly, on to the prohibition of what I thought then were the maddest, most impossible, and most indecent things one could well imagine. A kind of rhythmic fervour fell on all of us; we gabbled and swayed faster and faster, repeating this amazing Law.

prohibition - prohibición

folly - una locura; capricho

maddest - más loco; loco, trastornado, zumbado, enfadado, enojado

most indecent - Más indecente

fervour - fervor

Superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together. We ran through a long list of prohibitions, and then the chant swung round to a new formula.

superficially - superficialmente

contagion - contagio

deep - profundo, hondo, fondo, ancho, bajo, grave, oscuro

laughter - risas; risa, risa

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

prohibitions - prohibiciones; prohibición

"His is the House of Pain.

"His is the Hand that makes.

"His is the Hand that wounds.

wounds - Herida

"His is the Hand that heals."

heals - curar

And so on for another long series, mostly quite incomprehensible gibberish to me about Him, whoever he might be. I could have fancied it was a dream, but never before have I heard chanting in a dream.

mostly - principalmente, sobre todo

incomprehensible - incomprensible

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

dream - sueno; sueno, ensueno, sonar

"His is the lightning flash," we sang. "His is the deep, salt sea."

A horrible fancy came into my head that Moreau, after animalising these men, had infected their dwarfed brains with a kind of deification of himself. However, I was too keenly aware of white teeth and strong claws about me to stop my chanting on that account.

animalising - animalizar

infected - infectado; infectar, contagiar, alborotar

dwarfed - enano, enano

brains - cerebros; cerebro, seso, sesudez

deification - deificación

claws - garras; garra

on that account - en esa cuenta, por ese motivo

"His are the stars in the sky."

At last that song ended. I saw the Ape-man's face shining with perspiration; and my eyes being now accustomed to the darkness, I saw more distinctly the figure in the corner from which the voice came. It was the size of a man, but it seemed covered with a dull grey hair almost like a Skye-terrier.

accustomed - acostumbrado; acostumbrarse, habituar

What was it? What were they all? Imagine yourself surrounded by all the most horrible cripples and maniacs it is possible to conceive, and you may understand a little of my feelings with these grotesque caricatures of humanity about me.

cripples - lisiados; lisiado, lisiado, lisiada

maniacs - maníacos; maníaco, maniaco, maniático

caricatures - caricaturas; caricatura, caricaturizar, caricaturar

"He is a five-man, a five-man, a five-man"like me," said the Ape-man.

I held out my hands. The grey creature in the corner leant forward.

"Not to run on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?" he said.

He put out a strangely distorted talon and gripped my fingers. The thing was almost like the hoof of a deer produced into claws. I could have yelled with surprise and pain.

Talon - garra

hoof - pata; pezuna, casco

deer - ciervo, venado

His face came forward and peered at my nails, came forward into the light of the opening of the hut and I saw with a quivering disgust that it was like the face of neither man nor beast, but a mere shock of grey hair, with three shadowy over-archings to mark the eyes and mouth.

nails - unas; una

shadowy - sombra; sombroso, sombreado, sombrío, umbroso

archings - Arqueo

"He has little nails," said this grisly creature in his hairy beard. "It is well."

He threw my hand down, and instinctively I gripped my stick.

hand down - legar

"Eat roots and herbs; it is His will," said the Ape-man.

roots - raíces; raíz

"I am the Sayer of the Law," said the grey figure. "Here come all that be new to learn the Law. I sit in the darkness and say the Law."

"It is even so," said one of the beasts in the doorway.

"Evil are the punishments of those who break the Law. None escape."

punishments - castigos; castigo, penitencia, checkpenitencia

"None escape," said the Beast Folk, glancing furtively at one another.

folk - pueblo, gente

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

furtively - furtivamente, a hurtadillas

"None, none," said the Ape-man,""none escape. See! I did a little thing, a wrong thing, once. I jabbered, jabbered, stopped talking. None could understand. I am burnt, branded in the hand. He is great. He is good!"

jabbered - farfulló; farfullar

burnt - quemado; (burn); quemado

branded - de marca; tizón, marca, tildar, tachar

"None escape," said the grey creature in the corner.

"None escape," said the Beast People, looking askance at one another.

"For every one the want that is bad," said the grey Sayer of the Law. "What you will want we do not know; we shall know. Some want to follow things that move, to watch and slink and wait and spring; to kill and bite, bite deep and rich, sucking the blood. It is bad. ˜Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men? Not to eat Flesh or Fish; that is the Law. Are we not Men?'"

kill - matar, asesinar

"None escape," said a dappled brute standing in the doorway.

dappled - mojado; tordo, animal de piel moteada, moteado, habado, motear

"For every one the want is bad," said the grey Sayer of the Law. "Some want to go tearing with teeth and hands into the roots of things, snuffing into the earth. It is bad."

tearing - desgarro; lágrima

snuffing - Esnifar; (snuff) Esnifar

"None escape," said the men in the door.

"Some go clawing trees; some go scratching at the graves of the dead; some go fighting with foreheads or feet or claws; some bite suddenly, none giving occasion; some love uncleanness."

clawing - garra

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

graves - umbas; tumba

fighting - luchando; lucha, guerra; (fight) luchando; lucha, guerra

uncleanness - Impureza

"None escape," said the Ape-man, scratching his calf.

calf - ternero

"None escape," said the little pink sloth-creature.

"Punishment is sharp and sure. Therefore learn the Law. Say the words."

punishment - castigo, penitencia, checkpenitencia

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

And incontinently he began again the strange litany of the Law, and again I and all these creatures began singing and swaying. My head reeled with this jabbering and the close stench of the place; but I kept on, trusting to find presently some chance of a new development.

reeled - enrollado; carrete, enrollar, titubear

jabbering - farfullando; (jabber) farfullando

trusting - confiado; confianza, crédito, fiar, consorcio, trust

new development - nuevo desarrollo

"Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"

In another moment I was standing outside the hovel, my chair-rail in my hand, every muscle of me quivering. Before me were the clumsy backs of perhaps a score of these Beast People, their misshapen heads half hidden by their shoulder-blades. They were gesticulating excitedly. Other half-animal faces glared interrogation out of the hovels.

muscle - músculo

blades - cuchillas; cuchilla, hoja, cuchillo (said of a dagger), espada

glared - miró; mirada fulminante

interrogation - interrogatorio, interrogación, signo de interrogación

hovels - hovels; cuchitril, casucha

looking in the direction in which they faced, I saw coming through the haze under the trees beyond the end of the passage of dens the dark figure and awful white face of Moreau. He was holding the leaping staghound back, and close behind him came Montgomery revolver in hand.

looking in - mirar dentro; buscar en

awful - asqueroso; horrible, terrible, atroz

revolver - revólver

For a moment I stood horror-struck. I turned and saw the passage behind me blocked by another heavy brute, with a huge grey face and twinkling little eyes, advancing towards me. I looked round and saw to the right of me and a half-dozen yards in front of me a narrow gap in the wall of rock through which a ray of light slanted into the shadows.

blocked - bloqueado; bloque, bloque

twinkling - parpadeando; (twinkle); titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

ray of light - Rayo de luz

slanted - inclinada; inclinación

"Stop!" cried Moreau as I strode towards this, and then, "Hold him!"

At that, first one face turned towards me and then others. Their bestial minds were happily slow. I dashed my shoulder into a clumsy monster who was turning to see what Moreau meant, and flung him forward into another. I felt his hands fly round, clutching at me and missing me. The little pink sloth-creature dashed at me, and I gashed down its ugly face with the nail in my stick and in another minute was scrambling up a steep side pathway, a kind of sloping chimney, out of the ravine.

Happily - afortunadamente, felizmente, alegremente, dichosamente

dashed - dashed; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

fly round - recorrer volando, dar la vuelta

clutching - agarrando; agarrar

gashed - gashed; raja, hendidura, corte

sloping - inclinado; derramar(se), verter(se)

chimney - chimenea, tubo

I heard a howl behind me, and cries of "Catch him!" "Hold him!" and the grey-faced creature appeared behind me and jammed his huge bulk into the cleft. "Go on! go on!" they howled. I clambered up the narrow cleft in the rock and came out upon the sulphur on the westward side of the village of the Beast Men.

howl - aullido, aullar, ganir

jammed - atascado; mermelada, confitura

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

cleft - hendido; hendidura, grieta

clambered - trepado; trepar

sulphur - sulfuro; azufre

That gap was altogether fortunate for me, for the narrow chimney, slanting obliquely upward, must have impeded the nearer pursuers. I ran over the white space and down a steep slope, through a scattered growth of trees, and came to a low-lying stretch of tall reeds, through which I pushed into a dark, thick undergrowth that was black and succulent under foot. As I plunged into the reeds, my foremost pursuers emerged from the gap. I broke my way through this undergrowth for some minutes.

fortunate - afortunado, propicio, favorable, afortunada

slanting - inclinado; inclinación

upward - hacia arriba

impeded - impedido; impedir

ran over - se atropelló

lying - Mentir; (lie) Mentir

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

succulent - suculento, suculenta, planta suculenta

The air behind me and about me was soon full of threatening cries. I heard the tumult of my pursuers in the gap up the slope, then the crashing of the reeds, and every now and then the crackling crash of a branch. Some of the creatures roared like excited beasts of prey. The staghound yelped to the left. I heard Moreau and Montgomery shouting in the same direction. I turned sharply to the right. It seemed to me even then that I heard Montgomery shouting for me to run for my life.

threatening - amenazante; amenazador; (threaten); amenazar

crash - chocar; estruendo, estrépito

prey - botín, presa

Presently the ground gave rich and oozy under my feet; but I was desperate and went headlong into it, struggled through kneedeep, and so came to a winding path among tall canes. The noise of my pursuers passed away to my left. In one place three strange, pink, hopping animals, about the size of cats, bolted before my footsteps. This pathway ran up hill, across another open space covered with white incrustation, and plunged into a canebrake again.

canes - astones; cana, bastón, bastón blanco

bolted - atornillado; pestillo

ran up - venir corriendo; incrementar la deuda

Hill - cerro, loma, colina, collado

Then suddenly it turned parallel with the edge of a steep-walled gap, which came without warning, like the ha-ha of an English park,"turned with an unexpected abruptness. I was still running with all my might, and I never saw this drop until I was flying headlong through the air.

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

ha - Ja

abruptness - abrupto

I fell on my forearms and head, among thorns, and rose with a torn ear and bleeding face. I had fallen into a precipitous ravine, rocky and thorny, full of a hazy mist which drifted about me in wisps, and with a narrow streamlet from which this mist came meandering down the centre. I was astonished at this thin fog in the full blaze of daylight; but I had no time to stand wondering then.

forearms - antebrazos; antebrazo

precipitous - escarpado, de cabeza, precipitado

mist - niebla; neblina

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

Fog - niebla

blaze - arde; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

I turned to my right, down-stream, hoping to come to the sea in that direction, and so have my way open to drown myself. It was only later I found that I had dropped my nailed stick in my fall.

drown - ahogarse

Presently the ravine grew narrower for a space, and carelessly I stepped into the stream. I jumped out again pretty quickly, for the water was almost boiling. I noticed too there was a thin sulphurous scum drifting upon its coiling water. Almost immediately came a turn in the ravine, and the indistinct blue horizon. The nearer sea was flashing the sun from a myriad facets.

narrower - más estrecho; estrecho

stepped - pisado; paso

jumped out - Saltar fuera

scum - escoria, gentuza, canalla

coiling - enrollando; enroscarse

indistinct - indistinto

flashing - parpadeando; impermeabilización, flaseo

myriad - múltiples; miríada

facets - acetas; faceta, omatidio

I saw my death before me; but I was hot and panting, with the warm blood oozing out on my face and running pleasantly through my veins. I felt more than a touch of exultation too, at having distanced my pursuers. It was not in me then to go out and drown myself yet. I stared back the way I had come.

oozing out - salir, brotar, rebosar

veins - venas; vena

distanced - distanciado; distancia, lejanía, distanciarse, alejarse

I listened. Save for the hum of the gnats and the chirp of some small insects that hopped among the thorns, the air was absolutely still. Then came the yelp of a dog, very faint, and a chattering and gibbering, the snap of a whip, and voices. They grew louder, then fainter again. The noise receded up the stream and faded away. For a while the chase was over; but I knew now how much hope of help for me lay in the Beast People.

chirp - trino, chirrido, trinar, chirriar, grillar

Insects - insectos; insecto, bicho

hopped - saltó; saltar a la pata coja

gibbering - farfullando; farfullar, hablar atropelladamente

snap - chasquido, crujido, chasquido de dedos, fotografía, foto

whip - fusta, látigo, flagelo, panish: t-needed

fainter - Más débil; (faint) Más débil

receded - retrocedió; alejarse

faded away - desvanecerse, desaparecer, desdibujarse, paliceder


parley - parlamento; convesacion, coloquio, parlamentar

I turned again and went on down towards the sea. I found the hot stream broadened out to a shallow, weedy sand, in which an abundance of crabs and long-bodied, many-legged creatures started from my footfall. I walked to the very edge of the salt water, and then I felt I was safe.

broadened - ampliado; ensanchar, ensancharse

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

weedy - maleza; enclenque

abundance - abundancia

crabs - cangrejos; cangrejo

footfall - pisada; panish: t-needed

salt water - agua salada

safe - seguro, salvo, checkseguro, caja fuerte, cofre

I turned and stared, arms akimbo, at the thick green behind me, into which the steamy ravine cut like a smoking gash. But, as I say, I was too full of excitement and (a true saying, though those who have never known danger may doubt it) too desperate to die.

akimbo - akimbo; en jarras, con los brazos en jarras

steamy - vaporoso; humeante, apasionado, fogoso, tórrido

smoking - Fumar; (smoke) Fumar

gash - raja, hendidura, corte

Then it came into my head that there was one chance before me yet. While Moreau and Montgomery and their bestial rabble chased me through the island, might I not go round the beach until I came to their enclosure,"make a flank march upon them, in fact, and then with a rock lugged out of their loosely-built wall, perhaps, smash in the lock of the smaller door and see what I could find (knife, pistol, or what not) to fight them with when they returned?

rabble - gentuza; gentío, muchedumbre

chased - perseguido; perseguir

go round - dar vueltas

lugged - llevado; arrastrar

loosely - a la ligera; vagamente

smash - estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar

pistol - pistola

It was at any rate something to try.

So I turned to the westward and walked along by the water's edge. The setting sun flashed his blinding heat into my eyes. The slight Pacific tide was running in with a gentle ripple. Presently the shore fell away southward, and the sun came round upon my right hand.

setting sun - Sol poniente; puesta del sol

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

ripple - ondulación

shore - oribera; costa, playa

Then suddenly, far in front of me, I saw first one and then several figures emerging from the bushes,"Moreau, with his grey staghound, then Montgomery, and two others. At that I stopped.

They saw me, and began gesticulating and advancing. I stood watching them approach. The two Beast Men came running forward to cut me off from the undergrowth, inland. Montgomery came, running also, but straight towards me. Moreau followed slower with the dog.

At last I roused myself from my inaction, and turning seaward walked straight into the water. The water was very shallow at first. I was thirty yards out before the waves reached to my waist. Dimly I could see the intertidal creatures darting away from my feet.

roused - despertado; despertar

inaction - inacción

seaward - hacia el mar

waist - cintura

intertidal - intermareal

darting - dardo, flechilla

"What are you doing, man?" cried Montgomery.

I turned, standing waist deep, and stared at them. Montgomery stood panting at the margin of the water. His face was bright-red with exertion, his long flaxen hair blown about his head, and his dropping nether lip showed his irregular teeth. Moreau was just coming up, his face pale and firm, and the dog at his hand barked at me. Both men had heavy whips. Farther up the beach stared the Beast Men.

margin - margen

exertion - esfuerzo

blown - soplado; golpe

firm - firma; firme, sólido

barked at - Ladrado

whips - látigos; fusta, látigo, flagelo, panish: t-needed

"What am I doing? I am going to drown myself," said I.

Montgomery and Moreau looked at each other. "Why?" asked Moreau.

"Because that is better than being tortured by you."

tortured - torturado; tortura, suplicio, torturar

"I told you so," said Montgomery, and Moreau said something in a low tone.

"What makes you think I shall torture you?" asked Moreau.

"What I saw," I said. "And those"yonder."

yonder - de allá, aquel, aquella

"Hush!" said Moreau, and held up his hand.

Hush - callar, callarse, calmar, acallar, silencio

"I will not," said I. "They were men: what are they now? I at least will not be like them."

I looked past my interlocutors. Up the beach were M'ling, Montgomery's attendant, and one of the white-swathed brutes from the boat. Farther up, in the shadow of the trees, I saw my little Ape-man, and behind him some other dim figures.

ling - ing

"Who are these creatures?" said I, pointing to them and raising my voice more and more that it might reach them. "They were men, men like yourselves, whom you have infected with some bestial taint,"men whom you have enslaved, and whom you still fear.

enslaved - esclavizado; esclavizar

"You who listen," I cried, pointing now to Moreau and shouting past him to the Beast Men,""You who listen! Do you not see these men still fear you, go in dread of you? Why, then, do you fear them? You are many""

"For God's sake," cried Montgomery, "stop that, Prendick!"

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

"Prendick!" cried Moreau.

They both shouted together, as if to drown my voice; and behind them lowered the staring faces of the Beast Men, wondering, their deformed hands hanging down, their shoulders hunched up. They seemed, as I fancied, to be trying to understand me, to remember, I thought, something of their human past.

lowered - bajado; oscurecerse, encapotarse

I went on shouting, I scarcely remember what,"that Moreau and Montgomery could be killed, that they were not to be feared: that was the burden of what I put into the heads of the Beast People. I saw the green-eyed man in the dark rags, who had met me on the evening of my arrival, come out from among the trees, and others followed him, to hear me better. At last for want of breath I paused.

feared - Miedo

burden - carga

arrival - llegada, venida, arribo, arribada

"Listen to me for a moment," said the steady voice of Moreau; "and then say what you will."

steady - estable; firme, liso, fijo

"Well?" said I.

He coughed, thought, then shouted: "Latin, Prendick! bad Latin, schoolboy Latin; but try and understand. Hi non sunt homines; sunt animalia qui nos habemus"vivisected. A humanising process. I will explain. Come ashore."

coughed - tosió; toser, tos

Latin - Latín

non - No

humanising - humanizar

process - proceso

I laughed. "A pretty story," said I. "They talk, build houses. They were men. It's likely I'll come ashore."

Likely - Es probable

"The water just beyond where you stand is deep"and full of sharks."

"That's my way," said I. "Short and sharp. Presently."

"Wait a minute." He took something out of his pocket that flashed back the sun, and dropped the object at his feet. "That's a loaded revolver," said he. "Montgomery here will do the same. Now we are going up the beach until you are satisfied the distance is safe. Then come and take the revolvers."

loaded - cargado; carga

"Not I! You have a third between you."

third - la tercera; tercero, tercio, tercera

"I want you to think over things, Prendick. In the first place, I never asked you to come upon this island. If we vivisected men, we should import men, not beasts. In the next, we had you drugged last night, had we wanted to work you any mischief; and in the next, now your first panic is over and you can think a little, is Montgomery here quite up to the character you give him?

think over - piensa en ello

drugged - drogado; medicamento

mischief - travesuras; travesura, diablura, gamberrada

panic - pánico

We have chased you for your good. Because this island is full of inimical phenomena. Besides, why should we want to shoot you when you have just offered to drown yourself?"

inimical - enemistad; nocivo, hostil

phenomena - fenómenos

shoot - disparar, lanzar

"Why did you set"your people onto me when I was in the hut?"

onto - sobre

"We felt sure of catching you, and bringing you out of danger. Afterwards we drew away from the scent, for your good."

catching - Atrapando; (catch); pega, traba, truco, cuestión

out of danger - fuera de peligro

scent - olor, esencia, olfato, fragancia, oler

I mused. It seemed just possible. Then I remembered something again. "But I saw," said I, "in the enclosure""

mused - musitó; Musa

"That was the puma."

"Look here, Prendick," said Montgomery, "you're a silly ass! Come out of the water and take these revolvers, and talk. We can't do anything more than we could do now."

I will confess that then, and indeed always, I distrusted and dreaded Moreau; but Montgomery was a man I felt I understood.

distrusted - desconfiado; desconfianza, recelo, desconfiar

dreaded - temido; temer, pavor, temor

"Go up the beach," said I, after thinking, and added, "holding your Hands up."

Hands up - Manos arriba

"Can't do that," said Montgomery, with an explanatory nod over his shoulder. "Undignified."

explanatory - explicativo

nod - asentir, cabecear, cabezada

undignified - Indigno

"Go up to the trees, then," said I, "as you please."

"It's a damned silly ceremony," said Montgomery.

Both turned and faced the six or seven grotesque creatures, who stood there in the sunlight, solid, casting shadows, moving, and yet so incredibly unreal. Montgomery cracked his whip at them, and forthwith they all turned and fled helter-skelter into the trees; and when Montgomery and Moreau were at a distance I judged sufficient, I waded ashore, and picked up and examined the revolvers.

incredibly - increíblemente

unreal - irreal

skelter - kelter

sufficient - suficiente

examined - examinado; examinar, analizar, auscultar

To satisfy myself against the subtlest trickery, I discharged one at a round lump of lava, and had the satisfaction of seeing the stone pulverised and the beach splashed with lead. Still I hesitated for a moment.

satisfy - satisfacer

subtlest - más sutil; sutil

trickery - trucos; triquinuela, superchería, trapisonda

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

splashed - salpicado; salpicadura, chapotear, salpicar

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

"I'll take the risk," said I, at last; and with a revolver in each hand I walked up the beach towards them.

