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The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral Text

stalls - puestos; compartimento

cathedral - catedral

James - Santiago, Jacobo, Yago, Jaime

This matter began, as far as I am concerned, with the reading of a notice in the obituary section of the Gentleman's Magazine for an early year in the nineteenth century:

concerned - preocupado; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar

obituary - esquela, necrología, obituario, obituario

nineteenth - decimonoveno, diecinueveavo

"On February 26th, at his residence in the Cathedral Close of Barchester, the Venerable John Benwell Haynes, D.D., aged 57, Archdeacon of Sowerbridge and Rector of Pickhill and Candley. He was of -- College, Cambridge, and where, by talent and assiduity, he commanded the esteem of his seniors; when, at the usual time, he took his first degree, his name stood high in the list of wranglers. These academical honours procured for him within a short time a Fellowship of his College. In the year 1873 he received Holy Orders, and was shortly afterwards presented to the perpetual Curacy of Ranxton-sub-Ashe by his friend and patron the late truly venerable Bishop of Lichfield.... His speedy preferments, first to a Prebend, and subsequently to the dignity of Precentor in the Cathedral of Barchester, form an eloquent testimony to the respect in which he was held and to his eminent qualifications. He succeeded to the Archdeaconry upon the sudden decease of Archdeacon Pulteney in 1810. His sermons, ever conformable to the principles of the religion and Church which he adorned, displayed in no ordinary degree, without the least trace of enthusiasm, the refinement of the scholar united with the graces of the Christian. Free from sectarian violence, and informed by the spirit of the truest charity, they will long dwell in the memories of his hearers.

residence - residencia

venerable - venerable

Cambridge - Cambridge

assiduity - asiduidad

commanded - mandado; orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

esteem - estima

seniors - personas mayores; anciano, alto cargo, experimentado, senor

honours - onores; honradez

fellowship - companerismo; confraternidad, beca

holy - santo, sagrado

shortly - pronto, en breve

afterwards - después

perpetual - perpetua; perpetuo

patron - patrón, mecenas, patrocinador, auspiciador, cliente, parroquiano

truly - de verdad; verdaderamente, realmente

bishop - obispo

speedy - rápido, pronto

preferments - Preferencia

Prebend - Prebenda

dignity - dignidad

eloquent - elocuente

testimony - testimonio

Archdeaconry - Arcedianato

decease - fallecimiento, deceso, óbito, defunción, fallecer

Sermons - sermones; sermón

conformable - conforme

principles - principios; principio

adorned - dornado; adornar, engalanar

displayed - aparece; espectáculo, exposición, monitor, expositor

trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

enthusiasm - entusiasmo

scholar - erudito, especialista, estudioso, docto

graces - gracias; (grace); gracias, benedícite, gracia, donaire, merced

Christian - cristiano, cristiana, Cristián

sectarian - sectario

violence - violencia

informed - informado; informar

dwell - habitar, morar

hearers - Oyente

(Here a further omission.) The productions of his pen include an able defence of Episcopacy, which, though often perused by the author of this tribute to his memory, afford but one additional instance of the want of liberality and enterprise which is a too common characteristic of the publishers of our generation. His published works are, indeed, confined to a spirited and elegant version of the Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus, a volume of Discourses upon the Several Events in the Life of Joshua, delivered in his Cathedral, and a number of the charges which he pronounced at various visitations to the clergy of his Archdeaconry. These are distinguished by etc., etc. The urbanity and hospitality of the subject of these lines will not readily be forgotten by those who enjoyed his acquaintance. His interest in the venerable and awful pile under whose hoary vault he was so punctual an attendant, and particularly in the musical portion of its rites, might be termed filial, and formed a strong and delightful contrast to the polite indifference displayed by too many of our Cathedral dignitaries at the present time."

omission - omisión

defence - defensa

Episcopacy - Episcopado

perused - percibido; examinar, ojear, hojear, leer por encima

tribute - tributo, homenaje

additional - adicional, extra, de más

instance - caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

liberality - liberalidad

enterprise - empresa, emprendimiento, empuje, iniciativa

characteristic - característico, característica

publishers - editores; editor, editorial

confined - confinado; confinar, encorsetar, confín, raya

elegant - elegante, chic

volume - volumen

Discourses - discursos; discurso, conversación, disertar

Joshua - Josué

clergy - clero

distinguished - istinguido; distinguir

etc - tc

urbanity - urbanidad, educación, modales, corrección

hospitality - hospitalidad, hostelería

readily - listo; fácilmente, en seguida, pronto

acquaintance - conocido; amistad, conocimiento, junta, relación

pile - montón, pila

hoary - cansado; cano

vault - bóveda; sótano; bodega

punctual - puntual

attendant - asistente, guarda, concomitante, inherente

portion - porción

rites - itos; rito

filial - filial

delightful - delicioso

indifference - indiferencia

dignitaries - dignatarios; dignatario

The final paragraph, after informing us that Dr. Haynes died a bachelor, says:

informing - informar

bachelor - soltero; solterón, bachiller, título de grado, licenciatura

"It might have been augured that an existence so placid and benevolent would have been terminated in a ripe old age by a dissolution equally gradual and calm. But how unsearchable are the workings of Providence! The peaceful and retired seclusion amid which the honoured evening of Dr. Haynes'life was mellowing to its close was destined to be disturbed, nay, shattered, by a tragedy as appalling as it was unexpected.