Risk - riesgo, checkpeligro, arriesgar, poner en riesgo

"That's better," said Moreau, without affectation. "As it is, you have wasted the best part of my day with your confounded imagination." And with a touch of contempt which humiliated me, he and Montgomery turned and went on in silence before me.

affectation - afectación

wasted - desperdiciado; desperdiciar, malgastar

confounded - confundido; confundir, empeorar

contempt - desprecio, desdén, desgracia, deshonra, vergüenza, desacato

humiliated - humillada; humillar

The knot of Beast Men, still wondering, stood back among the trees. I passed them as serenely as possible. One started to follow me, but retreated again when Montgomery cracked his whip. The rest stood silent"watching. They may once have been animals; but I never before saw an animal trying to think.

knot - nudo

stood back - retirarse, mantenerse alejado de

retreated - se retiró; retirarse, batirse en retirada


"And now, Prendick, I will explain," said Doctor Moreau, so soon as we had eaten and drunk. "I must confess that you are the most dictatorial guest I ever entertained. I warn you that this is the last I shall do to oblige you. The next thing you threaten to commit suicide about, I shan't do,"even at some personal inconvenience."

dictatorial - dictatorial, de ordeno y mando

entertained - entretenido; divertir, entretener

oblige - obligar

threaten - amenazar

commit suicide - Suicidarse

inconvenience - inconveniente; inconveniencia, desconveniencia, incomodar

He sat in my deck chair, a cigar half consumed in his white, dexterous-looking fingers. The light of the swinging lamp fell on his white hair; he stared through the little window out at the starlight. I sat as far away from him as possible, the table between us and the revolvers to hand. Montgomery was not present. I did not care to be with the two of them in such a little room.

cigar - un puro; puro, cigarro

consumed - consumido; consumir, panish: t-needed

dexterous - destreza; diestro, hábil, habiloso, habilidoso

care - te importa; cuidado

little room - habitación pequena

"You admit that the vivisected human being, as you called it, is, after all, only the puma?" said Moreau. He had made me visit that horror in the inner room, to assure myself of its inhumanity.

assure - asegurar

"It is the puma," I said, "still alive, but so cut and mutilated as I pray I may never see living flesh again. Of all vile""

alive - vivo, viviente

Pray - rezar, orar

"Never mind that," said Moreau; "at least, Spare me those youthful horrors. Montgomery used to be just the same. You admit that it is the puma. Now Be quiet, while I reel off my physiological lecture to you."

Spare me - ahorrarle algo a alguien

youthful - juvenil, joven

Be quiet - callarse

reel - carrete, enrollar, titubear

physiological - fisiológico

lecture - una conferencia; conferencia

And forthwith, beginning in the tone of a man supremely bored, but presently warming a little, he explained his work to me. He was very simple and convincing. Now and then there was a touch of sarcasm in his voice. Presently I found myself hot with shame at our mutual positions.

supremely - supremamente; sumamente, soberanamente

simple - simple, sencillo, simple

convincing - convincente; convencer

sarcasm - sarcasmo

shame - vergüenza, pena

mutual - mutua; mutuo, recíproco

positions - puestos; posición, puesto, postura

The creatures I had seen were not men, had never been men. They were animals, humanised animals,"triumphs of vivisection.

humanised - humanizar

triumphs - riunfos; triunfo

"You forget all that a skilled vivisector can do with living things," said Moreau. "For my own part, I'm puzzled why the things I have done here have not been done before. Small efforts, of course, have been made,"amputation, tongue-cutting, excisions. Of course you know a squint may be induced or cured by surgery?

amputation - amputación

excisions - excisiones; escisión

squint - entrecerrar los ojos; entornar, entrecerrar, mirar de soslayo

induced - inducido; inducir

cured - curado; chucho, quiltro

surgery - operación, cirugía, cirugía, quirófano, pabellón, consulta

Then in the case of excisions you have all kinds of secondary changes, pigmentary disturbances, modifications of the passions, alterations in the secretion of fatty tissue. I have no doubt you have heard of these things?"

secondary - secundaria; secundario, suplente

pigmentary - Pigmentaria

disturbances - perturbaciones; disturbio, estorbo, perturbación

modifications - modificaciones; modificación

passions - pasiones; pasión

alterations - alteraciones; alteración, cambio, modificación

secretion - Secreción

fatty - Grasa

tissue - tejido, panuelo, panuelo de papel, clínex

"Of course," said I. "But these foul creatures of yours""

"All in good time," said he, waving his hand at me; "I am only beginning. Those are trivial cases of alteration. Surgery can do better things than that. There is building up as well as breaking down and changing. You have heard, perhaps, of a common surgical operation resorted to in cases where the nose has been destroyed: a flap of skin is cut from the forehead, turned down on the nose, and heals in the new position. This is a kind of grafting in a new position of part of an animal upon itself. Grafting of freshly obtained material from another animal is also possible,"the case of teeth, for example.

in good time - a tiempo

trivial - trivial

alteration - alteración, cambio, modificación

building up - se está construyendo

breaking down - estropearse; romper a llorar; deprimirse

surgical - quirúrgico

operation - operación, operación

resorted - recurrido; recurrir (a)

destroyed - destruido; destruir, romper, destrozar, sacrificar

flap - solapa; faldón

turned down - Rechazado

Grafting - injerto; (graft); injerto

material - material, significativo, material

The grafting of skin and bone is done to facilitate healing: the surgeon places in the middle of the wound pieces of skin snipped from another animal, or fragments of bone from a victim freshly killed. Hunter's cock-spur"possibly you have heard of that"flourished on the bull's neck; and the rhinoceros rats of the Algerian zouaves are also to be thought of,"monsters manufactured by transferring a slip from the tail of an ordinary rat to its snout, and allowing it to heal in that position."

bone - hueso

facilitate - facilitar

healing - Curación; (heal) Curación

surgeon - cirujano, cirujana

wound - Herida

snipped - cortado; cortar

fragments - fragmentos; fragmento, fragmentar

Hunter - cazador, perro de caza, buscador, buscadora

cock - polla; gallo, macho

spur - espolear; espuela

flourished - loreció; florecer, prosperar, ademanes, floritura, floreo

Bull - toro

rhinoceros - rinoceronte

Algerian - argelino, argelina

zouaves - zuavos; zuavo

manufactured - fabricado; fabricar, producir

slip - resbalón; resbalar

rat - rata

snout - hocico, narizota, narices, boquilla, trompa, echnical

allowing - permitiendo; dejar, permitir, conceder

"Monsters manufactured!" said I. "Then you mean to tell me""

"Yes. These creatures you have seen are animals carven and wrought into new shapes. To that, to the study of the plasticity of living forms, my life has been devoted. I have studied for years, gaining in knowledge as I go. I see you look horrified, and yet I am telling you nothing new. It all lay in the surface of practical anatomy years ago, but no one had the temerity to touch it. It is not simply the outward form of an animal which I can change. The physiology, the chemical rhythm of the creature, may also be made to undergo an enduring modification,"of which vaccination and other methods of inoculation with living or dead matter are examples that will, no doubt, be familiar to you. A similar operation is the transfusion of blood,"with which subject, indeed, I began.

shapes - formas; forma, estado, modelar, formar

plasticity - plasticidad

devoted - dedicado; dedicar

horrified - horrorizado; horripilar

surface - superficie

practical - práctico

anatomy - anatomía

temerity - temeridad

outward form - forma externa

physiology - fisiología

chemical - química; químico, producto químico

undergo - bajo; experimentar, sufrir, soportar, padecer

enduring - perdurable; aguantar, perdurar, tolerar, consentir, condescender

modification - modificación

vaccination - vacunación

inoculation - inoculación; vacunación

These are all familiar cases. Less so, and probably far more extensive, were the operations of those mediaeval practitioners who made dwarfs and beggar-cripples, show-monsters,"some vestiges of whose art still remain in the preliminary manipulation of the young mountebank or contortionist. Victor Hugo gives an account of them in ˜L'Homme qui Rit.'"But perhaps my meaning grows plain now. You begin to see that it is a possible thing to transplant tissue from one part of an animal to another, or from one animal to another; to alter its chemical reactions and methods of growth; to modify the articulations of its limbs; and, indeed, to change it in its most intimate structure.

more extensive - más amplio; más extenso

operations - operaciones; operación, operación

mediaeval - medieval

dwarfs - enanos; enano, enano

beggar - mendigo, mendiga, pordiosero, mendicante

vestiges - vestigios; huella, pisada, vestigio

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

preliminary - preliminar

manipulation - manipulación

contortionist - contorsionista

Victor - Víctor

homme - hombre

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

transplant - trasplantar, trasplante

reactions - reacciones; reacción

modify - modificar

articulations - articulaciones; articulación, pronunciación

most intimate - el más íntimo

structure - estructura, estructurar

"And yet this extraordinary branch of knowledge has never been sought as an end, and systematically, by modern investigators until I took it up! Some such things have been hit upon in the last resort of surgery; most of the kindred evidence that will recur to your mind has been demonstrated as it were by accident,"by tyrants, by criminals, by the breeders of horses and dogs, by all kinds of untrained clumsy-handed men working for their own immediate ends. I was the first man to take up this question armed with antiseptic surgery, and with a really scientific knowledge of the laws of growth. Yet One would imagine it must have been practised in secret before. Such creatures as the Siamese twins"And in the vaults of the Inquisition. No doubt their chief aim was artistic torture, but some at least of the inquisitors must have had a touch of scientific curiosity.

sought - buscado; buscar

systematically - sistemáticamente

hit upon - dar con

last resort - último recurso

kindred - pariente; etnia

demonstrated - demostrado; demostrar, manifestar, evidenciar

by accident - por accidente

tyrants - tiranos; tirano

criminals - delincuentes; criminal

breeders - criadores; criador, criadora

untrained - Sin formación

immediate - inmediata; inmediato

laws - leyes; ley

One would imagine - Uno imaginaría

in secret - en secreto

Siamese twins - Gemelos siameses

vaults - bóvedas; sótano; bodega

inquisition - Inquisición

chief - jefe, principal

aim - apuntar

artistic - artístico

inquisitors - inquisidores; inquisidor

"But," said I, "these things"these animals talk!"

He said that was so, and proceeded to point out that the possibility of vivisection does not stop at a mere physical metamorphosis. A pig may be educated. The mental structure is even less determinate than the bodily. In our growing science of hypnotism we find the promise of a possibility of superseding old inherent instincts by new suggestions, grafting upon or replacing the inherited fixed ideas. Very much indeed of what we call moral education, he said, is such an artificial modification and perversion of instinct; pugnacity is trained into courageous self-sacrifice, and suppressed sexuality into religious emotion.

proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder

possibility - posibilidad

metamorphosis - metamorfosis

determinate - determinado

hypnotism - hipnotismo

superseding - sustitución; substituir, sustituir, suplantar

inherent - inherente

instincts - instintos; instinto

suggestions - sugerencias; sugerencia, propuesta, sugestión

replacing - reemplazando; reemplazar, sustituir

inherited - heredado; heredar

fixed - arreglado; arreglar, reparar, componer, fijar, pregar, preparar

moral - moral, moraleja

education - educación

artificial - artificial

pugnacity - Pugnacidad

courageous - valiente

self - yo; uno mismo

sacrifice - sacrificar, sacrificio

suppressed - suprimido; reprimar, contener, ocultar, suprimir

sexuality - sexualidad

religious - religioso

emotion - afecto, emoción

And the great difference between man and monkey is in the larynx, he continued,"in the incapacity to frame delicately different sound-symbols by which thought could be sustained. In this I failed to agree with him, but with a certain incivility he declined to notice my objection. He repeated that the thing was so, and continued his account of his work.

larynx - laringe

incapacity - incapacidad

delicately - con delicadeza; delicadamente

symbols - símbolos; símbolo

sustained - sostenido; sostener, sustentar

incivility - incivilidad

declined - rechazado; declive, retroceso, decadencia

objection - objeción, protesta

I asked him why he had taken the human form as a model. There seemed to me then, and there still seems to me now, a strange wickedness for that choice.

wickedness - maldad, perversidad

choice - selección, decisión, opción, exquisito

He confessed that he had chosen that form by chance. "I might just as well have worked to form sheep into llamas and llamas into sheep. I suppose there is something in the human form that appeals to the artistic turn of mind more powerfully than any animal shape can.

confessed - confesó; confesar, panish: t-needed

by chance - Por casualidad

llamas - llamas; llama

appeals - apelaciones; suplicar, rogar

But I've not confined myself to man-making. Once or twice"" He was silent, for a minute perhaps. "These years! How they have slipped by! And here I have wasted a day saving your life, and am now wasting an hour explaining myself!"

wasted - Desperdiciar

saving - salvando; ahorro, ahorros, economías; (save); salvar, rescatar

wasting - Desperdiciar; (wast) Desperdiciar

"But," said I, "I still do not understand. Where is your justification for inflicting all this pain? The only thing that could excuse vivisection to me would be some application""

justification - justificación

inflicting - infligiendo; infligir

Excuse - disculpe; excusar, perdonar, panish: t-needed

"Precisely," said he. "But, you see, I am differently constituted. We are on different platforms. You are a materialist."

precisely - exactamente; precisamente

differently - de otro modo; diferentemente

constituted - onstituido; constituir

platforms - plataformas; programa, andén, plataforma, zapatos de plataforma

materialist - materialista, panish: t-needed

"I am not a materialist," I began hotly.

hotly - Calurosamente

"In my view"in my view. For it is just this question of pain that parts us. So long as visible or audible pain turns you sick; so long as your own pains drive you; so long as pain underlies your propositions about sin,"so long, I tell you, you are an animal, thinking a little less obscurely what an animal feels. This pain""

audible - oíble, audible

pains - dolores; dolor

underlies - subyacer

propositions - propuestas; propuesta, proposición

sin - pecado

obscurely - oscuramente

I gave an impatient shrug at such sophistry.

impatient - impaciente

shrug - encogimiento de hombros, encogerse de hombros

sophistry - sofisticación; argucia

"Oh, but it is such a little thing! A mind truly opened to what science has to teach must see that it is a little thing. It may be that save in this little planet, this speck of cosmic dust, invisible long before the nearest star could be attained"it may be, I say, that nowhere else does this thing called pain occur. But the laws we feel our way towards"Why, even on this earth, even among living things, what pain is there?"

truly - de verdad; verdaderamente, realmente

planet - planeta

speck - mancha; manchita

cosmic - cósmico

dust - polvo, desempolvar, limpiar el polvo, espolvorear

attained - lcanzado; lograr, conseguir

occur - ocurren; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

As he spoke he drew a little penknife from his pocket, opened the smaller blade, and moved his chair so that I could see his thigh. Then, choosing the place deliberately, he drove the blade into his leg and withdrew it.

penknife - cuchillo; navaja, cortaplumas

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

withdrew - se retiró; retirar(se)

"No doubt," he said, "you have seen that before. It does not hurt a pin-prick. But what does it show? The capacity for pain is not needed in the muscle, and it is not placed there,"is but little needed in the skin, and only here and there over the thigh is a spot capable of feeling pain. Pain is simply our intrinsic medical adviser to warn us and stimulate us. Not all living flesh is painful; nor is all nerve, not even all sensory nerve. There's no taint of pain, real pain, in the sensations of the optic nerve. If you wound the optic nerve, you merely see flashes of light,"just as disease of the auditory nerve merely means a humming in our ears.

hurt - doler, lastimar, hacer dano, herido, dolido

pin - alfiler

prick - idiota; pinchar, perforar

spot - unto; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

intrinsic - intrínseca; intrínseco

adviser - Asesor

stimulate - estimular

sensory - sensorial, sensorio

sensations - sensaciones; sensación

optic nerve - nervio óptico

flashes - flashes; destello

disease - enfermedad, dolencia

auditory - Auditivo

humming - Tarareando; (hum); tararear, canturrear

Plants do not feel pain, nor the lower animals; it's possible that such animals as the starfish and crayfish do not feel pain at all. Then with men, the more intelligent they become, the more intelligently they will see after their own welfare, and the less they will need the goad to keep them out of danger. I never yet heard of a useless thing that was not ground out of existence by evolution sooner or later. Did you? And pain gets needless.

starfish - estrella de mar

crayfish - cangrejos de río; cangrejo de río, cangrejo

more intelligent - más inteligente

intelligently - inteligentemente

welfare - bienestar, seguridad social

goad - incitar; picana, puya, aguijada

useless - inútil, negado

evolution - evolución

needless - innecesario; inútil

"Then I am a religious man, Prendick, as every sane man must be. It may be, I fancy, that I have seen more of the ways of this world's Maker than you,"for I have sought his laws, in my way, all my life, while you, I understand, have been collecting butterflies. And I tell you, pleasure and pain have nothing to do with heaven or hell. Pleasure and pain"bah!

Maker - hacedor, fabricante

collecting - coleccionando; coleccionismo; (collect) coleccionando; coleccionismo

butterflies - mariposas; mariposa

What is your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark? This store which men and women set on pleasure and pain, Prendick, is the mark of the beast upon them,"the mark of the beast from which they came! Pain, pain and pleasure, they are for us only so long as we wriggle in the dust.

theologian - teólogo, teóloga

ecstasy - éxtasis

Mahomet - Mahoma

houri - hurí

store - tienda; depósito, almacenar, conservar

wriggle - retorcer

"You see, I went on with this research just the way it led me. That is the only way I ever heard of true research going. I asked a question, devised some method of obtaining an answer, and got a fresh question. Was this possible or that possible? You cannot imagine what this means to an investigator, what an intellectual passion grows upon him! You cannot imagine the strange, colourless delight of these intellectual desires!

devised - deado; concebir, inventar, tramar, maquinar, legar

method - método, forma

obtaining - obteniendo; obtener, coger

fresh - fresco

investigator - investigador, investigadora

intellectual - intelectual

delight - disfrutar; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

desires - deseos; desear, deseo, gana

The thing before you is no longer an animal, a fellow-creature, but a problem! Sympathetic pain,"all I know of it I remember as a thing I used to suffer from years ago. I wanted"it was the one thing I wanted"to find out the extreme limit of plasticity in a living shape."

sympathetic - simpático; compasivo, comprensivo, amable

suffer - sufrir, penar, empeorar

extreme - extremo

"But," said I, "the thing is an abomination""

abomination - abominación, repugnancia, aborrecimiento, maldad

"To this day I have never troubled about the ethics of the matter," he continued. "The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature. I have gone on, not heeding anything but the question I was pursuing; and the material has"dripped into the huts yonder. It is nearly eleven years since we came here, I and Montgomery and six Kanakas. I remember the green stillness of the island and the empty ocean about us, as though it was yesterday.

ethics - tica

remorseless - Sin remordimientos

The place seemed waiting for me.

"The stores were landed and the house was built. The Kanakas founded some huts near the ravine. I went to work here upon what I had brought with me. There were some disagreeable things happened at first. I began with a sheep, and killed it after a day and a half by a slip of the scalpel. I took another sheep, and made a thing of pain and fear and left it bound up to heal. It looked quite human to me when I had finished it; but when I went to it I was discontented with it.

stores - tiendas; depósito, almacenar, conservar

founded - Encontrado

scalpel - escalpelo, bisturí

heal - curar

discontented - descontento

It remembered me, and was terrified beyond imagination; and it had no more than the wits of a sheep. The more I looked at it the clumsier it seemed, until at last I put the monster out of its misery. These animals without courage, these fear-haunted, pain-driven things, without a spark of pugnacious energy to face torment,"they are no good for man-making.

wits - agudeza, ingenio, chispa, gracia

clumsier - más torpe; patoso, torpe, desmanado, bruto

spark - chispa

energy - energía

"Then I took a gorilla I had; and upon that, working with infinite care and mastering difficulty after difficulty, I made my first man. All the week, night and day, I moulded him. With him it was chiefly the brain that needed moulding; much had to be added, much changed. I thought him a fair specimen of the negroid type when I had finished him, and he lay bandaged, bound, and motionless before me. It was only when his life was assured that I left him and came into this room again, and found Montgomery much as you are. He had heard some of the cries as the thing grew human,"cries like those that disturbed you so. I didn't take him completely into my confidence at first. And the Kanakas too, had realised something of it. They were scared out of their wits by the sight of me.

Gorilla - gorila

infinite - infinito

moulded - moldeado; mantillo

brain - cerebro, seso, sesudez

moulding - Moldeo; (mould) Moldeo

be added - anadido

I got Montgomery over to me"in a way; but I and he had the hardest job to prevent the Kanakas deserting. Finally they did; and so we lost the yacht. I spent many days educating the brute,"altogether I had him for three or four months. I taught him the rudiments of English; gave him ideas of counting; even made the thing read the alphabet. But at that he was slow, though I've met with idiots slower. He began with a clean sheet, mentally; had no memories left in his mind of what he had been. When his scars were quite healed, and he was no longer anything but painful and stiff, and able to converse a little, I took him yonder and introduced him to the Kanakas as an interesting stowaway.

deserting - desertando; abandonar

yacht - yate, ir en yate

educating - educando; educar, instruir

rudiments - rudimentos; rudimento

counting - contando; conde

alphabet - alfabeto, abecedario

Idiots - idiotas; idiota

sheet - hoja, folio, pliego, lámina, capa, escota

mentally - mentalmente

memories - recuerdos; memoria, recuerdo

scars - cicatrices; cicatriz

healed - curado; curar

converse - conversar, charlar

stowaway - polizón, polizona

"They were horribly afraid of him at first, somehow,"which offended me rather, for I was conceited about him; but his ways seemed so mild, and he was so abject, that after a time they received him and took his education in hand. He was quick to learn, very imitative and adaptive, and built himself a hovel rather better, it seemed to me, than their own shanties.

conceited - envanecido; engreimiento, vanidad, presunción, ego

abject - abyecto

adaptive - adaptativo, adaptable

hovel - cuchitril, casucha

shanties - chabolas; chabola, barraca

There was one among the boys a bit of a missionary, and he taught the thing to read, or at least to pick out letters, and gave him some rudimentary ideas of morality; but it seems the beast's habits were not all that is desirable.

missionary - misionero, misionera, misionario

pick out - elegir, seleccionar, identificar

rudimentary - rudimentario, rudimental, elemental

morality - moralidad

habits - hábitos; hábito, costumbre

desirable - deseable, conveniente

"I rested from work for some days after this, and was in a mind to write an account of the whole affair to wake up English physiology. Then I came upon the creature squatting up in a tree and gibbering at two of the Kanakas who had been teasing him. I threatened him, told him the inhumanity of such a proceeding, aroused his sense of shame, and came home resolved to do better before I took my work back to England.

affair - negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

teasing - Bromas; (teas) Bromas

threatened - amenazado; amenazar

resolved to do - resuelto a hacer

I have been doing better. But somehow the things drift back again: the stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again. But I mean to do better things still. I mean to conquer that. This puma"

stubborn - testarudo, obstinado, cabezota

conquer - conquistar, debelar

"But that's the story. All the Kanaka boys are dead now; one fell overboard of the launch, and one died of a wounded heel that he poisoned in some way with plant-juice. Three went away in the yacht, and I suppose and hope were drowned. The other one"was killed. Well, I have replaced them. Montgomery went on much as you are disposed to do at first, and then"

wounded - Herida

poisoned - envenenado; veneno, ponzona, envenenar, emponzonar

went away - se fue

replaced - reemplazado; reemplazar, sustituir

disposed - dispuesto; deshacerse

"What became of the other one?" said I, sharply,""the other Kanaka who was killed?"

"The fact is, after I had made a number of human creatures I made a Thing"" He hesitated.

"Yes?" said I.

"It was killed."