augured - aumentado; augur, augurar, presagiar

existence - existencia

placid - pacido; plácido

benevolent - benevolente, benévolo

terminated - terminado; terminar, acabar

ripe - maduro

dissolution - disolución, desintegración, disolución

gradual - gradual, paulatino

workings - Trabajando

Providence - providencia; Providence

amid - en medio de, entre

honoured - onrado; honradez

mellowing - ablandándose; mantecoso, relajado, blando

disturbed - molesto; perturbar, molestar

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

tragedy - tragedia

appalling - spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard; (appal) spantoso; terrible; horrible; horroroso; onstandard

unexpected - inesperado, inopinado

The morning of the 26th of February--"

But perhaps I shall do better to keep back the remainder of the narrative until I have told the circumstances which led up to it. These, as far as they are now accessible, I have derived from another source.

remainder - restos; resto, remanente, sobras, restante

circumstances - circunstancias; circunstancia

accessible - accesible, asequible, abordable

derived - derivado; derivar

I had read the obituary notice which I have been quoting, quite by chance, along with a great many others of the same period. It had excited some little speculation in my mind, but, beyond thinking that, if I ever had an opportunity of examining the local records of the period indicated, I would try to remember Dr. Haynes, I made no effort to pursue his case.

obituary notice - obituario

speculation - especulación

beyond - más allá de

pursue - perseguir, apuntar a

Quite lately I was cataloguing the manuscripts in the library of the college to which he belonged. I had reached the end of the numbered volumes on the shelves, and I proceeded to ask the librarian Whether there were any more books which he thought I ought to include in my description. "I don't think there are," he said, "but we had better come and look at the manuscript class and make sure. Have you time to do that now?" I had time. We went to the library, checked off the manuscripts, and, at the end of our survey arrived at a shelf of which I had seen nothing.

lately - últimamente

cataloguing - catalogación; catálogo, calendario universitario, catalogar

manuscripts - manuscritos; manuscrito, manuscrito

volumes - volúmenes; volumen

proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder

librarian - bibliotecario

checked off - se ha marcado

Its contents consisted for the most part of sermons, bundles of fragmentary papers, college exercises, Cyrus, an epic poem in several cantos, the product of a country clergyman's leisure, mathematical tracts by a deceased professor, and other similar material of a kind with which I am only too familiar. I took brief notes of these. Lastly, there was a tin box, which was pulled out and dusted. Its label, much faded, was thus inscribed: "Papers of the Ven. Archdeacon Haynes. Bequeathed in 1834 by his sister, Miss Letitia Haynes."

Contents - ontenido; satisfecho

bundles - paquetes; haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

epic poem - poema épico

clergyman - clérigo

mathematical - matemáticas; matemático

tracts - tractos; extensión

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

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

faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

thus - así

inscribed - inscrito; inscribir

Archdeacon - arcediano, archidiácono

bequeathed - egado; heredar, legar, dejar, ceder, transmitir

I knew at once that the name was one which I had somewhere encountered, and could very soon locate it. "That must be the Archdeacon Haynes who came to a very odd end at Barchester. I've read his obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine. May I take the box home? Do you know if there is anything interesting in it?"

encountered - encontrado; encontrar

ve - e

The librarian was very willing that I should take the box and examine it at leisure. "I never looked inside it myself," he said, "but I've always been meaning to. I am pretty sure that is the box which our old Master once said ought never to have been accepted by the college. He said that to Martin years ago; and he said also that as long as he had control over the library it should never be opened. Martin told me about it, and said that he wanted terribly to know what was in it; but the Master was librarian, and always kept the box in the lodge, so there was no getting at it in his time, and when he died it was taken away by mistake by his heirs, and only returned a few years ago.

Master - maestro; senor, dueno; senora, duena

Martin - Martín

Terribly - terriblemente; rematadamente

Lodge - cabana, barraca, caseta, logia, madriguera, panish: t-needed

heirs - herederos; heredero, sucesor, checkheredera

I can't think why I haven't opened it; but, as I have to go away from Cambridge this afternoon, you had better have first go at it. I think I can trust you not to publish anything undesirable in our catalogue."