"I don't understand," said I; "do you mean to say""

I don't understand - No lo entiendo

"It killed the Kanaka"yes. It killed several other things that it caught. We chased it for a couple of days. It only got loose by accident"I never meant it to get away. It wasn't finished. It was purely an experiment. It was a limbless thing, with a horrible face, that writhed along the ground in a serpentine fashion. It was immensely strong, and in infuriating pain. It lurked in the woods for some days, until we hunted it; and then it wriggled into the northern part of the island, and we divided the party to close in upon it.

wasn - Era

purely - Puramente

limbless - Sin extremidades

writhed - se retorció; contorsionar

Serpentine - Serpentina

immensely - inmensamente

infuriating - exasperante; enfurecer

woods - bosques; madera

hunted - cazado; cazar, buscar, caza

Northern - septentrional, norteno, boreal

divided - dividido; desunir, dividir, repartir, división, divisoria

close in - se acercan

Montgomery insisted upon coming with me. The man had a rifle; and when his body was found, one of the barrels was curved into the shape of an S and very nearly bitten through. Montgomery shot the thing. After that I stuck to the ideal of humanity"except for little things."

insisted - insistió; insistir

rifle - fusil, rifle

barrels - barriles; barril, tonel, canón, cano, embarrilar

curved - curvado; curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

bitten through - Mordido a través

stuck to - seguir algo, apegarse a, cenirse a

Ideal - ideal, ideal

He became silent. I sat in silence watching his face.

became silent - callarse

"So for twenty years altogether"counting nine years in England"I have been going on; and there is still something in everything I do that defeats me, makes me dissatisfied, challenges me to further effort. Sometimes I rise above my level, sometimes I fall below it; but always I fall short of the things I dream. The human shape I can get now, almost with ease, so that it is lithe and graceful, or thick and strong; but often there is trouble with the hands and the claws,"painful things, that I dare not shape too freely. But it is in the subtle grafting and reshaping one must needs do to the brain that my trouble lies. The intelligence is often oddly low, with unaccountable blank ends, unexpected gaps. And least satisfactory of all is something that I cannot touch, somewhere"I cannot determine where"in the seat of the emotions. Cravings, instincts, desires that harm humanity, a strange hidden reservoir to burst forth suddenly and inundate the whole being of the creature with anger, hate, or fear.

defeats - derrotas; vencer, derrotar

dissatisfied - insatisfecho; descontentar

challenges - desafíos; desafío, reto, disputa, impedimento, incompatibilidad

effort - esfuerzo

rise - aumentar; subir

fall below - caer por debajo

fall short - quedarse corto; estar por debajo, no cumplir

ease - facilidad; aliviar

graceful - gracia; grácil, gracioso

trouble - problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema, molestia

dare - te atreves; atraverse, osar

subtle - sutil

reshaping - reformar

lies - mentiras; mentira

intelligence - inteligencia

satisfactory - satisfactorio

determine - determinar

seat - asiento, seato, sede

emotions - emociones; afecto, emoción

cravings - Ansias

reservoir - yacimiento; embalse, represa, checkdepósito, checkreserva

burst - reventar, romper, ráfaga, estallo, reventón

forth - adelante

inundate - inundar

These creatures of mine seemed strange and uncanny to you so soon as you began to observe them; but to me, just after I make them, they seem to be indisputably human beings. It's afterwards, as I observe them, that the persuasion fades. First one animal trait, then another, creeps to the surface and stares out at me. But I will conquer yet! Each time I dip a living creature into the bath of burning pain, I say, ˜This time I will burn out all the animal; this time I will make a rational creature of my own!'After all, what is ten years? Men have been a hundred thousand in the making." He thought darkly. "But I am drawing near the fastness. This puma of mine"" After a silence, "And they revert. As soon as my hand is taken from them the beast begins to creep back, begins to assert itself again." Another long silence.

observe - observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

indisputably - indiscutiblemente

fades - se desvanece; moda, moda pasajera

trait - rasgo, característica

creeps - asquerosos; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

dip - mojar

burning - quemando; ardiente; (burn) quemando; ardiente

burn out - quemarse

rational - racional

darkly - oscuramente

revert - revertir

assert - asegurar, aseverar, afirmar, ejercer; confirmar, sostener

"Then you take the things you make into those dens?" said I.

"They go. I turn them out when I begin to feel the beast in them, and presently they wander there. They all dread this house and me. There is a kind of travesty of humanity over there. Montgomery knows about it, for he interferes in their affairs. He has trained one or two of them to our service. He's ashamed of it, but I believe he half likes some of those beasts. It's his business, not mine. They only sicken me with a sense of failure. I take no interest in them. I fancy they follow in the lines the Kanaka missionary marked out, and have a kind of mockery of a rational life, poor beasts!

interferes - interfiere; panish: t-needed

affairs - asuntos; negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

ashamed - avergonzado, abochornado, apenado

failure - fallo, fracaso, fiasco, fracasado, avería

There's something they call the Law. Sing hymns about ˜all thine.'They build themselves their dens, gather fruit, and pull herbs"marry even. But I can see through it all, see into their very souls, and see there nothing but the souls of beasts, beasts that perish, anger and the lusts to live and gratify themselves."Yet they're odd; complex, like everything else alive. There is a kind of upward striving in them, part vanity, part waste sexual emotion, part waste curiosity. It only mocks me. I have some hope of this puma. I have worked hard at her head and brain"

hymns - imnos; himno

thine - tu, tuyo, tuya, el tuyo, la tuya

gather - reunirnos; juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular, reunir

pull - tirar, jalar, halar, tirón, ligar

marry - casarse

see through - ver a través; calar a, apoyar a

souls - almas; alma, espíritu

perish - perecer

lusts - lujuria, deseo, ganas, lujuria, alegría

complex - complicado, complejo, complexo, complejo

striving - esforzándose; (strive) esforzándose

vanity - vanidad

waste - residuos; desperdiciar, malgastar

sexual - sexual

mocks - se burla; imitación, burla, simulacro, imitar, remedar, burlar

"And now," said he, standing up after a long gap of silence, during which we had each pursued our own thoughts, "what do you think? Are you in fear of me still?"

I looked at him, and saw but a white-faced, white-haired man, with calm eyes. Save for his serenity, the touch almost of beauty that resulted from his set tranquillity and his magnificent build, he might have passed muster among a hundred other comfortable old gentlemen. Then I shivered. By way of answer to his second question, I handed him a revolver with either hand.

serenity - sosiego, tranquilidad, serenidad, excelencia

beauty - belleza, hermosura, preciosidad, preciosura

magnificent - magnífico, macanudo

gentlemen - caballeros; caballero, senores

"Keep them," he said, and snatched at a yawn. He stood up, stared at me for a moment, and smiled. "You have had two eventful days," said he. "I should advise some sleep. I'm glad it's all clear. Good-night." He thought me over for a moment, then went out by the inner door.

snatched - arrebatado; agarrar, arrebatar, arrancada, arranque

yawn - bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

smiled - sonrió; sonrisa, sonreír

eventful - evento; memorable

all clear - Todo está claro

I immediately turned the key in the outer one. I sat down again; sat for a time in a kind of stagnant mood, so weary, emotionally, mentally, and physically, that I could not think beyond the point at which he had left me. The black window stared at me like an eye. At last with an effort I put out the light and got into the hammock. Very soon I was asleep.

stagnant - estancada; estancado, atascado

weary - cansado, cansino, cansar

emotionally - emocionalmente

physically - físicamente

point at - apuntar a

asleep - dormido


I woke early. Moreau's explanation stood before my mind, clear and definite, from the moment of my awakening. I got out of the hammock and went to the door to assure myself that the key was turned. Then I tried the window-bar, and found it firmly fixed.

explanation - explicación

awakening - despertar; (awaken); despertar, despertarse

firmly - con firmeza; firmemente

That these man-like creatures were in truth only bestial monsters, mere grotesque travesties of men, filled me with a vague uncertainty of their possibilities which was far worse than any definite fear.

in truth - en verdad

uncertainty - incertidumbre, incerteza

possibilities - posibilidades; posibilidad

A tapping came at the door, and I heard the glutinous accents of M'ling speaking. I pocketed one of the revolvers (keeping one hand upon it), and opened to him.

tapping - Golpeando; (tap) Golpeando

accents - acentos; acento, pronunciación

pocketed - mbolsado; bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

"Good-morning, sair," he said, bringing in, in addition to the customary herb-breakfast, an ill-cooked rabbit. Montgomery followed him. His roving eye caught the position of my arm and he smiled askew.

bringing in - traer

customary - costumbre; acostumbrado, consuetudinario, sólito

herb - hierba culinaria, planta medicinal, hierba

The puma was resting to heal that day; but Moreau, who was singularly solitary in his habits, did not join us. I talked with Montgomery to clear my ideas of the way in which the Beast Folk lived. In particular, I was urgent to know how these inhuman monsters were kept from falling upon Moreau and Montgomery and from rending one another. He explained to me that the comparative safety of Moreau and himself was due to the limited mental scope of these monsters.

resting - Descansando; (rest) Descansando

urgent - urgente, acuciante, apremiante

rending - desgarro; rasgar, destrozar, desgajar, romper

comparative - comparativa; comparativo, comparativo

safety - seguridad, seguro

due - debido; salir de cuentas, mérito

limited - limitado; (limit); limitado

scope - alcance; oportunidad

In spite of their increased intelligence and the tendency of their animal instincts to reawaken, they had certain fixed ideas implanted by Moreau in their minds, which absolutely bounded their imaginations. They were really hypnotised; had been told that certain things were impossible, and that certain things were not to be done, and these prohibitions were woven into the texture of their minds beyond any possibility of disobedience or dispute.

tendency - tendencia

reawaken - despertar

implanted - implantado; hincar, implantar, implante

bounded - atado

imaginations - imaginaciones; imaginación, magín

hypnotised - hipnotizar

texture - textura, textura

disobedience - desobediencia

dispute - disputa, contencioso

Certain matters, however, in which old instinct was at war with Moreau's convenience, were in a less stable condition. A series of propositions called the Law (I had already heard them recited) battled in their minds with the deep-seated, ever-rebellious cravings of their animal natures. This Law they were ever repeating, I found, and ever breaking. Both Montgomery and Moreau displayed particular solicitude to keep them ignorant of the taste of blood; they feared the inevitable suggestions of that flavour. Montgomery told me that the Law, especially among the feline Beast People, became oddly weakened about nightfall; that then the animal was at its strongest; that a spirit of adventure sprang up in them at the dusk, when they would dare things they never seemed to dream about by day.

matters - importa; materia, asunto, cuestión, tema

instinct - instinto

at war - en guerra

convenience - conveniencia, comodidad

stable - Estable

condition - stado; condición, situación, acondicionar

recited - Recitar

battled - luchó; batalla

seated - sentado; asiento, seato, sede

rebellious - rebelde, levantisco, contestatario

natures - naturaleza, natura

displayed - aparece; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor

solicitude - solicitud

taste - gusto, gusto, gustos, muestra, gustar, probar, catar, saber

feared - miedo, temor

inevitable - inevitable

flavour - sabor

feline - felino

weakened - ebilitado; debilitar, languir, debilitarse, languecer

nightfall - al anochecer; anochecer

spirit of adventure - espíritu de aventura

To that I owed my stalking by the Leopard-man, on the night of my arrival. But during these earlier days of my stay they broke the Law only furtively and after dark; in the daylight there was a general atmosphere of respect for its multifarious prohibitions.

leopard - leopardo

general - general, general

multifarious - múltiples; múltiple, diverso, variado

And here perhaps I may give a few general facts about the island and the Beast People. The island, which was of irregular outline and lay low upon the wide sea, had a total area, I suppose, of seven or eight square miles.[2] It was volcanic in origin, and was now fringed on three sides by coral reefs; some fumaroles to the northward, and a hot spring, were the only vestiges of the forces that had long since originated it. Now and then a faint quiver of earthquake would be sensible, and sometimes the ascent of the spire of smoke would be rendered tumultuous by gusts of steam; but that was all. The population of the island, Montgomery informed me, now numbered rather more than sixty of these strange creations of Moreau's art, not counting the smaller monstrosities which lived in the undergrowth and were without human form.

Total - total, montante, suma

sides - lados; lado

coral reefs - arrecifes de coral

fumaroles - fumarolas; fumarola

forces - fuerzas; fuerza

originated - se originó; originar, originarse

quiver - tiemblo; estremecer(se)

earthquake - sismo; terremoto

ascent - ascenso, elevación

spire - giro; aguja

rendered - rendido; dejar, volver

gusts - rachas; ráfaga, racha

steam - Vapor; vaporear; de vapor; al vapor

population - población

informed - informado; informar

creations - creaciones; creación

monstrosities - monstruosidades; monstruosidad

Altogether he had made nearly a hundred and twenty; but many had died, and others"like the writhing Footless Thing of which he had told me"had come by violent ends. In answer to my question, Montgomery said that they actually bore offspring, but that these generally died. When they lived, Moreau took them and stamped the human form upon them. There was no evidence of the inheritance of their acquired human characteristics. The females were less numerous than the males, and liable to much furtive persecution in spite of the monogamy the Law enjoined.

footless - Sin pies

actually - realmente

bore - perforar; (bear) perforar

offspring - escendencia; vástago, descendiente, sucesor

generally - en general; generalmente, por lo general

stamped - Sellado; (stamp); estampado, sello, timbrar, franquear

inheritance - herencia

acquired - dquirido; obtener, adquirir

characteristics - características; característico, característica

females - mujeres; femenino, hembra, hembra

numerous - numerosos; numeroso

liable - responsable

persecution - persecución

Monogamy - monogamia

enjoined - ordenado; imponer, ordenar, mandar, prohibir

[2]This description corresponds in every respect to Noble's Isle."C. E. P.

corresponds - corresponder, equivaler, corresponderse, cartearse

Isle - isla

It would be impossible for me to describe these Beast People in detail; my eye has had no training in details, and unhappily I cannot sketch. most striking, perhaps, in their general appearance was the disproportion between the legs of these creatures and the length of their bodies; and yet"so relative is our idea of grace"my eye became habituated to their forms, and at last I even fell in with their persuasion that my own long thighs were ungainly.

Unhappily - Infelizmente

sketch - boceto; bosquejar, esbozar, pergenar, esbozo, bosquejo

most striking - el más llamativo/impresionante

appearance - aparición, apariencia, hechura, estampa, aire

disproportion - desproporción

grace - gracias, benedícite, gracia, donaire, merced

habituated - habituarse

thighs - muslos; muslo, muslamen

Another point was the forward carriage of the head and the clumsy and inhuman curvature of the spine. Even the Ape-man lacked that inward sinuous curve of the back which makes the human figure so graceful. Most had their shoulders hunched clumsily, and their short forearms hung weakly at their sides. Few of them were conspicuously hairy, at least until the end of my time upon the island.

carriage - coche, carruaje

curvature - curvatura

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

sinuous - sinuoso

clumsily - torpemente, toscamente

conspicuously - lamativamente; notablemente, obviamente

The next most obvious deformity was in their faces, almost all of which were prognathous, malformed about the ears, with large and protuberant noses, very furry or very bristly hair, and often strangely-coloured or strangely-placed eyes. None could laugh, though the Ape-man had a chattering titter. Beyond these general characters their heads had little in common; each preserved the quality of its particular species: the human mark distorted but did not hide the leopard, the ox, or the sow, or other animal or animals, from which the creature had been moulded.

most obvious - el más obvio

deformity - deformidad

titter - teta; reír nerviosamente, dar la risa tonta

characters - personajes; personaje, característica, carácter

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

species - Especie

hide - esconderse; esconder(se), ocultar

sow - sembrar

The voices, too, varied exceedingly. The hands were always malformed; and though some surprised me by their unexpected human appearance, almost all were deficient in the number of the digits, clumsy about the finger-nails, and lacking any tactile sensibility.

varied - variada; variar

exceedingly - excesivamente; extremadamente, sumamente, sobremanera, asaz

surprised - sorprendido; sorpresa, sorprender

deficient - deficiente

finger-nails - (finger-nails) unas de los dedos

tactile - táctil

sensibility - sensibilidad

The two most formidable Animal Men were my Leopard-man and a creature made of hyena and swine. Larger than these were the three bull-creatures who pulled in the boat. Then came the silvery-hairy-man, who was also the Sayer of the Law, M'ling, and a satyr-like creature of ape and goat. There were three Swine-men and a Swine-woman, a mare-rhinoceros-creature, and several other females whose sources I did not ascertain.

hyena - hiena

swine - cerdo, canalla

pulled in - detener(se); atraer; aparcar

silvery - plateado, argénteo, argentino

satyr - sátiro

goat - cabra, chivo, libidinoso, libidinosa

mare - yegua

sources - fuentes; fuente, fontana, origen

ascertain - averiguar, determinar, establecer, definir

There were several wolf-creatures, a bear-bull, and a Saint-Bernard-man. I have already described the Ape-man, and there was a particularly hateful (and evil-smelling) old woman made of vixen and bear, whom I hated from the beginning. She was said to be a passionate votary of the Law. Smaller creatures were certain dappled youths and my little sloth-creature. But enough of this catalogue.

wolf - lobo, mujeriego, devorar, engullir

bear - oso; aguantar, soportar

Saint - San, Santa, Santo

particularly - en particular; particularmente

hateful - odioso, detestable

vixen - zorra, vulpécula, vulpeja, panish:

votary - Votario

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

catalogue - catálogo, calendario universitario, catalogar

At first I had a shivering horror of the brutes, felt all too keenly that they were still brutes; but insensibly I became a little habituated to the idea of them, and moreover I was affected by Montgomery's attitude towards them. He had been with them so long that he had come to regard them as almost normal human beings. His London days seemed a glorious, impossible past to him. Only once in a year or so did he go to Arica to deal with Moreau's agent, a trader in animals there. He hardly met the finest type of mankind in that seafaring village of Spanish mongrels.

shivering - Tiritando; (shiver) Tiritando

Moreover - además, adicionalmente, otrosí

affected - afectados; afectar

regard - respecto a; considerar

normal - normal, bien, sano, normal

glorious - glorioso

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

seafaring - marinero

Spanish - espanol; espanol, castellano, espanol, castellano, hispano

mongrels - mestizos; perro callejero, perro mestizo, cacri

The men aboard-ship, he told me, seemed at first just as strange to him as the Beast Men seemed to me,"unnaturally long in the leg, flat in the face, prominent in the forehead, suspicious, dangerous, and cold-hearted. In fact, he did not like men: his heart had warmed to me, he thought, because he had saved my life. I fancied even then that he had a sneaking kindness for some of these metamorphosed brutes, a vicious sympathy with some of their ways, but that he attempted to veil it from me at first.

unnaturally - De forma antinatural

suspicious - sospechoso, suspicaz, desconfiado

hearted - de corazón; corazón

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

kindness - amabilidad, bondad

metamorphosed - metamorfoseado; metamorfosear, metamorfar

vicious - panish: t-needed

sympathy - simpatía; compasión, empatía, compasión

veil - velo, velar

M'ling, the black-faced man, Montgomery's attendant, the first of the Beast Folk I had encountered, did not live with the others across the island, but in a small kennel at the back of the enclosure. The creature was scarcely so intelligent as the Ape-man, but far more docile, and the most human-looking of all the Beast Folk; and Montgomery had trained it to prepare food, and indeed to discharge all the trivial domestic offices that were required. It was a complex trophy of Moreau's horrible skill,"a bear, tainted with dog and ox, and one of the most elaborately made of all his creatures. It treated Montgomery with a strange tenderness and devotion. Sometimes he would notice it, pat it, call it half-mocking, half-jocular names, and so make it caper with extraordinary delight; sometimes he would ill-treat it, especially after he had been at the whiskey, kicking it, beating it, pelting it with stones or lighted fusees.

kennel - perrera; caseta de perro

intelligent - inteligente

more docile - más dócil

discharge - cumplir, completar, despedir, descargar, descargo, dar de alta

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

required - es necesario; requerir, necesitar

trophy - trofeo

tainted - manchada; echar a perder; contaminar

tenderness - ternura

devotion - devoción, dedicación, fervor, veneración

Pat - palmadita, caricia

jocular - humorístico, jocoso

caper - caperucita; juguetear, brincar

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

kicking - pateando; dar un puntapié, golpear con el pie, dar una patada a

beating it - ganar; superar

But whether he treated it well or ill, it loved nothing so much as to be near him.

whether - si, si , o, ya sea

I say I became habituated to the Beast People, that a thousand things which had seemed unnatural and repulsive speedily became natural and ordinary to me.

A thousand things - mil cosas

speedily - rápidamente

I suppose everything in existence takes its colour from the average hue of our surroundings. Montgomery and Moreau were too peculiar and individual to keep my general impressions of humanity well defined. I would see one of the clumsy bovine-creatures who worked the launch treading heavily through the undergrowth, and find myself asking, trying hard to recall, how he differed from some really human yokel trudging home from his mechanical labours; or I would meet the Fox-bear woman's vulpine, shifty face, strangely human in its speculative cunning, and even imagine I had met it before in some city byway.

average - promedio; media

surroundings - alrededores; periferia, rededor, derredor, circundante

defined - efinido; determinar, definir, definirse, aclarar, describir

bovine - bovino, vacuno, bovino

treading - Pisando; (tread) Pisando

heavily - pesadamente

differed - diferían; ser distinto

Yokel - palurdo

trudging - caminando; (trudge) caminando

mechanical - mecánico

labours - trabajos; trabajo, campesinos, trabajadores, parto, trabajar

fox - zorro, zorra, raposo, traposa

cunning - astucia; astuto

byway - Camino

Yet every now and then the beast would flash out upon me beyond doubt or denial. An ugly-looking man, a hunch-backed human savage to all appearance, squatting in the aperture of one of the dens, would stretch his arms and yawn, showing with startling suddenness scissor-edged incisors and sabre-like canines, keen and brilliant as knives. Or in some narrow pathway, glancing with a transitory daring into the eyes of some lithe, white-swathed female figure, I would suddenly see (with a spasmodic revulsion) that she had slit-like pupils, or glancing down note the curving nail with which she held her shapeless wrap about her.

beyond doubt - Sin lugar a dudas

denial - mentira, negación, negativa

hunch - presentimiento; corazonada, pálpito, intuición

scissor - tijeras; tijera, hacer la tijereta, hacer la tijera

edged - con bordes; orilla, borde, lado, arista, ventaja, filo

incisors - incisivos; diente incisivo

sabre - sable

canines - caninos; canino, perruno

keen - con ganas; entusiasta

spasmodic - espasmódico

slit - ranura, abertura, rendija, fisura, raja

curving - curvatura; curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

wrap - envolver; enrollar

It is a curious thing, by the bye, for which I am quite unable to account, that these weird creatures"the females, I mean"had in the earlier days of my stay an instinctive sense of their own repulsive clumsiness, and displayed in consequence a more than human regard for the decency and decorum of extensive costume.

unable - incapaz

weird - raro

instinctive - instintivo

consequence - consecuencia

decency - decencia

decorum - decoro, pundonor

extensive - extenso

costume - traje, disfraz


My inexperience as a writer betrays me, and I wander from the thread of my story.

inexperience - inexperiencia, bisonez

Betrays - traicionar, entregar, vender, delatar, demostrar

After I had breakfasted with Montgomery, he took me across the island to see the fumarole and the source of the hot spring into whose scalding waters I had blundered on the previous day. Both of us carried whips and loaded revolvers. While going through a leafy jungle on our road thither, we heard a rabbit squealing. We stopped and listened, but we heard no more; and presently we went on our way, and the incident dropped out of our minds. Montgomery called my attention to certain little pink animals with long hind-legs, that went leaping through the undergrowth. He told me they were creatures made of the offspring of the Beast People, that Moreau had invented. He had fancied they might serve for meat, but a rabbit-like habit of devouring their young had defeated this intention.

fumarole - fumarola

scalding - Hirviendo; (scald) Hirviendo

previous day - el día anterior

leafy - hojas; frondoso, foliáceo

thither - por allí, hacia allá

squealing - chillando; (squeal); chillido, chirrido, rechinido, chillar

incident - incidente

dropped out - abandonar; retirarse; alejarse de la sociedad

hind - detrás; cierva

invented - inventado; inventar

serve - servicio, servir, desempenar, fungir, operar, cernir

habit - hábito, costumbre

devouring - evorando; devorar, jambar

defeated - derrotado; vencer, derrotar

I had already encountered some of these creatures,"once during my moonlight flight from the Leopard-man, and once during my pursuit by Moreau on the previous day. By chance, one hopping to avoid us leapt into the hole caused by the uprooting of a wind-blown tree; before it could extricate itself we managed to catch it. It spat like a cat, scratched and kicked vigorously with its hind-legs, and made an attempt to bite; but its teeth were too feeble to inflict more than a painless pinch. It seemed to me rather a pretty little creature; and as Montgomery stated that it never destroyed the turf by burrowing, and was very cleanly in its habits, I should imagine it might prove a convenient substitute for the common rabbit in gentlemen's parks.