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

undesirable - indeseable

catalogue - catálogo, calendario universitario, catalogar

I took the box home and examined its contents, and thereafter consulted the librarian as to what should be done about publication, and, since I have his leave to make a story out of it, provided I disguise the identity of the people concerned, I will try what can be done.

thereafter - después; tras lo cual, tras lo que

consulted - consultado; consultar

publication - publicación

disguise - disfraz, pantalla, tapadera, disfrazar

The materials are, of course, mainly journals and letters. How much I shall quote and how much epitomize must be determined by considerations of space. The proper understanding of the situation has necessitated a little-not very arduous-research, which has been greatly facilitated by the excellent illustrations and text of the Barchester volume in Bell's Cathedral Series.

considerations - consideraciones; consideración

necessitated - es necesario; necesitar

arduous - arduo, riguroso

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

facilitated - facilitado; facilitar

illustrations - ilustraciones; ejemplo, ilustración, instrucción, estampa

When you enter the choir of Barchester Cathedral now, you pass through a screen of metal and coloured marbles, designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, and find yourself in what I must call a very bare and odiously furnished place. The stalls are modern, without canopies. The places of the dignitaries and the names of the prebends have fortunately been allowed to survive, and are inscribed on small brass plates affixed to the stalls. The organ is in the triforium, and what is seen of the case is Gothic.

choir - coro

marbles - mármoles; mármol, canica, balita

Gilbert - Gilberto

bare - desnudo, descubierto

odiously - Odiosamente

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

canopies - lonas; dosel, palio, toldo, alero, copa, parabrisas, capota

prebends - Prebenda

brass - latón

affixed - fijado; afijo, fijar, pegar

organ - órgano, publicación oficial

triforium - triforio

Gothic - gótico

The reredos and its surroundings are like every other.

reredos - retablo

surroundings - alrededores; periferia, rededor, derredor, circundante

Careful engravings of a hundred years ago show a very different state of things. The organ is on a massive classical screen. The stalls are also classical and very massive. There is a baldacchino of wood over the altar, with urns upon its corners. Further east is a solid altar screen, classical in design, of wood, with a pediment, in which is a triangle surrounded by rays, enclosing certain Hebrew letters in gold. Cherubs contemplate these. There is a pulpit with a great sounding-board at the eastern end of the stalls on the north side, and there is a black and white marble pavement.

engravings - grabados; grabado

massive - masiva; masivo

altar - altar

urns - urnas; urna

pediment - pedimento; frontón

triangle - triángulo

surrounded - rodeado; circundar, envolver, cercar, rodear

rays - rayos; rayo

Hebrew - hebreo, hebreo, hebrea

Cherubs - querubines; querubín

contemplate - contemplar

pulpit - púlpito

marble - mármol, canica, balita

pavement - pavimento, asfalto

Two ladies and a gentleman are admiring the general effect. From other sources I gather that the archdeacon's stall then, as now, was next to the bishop's throne at the south-eastern end of the stalls. His house almost faces the western part of the church, and is a fine red-brick building of William the Third's time.

stall - parar; compartimento

throne - trono

brick - ladrillo

William - Guillermo

Here Dr. Haynes, already a mature man, took up his abode with his sister in the year 1810. The dignity had long been the object of his wishes, but his predecessor refused to depart until he had attained the age of ninety-two. About a week after he had held a modest festival in celebration of that ninety-second birthday, there came a morning, late in the year, when Dr. Haynes, hurrying cheerfully into his breakfast-room, rubbing his hands and humming a tune, was greeted, and checked in his genial flow of spirits, by the sight of his sister, seated, indeed, in her usual place behind the tea-urn, but bowed forward and sobbing unrestrainedly into her handkerchief. "What-what is the matter? What bad news?" he began. "Oh, Johnny, you've not heard? The poor dear archdeacon!" "The archdeacon, yes? What is it-ill, is he?" "No, no; they found him on the staircase this morning; it is so shocking." "Is it possible!

mature - maduro

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

predecessor - predecesor, antecesor

refused - rechazado; negarse (a)

depart - irse, salir, partir, panish:

attained - lcanzado; lograr, conseguir

modest - modesto, humilde, pequeno, moderado; (mod); modesto, humilde

cheerfully - con alegría

rubbing - Frotar; (rub); frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

humming - Tarareando; (hum); tararear, canturrear

tune - melodía, tonada, afinar, sintonizar

genial - genial, amable, formidable, bueno, simpático

urn - una urna; urna

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

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

unrestrainedly - sin restricciones

handkerchief - panuelo; panuelo

Johnny - Juanito

staircase - escalera

shocking - impresionante; conmoción, golpe

Dear, dear, poor Pulteney! Had there been any seizure?" "They don't think so, and that is almost the worst thing about it. It seems to have been all the fault of that stupid maid of theirs, Jane." Dr. Haynes paused. "I don't quite understand, Letitia. How was the maid at fault?" "Why, as far as I can make out, there was a stair-rod missing, and she never mentioned it, and the poor archdeacon set his foot quite on the edge of the step-you know how slippery that oak is-and it seems he must have fallen almost the whole flight and broken his neck. It is so sad for poor Miss Pulteney. Of course, they will get rid of the girl at once. I never liked her." Miss Haynes's grief resumed its sway, but eventually relaxed so far as to permit of her taking some breakfast. Not so her brother, who, after standing in silence before the window for some minutes, left the room, and did not appear again that morning.

seizure - apropiación, convulsión

fault - defecto, falla, culpa, falta

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

Jane - Juana

paused - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

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

slippery - resbaladizo, escurridizo, resbaloso

oak - roble, encina, carrasca

rid - cabalgar; librar

grief - duelo; pesar, pesadumbre, dolor, sufrimiento

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

sway - maniobrar; balanceo, influencia, influjo, preponderancia

permit - permiso; permitir

silence - silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

I need only add that the careless maid-servant was dismissed forthwith, but that the missing stair-rod was very shortly afterwards found under the stair-carpet-an additional proof, if any were needed, of extreme stupidity and carelessness on her part.

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

forthwith - inmediatamente

Proof - pruebas; prueba

stupidity - estupidez, burricie, tontería, idiotez

carelessness - descuido, imprudencia, negligencia, dejadez

For a good many years Dr. Haynes had been marked out by his ability, which seems to have been really considerable, as the likely successor of Archdeacon Pulteney, and no disappointment was in store for him. He was duly installed, and entered with zeal upon the discharge of those functions which are appropriate to one in his position. A considerable space in his journals is occupied with exclamations upon the confusion in which Archdeacon Pulteney had left the business of his office and the documents appertaining to it. Dues upon Wringham and Barnswood have been uncollected for something like twelve years, and are largely irrecoverable; no visitation has been held for seven years; four chancels are almost past mending. The persons deputized by the archdeacon have been nearly as incapable as himself. It was almost a matter for thankfulness that this state of things had not been permitted to continue, and a letter from a friend confirms this view.

considerable - considerable

successor - sucesor, sucesora

disappointment - decepción, desilusión, chasco

duly - bien; debidamente

installed - instalado; instalar

zeal - ahínco, fervor, celo, entusiasmo

discharge - cumplir, completar, despedir, descargar, descargo, dar de alta

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

occupied with - ocupado con

exclamations - exclamaciones; exclamación

confusion - confusión

uncollected - in recoger

largely - en gran medida; mayormente

chancels - canceles; presbiterio

mending - Reparando; (mend); remiendo, remendar, reparar

incapable - incapaz

thankfulness - gratitud, agradecimiento

permitted - permitido; permitir

"[Greek: ho katechôn]," it says (in rather cruel allusion to the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians), "is removed as last. My poor friend! Upon what a scene of confusion will you be entering! I give you my word that, on the last occasion of my crossing his threshold, there was no single paper that he could lay hands upon, no syllable of mine that he could hear, and no fact in connection with my business that he could remember. But now, thanks to a negligent maid and a loose stair-carpet, there is some prospect that necessary business will be transacted without a complete loss alike of voice and temper." This letter was tucked into a pocket in the cover of one of the diaries.

Greek - griego, griego, griega

allusion - alusión

epistle - epístola

threshold - umbral, entrada, límite

syllable - sílaba

negligent - negligente

loose - suelto; flojo

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

transacted - transacciones; negociar; tramitar

alike - igual, semejante, parecido, igualmente

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

tucked - metido; pliegue

There can be no doubt of the new archdeacon's zeal and enthusiasm. "Give me but time to reduce to some semblance of order the innumerable errors and complications with which I am confronted, and I shall gladly and sincerely join with the aged Israelite in the canticle which too many, I fear, pronounce but with their lips." This reflection I find, not in a diary, but a letter; the doctor's friends seem to have returned his correspondence to his surviving sister. He does not confine himself, however, to reflections. His investigation of the rights and duties of his office are very searching and businesslike, and there is a calculation in one place that a period of three years will just suffice to set the business of the Archdeaconry upon a proper footing. The estimate appears to have been an exact one.