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

leapt - Saltó

hole - agujero

caused - causado; causa, causar

uprooting - desarraigo; (uproot) desarraigo

extricate - extraer; librar, sacar

managed - manejado; manejar, conseguir, lograr, apanárselas

spat - Escupir

scratched - rayado; rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo

vigorously - enérgicamente; vigorosamente

inflict - infligir

painless - sin dolor, indoloro

pinch - pellizcar, repizcar, afanar, chorizar, pellizco

stated - declarado; Estado, declarar, indicar

turf - césped, terreno, territorio, tepe, gallón, turba, hipódromo

burrowing - escarbando; madriguera, ratonera, socavar

cleanly - limpiamente

Prove - probar

Convenient - conveniente, cómodo

substitute - sustituir, substituir, sustituto, substituto, suplente

We also saw on our way the trunk of a tree barked in long strips and splintered deeply. Montgomery called my attention to this. "Not to claw bark of trees, that is the Law," he said. "Much some of them care for it!" It was after this, I think, that we met the Satyr and the Ape-man.

trunk - tronco, baúl, trompa

barked - ladró; ladrido

strips - tiras; quitar, desprender; arrancar; despojar

splintered - Esquirla

deeply - profundamente; a fondo

The Satyr was a gleam of classical memory on the part of Moreau,"his face ovine in expression, like the coarser Hebrew type; his voice a harsh bleat, his nether extremities Satanic. He was gnawing the husk of a pod-like fruit as he passed us. Both of them saluted Montgomery.

classical - clásico

ovine - ovino, ovejuno

coarser - más grueso; tosco, rústico, rudo, bruto

Hebrew - hebreo, hebreo, hebrea

harsh - áspero, duro, severo, despotricar

bleat - balido, balar

extremities - extremidades; extremidad

satanic - satánico

husk - cáscara (cereales), vaina (judías, por ej.)

pod - vaina, cápsula de escape, manada

saluted - saludado; saludo, venia

"Hail," said they, "to the Other with the Whip!"

"There's a Third with a Whip now," said Montgomery. "So you'd better mind!"

"Was he not made?" said the Ape-man. "He said"he said he was made."

The Satyr-man looked curiously at me. "The Third with the Whip, he that walks weeping into the sea, has a thin white face."

weeping - Llorando; (weep) Llorando

"He has a thin long whip," said Montgomery.

"Yesterday he bled and wept," said the Satyr. "You never bleed nor weep. The Master does not bleed or weep."

bled - sangrar, desangrar, purgar, sangría, sangrado, sangre

wept - lloró; llorar

bleed - sangrar, desangrar, purgar, sangría, sangrado, sangre

Master - maestro; senor, dueno; senora, duena

"Ollendorffian beggar!" said Montgomery, "you'll bleed and weep if you don't look out!"

"He has five fingers, he is a five-man like me," said the Ape-man.

"Come along, Prendick," said Montgomery, taking my arm; and I went on with him.

The Satyr and the Ape-man stood watching us and making other remarks to each other.

remarks - observaciones; observación, comentario

"He says nothing," said the Satyr. "Men have voices."

"Yesterday he asked me of things to eat," said the Ape-man. "He did not know."

Then they spoke inaudible things, and I heard the Satyr laughing.

It was on our way back that we came upon the dead rabbit. The red body of the wretched little beast was rent to pieces, many of the ribs stripped white, and the backbone indisputably gnawed.

rent - alquiler; (rend); rasgar, destrozar, desgajar, romper

ribs - costillas; costilla

stripped - despojado; quitar, desprender; arrancar; despojar

At that Montgomery stopped. "Good God!" said he, stooping down, and picking up some of the crushed vertebrae to examine them more closely. "Good God!" he repeated, "what can this mean?"

stooping - inclinarse, agacharse

picking - Recogiendo; (pic) Recogiendo

crushed - aplastado; aplastamiento, enamoramiento, aplastar, destripar

vertebrae - vértebras; vértebra

examine - examinar, analizar, auscultar

"Some carnivore of yours has remembered its old habits," I said after a pause. "This backbone has been bitten through."

carnivore - carnívoro

bitten - mordido; morder, picar, mordida, mordedura, mordisco, picadura

He stood staring, with his face white and his lip pulled askew. "I don't like this," he said slowly.

"I saw something of the same kind," said I, "the first day I came here."

"The devil you did! What was it?"

"A rabbit with its head twisted off."

"The day you came here?"

"The day I came here. In the undergrowth at the back of the enclosure, when I went out in the evening. The head was completely wrung off."

wrung - escurrido; torcer, retorcer

He gave a long, low whistle.

whistle - silbar; silbato, pito, chifle, pitido

"And what is more, I have an idea which of your brutes did the thing. It's only a suspicion, you know. Before I came on the rabbit I saw one of your monsters drinking in the stream."

"Sucking his drink?"


"˜Not to suck your drink; that is the Law.'Much the brutes care for the Law, eh? when Moreau's not about!"

"It was the brute who chased me."

"Of course," said Montgomery; "it's just the way with carnivores. After a kill, they drink. It's the taste of blood, you know."What was the brute like?" he continued. "Would you know him again?" He glanced about us, standing astride over the mess of dead rabbit, his eyes roving among the shadows and screens of greenery, the lurking-places and ambuscades of the forest that bounded us in. "The taste of blood," he said again.

carnivores - carnívoros; carnívoro

astride - a horcajadas

mess - desastre, enredo, lío

screens - pantallas; mampara, pantalla, biombo, tamiz, malla

He took out his revolver, examined the cartridges in it and replaced it. Then he began to pull at his dropping lip.

cartridges - cartuchos; cartucho, cartuchera, cartucho de tinta

"I think I should know the brute again," I said. "I stunned him. He ought to have a handsome bruise on the forehead of him."

handsome - apuesto, guapo, de buen parecer, lindo

bruise - moretón; magullar, contusionar, mazar, machacar, macarse

"But then we have to prove that he killed the rabbit," said Montgomery. "I wish I'd never brought the things here."

I should have gone on, but he stayed there thinking over the mangled rabbit in a puzzle-headed way. As it was, I went to such a distance that the rabbit's remains were hidden.

mangled - destrozado; destrozar, despedazar, aplastar

puzzle - rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar, dejar perplejo

"Come on!" I said.

Presently he woke up and came towards me. "You see," he said, almost in a whisper, "they are all supposed to have a fixed idea against eating anything that runs on land. If some brute has by any accident tasted blood""

We went on some way in silence. "I wonder what can have happened," he said to himself. Then, after a pause again: "I did a foolish thing the other day. That servant of mine"I showed him how to skin and cook a rabbit. It's odd"I saw him licking his hands"It never occurred to me."

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

foolish - tonto, necio, imprudente

servant - sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

Then: "We must put a stop to this. I must tell Moreau."

He could think of nothing else on our homeward journey.

homeward journey - viaje de vuelta a casa

Moreau took the matter even more seriously than Montgomery, and I need scarcely say that I was affected by their evident consternation.

seriously - en serio, seriamente

evident - es evidente; evidente, constatable

consternation - consternación, abatimiento, postración

"We must make an example," said Moreau. "I've no doubt in my own mind that the Leopard-man was the sinner. But how can we prove it? I wish, Montgomery, you had kept your taste for meat in hand, and gone without these exciting novelties. We may find ourselves in a mess yet, through it."

sinner - pecador, pecadora

novelties - novedades; novedad

"I was a silly ass," said Montgomery. "But the thing's done now; and you said I might have them, you know."

"We must see to the thing at once," said Moreau. "I suppose if anything should turn up, M'ling can take care of himself?"

turn up - Aparecer; subir, aumentar

"I'm not so sure of M'ling," said Montgomery. "I think I ought to know him."

In the afternoon, Moreau, Montgomery, myself, and M'ling went across the island to the huts in the ravine. We three were armed; M'ling carried the little hatchet he used in chopping firewood, and some coils of wire. Moreau had a huge cowherd's horn slung over his shoulder.

hatchet - hacha

chopping - Cortando; (chop) Cortando

firewood - lena; lena

Coils - bobinas; enroscarse

wire - alambre, hilo, cable

cowherd - vaquero

horn - cuerno

"You will see a gathering of the Beast People," said Montgomery. "It is a pretty sight!"

gathering - reunión; (gather); juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular

Moreau said not a word on the way, but the expression of his heavy, white-fringed face was grimly set.

grimly - Con tristeza

We crossed the ravine down which smoked the stream of hot water, and followed the winding pathway through the canebrakes until we reached a wide area covered over with a thick, powdery yellow substance which I believe was sulphur. Above the shoulder of a weedy bank the sea glittered. We came to a kind of shallow natural amphitheatre, and here the four of us halted. Then Moreau sounded the horn, and broke the sleeping stillness of the tropical afternoon. He must have had strong lungs.

smoked - fumado; humo

substance - sustancia, enjundia

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

amphitheatre - anfiteatro

tropical - tropical

lungs - pulmones; pulmón

The hooting note rose and rose amidst its echoes, to at last an ear-penetrating intensity.

hooting - gritos; ululato, grito, chillo

Echoes - ecos; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

penetrating - penetrante; penetrar

"Ah!" said Moreau, letting the curved instrument fall to his side again.

instrument - instrumento, herramienta

fall to - tocarle a alguien hacer algo, corresponder a

Immediately there was a crashing through the yellow canes, and a sound of voices from the dense green jungle that marked the morass through which I had run on the previous day. Then at three or four points on the edge of the sulphurous area appeared the grotesque forms of the Beast People hurrying towards us.

morass - arasmo; pantano

hurrying - Prisa; (hurry); prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

I could not help a creeping horror, as I perceived first one and then another trot out from the trees or reeds and come shambling along over the hot dust. But Moreau and Montgomery stood calmly enough; and, perforce, I stuck beside them.

trot - trotar

shambling - Caminar; (shamble); arrastrar los pies

First to arrive was the Satyr, strangely unreal for all that he cast a shadow and tossed the dust with his hoofs. After him from the brake came a monstrous lout, a thing of horse and rhinoceros, chewing a straw as it came; then appeared the Swine-woman and two Wolf-women; then the Fox-bear witch, with her red eyes in her peaked red face, and then others,"all hurrying eagerly. As they came forward they began to cringe towards Moreau and chant, quite regardless of one another, fragments of the latter half of the litany of the Law,""His is the Hand that wounds; His is the Hand that heals," and so forth.

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

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

hoofs - cascos; pezuna, casco

monstrous - monstruoso

lout - patán; gamberro, bruto

chewing - masticar, mascar

witch - bruja

peaked - llegó a su punto máximo; pico, cumbre

cringe - encogerse; contraerse, grima

regardless - a pesar de todo; en cualquier caso

As soon as they had approached within a distance of perhaps thirty yards they halted, and bowing on knees and elbows began flinging the white dust upon their heads.

bowing - Inclinarse; (bow) Inclinarse

flinging - lanzamiento; arrojar, lanzar

"Sixty-two, sixty-three," counted Moreau. "There are four more."

"I do not see the Leopard-man," said I.

Presently Moreau sounded the great horn again, and at the sound of it all the Beast People writhed and grovelled in the dust. Then, slinking out of the canebrake, stooping near the ground and trying to join the dust-throwing circle behind Moreau's back, came the Leopard-man. The last of the Beast People to arrive was the little Ape-man. The earlier animals, hot and weary with their grovelling, shot vicious glances at him.

grovelled - se arrastró; humillarse, panish: t-needed

throwing - Lanzamiento; (throw) Lanzamiento

grovelling - Arrastrándose; (grovel); humillarse, panish: t-needed

glances - miradas; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

"Cease!" said Moreau, in his firm, loud voice; and the Beast People sat back upon their hams and rested from their worshipping.

cease - cesar, parar, terminar

hams - jamones; jamón

worshipping - dorando; adoración, culto, checkalabanza, adorar, checkvenerar

"Where is the Sayer of the Law?" said Moreau, and the hairy-grey monster bowed his face in the dust.

"Say the words!" said Moreau.

Forthwith all in the kneeling assembly, swaying from side to side and dashing up the sulphur with their hands,"first the right hand and a puff of dust, and then the left,"began once more to chant their strange litany. When they reached, "Not to eat Flesh or Fish, that is the Law," Moreau held up his lank white hand.

kneeling - De rodillas; (kneel); arrodillarse

assembly - ensamblaje, ensamblaje, montaje, asamblea, ensamblador

dashing - legante; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

puff - soplar; soplo, racha, ráfaga; bocanada

"Stop!" he cried, and there fell absolute silence upon them all.

absolute - absoluto, completo, pleno

I think they all knew and dreaded what was coming. I looked round at their strange faces. When I saw their wincing attitudes and the furtive dread in their bright eyes, I wondered that I had ever believed them to be men.

wincing - Gestos de dolor; (wince) Gestos de dolor

attitudes - actitudes; postura, actitud

"That Law has been broken!" said Moreau.

"None escape," from the faceless creature with the silvery hair. "None escape," repeated the kneeling circle of Beast People.

"Who is he?" cried Moreau, and looked round at their faces, cracking his whip. I fancied the Hyena-swine looked dejected, so too did the Leopard-man. Moreau stopped, facing this creature, who cringed towards him with the memory and dread of infinite torment.

cracking - fisuras; agrietamiento; (crack) fisuras; agrietamiento

dejected - desanimado

cringed - acojonado; contraerse, grima

"Who is he?" repeated Moreau, in a voice of thunder.

thunder - trueno, estruendo, fragor, tronar

"Evil is he who breaks the Law," chanted the Sayer of the Law.

he who - Él que

chanted - cantado; salmodiar

Moreau looked into the eyes of the Leopard-man, and seemed to be dragging the very soul out of the creature.

dragging - arrastrando; llevar a rastras

"Who breaks the Law"" said Moreau, taking his eyes off his victim, and turning towards us (it seemed to me there was a touch of exultation in his voice).

"Goes back to the House of Pain," they all clamoured,""goes back to the House of Pain, O Master!"

clamoured - clamado; clamor, griterío

"Back to the House of Pain,"back to the House of Pain," gabbled the Ape-man, as though the idea was sweet to him.

sweet - dulcemente, dulce, caramelo, chuche, confite

"Do you hear?" said Moreau, turning back to the criminal, "my friend"Hullo!"

turning back - volver, regresar

criminal - criminal

For the Leopard-man, released from Moreau's eye, had risen straight from his knees, and now, with eyes aflame and his huge feline tusks flashing out from under his curling lips, leapt towards his tormentor. I am convinced that only the madness of unendurable fear could have prompted this attack. The whole circle of threescore monsters seemed to rise about us. I drew my revolver. The two figures collided. I saw Moreau reeling back from the Leopard-man's blow. There was a furious yelling and howling all about us. Every one was moving rapidly. For a moment I thought it was a general revolt. The furious face of the Leopard-man flashed by mine, with M'ling close in pursuit.

risen - resucitado; aumentar; subir

aflame - en llamas, llameante

tusks - colmillos; colmillo

tormentor - atormentador

unendurable - insoportable

prompted - impulsado; rápido, pronto, puntual, pie, entrada, senal

threescore - treinta

collided - chocaron; chocar, tropezar

yelling - Gritando; (yell) Gritando

revolt - alzarse en protesta, rebelión, revuelta

I saw the yellow eyes of the Hyena-swine blazing with excitement, his attitude as if he were half resolved to attack me. The Satyr, too, glared at me over the Hyena-swine's hunched shoulders. I heard the crack of Moreau's pistol, and saw the pink flash dart across the tumult. The whole crowd seemed to swing round in the direction of the glint of fire, and I too was swung round by the magnetism of the movement. In another second I was running, one of a tumultuous shouting crowd, in pursuit of the escaping Leopard-man.

blazing - ardiendo; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

dart - dardo, flechilla

crowd - gente; multitud, muchedumbre

magnetism - magnetismo

escaping - escapando; escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

That is all I can tell definitely. I saw the Leopard-man strike Moreau, and then everything spun about me until I was running headlong. M'ling was ahead, close in pursuit of the fugitive. Behind, their tongues already lolling out, ran the Wolf-women in great leaping strides. The Swine folk followed, squealing with excitement, and the two Bull-men in their swathings of white.

definitely - definitivamente, indudablemente

spun - hilado; hacer girar

ahead - al frente de, delante de, adelante

fugitive - fugitivo, prófugo, fugaz

tongues - lenguas; lengua, tsinhueso, lengüeta

lolling - acostarse; recostarse, arrellanarse, repanchingarse

strides - estridente

Then came Moreau in a cluster of the Beast People, his wide-brimmed straw hat blown off, his revolver in hand, and his lank white hair streaming out. The Hyena-swine ran beside me, keeping pace with me and glancing furtively at me out of his feline eyes, and the others came pattering and shouting behind us.

brimmed - de ala; borde

straw hat - un sombrero de paja

blown off - volarse; tirarse un pedo

The Leopard-man went bursting his way through the long canes, which sprang back as he passed, and rattled in M'ling's face. We others in the rear found a trampled path for us when we reached the brake.

bursting - reventar, romper, ráfaga, estallo, reventón

rattled - molesto; hacer sonar, hacer vibrar

trampled - pisoteado; pisotear, hollar, maltratar, humillar, ofender

The chase lay through the brake for perhaps a quarter of a mile, and then plunged into a dense thicket, which retarded our movements exceedingly, though we went through it in a crowd together,"fronds flicking into our faces, ropy creepers catching us under the chin or gripping our ankles, thorny plants hooking into and tearing cloth and flesh together.

retarded - perecear, retrasado, retrasada

crowd together - agolparse, amontonarse

flicking - flicking; sacudir

chin - barbilla, mentón

ankles - tobillos; tobillo

hooking into - conectarse a algo

"He has gone on all-fours through this," panted Moreau, now just ahead of me.

panted - jadeaba; jadear, resollar

"None escape," said the Wolf-bear, laughing into my face with the exultation of hunting. We burst out again among rocks, and saw the quarry ahead running lightly on all-fours and snarling at us over his shoulder. At that the Wolf Folk howled with delight. The Thing was still clothed, and at a distance its face still seemed human; but the carriage of its four limbs was feline, and the furtive droop of its shoulder was distinctly that of a hunted animal.

rocks - rocas; roca

quarry - cantera

lightly - a la ligera; ligeramente

It leapt over some thorny yellow-flowering bushes, and was hidden. M'ling was halfway across the space.

halfway - a medio camino; a mediados, a mitad de, a caballo entre

Most of us now had lost the first speed of the chase, and had fallen into a longer and steadier stride. I saw as we traversed the open that the pursuit was now spreading from a column into a line. The Hyena-swine still ran close to me, watching me as it ran, every now and then puckering its muzzle with a snarling laugh. At the edge of the rocks the Leopard-man, realising that he was making for the projecting cape upon which he had stalked me on the night of my arrival, had doubled in the undergrowth; but Montgomery had seen the manoeuvre, and turned him again.

Speed - velocidad

steadier - Más firme; (steady); firme, liso, fijo

stride - andar a zancadas

traversed - travesado; atravesar, recorrer

column - columna

puckering - arrugándose; arrugar, arruga

realising - Te das cuenta

stalked - acosado; tallo

manoeuvre - maniobra

So, panting, tumbling against rocks, torn by brambles, impeded by ferns and reeds, I helped to pursue the Leopard-man who had broken the Law, and the Hyena-swine ran, laughing savagely, by my side. I staggered on, my head reeling and my heart beating against my ribs, tired almost to death, and yet not daring to lose sight of the chase lest I should be left alone with this horrible companion. I staggered on in spite of infinite fatigue and the dense heat of the tropical afternoon.

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

brambles - arbusto

impeded - Impedir

pursue - perseguir, apuntar a

fatigue - fatiga, fatigar, acosar

At last the fury of the hunt slackened. We had pinned the wretched brute into a corner of the island. Moreau, whip in hand, marshalled us all into an irregular line, and we advanced now slowly, shouting to one another as we advanced and tightening the cordon about our victim. He lurked noiseless and invisible in the bushes through which I had run from him during that midnight pursuit.

fury - furia

hunt - cazar, buscar, caza

slackened - flojado; aflojar

pinned - inmovilizado; alfiler

marshalled - marchado; mariscal, formar, recopilar, empaquetar

"Steady!" cried Moreau, "steady!" as the ends of the line crept round the tangle of undergrowth and hemmed the brute in.

hemmed - con dobladillo; dobladillo

"Ware a rush!" came the voice of Montgomery from beyond the thicket.

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

I was on the slope above the bushes; Montgomery and Moreau beat along the beach beneath. Slowly we pushed in among the fretted network of branches and leaves. The quarry was silent.

beneath - por debajo; bajo

pushed in - empujado

fretted - inquieto; preocuparse

branches - ramas; rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

"Back to the House of Pain, the House of Pain, the House of Pain!" yelped the voice of the Ape-man, some twenty yards to the right.

When I heard that, I forgave the poor wretch all the fear he had inspired in me. I heard the twigs snap and the boughs swish aside before the heavy tread of the Horse-rhinoceros upon my right.

forgave - perdonó; perdonar, disculpar

wretch - desgraciado, miserable

inspired - inspirado; inspirar, infundir

twigs - amitas; ramita

boughs - ramas; rama

Then suddenly through a polygon of green, in the half darkness under the luxuriant growth, I saw the creature we were hunting. I halted. He was crouched together into the smallest possible compass, his luminous green eyes turned over his shoulder regarding me.

polygon - polígono

smallest possible - el más pequeno posible

It may seem a strange contradiction in me,"I cannot explain the fact,"but now, seeing the creature there in a perfectly animal attitude, with the light gleaming in its eyes and its imperfectly human face distorted with terror, I realised again the fact of its humanity. In another moment other of its pursuers would see it, and it would be overpowered and captured, to experience once more the horrible tortures of the enclosure. Abruptly I slipped out my revolver, aimed between its terror-struck eyes, and fired.

imperfectly - imperfectamente

overpowered - potente; dominar, vencer, panish: t-needed

captured - capturado; captura, capturar

Experience - experiencia, vivencia, experimentar, vivir

tortures - orturas; tortura, suplicio, torturar

aimed - dirigido; apuntar

As I did so, the Hyena-swine saw the Thing, and flung itself upon it with an eager cry, thrusting thirsty teeth into its neck. All about me the green masses of the thicket were swaying and cracking as the Beast People came rushing together. One face and then another appeared.

eager - ávido, ansioso, deseoso

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

"Don't kill it, Prendick!" cried Moreau. "Don't kill it!" and I saw him stooping as he pushed through under the fronds of the big ferns.

In another moment he had beaten off the Hyena-swine with the handle of his whip, and he and Montgomery were keeping away the excited carnivorous Beast People, and particularly M'ling, from the still quivering body. The hairy-grey Thing came sniffing at the corpse under my arm. The other animals, in their animal ardour, jostled me to get a nearer view.

keeping away - Mantenerse alejado

carnivorous - carnívoro

corpse - cuerpo, cadáver

ardour - ardor

jostled - empujado; codear, empujar

"Confound you, Prendick!" said Moreau. "I wanted him."

Confound - confundir, empeorar

"I'm sorry," said I, though I was not. "It was the impulse of the moment." I felt sick with exertion and excitement. Turning, I pushed my way out of the crowding Beast People and went on alone up the slope towards the higher part of the headland. Under the shouted directions of Moreau I heard the three white-swathed Bull-men begin dragging the victim down towards the water.

sick with - padecer una enfermedad; enfermo de

crowding - aglomeración; multitud, muchedumbre

directions - direcciones; dirección

It was easy now for me to be alone. The Beast People manifested a quite human curiosity about the dead body, and followed it in a thick knot, sniffing and growling at it as the Bull-men dragged it down the beach. I went to the headland and watched the bull-men, black against the evening sky as they carried the weighted dead body out to sea; and like a wave across my mind came the realisation of the unspeakable aimlessness of things upon the island. Upon the beach among the rocks beneath me were the Ape-man, the Hyena-swine, and several other of the Beast People, standing about Montgomery and Moreau.

manifested - manifestado; manifiesto, evidente, declaración de carga

dragged - arrastrado; llevar a rastras

weighted - pesado; peso, pesa, pesar, ponderar

standing about - estar sin hacer nada, haraganear

They were all still intensely excited, and all overflowing with noisy expressions of their loyalty to the Law; yet I felt an absolute assurance in my own mind that the Hyena-swine was implicated in the rabbit-killing. A strange persuasion came upon me, that, save for the grossness of the line, the grotesqueness of the forms, I had here before me the whole balance of human life in miniature, the whole interplay of instinct, reason, and fate in its simplest form. The Leopard-man had happened to go under: that was all the difference. Poor brute!

intensely - intensamente

overflowing - desbordante; (overflow); desbordamiento, aliviadero, escape

noisy - ruidoso

expressions - expresiones; expresión, frase hecha

loyalty - lealtad, lealtad

implicated - implicado; implicar

killing - matando; mortal, asesinato; (kill) matando; mortal, asesinato

grossness - Asquerosidad

grotesqueness - lo grotesco

miniature - miniatura

interplay - interacción

simplest - más sencillo; simple, sencillo, simple

Poor brutes! I began to see the viler aspect of Moreau's cruelty. I had not thought before of the pain and trouble that came to these poor victims after they had passed from Moreau's hands. I had shivered only at the days of actual torment in the enclosure. But now that seemed to me the lesser part. Before, they had been beasts, their instincts fitly adapted to their surroundings, and happy as living things may be.

viler - viler; vil

aspect - aspecto

actual - real, existente, verdadero, efectivo, actual

lesser - menos

fitly - En forma

adapted - adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptado

Now they stumbled in the shackles of humanity, lived in a fear that never died, fretted by a law they could not understand; their mock-human existence, begun in an agony, was one long internal struggle, one long dread of Moreau"and for what? It was the wantonness of it that stirred me.

shackles - Grillete

Mock - imitación, burla, simulacro, imitar, remedar, burlar

agony - agonía, angustia

internal - interno, interior

stirred - agitado; remover, revolver

Had Moreau had any intelligible object, I could have sympathised at least a little with him. I am not so squeamish about pain as that. I could have forgiven him a little even, had his motive been only hate. But he was so irresponsible, so utterly careless! His curiosity, his mad, aimless investigations, drove him on; and the Things were thrown out to live a year or so, to struggle and blunder and suffer, and at last to die painfully.

intelligible - inteligible

sympathised - Simpatizar

squeamish - remilgado, quisquilloso, aprensivo

forgiven - perdonado; perdonar, disculpar

motive - motivo, móbil

irresponsible - irresponsable

utterly - Completamente

careless - descuidado, irresponsable, negligente, dejado

aimless - sin rumbo, sin objeto

blunder - una metedura de pata; error

They were wretched in themselves; the old animal hate moved them to trouble one another; the Law held them back from a brief hot struggle and a decisive end to their natural animosities.

decisive - decisivo, decidido

animosities - animidades; animosidad, animadversión

In those days my fear of the Beast People went the way of my personal fear for Moreau. I fell indeed into a morbid state, deep and enduring, and alien to fear, which has left permanent scars upon my mind. I must confess that I lost faith in the sanity of the world when I saw it suffering the painful disorder of this island. A blind Fate, a vast pitiless mechanism, seemed to cut and shape the fabric of existence and I, Moreau (by his passion for research), Montgomery (by his passion for drink), the Beast People with their instincts and mental restrictions, were torn and crushed, ruthlessly, inevitably, amid the infinite complexity of its incessant wheels.

alien - desconocido, desconocida, advena, extranjero, extranjera

permanent - permanente

Faith - fe, confianza

sanity - la cordura; cordura, sensatez

disorder - desorden, disturbio, desenfreno, trastorno

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

vast - vasta; vasto, enorme

mechanism - mecanismo

fabric - tela, tejido, género

restrictions - restricciones; restricción

ruthlessly - sin piedad; despiadamente, cruelmente, sádicamente

inevitably - inevitablemente, indefectiblemente

complexity - complejidad

incessant - incesante

wheels - ruedas; rueda, pez gordo, llanta, rodar, circunvolar

But this condition did not come all at once: I think indeed that I anticipate a little in speaking of it now.

anticipate - anticiparse; anticipar, prever


catastrophe - una catástrofe; catástrofe

Scarcely six weeks passed before I had lost every feeling but dislike and abhorrence for this infamous experiment of Moreau's. My one idea was to get away from these horrible caricatures of my Maker's image, back to the sweet and wholesome intercourse of men. My fellow-creatures, from whom I was thus separated, began to assume idyllic virtue and beauty in my memory. My first friendship with Montgomery did not increase. His long separation from humanity, his secret vice of drunkenness, his evident sympathy with the Beast People, tainted him to me.

dislike - aversión, disgusto, antipatía, desagradar, no gustar

abhorrence - aversión; aborrecimiento, odio, repugnancia

infamous - infame; de mala fama, malfamado, malafamado

image - imagen

wholesome - saludable, sano, íntegro

intercourse - conversación, coito, acto sexual, relación sexual

separated - separados; separado, separar, disgregar

assume - suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

idyllic - idílico

virtue - virtud

friendship - amistad

separation - separación

vice - vicio; torno de banco

drunkenness - borrachera, embriaguez, pedo, cogorza

Several times I let him go alone among them. I avoided intercourse with them in every possible way. I spent an increasing proportion of my time upon the beach, looking for some liberating sail that never appeared,"until one day there fell upon us an appalling disaster, which put an altogether different aspect upon my strange surroundings.

avoided - evitado; evitar, esquivar

increasing - aumentando; (increase); aumentar, acrecentar, incrementar, subir

liberating - liberador; liberar

appalling - spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard; (appal) spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard

It was about seven or eight weeks after my landing,"rather more, I think, though I had not troubled to keep account of the time,"when this catastrophe occurred. It happened in the early morning"I should think about six. I had risen and breakfasted early, having been aroused by the noise of three Beast Men carrying wood into the enclosure.

After breakfast I went to the open gateway of the enclosure, and stood there smoking a cigarette and enjoying the freshness of the early morning. Moreau presently came round the corner of the enclosure and greeted me. He passed by me, and I heard him behind me unlock and enter his laboratory.

gateway - puerta de enlace; portal, checkpuerta, checkverja, checkpórtico

cigarette - un cigarrillo; cigarrillo, pitillo

freshness - frescura, frescor

greeted - saludado; saludar

unlock - abrir, abrir con llave, desatrancar, desbloquear

So indurated was I at that time to the abomination of the place, that I heard without a touch of emotion the puma victim begin another day of torture. It met its persecutor with a shriek, almost exactly like that of an angry virago.

persecutor - perseguidor

shriek - gritar; alarido, chillido, chillar

virago - virago

Then suddenly something happened,"I do not know what, to this day. I heard a short, sharp cry behind me, a fall, and turning saw an awful face rushing upon me,"not human, not animal, but hellish, brown, seamed with red branching scars, red drops starting out upon it, and the lidless eyes ablaze. I threw up my arm to defend myself from the blow that flung me headlong with a broken forearm; and the great monster, swathed in lint and with red-stained bandages fluttering about it, leapt over me and passed.

hellish - infernal

seamed - cosido; costura

branching - Bifurcación; (branch); rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo

drops - gotas; gota

lidless - Sin tapa

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

defend - defender

forearm - antebrazo

lint - pelusa; hilas

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

bandages - vendas; venda, vendaje, vendar

fluttering - agitación; ondear, aletear

I rolled over and over down the beach, tried to sit up, and collapsed upon my broken arm. Then Moreau appeared, his massive white face all the more terrible for the blood that trickled from his forehead. He carried a revolver in one hand. He scarcely glanced at me, but rushed off at once in pursuit of the puma.

sit up - incorporarse; ponerse en guardia; sentar a alguien

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

more terrible - más terrible

trickled - goteado; riachuelo, chorreo, instilar, chorrear, gotear

I tried the other arm and sat up. The muffled figure in front ran in great striding leaps along the beach, and Moreau followed her. She turned her head and saw him, then doubling abruptly made for the bushes. She gained upon him at every stride. I saw her plunge into them, and Moreau, running slantingly to intercept her, fired and missed as she disappeared. Then he too vanished in the green confusion.

striding - dando zancadas; andar a zancadas

leaps - saltos; saltar, brincar

doubling - doblar; (double); doble, doblado, bicapa, encorvado, doble

plunge - saltar; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

intercept - interceptar, interrumpir

I stared after them, and then the pain in my arm flamed up, and with a groan I staggered to my feet. Montgomery appeared in the doorway, dressed, and with his revolver in his hand.

flamed up - Prenderse fuego; arder, encenderse

groan - gimoteo; gemido, grunido, gemir, grunir

"Great God, Prendick!" he said, not noticing that I was hurt, "that brute's loose! Tore the fetter out of the wall! Have you seen them?" Then sharply, seeing I gripped my arm, "What's the matter?"

noticing - te das cuenta; comunicación, notificación, darse cuenta

fetter - grillos, pihuelas, or animals, grillos, pihuela

What's the matter? - ?Qué pasa?

"I was standing in the doorway," said I.

He came forward and took my arm. "Blood on the sleeve," said he, and rolled back the flannel. He pocketed his weapon, felt my arm about painfully, and led me inside. "Your arm is broken," he said, and then, "Tell me exactly how it happened"what happened?"

sleeve - manga, funda, enfundar

flannel - panela; franela

inside - interior, dentro, adentro, dentro de

I told him what I had seen; told him in broken sentences, with gasps of pain between them, and very dexterously and swiftly he bound my arm meanwhile. He slung it from my shoulder, stood back and looked at me.

dexterously - diestramente, con destreza

Swiftly - rápido; rápidamente

"You'll do," he said. "And now?"

He thought. Then he went out and locked the gates of the enclosure. He was absent some time.

gates - puertas; puerta; verja

absent - ausente

I was chiefly concerned about my arm. The incident seemed merely one more of many horrible things. I sat down in the deck chair, and I must admit swore heartily at the island. The first dull feeling of injury in my arm had already given way to a burning pain when Montgomery reappeared. His face was rather pale, and he showed more of his lower gums than ever.

concerned - preocupado; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar

injury - herida, lesión, lastimadura

given way - ceder el paso

gums - encías; encía

"I can neither see nor hear anything of him," he said. "I've been thinking he may want my help." He stared at me with his expressionless eyes. "That was a strong brute," he said. "It simply wrenched its fetter out of the wall." He went to the window, then to the door, and there turned to me. "I shall go after him," he said. "There's another revolver I can leave with you. To tell you the truth, I feel anxious somehow."

expressionless - sin expresión; inexpresivo

wrenched - desgarrado; arrancar

He obtained the weapon, and put it ready to my hand on the table; then went out, leaving a restless contagion in the air. I did not sit long after he left, but took the revolver in hand and went to the doorway.

The morning was as still as death. Not a whisper of wind was stirring; the sea was like polished glass, the sky empty, the beach desolate. In my half-excited, half-feverish state, this stillness of things oppressed me. I tried to whistle, and the tune died away. I swore again,"the second time that morning. Then I went to the corner of the enclosure and stared inland at the green bush that had swallowed up Moreau and Montgomery. When would they return, and how? Then far away up the beach a little grey Beast Man appeared, ran down to the water's edge and began splashing about.

polished - pulido; polaco, polonés, polaco

feverish - fiebre; febril

oppressed - primidos; oprimir

bush - arbusto

swallowed - tragado; tragar, engullir

splashing - Salpicaduras; (splash); salpicadura, chapotear, salpicar

I strolled back to the doorway, then to the corner again, and so began pacing to and fro like a sentinel upon duty. Once I was arrested by the distant voice of Montgomery bawling, "Coo-ee"Moreau!" My arm became less painful, but very hot. I got feverish and thirsty. My shadow grew shorter. I watched the distant figure until it went away again. Would Moreau and Montgomery never return? Three sea-birds began fighting for some stranded treasure.

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

pacing - itmo; paso

sentinel - guarda, centinela

Duty - deber, obligación, cometido, menester, arancel

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

distant - distante, a distancia, hurano, remoto

ee - e

stranded - encallado; varar

treasure - tesoro, atesorar

Then from far away behind the enclosure I heard a pistol-shot. A long silence, and then came another. Then a yelling cry nearer, and another dismal gap of silence. My unfortunate imagination set to work to torment me. Then suddenly a shot close by. I went to the corner, startled, and saw Montgomery,"his face scarlet, his hair disordered, and the knee of his trousers torn.

dismal - lúgubre; mísero, miserable, triste, deprimente

unfortunate - desafortunado, desgraciado

His face expressed profound consternation. Behind him slouched the Beast Man, M'ling, and round M'ling's jaws were some queer dark stains.

expressed - expresado; expresar

profound - profundo

stains - manchas; mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante

"Has he come?" said Montgomery.

"Moreau?" said I. "No."

"My God!" The man was panting, almost sobbing. "Go back in," he said, taking my arm. "They're mad. They're all rushing about mad. What can have happened? I don't know. I'll tell you, when my breath comes. Where's some brandy?"

Montgomery limped before me into the room and sat down in the deck chair. M'ling flung himself down just outside the doorway and began panting like a dog. I got Montgomery some brandy-and-water. He sat staring in front of him at nothing, recovering his breath. After some minutes he began to tell me what had happened.

limped - cojeaba; flojo, flácido, mustio, débil

recovering - recuperándose; recuperarse

He had followed their track for some way. It was plain enough at first on account of the crushed and broken bushes, white rags torn from the puma's bandages, and occasional smears of blood on the leaves of the shrubs and undergrowth. He lost the track, however, on the stony ground beyond the stream where I had seen the Beast Man drinking, and went wandering aimlessly westward shouting Moreau's name. Then M'ling had come to him carrying a light hatchet.

on account - a cuenta

smears - manchas; manchar, untar, embadurnar, aplicar

shrubs - arbustos; arbusto

aimlessly - sin rumbo, sin objeto

M'ling had seen nothing of the puma affair; had been felling wood, and heard him calling. They went on shouting together. Two Beast Men came crouching and peering at them through the undergrowth, with gestures and a furtive carriage that alarmed Montgomery by their strangeness. He hailed them, and they fled guiltily. He stopped shouting after that, and after wandering some time farther in an undecided way, determined to visit the huts.

felling - Cayó

crouching - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

alarmed - alarmado; alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

hailed - aclamado; granizo

undecided - indecisos; indeciso

He found the ravine deserted.

deserted - desierta; abandonar

Growing more alarmed every minute, he began to retrace his steps. Then it was he encountered the two Swine-men I had seen dancing on the night of my arrival; blood-stained they were about the mouth, and intensely excited. They came crashing through the ferns, and stopped with fierce faces when they saw him. He cracked his whip in some trepidation, and forthwith they rushed at him. Never before had a Beast Man dared to do that. One he shot through the head; M'ling flung himself upon the other, and the two rolled grappling. M'ling got his brute under and with his teeth in its throat, and Montgomery shot that too as it struggled in M'ling's grip. He had some difficulty in inducing M'ling to come on with him.

fierce - fiero, feroz, enconado

shot through - se ha disparado a través de

throat - garganta, tráquea, cuello

grip - agarre; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

inducing - inducir

Thence they had hurried back to me. On the way, M'ling had suddenly rushed into a thicket and driven out an under-sized Ocelot-man, also blood-stained, and lame through a wound in the foot. This brute had run a little way and then turned savagely at bay, and Montgomery"with a certain wantonness, I thought"had shot him.

thence - desde ahí

driven out - marcharse; expulsar, echar algo/a alguien

sized - de tamano; tamano, magnitud

Ocelot - ocelote

lame - cojo

"What does it all mean?" said I.

He shook his head, and turned once more to the brandy.


When I saw Montgomery swallow a third dose of brandy, I took it upon myself to interfere. He was already more than half fuddled. I told him that some serious thing must have happened to Moreau by this time, or he would have returned before this, and that it behoved us to ascertain what that catastrophe was. Montgomery raised some feeble objections, and at last agreed. We had some food, and then all three of us started.

swallow - tragar, engullir

interfere - panish: t-needed

behoved - es necesario; corresponder, concernir, incumbir

objections - objeciones; objeción, protesta

It is possibly due to the tension of my mind, at the time, but even now that start into the hot stillness of the tropical afternoon is a singularly vivid impression. M'ling went first, his shoulder hunched, his strange black head moving with quick starts as he peered first on this side of the way and then on that. He was unarmed; his axe he had dropped when he encountered the Swine-man. Teeth were his weapons, when it came to fighting. Montgomery followed with stumbling footsteps, his hands in his pockets, his face downcast; he was in a state of muddled sullenness with me on account of the brandy.

tension - tensión, tensionar

axe - hacha

weapons - armas; arma

stumbling - tropezando; tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo

pockets - bolsillos; bolsillo, bolsa, tronera, embolsar

downcast - alicaído, abatido

muddled - enredado; mezclar, confundir, embrollar, zarabutear, machacar

sullenness - hosquedad, murria, hastío

My left arm was in a sling (it was lucky it was my left), and I carried my revolver in my right. Soon we traced a narrow path through the wild luxuriance of the island, going northwestward; and presently M'ling stopped, and became rigid with watchfulness. Montgomery almost staggered into him, and then stopped too. Then, listening intently, we heard coming through the trees the sound of voices and footsteps approaching us.

traced - rastreado; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

luxuriance - Lujo

northwestward - hacia el noroeste

intently - con atención; atentamente

"He is dead," said a deep, vibrating voice.

vibrating - vibrando; vibrar

"He is not dead; he is not dead," jabbered another.

"We saw, we saw," said several voices.

"Hul-lo!" suddenly shouted Montgomery, "Hullo, there!"

"Confound you!" said I, and gripped my pistol.

There was a silence, then a crashing among the interlacing vegetation, first here, then there, and then half-a-dozen faces appeared,"strange faces, lit by a strange light. M'ling made a growling noise in his throat. I recognised the Ape-man: I had indeed already identified his voice, and two of the white-swathed brown-featured creatures I had seen in Montgomery's boat.

recognised - Reconoces

identified - identificado; identificar, identificarse

featured - estacado; característica, atracción, atractivo, reportaje

With these were the two dappled brutes and that grey, horribly crooked creature who said the Law, with grey hair streaming down its cheeks, heavy grey eyebrows, and grey locks pouring off from a central parting upon its sloping forehead,"a heavy, faceless thing, with strange red eyes, looking at us curiously from amidst the green.

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

pouring off - escurrir, drenar

sloping - inclinado; pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco

For a space no one spoke. Then Montgomery hiccoughed, "Who"said he was dead?"

hiccoughed - tosió; hipo

The Monkey-man looked guiltily at the hairy-grey Thing. "He is dead," said this monster. "They saw."

There was nothing threatening about this detachment, at any rate. They seemed awestricken and puzzled.

detachment - desapego; desprendimiento, destacamento

awestricken - Asustado

"Where is he?" said Montgomery.

"Beyond," and the grey creature pointed.

"Is there a Law now?" asked the Monkey-man. "Is it still to be this and that? Is he dead indeed?"

"Is there a Law?" repeated the man in white. "Is there a Law, thou Other with the Whip?"

thou - tú; vos

"He is dead," said the hairy-grey Thing. And they all stood watching us.

"Prendick," said Montgomery, turning his dull eyes to me. "He's dead, evidently."