reduce to - reducir; adelgazar

innumerable - innumerables; innumerable, incontable

complications - complicaciones; complicación

confronted - confrontado; enfrentar

gladly - con gusto; de buena gana

sincerely - sinceramente

Israelite - israelita

canticle - cántico

correspondence - correspondencia, carteo, noticias

confine - confinar, encorsetar, confín, raya

reflections - reflexiones; reflexión, reflejo

investigation - investigación

calculation - cálculo, cálculo, cómputo, conjetura

suffice - bastar, alcanzar

estimate - presupuesto, estimación, estimar

For just three years he is occupied in reforms; but I look in vain at the end of that time for the promised Nunc dimittis. He has now found a new sphere of activity. Hitherto his duties have precluded him from more than an occasional attendance at the Cathedral services. Now he begins to take an interest in the fabric and the music. Upon his struggles with the organist, an old gentleman who had been in office since 1786, I have no time to dwell; they were not attended with any marked success. More to the purpose is his sudden growth of enthusiasm for the Cathedral itself and its furniture. There is a draft of a letter to Sylvanus Urban (which I do not think was ever sent) describing the stalls in the choir. As I have said, these were of fairly late date-of about the year 1700, in fact.

occupied - ocupado; ocupar

reforms - reformas; reforma, reformar

vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo

sphere - esfera, bola

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

precluded - impedido; descartar, excluir, precluir

occasional - ocasional, esporádico

attendance - asistencia, presencia

fabric - tela, tejido, género

struggles - luchas; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

organist - organista

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

Urban - urbano

"The archdeacon's stall, situated at the south-east end, west of the episcopal throne (now so worthily occupied by the truly excellent prelate who adorns the See of Barchester), is distinguished by some curious ornamentation. In addition to the arms of Dean West, by whose efforts the whole of the internal furniture of the choir was completed, the prayer-desk is terminated at the eastern extremity by three small but remarkable statuettes in the grotesque manner. One is an exquisitely modelled figure of a cat, whose crouching posture suggests with admirable spirit the suppleness, vigilance, and craft of the redoubted adversary of the genus Mus. opposite to this is a figure seated upon a throne and invested with the attributes of royalty; but it is no earthly monarch whom the carver has sought to portray. His feet are studiously concealed by the long robe in which he is draped: but neither the crown nor the cap which he wears suffice to hide the prick-ears and curving horns which betray his Tartarean origin; and the hand which rests upon his knee is armed with talons of horrifying length and sharpness.

situated - situado; situar

episcopal - episcopal

worthily - dignamente

prelate - prelado

adorns - adornar, engalanar

Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro

dean - decano; deán

internal - interno, interior

extremity - extremidad

remarkable - notable, remarcable, destacable

statuettes - estatuillas; estatuilla

grotesque - grotesco

crouching - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

posture - postura

admirable - admirable, loable

vigilance - vigilancia

craft - artesanía; pericia, oficio, nave, labrar, hacer a mano

adversary - adversario, adversaria

genus - género; (genu); género

opposite to - lo contrario de, opuesto a

attributes - atributos; atributo, atribuir

royalty - realeza

earthly - terrenal

monarch - monarca

carver - tallador

sought - buscado; buscar

portray - retratar, describir

concealed - ocultos; esconder, ocultar

robe - túnica; bata, hábito, toga

draped - cubrir

crown - corona

prick - idiota; pinchar, perforar

curving - curvatura; curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

horns - cuernos; cuerno

betray - traicionar, entregar, vender, delatar, demostrar

origin - origen

rests upon - apoyarse en; depender de; basarse en

talons - talones; garra

horrifying - horripilante; horripilar

sharpness - nitidez; agudeza

Between these two figures stands a shape muffled in a long mantle. This might at first sight be mistaken for a monk or 'friar of orders grey,'for the head is cowled and a knotted cord depends from somewhere about the waist. A slight inspection, however, will lead to a very different conclusion. The knotted cord is quickly seen to be a halter, held by a hand all but concealed within the draperies; while the sunken features and, horrid to relate, the rent flesh upon the cheek-bones, proclaim the King of Terrors. These figures are evidently the production of no unskilled chisel; and should it chance that any of your correspondents are able to throw light upon their origin and significance, my obligations to your valuable miscellany will be largely increased."

muffled - silenciado; mufla

mantle - manto, camisa

monk - monje

friar - fray; fraile

cowled - encapuchado; capucha

knotted - nudo

cord - cuerda, cable, hilo, cordón

waist - cintura

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

inspection - inspección

halter - cabestro, ronzal; (halt) cabestro, ronzal

draperies - cortinas; cortina

horrid - horrible; hórrido, horrendo

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

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

proclaim - proclamar

terrors - terrores; terror

evidently - evidentemente

unskilled - no cualificado

chisel - cincel

correspondents - corresponsales; corresponsal

significance - significado, significación, calado

obligations - obligaciones; obligación, compromiso, deber

miscellany - miscelánea, miscelánea, antología

There is more description in the paper, and, seeing that the woodwork in question has now disappeared, it has a considerable interest. A paragraph at the end is worth quoting:

woodwork - maderamen, maderaje, carpintería, carpintería

"Some late researches among the Chapter accounts have shown me that the carving of the stalls was not, as was very usually reported, the work of Dutch artists, but was executed by a native of this city or district named Austin. The timber was procured from an oak copse in the vicinity, the property of the Dean and Chapter, known as Holywood. Upon a recent visit to the parish within whose boundaries it is situated, I learned from the aged and truly respectable incumbent that traditions still lingered amongst the inhabitants of the great size and age of the oaks employed to furnish the materials of the stately structure which has been, however imperfectly, described in the above lines.