I had been standing behind him during this colloquy. I began to see how things lay with them. I suddenly stepped in front of Montgomery and lifted up my voice:""Children of the Law," I said, "he is not dead!" M'ling turned his sharp eyes on me.

colloquy - coloquio, conversación, coloquio

sharp eyes - ojo de lince

"He has changed his shape; he has changed his body," I went on. "For a time you will not see him. He is"there," I pointed upward, "where he can watch you. You cannot see him, but he can see you. Fear the Law!"

I looked at them squarely. They flinched.

flinched - se estremeció; encogerse, estremecerse

"He is great, he is good," said the Ape-man, peering fearfully upward among the dense trees.

fearfully - con miedo

"And the other Thing?" I demanded.

demanded - exigió; demanda, exigencia, exigir, demandar

"The Thing that bled, and ran screaming and sobbing,"that is dead too," said the grey Thing, still regarding me.

screaming - gritando; grito, gritar

"That's well," grunted Montgomery.

"The Other with the Whip"" began the grey Thing.

"Well?" said I.

"Said he was dead."

But Montgomery was still sober enough to understand my motive in denying Moreau's death. "He is not dead," he said slowly, "not dead at all. No more dead than I am."

sober - sobrio, sereno, apagado

denying - negar

"Some," said I, "have broken the Law: they will die. Some have died. Show us now where his old body lies,"the body he cast away because he had no more need of it."

"It is this way, Man who walked in the Sea," said the grey Thing.

And with these six creatures guiding us, we went through the tumult of ferns and creepers and tree-stems towards the northwest. Then came a yelling, a crashing among the branches, and a little pink homunculus rushed by us shrieking. Immediately after appeared a monster in headlong pursuit, blood-bedabbled, who was amongst us almost before he could stop his career. The grey Thing leapt aside. M'ling, with a snarl, flew at it, and was struck aside.

guiding - Guiando; (guid) Guiando

northwest - noroeste

homunculus - homúnculo

shrieking - Gritos; (shriek); alarido, chillido, chillar

bedabbled - \"bedabble\"

amongst - entre

snarl - grunir

Montgomery fired and missed, bowed his head, threw up his arm, and turned to run. I fired, and the Thing still came on; fired again, point-blank, into its ugly face. I saw its features vanish in a flash: its face was driven in. Yet it passed me, gripped Montgomery, and holding him, fell headlong beside him and pulled him sprawling upon itself in its death-agony.

driven in - llegar/ ir / entrar en coche

sprawling - en expansión; despatarrar, desparramo

I found myself alone with M'ling, the dead brute, and the prostrate man. Montgomery raised himself slowly and stared in a muddled way at the shattered Beast Man beside him. It more than half sobered him. He scrambled to his feet. Then I saw the grey Thing returning cautiously through the trees.

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

sobered - sobrio, sereno, apagado

cautiously - con cautela; precavidamente

"See," said I, pointing to the dead brute, "is the Law not alive? This came of breaking the Law."

He peered at the body. "He sends the Fire that kills," said he, in his deep voice, repeating part of the Ritual. The others gathered round and stared for a space.

kills - matar, asesinar

Ritual - ritual

At last we drew near the westward extremity of the island. We came upon the gnawed and mutilated body of the puma, its shoulder-bone smashed by a bullet, and perhaps twenty yards farther found at last what we sought. Moreau lay face downward in a trampled space in a canebrake. One hand was almost severed at the wrist and his silvery hair was dabbled in blood. His head had been battered in by the fetters of the puma. The broken canes beneath him were smeared with blood. His revolver we could not find. Montgomery turned him over. Resting at intervals, and with the help of the seven Beast People (for he was a heavy man), we carried Moreau back to the enclosure.

extremity - extremidad

bullet - bala

severed - cortado; cortar, tallar

dabbled - se atrevió; chapotear, aventurarse en, chapoteo, escarceo

battered - maltratada; banar

fetters - grilletes; grillos, pihuelas, or animals, grillos, pihuela

intervals - intervalos; intervalo

The night was darkling. Twice we heard unseen creatures howling and shrieking past our little band, and once the little pink sloth-creature appeared and stared at us, and vanished again. But we were not attacked again. At the gates of the enclosure our company of Beast People left us, M'ling going with the rest. We locked ourselves in, and then took Moreau's mangled body into the yard and laid it upon a pile of brushwood. Then we went into the laboratory and put an end to all we found living there.

brushwood - matorral; broza


bank holiday - festivo nacional

When this was accomplished, and we had washed and eaten, Montgomery and I went into my little room and seriously discussed our position for the first time. It was then near midnight. He was almost sober, but greatly disturbed in his mind. He had been strangely under the influence of Moreau's personality: I do not think it had ever occurred to him that Moreau could die. This disaster was the sudden collapse of the habits that had become part of his nature in the ten or more monotonous years he had spent on the island.

accomplished - cumplido; efectuar, realizar, lograr, completar

influence - influencia, influir, influenciar

personality - personalidad

more monotonous - más monótono

He talked vaguely, answered my questions crookedly, wandered into general questions.

vaguely - vagamente

crookedly - Correctamente

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

"This silly ass of a world," he said; "what a muddle it all is! I haven't had any life. I wonder when it's going to begin. Sixteen years being bullied by nurses and schoolmasters at their own sweet will; five in London grinding hard at medicine, bad food, shabby lodgings, shabby clothes, shabby vice, a blunder,"I didn't know any better,"and hustled off to this beastly island.

muddle - enredo; mezclar, confundir, embrollar, zarabutear, machacar

bullied - cosado; bravucón, abusón, matón, abusador

grinding - moliendo; molienda; (grind) moliendo; molienda

Medicine - medicina

shabby - desalinado; raído, astroso, zarrapastroso, cutre, harapiento

lodgings - alojamiento, hospedaje, encamado

hustled - presionado; darse prisa, apurarse, enganar, engrupir

Ten years here! What's it all for, Prendick? Are we bubbles blown by a baby?"

It was hard to deal with such ravings. "The thing we have to think of now," said I, "is how to get away from this island."

"What's the good of getting away? I'm an outcast. Where am I to join on? It's all very well for you, Prendick. Poor old Moreau! We can't leave him here to have his bones picked. As it is"And besides, what will become of the decent part of the Beast Folk?"

getting away - escapar, darse a la fuga

decent - decente

"Well," said I, "that will do to-morrow. I've been thinking we might make the brushwood into a pyre and burn his body"and those other things. Then what will happen with the Beast Folk?"

pyre - pira

burn - quemar

"I don't know. I suppose those that were made of beasts of prey will make silly asses of themselves sooner or later. We can't massacre the lot"can we? I suppose that's what your humanity would suggest? But they'll change. They are sure to change."

silly asses - Imbécil

massacre - masacre, masacrar

suggest - insinuar, sugerir, recomendar

He talked thus inconclusively until at last I felt my temper going.

inconclusively - de forma inconclusa

"Damnation!" he exclaimed at some petulance of mine; "can't you see I'm in a worse hole than you are?" And he got up, and went for the brandy. "Drink!" he said returning, "you logic-chopping, chalky-faced saint of an atheist, drink!"

damnation - condenación; maldito, damnación

exclaimed - exclamó; exclamar

logic - lógica

chalky - calcáreo

saint - Santo

atheist - ateo, atea

"Not I," said I, and sat grimly watching his face under the yellow paraffine flare, as he drank himself into a garrulous misery.

paraffine - Parafina

flare - bengala

garrulous - gárrulo, lenguón, lenguaz, locuaz

I have a memory of infinite tedium. He wandered into a maudlin defence of the Beast People and of M'ling. M'ling, he said, was the only thing that had ever really cared for him. And suddenly an idea came to him.

tedium - tedio

maudlin - malhumorado; lloraduelos, amanerado, melindroso, remilgado

defence - defensa

cared for - cuidado

"I'm damned!" said he, staggering to his feet and clutching the brandy bottle.

By some flash of intuition I knew what it was he intended. "You don't give drink to that beast!" I said, rising and facing him.

intuition - intuición

drink to - brindar por

"Beast!" said he. "You're the beast. He takes his liquor like a Christian. Come out of the way, Prendick!"

liquor - jugo, licor

Christian - cristiano, cristiana, Cristián

"For God's sake," said I.

"Get"out of the way!" he roared, and suddenly whipped out his revolver.

whipped - batido; fusta, látigo, flagelo, panish: t-needed

"Very well," said I, and stood aside, half-minded to fall upon him as he put his hand upon the latch, but deterred by the thought of my useless arm. "You've made a beast of yourself,"to the beasts you may go."

minded - te importa; mente, concentración, opinión, juicio, propósito

latch - picaporte; pestillo

deterred - disuadido; evitar, prevenir, disuadir, desalentar

He flung the doorway open, and stood half facing me between the yellow lamp-light and the pallid glare of the moon; his eye-sockets were blotches of black under his stubbly eyebrows.

glare - resplandor; mirada fulminante

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

stubbly - Rechoncho

"You're a solemn prig, Prendick, a silly ass! You're always fearing and fancying. We're on the edge of things. I'm bound to cut my throat to-morrow. I'm going to have a damned Bank Holiday to-night." He turned and went out into the moonlight. "M'ling!" he cried; "M'ling, old friend!"

prig - pendejo; meapilas

fearing - Miedo

fancying - te apetece; capricho, antojo

Three dim creatures in the silvery light came along the edge of the wan beach,"one a white-wrapped creature, the other two blotches of blackness following it. They halted, staring. Then I saw M'ling's hunched shoulders as he came round the corner of the house.

wan - pálido, macilento; débil

wrapped - envuelto; enrollar

"Drink!" cried Montgomery, "drink, you brutes! Drink and be men! Damme, I'm the cleverest. Moreau forgot this; this is the last touch. Drink, I tell you!" And waving the bottle in his hand he started off at a kind of quick trot to the westward, M'ling ranging himself between him and the three dim creatures who followed.

cleverest - el más listo; ágil, hábil, listo, talentoso, habiloso

ranging - van; sierra, cordillera, hornillo, estufa, escala, gama

I went to the doorway. They were already indistinct in the mist of the moonlight before Montgomery halted. I saw him administer a dose of the raw brandy to M'ling, and saw the five figures melt into one vague patch.

administer - administrar

raw - cruda; crudo, en carne viva, bruto

melt - material fundido, derretirse, fundirse

"Sing!" I heard Montgomery shout,""sing all together, ˜Confound old Prendick!'that's right; now again, ˜Confound old Prendick!'"

that's right - eso es

The black group broke up into five separate figures, and wound slowly away from me along the band of shining beach. Each went howling at his own sweet will, yelping insults at me, or giving whatever other vent this new inspiration of brandy demanded.

separate - separado, separar, disgregar

insults - insultos; insultar, insulto, ofensa, improperio

Presently I heard Montgomery's voice shouting, "Right turn!" and they passed with their shouts and howls into the blackness of the landward trees. Slowly, very slowly, they receded into silence.

shouts - gritos; grito

howls - aullidos; aullido, aullar, ganir

landward - hacia tierra

The peaceful splendour of the night healed again. The moon was now past the meridian and travelling down the west. It was at its full, and very bright riding through the empty blue sky. The shadow of the wall lay, a yard wide and of inky blackness, at my feet.

splendour - esplendor

meridian - meridiano

The eastward sea was a featureless grey, dark and mysterious; and between the sea and the shadow the grey sands (of volcanic glass and crystals) flashed and shone like a beach of diamonds. Behind me the paraffine lamp flared hot and ruddy.

sands - arenas; arena

crystals - cristales; cristal

Diamonds - diamantes; diamante

flared - aflamado; bengala

ruddy - rubicundo

Then I shut the door, locked it, and went into the enclosure where Moreau lay beside his latest victims,"the staghounds and the llama and some other wretched brutes,"with his massive face calm even after his terrible death, and with the hard eyes open, staring at the dead white moon above. I sat down upon the edge of the sink, and with my eyes upon that ghastly pile of silvery light and ominous shadows began to turn over my plans.

ghastly - fantasmal, cadavérico, espantoso, horripilante, malísimo

In the morning I would gather some provisions in the dingey, and after setting fire to the pyre before me, push out into the desolation of the high sea once more. I felt that for Montgomery there was no help; that he was, in truth, half akin to these Beast Folk, unfitted for human kindred.

Provisions - provisiones; provisión, aprovisionar, avituallar

push - empujar

akin - parecido; emparentado, semejante, similar

unfitted - inadaptado; impropio

I do not know how long I sat there scheming. It must have been an hour or so. Then my planning was interrupted by the return of Montgomery to my neighbourhood. I heard a yelling from many throats, a tumult of exultant cries passing down towards the beach, whooping and howling, and excited shrieks that seemed to come to a stop near the water's edge.

scheming - Tramando; (scheme); régimen, proyecto, ardid, artimana

neighbourhood - Vecindario

throats - argantas; garganta, tráquea, cuello

exultant - exultante, jubiloso

passing - pasando; pasajero, excelente, superficial, somero

shrieks - gritos; alarido, chillido, chillar

The riot rose and fell; I heard heavy blows and the splintering smash of wood, but it did not trouble me then. A discordant chanting began.

riot - alboroto, tumulto, disturbios, algarada

splintering - Esquirla

discordant - discordante

My thoughts went back to my means of escape. I got up, brought the lamp, and went into a shed to look at some kegs I had seen there. Then I became interested in the contents of some biscuit-tins, and opened one. I saw something out of the tail of my eye,"a red figure,"and turned sharply.

shed - cobertizo, nave

kegs - barriles; barril

biscuit - galleta, hallulla, biscocho, bizcocho

tins - latas; estano, lata, enlatar, estanar

Behind me lay the yard, vividly black-and-white in the moonlight, and the pile of wood and faggots on which Moreau and his mutilated victims lay, one over another. They seemed to be gripping one another in one last revengeful grapple. His wounds gaped, black as night, and the blood that had dripped lay in black patches upon the sand. Then I saw, without understanding, the cause of my phantom,"a ruddy glow that came and danced and went upon the wall opposite.

vividly - ívidamente

faggots - maricones; lena, haz, albóndiga de puerco, albóndiga de cerdo

revengeful - Venganza

grapple - forcejear, luchar

gaped - abierta; hueco, espacio, vacío; brecha

patches - parches; remiendo, parche

cause - por qué; causa, causar

phantom - fantasma

I misinterpreted this, fancied it was a reflection of my flickering lamp, and turned again to the stores in the shed. I went on rummaging among them, as well as a one-armed man could, finding this convenient thing and that, and putting them aside for to-morrow's launch. My movements were slow, and the time passed quickly. Insensibly the daylight crept upon me.

misinterpreted - malinterpretado; malinterpretar, malentender

flickering - parpadeo; vacilar

rummaging - rebuscando; revolver

The chanting died down, giving place to a clamour; then it began again, and suddenly broke into a tumult. I heard cries of, "More! more!" a sound like quarrelling, and a sudden wild shriek. The quality of the sounds changed so greatly that it arrested my attention. I went out into the yard and listened. Then cutting like a knife across the confusion came the crack of a revolver.

clamour - clamor, griterío

quarrelling - Discutiendo; (quarrel) Discutiendo

I rushed at once through my room to the little doorway. As I did so I heard some of the packing-cases behind me go sliding down and smash together with a clatter of glass on the floor of the shed. But I did not heed these. I flung the door open and looked out.

sliding - deslizándose; corredizo; (slid) deslizándose; corredizo

clatter - ruido; trapalear

Up the beach by the boathouse a bonfire was burning, raining up sparks into the indistinctness of the dawn. Around this struggled a mass of black figures. I heard Montgomery call my name. I began to run at once towards this fire, revolver in hand. I saw the pink tongue of Montgomery's pistol lick out once, close to the ground. He was down. I shouted with all my strength and fired into the air.

bonfire - fogata, hoguera

sparks - chispas; chispa

indistinctness - Indistinción

lick - lamer

I heard some one cry, "The Master!" The knotted black struggle broke into scattering units, the fire leapt and sank down. The crowd of Beast People fled in sudden panic before me, up the beach. In my excitement I fired at their retreating backs as they disappeared among the bushes. Then I turned to the black heaps upon the ground.

units - unidades; unidad

fired at - Disparado a

Montgomery lay on his back, with the hairy-grey Beast-man sprawling across his body.

lay on - poner encima de algo; aprovisionar

The brute was dead, but still gripping Montgomery's throat with its curving claws. near by lay M'ling on his face and quite still, his neck bitten open and the upper part of the smashed brandy-bottle in his hand. Two other figures lay near the fire,"the one motionless, the other groaning fitfully, every now and then raising its head slowly, then dropping it again.

near by - en las cercanías

I caught hold of the grey man and pulled him off Montgomery's body; his claws drew down the torn coat reluctantly as I dragged him away. Montgomery was dark in the face and scarcely breathing. I splashed sea-water on his face and pillowed his head on my rolled-up coat. M'ling was dead. The wounded creature by the fire"it was a Wolf-brute with a bearded grey face"lay, I found, with the fore part of its body upon the still glowing timber.

reluctantly - a reganadientes, de mala gana, con renuencia

pillowed - almohada

rolled-up - (rolled-up) Enrollado

bearded - con barba; barba, jotera, pantalla, barbar, provocar, mortificar

glowing - resplandeciente; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

timber - madera de construcción

The wretched thing was injured so dreadfully that in mercy I blew its brains out at once. The other brute was one of the Bull-men swathed in white. He too was dead. The rest of the Beast People had vanished from the beach.

injured - lastimado; herir, lastimar

mercy - misericordia, piedad

I went to Montgomery again and knelt beside him, cursing my ignorance of medicine. The fire beside me had sunk down, and only charred beams of timber glowing at the central ends and mixed with a grey ash of brushwood remained. I wondered casually where Montgomery had got his wood. Then I saw that the dawn was upon us. The sky had grown brighter, the setting moon was becoming pale and opaque in the luminous blue of the day.

knelt - de rodillas; arrodillarse

cursing - maldecir; (curs) maldecir

sunk down - se hundió

beams - vigas; viga, timón, radio

mixed - mezclado; mezclar

ash - cenizas; ceniza

opaque - opaco

The sky to the eastward was rimmed with red.

rimmed - con borde; (rueda) llanta; borde, canto

Suddenly I heard a thud and a hissing behind me, and, looking round, sprang to my feet with a cry of horror. Against the warm dawn great tumultuous masses of black smoke were boiling up out of the enclosure, and through their stormy darkness shot flickering threads of blood-red flame. Then the thatched roof caught. I saw the curving charge of the flames across the sloping straw. A spurt of fire jetted from the window of my room.

thud - golpe sordo, darse un batacazo

boiling up - se está hirviendo

stormy - borrascoso, tempestuoso, tormentoso

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

thatched roof - techo de paja

charge - cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar, cargar

flames - llamas; flama, llama

spurt - un chorro; salir a chorro, chorrear

jetted - chorro; azabache

I knew at once what had happened. I remembered the crash I had heard. When I had rushed out to Montgomery's assistance, I had overturned the lamp.

overturned - derribado; volcar, derrocar, casar

The hopelessness of saving any of the contents of the enclosure stared me in the face. My mind came back to my plan of flight, and turning swiftly I looked to see where the two boats lay upon the beach. They were gone! Two axes lay upon the sands beside me; chips and splinters were scattered broadcast, and the ashes of the bonfire were blackening and smoking under the dawn.

axes - Hacha

chips - Patatas fritas; (chip) Patatas fritas

splinters - Esquirla

broadcast - emisión, retransmisión, programa, diseminar, transmitir, emitir

ashes - cenizas; ceniza

blackening - Ennegrecimiento; (blacken); ennegrecer, tiznar

Montgomery had burnt the boats to revenge himself upon me and prevent our return to mankind!

revenge - venganza

A sudden convulsion of rage shook me. I was almost moved to batter his foolish head in, as he lay there helpless at my feet. Then suddenly his hand moved, so feebly, so pitifully, that my wrath vanished. He groaned, and opened his eyes for a minute. I knelt down beside him and raised his head. He opened his eyes again, staring silently at the dawn, and then they met mine. The lids fell.

convulsion - convulsión

rage - furia; rabia, furor

batter - bateador; banar

helpless - desamparado; indefenso, incapaz

feebly - Tímidamente

pitifully - Lamentablemente

groaned - gimió; gemido, grunido, gemir, grunir

"Sorry," he said presently, with an effort. He seemed trying to think. "The last," he murmured, "the last of this silly universe. What a mess""

murmured - murmuró; soplo, murmurar

universe - universo

I listened. His head fell helplessly to one side. I thought some drink might revive him; but there was neither drink nor vessel in which to bring drink at hand. He seemed suddenly heavier. My heart went cold. I bent down to his face, put my hand through the rent in his blouse. He was dead; and even as he died a line of white heat, the limb of the sun, rose eastward beyond the projection of the bay, splashing its radiance across the sky and turning the dark sea into a weltering tumult of dazzling light.

revive - revivir

heavier - más pesado; pesado

blouse - blusa

limb - miembro

projection - protuberancia, proyección

radiance - resplandor, brillo, fulgor

dazzling light - Luz deslumbrante

It fell like a glory upon his death-shrunken face.

glory - gloria

shrunken - encogido; (shrink); contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

I let his head fall gently upon the rough pillow I had made for him, and stood up. Before me was the glittering desolation of the sea, the awful solitude upon which I had already suffered so much; behind me the island, hushed under the dawn, its Beast People silent and unseen. The enclosure, with all its provisions and ammunition, burnt noisily, with sudden gusts of flame, a fitful crackling, and now and then a crash.

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

pillow - almohada

solitude - soledad, solitud

suffered - sufrido; sufrir, penar, empeorar

hushed - callado; callar, callarse, calmar, acallar, silencio

ammunition - municiones; munición

noisily - ruidosamente

flame - flama, llama

fitful - inquieto; inestable, irregular

The heavy smoke drove up the beach away from me, rolling low over the distant tree-tops towards the huts in the ravine. Beside me were the charred vestiges of the boats and these five dead bodies.

rolling - rodando; rolar; (roll) rodando; rolar

dead bodies - cadáveres

Then out of the bushes came three Beast People, with hunched shoulders, protruding heads, misshapen hands awkwardly held, and inquisitive, unfriendly eyes and advanced towards me with hesitating gestures.

awkwardly - torpemente

inquisitive - inquisitivo, curioso


I faced these people, facing my fate in them, single-handed now,"literally single-handed, for I had a broken arm. In my pocket was a revolver with two empty chambers. Among the chips scattered about the beach lay the two axes that had been used to chop up the boats. The tide was creeping in behind me. There was nothing for it but courage.

single - solo, único, soltero, sencillo, soltero, soltera

literally - literalmente, literal

chambers - cámaras; cámara, recámara, compartimento

axes - ejes; hacha

chop up - picar, cortar

creeping in - Entrar a hurtadillas

I looked squarely into the faces of the advancing monsters. They avoided my eyes, and their quivering nostrils investigated the bodies that lay beyond me on the beach. I took half-a-dozen steps, picked up the blood-stained whip that lay beneath the body of the Wolf-man, and cracked it. They stopped and stared at me.

nostrils - fosas nasales; narina, fosa nasal

investigated - investigado; investigar, pesquisar, indagar, examinar

"Salute!" said I. "Bow down!"

salute - saludar; saludo, venia

They hesitated. One bent his knees. I repeated my command, with my heart in my mouth, and advanced upon them. One knelt, then the other two.