carving - tallar; tallado, escultura; (carve); cortar, trinchar, tallar

Dutch - neerlandés, holandés, neerlandés, holandés

executed - ejecutado; ejecutar, ajusticiar, arrancar

district - distrito, distrito

timber - madera de construcción

copse - bosquecillo, soto, matorral

vicinity - vecindad, cercanías, inmediaciones, aproximado, aproximadamente

parish - parroquia

boundaries - límites; frontera, límite, linde, lindero

respectable - respetable

incumbent - el titular; obligatorio, competente, titular

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

amongst - entre

inhabitants - habitantes; habitante, residente, lugareno, lugarena

oaks - robles; roble, encina, carrasca

furnish - amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

stately - enorial; majestuoso

imperfectly - imperfectamente

Of one in particular, which stood near the centre of the grove, it is remembered that it was known as the Hanging Oak. The propriety of that title is confirmed by the fact that a quantity of human bones was found in the soil about its roots, and that at certain times of the year it was the custom for those who wished to secure a successful issue to their affairs, whether of love or the ordinary business of life, to suspend from its boughs small images or puppets rudely fashioned of straw, twigs, or the like rustic materials."

grove - arboleda

propriety - aptitud, propiedad

roots - raíces; raíz

secure - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

affairs - asuntos; negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

suspend - suspender

boughs - ramas; rama

puppets - marionetas; títere, marioneta, fantoche

rudely - groseramente

straw - paja, pajizo, pajiza

twigs - amitas; ramita

rustic - rústico

So much for the archdeacon's archaeological investigations. To return to his career as it is to be gathered from his diaries. Those of his first three years of hard and careful work show him throughout in high spirits, and, doubtless, during this time, that reputation for hospitality and urbanity which is mentioned in his obituary notice was well deserved. After that, as time goes on, I see a shadow coming over him-destined to develop into utter blackness-which I cannot but think must have been reflected in his outward demeanour.

archaeological - arqueológico

investigations - investigaciones; investigación

high spirits - buen ánimo, entusiasmo

doubtless - indudable, sin duda, indudablemente

reputation - reputación

deserved - merecido; merecer, meritar

shadow - sombra

utter - totalmente; absoluto, total

blackness - negritud; negror, negrura

outward - hacia fuera

demeanour - conducta, comportamiento

He commits a good deal of his fears and troubles to his diary; there was no other outlet for them. He was unmarried, and his sister was not always with him. But I am much mistaken if he has told all that he might have told. A series of extracts shall be given:

outlet - salida, desahogo, río que nace en un lago, minorista de marca

unmarried - soltero; (unmarry); soltero

extracts - extractos; extracto, fragmento, pasaje, extraer, sacar

"Aug. 30, 1816.-The days begin to draw in more perceptibly than ever. Now that the Archdeaconry papers are reduced to order, I must find some further employment for the evening hours of autumn and winter. It is a great blow that Letitia's health will not allow her to stay through these months. Why not go on with my Defence of Episcopacy? It may be useful.

draw in - hacerse de noche más temprano, acercarse, atraer

perceptibly - perceptiblemente

"Sept. 15.-Letitia has left me for Brighton.

"Oct. 11.-Candles lit in the choir for the first time at evening prayers. It came as a shock: I find that I absolutely shrink from the dark season.

candles - velas; vela, candela, cirio

shock - conmoción, golpe

shrink - contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

"Nov. 17.-Much struck by the character of the carving on my desk: I do not know that I had ever carefully noticed it before. My attention was called to it by an accident. During the Magnificat I was, I regret to say, almost overcome with sleep. My hand was resting on the back of the carved figure of a cat which is the nearest to me of the three figures on the end of my stall. I was not aware of this, for I was not looking in that direction, until I was startled by what seemed a softness, a feeling as of rather rough and coarse fur, and a sudden movement, as if the creature were twisting round its head to bite me.