I turned and walked towards the dead bodies, keeping my face towards the three kneeling Beast Men, very much as an actor passing up the stage faces the audience.

stage - etapa, fase, estadio, escenario, escena, calesa

audience - audiencia, público

"They broke the Law," said I, putting my foot on the Sayer of the Law. "They have been slain,"even the Sayer of the Law; even the Other with the Whip. Great is the Law! Come and see."

slain - muerto; matar

"None escape," said one of them, advancing and peering.

"None escape," said I. "Therefore hear and do as I command." They stood up, looking questioningly at one another.

questioningly - Preguntando

"stand there," said I.

stand there - quedarse allí

I picked up the hatchets and swung them by their heads from the sling of my arm; turned Montgomery over; picked up his revolver still loaded in two chambers, and bending down to rummage, found half-a-dozen cartridges in his pocket.

hatchets - hachas; hacha

bending down - agacharse

rummage - rebuscar; revolver

"Take him," said I, standing up again and pointing with the whip; "take him, and carry him out and cast him into the sea."

They came forward, evidently still afraid of Montgomery, but still more afraid of my cracking red whip-lash; and after some fumbling and hesitation, some whip-cracking and shouting, they lifted him gingerly, carried him down to the beach, and went splashing into the dazzling welter of the sea.

lash - pestanas; pestana

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

gingerly - con cautela; cautelosamente, cuidadosamente, delicadamente

"On!" said I, "on! Carry him far."

They went in up to their armpits and stood regarding me.

armpits - las axilas; axila, sobaco

"Let go," said I; and the body of Montgomery vanished with a splash. Something seemed to tighten across my chest.

tighten - apretar, tensar, tensarse, endurecer la política monetaria

"Good!" said I, with a break in my voice; and they came back, hurrying and fearful, to the margin of the water, leaving long wakes of black in the silver. At the water's edge they stopped, turning and glaring into the sea as though they presently expected Montgomery to arise therefrom and exact vengeance.

break in - forzar la puerta; interrumpir

silver - plata

arise - surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

exact - exacto, exigir

vengeance - venganza

"Now these," said I, pointing to the other bodies.

They took care not to approach the place where they had thrown Montgomery into the water, but instead, carried the four dead Beast People slantingly along the beach for perhaps a hundred yards before they waded out and cast them away.

took care - cuidar de, ocuparse de

As I watched them disposing of the mangled remains of M'ling, I heard a light footfall behind me, and turning quickly saw the big Hyena-swine perhaps a dozen yards away. His head was bent down, his bright eyes were fixed upon me, his stumpy hands clenched and held close by his side. He stopped in this crouching attitude when I turned, his eyes a little averted.

disposing - Deshacerse; (dispose); deshacerse

stumpy - Rechoncho

clenched - apretado; traba

averted - evitado; apartar, evitar

For a moment we stood eye to eye. I dropped the whip and snatched at the pistol in my pocket; for I meant to kill this brute, the most formidable of any left now upon the island, at the first excuse. It may seem treacherous, but so I was resolved. I was far more afraid of him than of any other two of the Beast Folk. His continued life was I knew a threat against mine.

treacherous - traicionero

I was perhaps a dozen seconds collecting myself. Then cried I, "Salute! Bow down!"

His teeth flashed upon me in a snarl. "Who are you that I should""

Perhaps a little too spasmodically I drew my revolver, aimed quickly and fired. I heard him yelp, saw him run sideways and turn, knew I had missed, and clicked back the cock with my thumb for the next shot. But he was already running headlong, jumping from side to side, and I dared not risk another miss. Every now and then he looked back at me over his shoulder. He went slanting along the beach, and vanished beneath the driving masses of dense smoke that were still pouring out from the burning enclosure.

spasmodically - Espasmódicamente

sideways - de lado

clicked - clickeado; clic

thumb - pulgar

jumping - saltando; saltar

pouring out - desbordar, inundar, hablar sin parar sobre algo

For some time I stood staring after him. I turned to my three obedient Beast Folk again and signalled them to drop the body they still carried. Then I went back to the place by the fire where the bodies had fallen and kicked the sand until all the brown blood-stains were absorbed and hidden.

obedient - obediente

signalled - senalizado; senal, senalar

absorbed - absorbido; absorber

I dismissed my three serfs with a wave of the hand, and went up the beach into the thickets. I carried my pistol in my hand, my whip thrust with the hatchets in the sling of my arm. I was anxious to be alone, to think out the position in which I was now placed. A dreadful thing that I was only beginning to realise was, that over all this island there was now no safe place where I could be alone and secure to rest or sleep. I had recovered strength amazingly since my landing, but I was still inclined to be nervous and to break Down Under any great stress. I felt that I ought to cross the island and establish myself with the Beast People, and make myself secure in their confidence.

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

serfs - siervos; siervo

think out - reflexionar, sopesar, idear

secure - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

Down Under - en, a Australia, Oceanía

establish - establecer, instaurar, nombrar

But my heart failed me. I went back to the beach, and turning eastward past the burning enclosure, made for a point where a shallow spit of coral sand ran out towards the reef. Here I could sit down and think, my back to the sea and my face against any surprise. And there I sat, chin on knees, the sun beating down upon my head and unspeakable dread in my mind, plotting how I could live on against the hour of my rescue (if ever rescue came). I tried to review the whole situation as calmly as I could, but it was difficult to clear the thing of emotion.

spit - Escupir

plotting - conspirando; argumento, trama, hilo argumental, intriga, plano

rescue - salvamento; rescatar, rescate

review - repaso, revisión, repasos, revisiones, crítica

I began turning over in my mind the reason of Montgomery's despair. "They will change," he said; "they are sure to change." And Moreau, what was it that Moreau had said? "The stubborn beast-flesh grows day by day back again." Then I came round to the Hyena-swine. I felt sure that if I did not kill that brute, he would kill me. The Sayer of the Law was dead: Worse luck.

turning over - dar la vuelta, voltear; arrancar

Worse luck - Peor suerte

They knew now that we of the Whips could be killed even as they themselves were killed. Were they peering at me already out of the green masses of ferns and palms over yonder, watching until I came within their spring? Were they plotting against me? What was the Hyena-swine telling them? My imagination was running away with me into a morass of unsubstantial fears.

palms - palmeras; palma

running away - huir, darse a la fuga

unsubstantial - insustancial

fears - miedos; miedo, temor

My thoughts were disturbed by a crying of sea-birds hurrying towards some black object that had been stranded by the waves on the beach near the enclosure. I knew what that object was, but I had not the heart to go back and drive them off.

I began walking along the beach in the opposite direction, designing to come round the eastward corner of the island and so approach the ravine of the huts, without traversing the possible ambuscades of the thickets.

opposite direction - dirección contraria

Perhaps half a mile along the beach I became aware of one of my three Beast Folk advancing out of the landward bushes towards me. I was now so nervous with my own imaginings that I immediately drew my revolver. Even the propitiatory gestures of the creature failed to disarm me. He hesitated as he approached.

imaginings - Imaginando

propitiatory - propiciatorio

disarm - desarmar

"Go away!" cried I.

There was something very suggestive of a dog in the cringing attitude of the creature. It retreated a little way, very like a dog being sent home, and stopped, looking at me imploringly with canine brown eyes.

cringing - Acojonado; (cringe); contraerse, grima

canine - canino, perruno

"Go away," said I. "Do not come near me."

come near - acercarse

"May I not come near you?" it said.

"No; go away," I insisted, and snapped my whip. Then putting my whip in my teeth, I stooped for a stone, and with that threat drove the creature away.

So in solitude I came round by the ravine of the Beast People, and hiding among the weeds and reeds that separated this crevice from the sea I watched such of them as appeared, trying to judge from their gestures and appearance how the death of Moreau and Montgomery and the destruction of the House of Pain had affected them.

hiding - Escondiéndote; (hid) Escondiéndote

weeds - Maleza; (weed) Maleza

judge - juez; juzgar

destruction - destrucción, destrucción

I know now the folly of my cowardice. Had I kept my courage up to the level of the dawn, had I not allowed it to ebb away in solitary thought, I might have grasped the vacant sceptre of Moreau and ruled over the Beast People. As it was I lost the opportunity, and sank to the position of a mere leader among my fellows.

cowardice - cobardía

allowed - permitido; dejar, permitir, conceder

ebb away - desvanecerse, esfumarse, evaporarse

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

sceptre - cetro

opportunity - oportunidad

leader - líder, dirigente, jefe, caudillo

Towards noon certain of them came and squatted basking in the hot sand. The imperious voices of hunger and thirst prevailed over my dread. I came out of the bushes, and, revolver in hand, walked down towards these seated figures. One, a Wolf-woman, turned her head and stared at me, and then the others. None attempted to rise or salute me. I felt too faint and weary to insist, and I let the moment pass.

noon - mediodía

imperious - imperioso

prevailed - revaleció; prevalecer, vencer

insist - insistir

"I want food," said I, almost apologetically, and drawing near.

apologetically - pidiendo disculpas; disculpándose

"There is food in the huts," said an Ox-boar-man, drowsily, and looking away from me.

boar - jabalí; verraco

drowsily - con somnolencia

looking away - Mirar para otro lado

I passed them, and went down into the shadow and odours of the almost deserted ravine.

odours - olores; olor

In an empty hut I feasted on some specked and half-decayed fruit; and then after I had propped some branches and sticks about the opening, and placed myself with my face towards it and my hand upon my revolver, the exhaustion of the last thirty hours claimed its own, and I fell into a light slumber, hoping that the flimsy barricade I had erected would cause sufficient noise in its removal to save me from surprise.

feasted - se dio un festín; banquete, festín

specked - especificaciones

decayed - decayó; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción, podredumbre

propped - apoyado; puntal

sticks - bastones; clavar

claimed - reclamado; reclamación, declaración, proposición, afirmación

slumber - sueno; adormecimiento, adormilamiento, adormecer, adormilar

flimsy - frágil; papel cebolla

barricade - barricada

erected - rigido; erecto, erguido

removal - remoción, eliminación, mudanza


In this way I became one among the Beast People in the Island of Doctor Moreau. When I awoke, it was dark about me. My arm ached in its bandages. I sat up, wondering at first where I might be. I heard coarse voices talking outside. Then I saw that my barricade had gone, and that the opening of the hut stood clear. My revolver was still in my hand.

ached - te dolía; dolor

I heard something breathing, saw something crouched together close beside me. I held my breath, trying to see what it was. It began to move slowly, interminably. Then something soft and warm and moist passed across my hand. All my muscles contracted. I snatched my hand away. A cry of alarm began and was stifled in my throat. Then I just realised what had happened sufficiently to stay my fingers on the revolver.

interminably - interminablemente

moist - húmedo

contracted - contratado; contraer

stifled - asfixiado; ahogar, sofocar

sufficiently - suficientemente

"Who is that?" I said in a hoarse whisper, the revolver still pointed.


"Who are you?"

"They say there is no Master now. But I know, I know. I carried the bodies into the sea, O Walker in the Sea! the bodies of those you slew. I am your slave, Master."

walker - Paseante

slew - lew; torcer; (slay) lew; torcer

slave - esclavo, esclava, checkesclava

"Are you the one I met on the beach?" I asked.

"The same, Master."

The Thing was evidently faithful enough, for it might have fallen upon me as I slept. "It is well," I said, extending my hand for another licking kiss. I began to realise what its presence meant, and the tide of my courage flowed. "Where are the others?" I asked.

faithful - fieles; fiel, leal

extending - extendiéndose; extender, ampliar

kiss - besar

flowed - fluyó; fluir

"They are mad; they are fools," said the Dog-man. "Even now they talk together beyond there. They say, ˜The Master is dead. The Other with the Whip is dead. That Other who walked in the Sea is as we are. We have no Master, no Whips, no House of Pain, any more. There is an end. We love the Law, and will keep it; but there is no Pain, no Master, no Whips for ever again.'So they say. But I know, Master, I know."

for ever - para siempre

I felt in the darkness, and patted the Dog-man's head. "It is well," I said again.

patted - palmaditas; palmadita, caricia

"Presently you will slay them all," said the Dog-man.

slay - matar

"Presently," I answered, "I will slay them all,"after certain days and certain things have come to pass. Every one of them save those you spare, every one of them shall be slain."

"What the Master wishes to kill, the Master kills," said the Dog-man with a certain satisfaction in his voice.

wishes - deseos; deseo, gana, desear

"And that their sins may grow," I said, "let them live in their folly until their time is ripe. Let them not know that I am the Master."

sins - pecados; pecado

ripe - maduro

"The Master's will is sweet," said the Dog-man, with the ready tact of his canine blood.

tact - tacto, tiento, mano izquierda

"But one has sinned," said I. "Him I will kill, whenever I may meet him. When I say to you, ˜That is he,'see that you fall upon him. And now I will go to the men and women who are assembled together."

sinned - pecado

assembled - montado; ensamblar, construir, montar, reunir, juntar

For a moment the opening of the hut was blackened by the exit of the Dog-man. Then I followed and stood up, almost in the exact spot where I had been when I had heard Moreau and his staghound pursuing me. But now it was night, and all the miasmatic ravine about me was black; and beyond, instead of a green, sunlit slope, I saw a red fire, before which hunched, grotesque figures moved to and fro.

blackened - ennegrecido; ennegrecer, tiznar

exit - salir; salida

miasmatic - miasmático

Farther were the thick trees, a bank of darkness, fringed above with the black lace of the upper branches. The moon was just riding up on the edge of the ravine, and like a bar across its face drove the spire of vapour that was for ever streaming from the fumaroles of the island.

lace - encaje; cordón

"Walk by me," said I, nerving myself; and side by side we walked down the narrow way, taking little heed of the dim Things that peered at us out of the huts.

nerving - Nervioso; (nerve); nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

None about the fire attempted to salute me. Most of them disregarded me, ostentatiously. I looked round for the Hyena-swine, but he was not there. Altogether, perhaps twenty of the Beast Folk squatted, staring into the fire or talking to one another.

disregarded - ignorado; descuidar, desatender, ignorar

ostentatiously - Ostentosamente

"He is dead, he is dead! the Master is dead!" said the voice of the Ape-man to the right of me. "The House of Pain"there is no House of Pain!"

"He is not dead," said I, in a loud voice. "Even now he watches us!"

This startled them. Twenty pairs of eyes regarded me.

"The House of Pain is gone," said I. "It will come again. The Master you cannot see; yet even now he listens among you."

"True, true!" said the Dog-man.

They were staggered at my assurance. An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie.

ferocious - feroz

tell a lie - dice una mentira

"The Man with the Bandaged Arm speaks a strange thing," said one of the Beast Folk.

"I tell you it is so," I said. "The Master and the House of Pain will come again. Woe be to him who breaks the Law!"

woe - pena, infortunio, ay

They looked curiously at one another. With an affectation of indifference I began to chop idly at the ground in front of me with my hatchet. They looked, I noticed, at the deep cuts I made in the turf.

indifference - indiferencia

chop - chuleta; cortar en trozos

Then the Satyr raised a doubt. I answered him. Then one of the dappled things objected, and an animated discussion sprang up round the fire. Every moment I began to feel more convinced of my present security. I talked now without the catching in my breath, due to the intensity of my excitement, that had troubled me at first. In the course of about an hour I had really convinced several of the Beast Folk of the truth of my assertions, and talked most of the others into a dubious state. I kept a sharp eye for my enemy the Hyena-swine, but he never appeared.

assertions - afirmaciones; afirmación, aserto

dubious - dudoso, aleatorio, ambiguo, turbio

sharp eye - ojo de lince

enemy - enemigo, enemiga

Every now and then a suspicious movement would startle me, but my confidence grew rapidly. Then as the moon crept down from the zenith, one by one the listeners began to yawn (showing the oddest teeth in the light of the sinking fire), and first one and then another retired towards the dens in the ravine; and I, dreading the silence and darkness, went with them, knowing I was safer with several of them than with one alone.

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

zenith - el cenit; cenit, apogeo

listeners - oyentes; oyente, escuchador, escucha

sinking - se hunde; hundimiento, naufragio; (sink); hundir, sumergir

retired - jubilado; retirarse, jubilarse

dreading - temiendo; temer, pavor, temor

safer - más seguro; seguro, salvo, checkseguro, caja fuerte, cofre

In this manner began the longer part of my sojourn upon this Island of Doctor Moreau. But from that night until the end came, there was but one thing happened to tell save a series of innumerable small unpleasant details and the fretting of an incessant uneasiness. So that I prefer to make no chronicle for that gap of time, to tell only one cardinal incident of the ten months I spent as an intimate of these half-humanised brutes.

sojourn - vivir; estadía, estada

innumerable - innumerables; innumerable, incontable

fretting - inquietante; preocuparse

uneasiness - inquietud; desazón

chronicle - crónica

cardinal - cardinal, número cardinal, cardenal

intimate - intimo; íntimo

There is much that sticks in my memory that I could write,"things that I would cheerfully give my right hand to forget; but they do not help the telling of the story.

In the retrospect it is strange to remember how soon I fell in with these monsters'ways, and gained my confidence again. I had my quarrels with them of course, and could show some of their teeth-marks still; but they soon gained a wholesome respect for my trick of throwing stones and for the bite of my hatchet. And my Saint-Bernard-man's loyalty was of infinite service to me. I found their simple scale of honour was based mainly on the capacity for inflicting trenchant wounds. Indeed, I may say"without vanity, I hope"that I held something like pre-eminence among them.

quarrels - peleas; pelea, rina

marks - marcas; Marcos, Evangelio según San Marcos

scale - escala

honour - honor; honradez

based - basado; base

mainly - principalmente

eminence - eminencia, prócer

One or two, whom in a rare access of high spirits I had scarred rather badly, bore me a grudge; but it vented itself chiefly behind my back, and at a safe distance from my missiles, in grimaces.

rare - raro, poco común

high spirits - buen ánimo, entusiasmo

badly - malamente

grudge - rencor, manía

missiles - misiles; proyectil, misil

grimaces - hace muecas; mueca, hacer gestos, hacer muecas

The Hyena-swine avoided me, and I was always on the alert for him. My inseparable Dog-man hated and dreaded him intensely. I really believe that was at the root of the brute's attachment to me. It was soon evident to me that the former monster had tasted blood, and gone the way of the Leopard-man. He formed a lair somewhere in the forest, and became solitary. Once I tried to induce the Beast Folk to hunt him, but I lacked the authority to make them co-operate for one end.

on the alert - en alerta

inseparable - inseparables; inseparable

attachment - apego, carino, afición, atadura, archivo adjunto, ejecución

lair - guarida

induce - inducir

authority - autoridad, policía, autoridades, fuerzas del orden, autorización

operate - operar, obrar, trabajar, influir; controlar

Again and again I tried to approach his den and come upon him unaware; but always he was too acute for me, and saw or winded me and got away. He too made every forest pathway dangerous to me and my ally with his lurking ambuscades. The Dog-man scarcely dared to leave my side.

acute - agudo, perspicaz, sagaz, grave

winded - sin aliento

got away - escapar; hacer una escapada

ally - aliado; aliarse (con)

In the first month or so the Beast Folk, compared with their latter condition, were human enough, and for one or two besides my canine friend I even conceived a friendly tolerance. The little pink sloth-creature displayed an odd affection for me, and took to following me about. The Monkey-man bored me, however; he assumed, on the strength of his five digits, that he was my equal, and was for ever jabbering at me,"jabbering the most arrant nonsense. One thing about him entertained me a little: he had a fantastic trick of coining new words. He had an idea, I believe, that to gabble about names that meant nothing was the proper use of speech.

conceived - concebido; concebir

tolerance - tolerancia

affection - afecto, carino, apego

Equal - igual, igualar, equivaler

arrant - Arrancar

nonsense - tonterías; tontería, tontada, tontuna, disparate

gabble - farfullar, parlotear, hablar atropelladamente

Speech - habla, discurso

He called it "Big Thinks" to distinguish it from "Little Thinks," the sane every-day interests of life. If ever I made a remark he did not understand, he would praise it very much, ask me to say it again, learn it by heart, and go off repeating it, with a word wrong here or there, to all the milder of the Beast People. He thought nothing of what was plain and comprehensible. I invented some very curious "Big Thinks" for his especial use. I think now that he was the silliest creature I ever met; he had developed in the most wonderful way the distinctive silliness of man without losing one jot of the natural folly of a monkey.