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

regret - lamentar, pena, pesar, arrepentimiento

overcome - vencer, superar

carved - tallado; cortar, trinchar, tallar, esculpir

startled - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

softness - suavidad, molicie

coarse - grosero; tosco, rústico, rudo, bruto

creature - criatura

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

I regained complete consciousness in an instant, and I have some idea that I must have uttered a suppressed exclamation, for I noticed that Mr. Treasurer turned his head quickly in my direction. The impression of the unpleasant feeling was so strong that I found myself rubbing my hand upon my surplice. This accident led me to examine the figures after prayers more carefully than I had done before, and I realized for the first time with what skill they are executed.

regained - recuperado; recobrar

consciousness - conciencia

instant - instantáneo, inmediato

uttered - ronunciado; absoluto, total

suppressed - suprimido; reprimar, contener, ocultar, suprimir

exclamation - exclamación

treasurer - tesorero, tesorera

surplice - sobrepelliz

"Dec. 6.-I do indeed miss Letitia's company. The evenings, after I have worked as long as I can at my Defence, are very trying. The house is too large for a lonely man, and visitors of any kind are too rare. I get an uncomfortable impression when going to my room that there is company of some kind. The fact is (I may as well formulate it to myself) that I hear voices. This, I am well aware, is a common symptom of incipient decay of the brain-and I believe that I should be less disquieted than I am if I had any suspicion that this was the cause.

formulate - formular

incipient - incipiente

decay - decadencia; descomposición, deterioración, putrefacción

disquieted - inquietos; inquietud, inquietar

suspicion - sospecha, suspicacia

I have none-none whatever, nor is there anything in my family history to give colour to such an idea. Work, diligent work, and a punctual attention to the duties which fall to me is my best remedy, and I have little doubt that it will prove efficacious.

diligent - diligente

remedy - remedio, recurso, remediar

efficacious - efectivo, eficaz

"Jan. 1. My trouble is, I must confess it, increasing upon me. Last night, upon my return after midnight from the Deanery, I lit my candle to go upstairs. I was nearly at the top when something whispered to me, 'Let me wish you a happy New Year.'I could not be mistaken: it spoke distinctly and with a peculiar emphasis.

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

Deanery - Decanato

candle - una vela; vela, candela, cirio

whispered - susurrado; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

emphasis - énfasis, hincapié

Had I dropped my candle, as I all but did, I tremble to think what the consequences must have been. As it was, I managed to get up the last flight, and was quickly in my room with the door locked, and experienced no other disturbance.

tremble - tiritar, temblar, temblor, vibración, temblequera

disturbance - disturbio, estorbo, perturbación

"Jan. 15.-I had occasion to come downstairs last night to my workroom for my watch, which I had inadvertently left on my table when I went up to bed. I think I was at the top of the last flight when I had a sudden impression of a sharp whisper in my ear 'Take care.'I clutched the balusters and naturally looked round at once.

inadvertently - sin querer

whisper - susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

clutched - aferrado; agarrar

balusters - balaustres; balaustre

Of course, there was nothing. After a moment I went on-it was no good turning back-but I had as nearly as possible fallen: a cat-a large one by the feel of it-slipped between my feet, but again, of course, I saw nothing. It may have been the kitchen cat, but I do not think it was.

slipped - se resbaló; resbalar

"Feb. 27.-A curious thing last night, which I should like to forget. Perhaps if I put it down here I may see it in its true proportion. I worked in the library from about 9 to 10. The hall and staircase seemed to be unusually full of what I can only call movement without sound: by this I mean that there seemed to be continuous going and coming, and that whenever I ceased writing to listen, or looked out into the hall, the stillness was absolutely unbroken. Nor, in going to my room at an earlier hour than usual-about half-past ten-was I conscious of anything that I could call a noise. It so happened that I had told John to come to my room for the letter to the bishop which I wished to have delivered early in the morning at the Palace. He was to sit up, therefore, and come for it when he heard me retire. This I had for the moment forgotten, though I had remembered to carry the letter with me to my room.

proportion - proporción

ceased - esado; cesar, parar, terminar

unbroken - intacto

conscious - consciente

But when, as I was winding up my watch, I heard a light tap at the door, and a low voice saying, 'May I come in?'(which I most undoubtedly did hear), I recollected the fact, and took up the letter from my dressing-table, saying, 'Certainly: come in.'No one, however, answered my summons, and it was now that, as I strongly suspect, I committed an error: for I opened the door and held the letter out. There was certainly no one at that moment in the passage, but, in the instant of my standing there, the door at the end opened and John appeared carrying a candle. I asked him whether he had come to the door earlier; but am satisfied that he had not. I do not like the situation; but although my senses were very much on the alert, and though it was some time before I could sleep, I must allow that I perceived nothing further of an untoward character."

winding - Devanado; (wind) Devanado

tap - golpear; golpecito, palmadita

Undoubtedly - sin duda

recollected - recuerdas; recordar, acordarse de

summons - Citaciones; (summon) Citaciones

suspect - barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo

satisfied - satisfecho; satisfacer

alert - alerta; despierto, vivo

perceived - percibido; percibir, entender

untoward - indecoroso; desfavorable, adverso, desventajoso, problemático

With the return of spring, when his sister came to live with him for some months, Dr. Haynes's entries became more cheerful, and, indeed, no symptom of depression is discernible unto the early part of September, when he was again left alone. And now, indeed, there is evidence that he was incommoded again, and that more pressingly.