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

by heart - de memoria

milder - más suave; suave, leve, cálido

comprehensible - comprensible

especial - especial

silliest - el más tonto; bobo, tonto, ninito, infantil, apayasado

developed - desarrollar

most wonderful - el más maravilloso

distinctive - distintivo, definitorio, característico

jot - punto; jota; pizca

This, I say, was in the earlier weeks of my solitude among these brutes. During that time they respected the usage established by the Law, and behaved with general decorum. Once I found another rabbit torn to pieces,"by the Hyena-swine, I am assured,"but that was all. It was about May when I first distinctly perceived a growing difference in their speech and carriage, a growing coarseness of articulation, a growing disinclination to talk. My Monkey-man's jabber multiplied in volume but grew less and less comprehensible, more and more simian. Some of the others seemed altogether slipping their hold upon speech, though they still understood what I said to them at that time.

respected - respetado; respeto, respetar

usage - uso, usanza

established - establecido; establecer, instaurar, nombrar

behaved - se comportó; comportarse

coarseness - Grosura

disinclination - desgana; aversión

jabber - farfullar

multiplied - multiplicado; multiplicar

slipping - resbalando; resbalar

(Can you imagine language, once clear-cut and exact, softening and guttering, losing shape and import, becoming mere lumps of sound again?) And they walked erect with an increasing difficulty. Though they evidently felt ashamed of themselves, every now and then I would come upon one or another running on toes and finger-tips, and quite unable to recover the vertical attitude. They held things more clumsily; drinking by suction, feeding by gnawing, grew commoner every day. I realised more keenly than ever what Moreau had told me about the "stubborn beast-flesh." They were reverting, and reverting very rapidly.

softening - ablandamiento; (soften); ablandar, suavizar

guttering - Canales; (gutter) Canales

felt ashamed - sentirse avergonzado

toes - dedos de los pies; dedo del pie, ortejo

finger-tips - (finger-tips) punta de dedo; dedil

suction - succión, succionar, chupar

reverting - reversión; revertir

Some of them"the pioneers in this, I noticed with some surprise, were all females"began to disregard the injunction of decency, deliberately for the most part. Others even attempted public outrages upon the institution of monogamy. The tradition of the Law was clearly losing its force. I cannot pursue this disagreeable subject.

pioneers - pioneros; pionero

disregard - desprecio; descuidar, desatender, ignorar

injunction - mandamiento judicial; requerimiento, medidas cautelares

outrages - indignaciones; atrocidad, ultraje, desafuero, atropello

Institution - institución

tradition - tradición

My Dog-man imperceptibly slipped back to the dog again; day by day he became dumb, quadrupedal, hairy. I scarcely noticed the transition from the companion on my right hand to the lurching dog at my side.

imperceptibly - imperceptiblemente

transition - transición

lurching - dando tumbos; tambalearse

As the carelessness and disorganisation increased from day to day, the lane of dwelling places, at no time very sweet, became so loathsome that I left it, and going across the island made myself a hovel of boughs amid the black ruins of Moreau's enclosure. Some memory of pain, I found, still made that place the safest from the Beast Folk.

carelessness - descuido, imprudencia, negligencia, dejadez

disorganisation - desorganización

lane - camino, carril

dwelling - vivienda; (dwell); habitar, morar

loathsome - asqueroso; aborrecible, detestable, odioso, abominable

safest - más seguro; seguro, salvo, checkseguro, caja fuerte, cofre

The change was slow and inevitable. For them and for me it came without any definite shock. I still went among them in safety, because no jolt in the downward glide had released the increasing charge of explosive animalism that ousted the human day by day. But I began to fear that soon now that shock must come. My Saint-Bernard-brute followed me to the enclosure every night, and his vigilance enabled me to sleep at times in something like peace. The little pink sloth-thing became shy and left me, to crawl back to its natural life once more among the tree-branches.

jolt - sacudida; sacudir, traquetear

glide - deslizarse; deslizar, planear

explosive - explosivo, explosivo

ousted - destituido; expulsar; deponer

vigilance - vigilancia

enabled - habilitado; habilitar, posibilitar, activar

Shy - tímido, reservado, vergonzoso, lanzar

crawl - gatear; avanzar lentamente

We were in just the state of equilibrium that would remain in one of those "Happy Family" cages which animal-tamers exhibit, if the tamer were to leave it for ever.

equilibrium - equilibrio

tamers - amansadores; domador, domadora, amaestrador

exhibit - exhibir, exponer, prueba documental, prueba instrumental

Of course these creatures did not decline into such beasts as the reader has seen in zoological gardens,"into ordinary bears, wolves, tigers, oxen, swine, and apes. There was still something strange about each; in each Moreau had blended this animal with that. One perhaps was ursine chiefly, another feline chiefly, another bovine chiefly; but each was tainted with other creatures,"a kind of generalised animalism appearing through the specific dispositions.

decline - declive, retroceso, decadencia

zoological - zoológico

bears - osos; aguantar, soportar

wolves - lobos; lobo, mujeriego, devorar, engullir

tigers - tigre; tigresa

oxen - Bueyes

apes - simios; mono

blended - mezclado; mezcla, mezclar, combinar

ursine - ursina; osuno

generalised - Generalizar

appearing - apareciendo; aparecer, comparecer

specific - específica; específico

dispositions - disposición; inclinación, temperamento, carácter

And the dwindling shreds of the humanity still startled me every now and then,"a momentary recrudescence of speech perhaps, an unexpected dexterity of the fore-feet, a pitiful attempt to walk erect.

dwindling - disminuyendo; disminuir, agotarse, desaparecer, menguar

recrudescence - recrudecimiento, recrudescencia

dexterity - destreza

I too must have undergone strange changes. My clothes hung about me as yellow rags, through whose rents showed the tanned skin. My hair grew long, and became matted together. I am told that even now my eyes have a strange brightness, a swift alertness of movement.

undergone - ufrido; experimentar, sufrir, soportar, padecer

hung about - frecuentar, esperar

Rents - alquileres; alquiler

tanned - bronceado; curtir

matted - mateado; estera, felpudo

brightness - brillo

alertness - alerta; vigilancia

At first I spent the daylight hours on the southward beach watching for a ship, hoping and praying for a ship. I counted on the Ipecacuanha returning as the year wore on; but she never came. Five times I saw sails, and thrice smoke; but nothing ever touched the island. I always had a bonfire ready, but no doubt the volcanic reputation of the island was taken to account for that.

praying - Rezando; (pray) Rezando

thrice - tres veces; tres vez

reputation - reputación

It was only about September or October that I began to think of making a raft. By that time my arm had healed, and both my hands were at my service again. At first, I found my helplessness appalling. I had never done any carpentry or such-like work in my life, and I spent day after day in experimental chopping and binding among the trees. I had no ropes, and could hit on nothing wherewith to make ropes; none of the abundant creepers seemed limber or strong enough, and with all my litter of scientific education I could not devise any way of making them so.

raft - balsa

carpentry - carpintería

experimental - experimental

binding - enlazando; vinculante, lomo, unión; (bind); atar, atar (tie)

hit on - tirar los tejos a; ocurrírsele algo

limber - caliente; calentar

litter - litera, artolas, camada, cama, lecho, detritus, basura

devise - dear; concebir, inventar, tramar, maquinar, legar

I spent more than a fortnight grubbing among the black ruins of the enclosure and on the beach where the boats had been burnt, looking for nails and other stray pieces of metal that might prove of service. Now and then some Beast-creature would watch me, and go leaping off when I called to it. There came a season of thunder-storms and heavy rain, which greatly retarded my work; but at last the raft was completed.

fortnight - quince días; quincena

grubbing - robar; larva, verme, manduca, manducatoria, condumio

stray - perderte; extraviarse, perderse

metal - metal

season - temporada; estación

storms - tormentas; tormenta

heavy rain - lluvia copiosa

I was delighted with it. But with a certain lack of practical sense which has always been my bane, I had made it a mile or more from the sea; and before I had dragged it down to the beach the thing had fallen to pieces. Perhaps it is as well that I was saved from launching it; but at the time my misery at my failure was so acute that for some days I simply moped on the beach, and stared at the water and thought of death.

delighted - encantado; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

bane - perdición

fallen to - tocarle a alguien hacer algo, corresponder a

Launching - lanzamiento; botar, echar al mar

moped - un ciclomotor; ciclomotor; (mop); chascona, fregar

I did not, however, mean to die, and an incident occurred that warned me unmistakably of the folly of letting the days pass so,"for each fresh day was fraught with increasing danger from the Beast People.

warned - advertido; alertar, avisar, advertir

fraught - enso

I was lying in the shade of the enclosure wall, staring out to sea, when I was startled by something cold touching the skin of my heel, and starting round found the little pink sloth-creature blinking into my face. He had long since lost speech and active movement, and the lank hair of the little brute grew thicker every day and his stumpy claws more askew.

touching - Tocando; (touch); tocar, conmover, toque, toque, tacto, pizca

blinking - parpadeando; parpadear, guinar, destellar, titilar, parpadeo

active - activo

thicker - más grueso; grueso, espeso

He made a moaning noise when he saw he had attracted my attention, went a little way towards the bushes and looked back at me.

attracted - atraído; atraer, llamar

At first I did not understand, but presently it occurred to me that he wished me to follow him; and this I did at last,"slowly, for the day was hot. When we reached the trees he clambered into them, for he could travel better among their swinging creepers than on the ground. And suddenly in a trampled space I came upon a ghastly group. My Saint-Bernard-creature lay on the ground, dead; and near his body crouched the Hyena-swine, gripping the quivering flesh with its misshapen claws, gnawing at it, and snarling with delight.

As I approached, the monster lifted its glaring eyes to mine, its lips went trembling back from its red-stained teeth, and it growled menacingly. It was not afraid and not ashamed; the last vestige of the human taint had vanished. I advanced a step farther, stopped, and pulled out my revolver. At last I had him face to face.

growled - grunó; rugido, grunir

vestige - huella, pisada, vestigio

The brute made no sign of retreat; but its ears went back, its hair bristled, and its body crouched together. I aimed between the eyes and fired. As I did so, the Thing rose straight at me in a leap, and I was knocked over like a ninepin. It clutched at me with its crippled hand, and struck me in the face. Its spring carried it over me.

sign - signo; senal

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

knocked over - Derribar, arrollar, atropellar

clutched - aferrado; agarrar

I fell under the hind part of its body; but luckily I had hit as I meant, and it had died even as it leapt. I crawled out from under its unclean weight and stood up trembling, staring at its quivering body. That danger at least was over; but this, I knew was only the first of the series of relapses that must come.

hit - golpear, pegar, chocar

relapses - recaídas; reincidir, recaer, recaída, recidiva, reincidencia

I burnt both of the bodies on a pyre of brushwood; but after that I saw that unless I left the island my death was only a question of time. The Beast People by that time had, with one or two exceptions, left the ravine and made themselves lairs according to their taste among the thickets of the island. Few prowled by day, most of them slept, and the island might have seemed deserted to a new-comer; but at night the air was hideous with their calls and howling. I had half a mind to make a massacre of them; to build traps, or fight them with my knife. Had I possessed sufficient cartridges, I should not have hesitated to begin the killing.

exceptions - excepciones; excepción, salvedad, ofensa

lairs - uaridas; guarida

prowled - merodeaba; acechar, merodear, aguaitar

comer - vienes; puntero, delantero, puntera, delantera

traps - trampas; trampa

possessed - poseído; poseer

There could now be scarcely a score left of the dangerous carnivores; the braver of these were already dead. After the death of this poor dog of mine, my last friend, I too adopted to some extent the practice of slumbering in the daytime in order to be on my guard at night. I rebuilt my den in the walls of the enclosure, with such a narrow opening that anything attempting to enter must necessarily make a considerable noise. The creatures had lost the art of fire too, and recovered their fear of it. I turned once more, almost passionately now, to hammering together stakes and branches to form a raft for my escape.

braver - Más valiente; (brave); valiente, valeroso, corajudo

adopted - adoptado; adoptar, ahijar

extent - en qué medida; extensión

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

daytime - durante el día; día

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

rebuilt - reconstruido; reconstruir

necessarily - necesariamente

passionately - con pasión; apasionadamente

hammering - Martilleando; (hammer); martillo, percutor, malleus, martillar

stakes - estacas; estaca, participación, estacar, poner en juego

I found a thousand difficulties. I am an extremely unhandy man (my schooling was over before the days of Slöjd); but most of the requirements of a raft I met at last in some clumsy, circuitous way or other, and this time I took care of the strength. The only insurmountable obstacle was that I had no vessel to contain the water I should need if I floated forth upon these untravelled seas. I would have even tried pottery, but the island contained no clay.

difficulties - dificultades; dificultad

unhandy - Inmanejable

requirements - requisitos; exigencia, requisito

circuitous - circular; tortuoso

insurmountable - insalvable, insuperable

obstacle - obstáculo, óbice, traba, estorbo

floated - flotó; flotar, carroza

untravelled - sin viajar

pottery - cerámica, loza, alfarería

contained - contenido; contener, dominar

clay - arcilla, barro

I used to go moping about the island trying with all my might to solve this one last difficulty. Sometimes I would give way to wild outbursts of rage, and hack and splinter some unlucky tree in my intolerable vexation. But I could think of nothing.

moping - deprimido; chascona, fregar

solve - resolver, solucionar, solventar

give way - Ceder el paso

outbursts - exabruptos; arranque, arrebato, arrechucho

hack - cortar, tajar

splinter - Esquirla

unlucky - mala suerte; desafortunado

vexation - enfado; vejación, vejación

And then came a day, a wonderful day, which I spent in ecstasy. I saw a sail to the southwest, a small sail like that of a little schooner; and forthwith I lit a great pile of brushwood, and stood by it in the heat of it, and the heat of the midday sun, watching. All day I watched that sail, eating or drinking nothing, so that my head reeled; and the Beasts came and glared at me, and seemed to wonder, and went away. It was still distant when night came and swallowed it up; and all night I toiled to keep my blaze bright and high, and the eyes of the Beasts shone out of the darkness, marvelling.

southwest - sudoeste, suroeste

stood by - estar preparado; apoyar a alguien; mantenerse firme en; en espera; estar junto a

toiled - trabajó; esfuerzo, labrar, trabajar

marvelling - Maravillado; (marvel) Maravillado

In the dawn the sail was nearer, and I saw it was the dirty lug-sail of a small boat. But it sailed strangely. My eyes were weary with watching, and I peered and could not believe them. Two men were in the boat, sitting low down,"one by the bows, the other at the rudder. The head was not kept to the wind; it yawed and fell away.

Sailed - vela

yawed - guinada

As the day grew brighter, I began waving the last rag of my jacket to them; but they did not notice me, and sat still, facing each other. I went to the lowest point of the low headland, and gesticulated and shouted. There was no response, and the boat kept on her aimless course, making slowly, very slowly, for the bay.

lowest - más bajo; bajo

Suddenly a great white bird flew up out of the boat, and neither of the men stirred nor noticed it; it circled round, and then came sweeping overhead with its strong wings outspread.

circled - un círculo; círculo, circunferencia, esfera, curva, grupo

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

outspread - Extendido

Then I stopped shouting, and sat down on the headland and rested my chin on my hands and stared. Slowly, slowly, the boat drove past towards the west. I would have swum out to it, but something"a cold, vague fear"kept me back. In the afternoon the tide stranded the boat, and left it a hundred yards or so to the westward of the ruins of the enclosure.

The men in it were dead, had been dead so long that they fell to pieces when I tilted the boat on its side and dragged them out. One had a shock of red hair, like the captain of the Ipecacuanha, and a dirty white cap lay in the bottom of the boat.

tilted - inclinado; inclinar, ladear

As I stood beside the boat, three of the Beasts came slinking out of the bushes and sniffing towards me. One of my spasms of disgust came upon me. I thrust the little boat down the beach and clambered on board her. Two of the brutes were Wolf-beasts, and came forward with quivering nostrils and glittering eyes; the third was the horrible nondescript of bear and bull.

spasms - espasmos; espasmo, acceso

board - junta; tabla, plancha

nondescript - anodino; indescriptivo

When I saw them approaching those wretched remains, heard them snarling at one another and caught the gleam of their teeth, a frantic horror succeeded my repulsion. I turned my back upon them, struck the lug and began paddling out to sea. I could not bring myself to look behind me.

frantic - frenético

succeeded - tuvo éxito; suceder, conseguir, tener éxito, heredar

repulsion - repulsión

paddling - Remando; (paddle) Remando

I lay, however, between the reef and the island that night, and the next morning went round to the stream and filled the empty keg aboard with water. Then, with such patience as I could command, I collected a quantity of fruit, and waylaid and killed two rabbits with my last three cartridges. While I was doing this I left the boat moored to an inward projection of the reef, for fear of the Beast People.

keg - barril

patience - paciencia, solitario

quantity - cantidad, cuantía

waylaid - atracado; abordar, coger por banda

moored - amarrado; páramo


In the evening I started, and drove out to sea before a gentle wind from the southwest, slowly, steadily; and the island grew smaller and smaller, and the lank spire of smoke dwindled to a finer and finer line against the hot sunset. The ocean rose up around me, hiding that low, dark patch from my eyes. The daylight, the trailing glory of the sun, went streaming out of the sky, was drawn aside like some luminous curtain, and at last I looked into the blue gulf of immensity which the sunshine hides, and saw the floating hosts of the stars.

dwindled - disminuido; disminuir, agotarse, desaparecer, menguar

curtain - cortina, telón

Gulf - golfo

sunshine - sol, luz del sol

hides - se esconde; esconder(se), ocultar

Hosts - anfitriones; anfitrión; anfitriona

The sea was silent, the sky was silent. I was alone with the night and silence.

So I drifted for three days, eating and drinking sparingly, and meditating upon all that had happened to me,"not desiring very greatly then to see men again. One unclean rag was about me, my hair a black tangle: no doubt my discoverers thought me a madman.

sparingly - con moderación; parsimoniosamente

meditating - meditando; meditar

desiring - deseando; desear, deseo, gana

discoverers - descubridores; descubridor

madman - loco

It is strange, but I felt no desire to return to mankind. I was only glad to be quit of the foulness of the Beast People. And on the third day I was picked up by a brig from Apia to San Francisco.

desire - desear, deseo, gana

quit - renunciar; abandonar

Foulness - Falta

brig - Bergantín

Neither the captain nor the mate would believe my story, judging that solitude and danger had made me mad; and fearing their opinion might be that of others, I refrained from telling my adventure further, and professed to recall nothing that had happened to me between the loss of the Lady Vain and the time when I was picked up again,"the space of a year.

judging - juzgando; juzgar

fearing - temiendo; miedo, temor

refrained - se abstuvo; estribillo

professed - profesó; profesar

I had to act with the utmost circumspection to save myself from the suspicion of insanity. My memory of the Law, of the two dead sailors, of the ambuscades of the darkness, of the body in the canebrake, haunted me; and, unnatural as it seems, with my return to mankind came, instead of that confidence and sympathy I had expected, a strange enhancement of the uncertainty and dread I had experienced during my stay upon the island. No one would believe me; I was almost as queer to men as I had been to the Beast People.

insanity - locura, insania, vesania

enhancement - mejora

I may have caught something of the natural wildness of my companions. They say that terror is a disease, and anyhow I can witness that for several years now a restless fear has dwelt in my mind,"such a restless fear as a half-tamed lion cub may feel.

wildness - salvaje; bravura, desenfreno

witness - Testigo

dwelt - habitó; habitar, morar

tamed - domado; domesticado; doméstico

cub - cachorro

My trouble took the strangest form. I could not persuade myself that the men and women I met were not also another Beast People, animals half wrought into the outward image of human souls, and that they would presently begin to revert,"to show first this bestial mark and then that. But I have confided my case to a strangely able man,"a man who had known Moreau, and seemed half to credit my story; a mental specialist,"and he has helped me mightily, though I do not expect that the terror of that island will ever altogether leave me. At most times it lies far in the back of my mind, a mere distant cloud, a memory, and a faint distrust; but there are times when the little cloud spreads until it obscures the whole sky. Then I look about me at my fellow-men; and I go in fear. I see faces, keen and bright; others dull or dangerous; others, unsteady, insincere,"none that have the calm authority of a reasonable soul. I feel as though the animal was surging up through them; that presently the degradation of the Islanders will be played over again on a larger scale. I know this is an illusion; that these seeming men and women about me are indeed men and women,"men and women for ever, perfectly reasonable creatures, full of human desires and tender solicitude, emancipated from instinct and the slaves of no fantastic Law,"beings altogether different from the Beast Folk. Yet I shrink from them, from their curious glances, their inquiries and assistance, and long to be away from them and alone.

persuade - persuadir

outward - hacia fuera

confided - confiado; confiar

credit - acreditar, reconocer, crédito, crédito académico

mightily - oderosamente

cloud - nube; nublar

distrust - desconfianza, recelo, desconfiar

spreads - difunde; extender, dispersar, esparcir, untar, diseminar

obscures - oscurece; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

fellow-men - (fellow-men) prójimo

unsteady - inestable; irregular

insincere - insincero; falso, no sincero

reasonable - razonable, módico

illusion - ilusión

seeming - Parece; (seem); parecer

tender - tierno

emancipated - emancipado; emancipar

slaves - esclavos; esclavo, esclava, checkesclava

shrink - contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

inquiries - consultas; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

be away - está lejos

For that reason I live near the broad free downland, and can escape thither when this shadow is over my soul; and very sweet is the empty downland then, under the wind-swept sky.

downland - tierras bajas

swept - barrido; barrer, peinar

When I lived in London the horror was well-nigh insupportable. I could not get away from men: their voices came through windows; locked doors were flimsy safeguards. I would go out into the streets to fight with my delusion, and prowling women would mew after me; furtive, craving men glance jealously at me; weary, pale workers go coughing by me with tired eyes and eager paces, like wounded deer dripping blood; old people, bent and dull, pass murmuring to themselves; and, all unheeding, a ragged tail of gibing children. Then I would turn aside into some chapel,"and even there, such was my disturbance, it seemed that the preacher gibbered "Big Thinks," even as the Ape-man had done; or into some library, and there the intent faces over the books seemed but patient creatures waiting for prey. Particularly nauseous were the blank, expressionless faces of people in trains and omnibuses; they seemed no more my fellow-creatures than dead bodies would be, so that I did not dare to travel unless I was assured of being alone.

nigh - cerca, cabe, cercano

insupportable - Insoportable

safeguards - alvaguardias; salvaguardia, salvaguardar, resguardar

delusion - engano, ilusión, delirio, idea delirante

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

mew - maullar

craving - Ansias; (crave); anhelar, ansiar, implorar

jealously - con envidia, celosamente, envidiosamente

coughing - Tos; (cough); toser, tos

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

murmuring - murmullos; (murmur); soplo, murmurar

unheeding - desatención

ragged - Desgarrado; (rag) Desgarrado

chapel - capilla

disturbance - disturbio, estorbo, perturbación

preacher - predicador

gibbered - gibbered; farfullar, hablar atropelladamente

patient - paciente, paciente

nauseous - náuseas; nauseabundo

omnibuses - omnibuses; autobús, compilación, antología semanal

And even it seemed that I too was not a reasonable creature, but only an animal tormented with some strange disorder in its brain which sent it to wander alone, like a sheep stricken with gid.

This is a mood, however, that comes to me now, I thank God, more rarely. I have withdrawn myself from the confusion of cities and multitudes, and spend my days surrounded by wise books,"bright windows in this life of ours, lit by the shining souls of men. I see few strangers, and have but a small household. My days I devote to reading and to experiments in chemistry, and I spend many of the clear nights in the study of astronomy.

rarely - rara vez, poco frecuentemente, raramente

withdrawn - retirada; retirar(se)

multitudes - multitudes; multitud

wise - sabio

strangers - Extrano

household - hogar, agregado familiar, núcleo familiar, familia, casero

devote - devota; dedicar

chemistry - química

astronomy - astronomía

There is"though I do not know how there is or why there is"a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. I hope, or I could not live.

protection - protección

eternal - eterno, eternal

troubles - problemas; marrón, berenjenal, dificultad, problema, molestia

solace - consuelo, solaz, solazar, consolar

And so, in hope and solitude, my story ends.



The substance of the chapter entitled "Doctor Moreau explains," which contains the essential idea of the story, appeared as a middle article in the Saturday Review in January, 1895. This is the only portion of this story that has been previously published, and it has been entirely recast to adapt it to the narrative form.

entitled - con derecho; intitular

essential - esencial

portion - porción

recast - refundido

adapt - adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptado

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