more cheerful - más alegre

depression - depresión, área de baja presión

incommoded - Incomodar

pressingly - Presivamente

To this matter I will return in a moment, but I digress to put in a document which, rightly or wrongly, I believe to have a bearing on the thread of the story.

digress - interrumpo; desviarse

rightly - verdad

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

The account-books of Dr. Haynes, preserved along with his other papers, show, from a date but little later than that of his institution as archdeacon, a quarterly payment of Ł25 to J.L. Nothing could have been made of this, had it stood by itself.

account-books - (account-books) libros de cuentas, libros de contabilidad

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

Institution - institución

quarterly - trimestral, acuartelado, trimestralmente

But I connect with it a very dirty and ill-written letter, which, like another that I have quoted, was in a pocket in the cover of a diary. Of date or postmark there is no vestige, and the decipherment was not easy. It appears to run:

postmark - matasellos, timbre, matasellar, matar

vestige - huella, pisada, vestigio

decipherment - descifrar; desciframiento

"Dr Sr.

"I have bin expctin to her off you theis last wicks, and not Haveing done so must supose you have not got mine witch was saying how me and my man had met in with bad times this season all seems to go cross with us on the farm and which way to look for the rent we have no knowledge of it this been the sad case with us if you would have the great [liberality probably, but the exact spelling defies reproduction] to send fourty pounds otherwise steps will have to be took which I should not wish.

theis - teis

wicks - mechas; mecha

supose - Supongo

witch - bruja

defies - desafía; desafiar, desobedecer, renunciar

reproduction - reproducción

fourty - Cuarenta

otherwise - o no; de otro

Has you was the Means of my losing my place with Dr. Pulteney I think it is only just what I am asking and you know best what I could say if I was Put to it but I do not wish anything of that unpleasant Nature being one that always wish to have everything Pleasant about me.

"Your obedt Servt,

obedt - Obedecer

"Jane Lee."

Lee - abrigo, sotavento, socaire

About the time at which I suppose this letter to have been written there is, in fact, a payment of Ł40 to J.L.

We return to the diary:

"The whispering in my house was more persistent tonight. I seemed not to be rid of it in my room. I have not noticed this before. A nervous man, which I am not, and hope I am not becoming, would have been much annoyed, if not alarmed, by it. The cat was on the stairs tonight. I think it sits there always. There is no kitchen cat.

persistent - persistente

"Nov. 15.-Here again I must note a matter I do not understand. I am much troubled in sleep. No definite image presented itself, but I was pursued by the very vivid impression that wet lips were whispering into my ear with great rapidity and emphasis for some time together. After this, I suppose, I feel asleep, but was awakened with a start by a feeling as if a hand were laid on my shoulder. To my intense alarm I found myself standing at the top of the lowest flight on the first staircase. The moon was shining brightly enough through the large window to let me see that there was a large cat on the second or third step. I can make no comment.

pursued - perseguido; perseguir, apuntar a

vivid - vívida; vívido, vivo

rapidity - rapidez, celeridad

awakened - despertado; despertar, despertarse

intense - intenso

I crept up to bed again, I do not know how. Yes, mine is a heavy burden. [Then follows a line or two which has been scratched out. I fancy I read something like 'acted for the best.']"

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

heavy burden - una carga pesada

scratched out - tachar

Not long after this it is evident to me that the archdeacon's firmness began to give way under the pressure of these phenomena. I omit as unnecessarily painful and distressing the ejaculations and prayers which, in the months of December and January, appear for the first time and become increasingly frequent. Throughout this time, however, he is obstinate in clinging to his post. Why he did not plead ill-health and take refuge at Bath or Brighton I cannot tell; my impression is that it would have done him no good; that he was a man who, if he had confessed himself beaten by the annoyances, would have succumbed at once, and that he was conscious of this.

evident - es evidente; evidente, constatable

firmness - firmeza

phenomena - fenómenos

omit - omitir, dejar de lado, dejarse en el tintero

unnecessarily - innecesariamente

distressing - angustiante; aflicción, angustia, desasosiego, ansiedad

ejaculations - eyaculaciones; eyaculación

increasingly - cada vez más

frequent - frecuente

obstinate - obstinado, obcecado, porfiado

clinging - aferrándose; engancharse, adherirse

plead - suplicar; rogar

refuge - refugio, refugiarse

confessed - confesó; confesar, panish: t-needed

annoyances - molestias; disgusto, irritación, lata, molestia, fastidio

succumbed - sucumbió; sucumbir, rendirse, ceder, morir

He did seek to palliate them by inviting visitors to his house. The result he has noted in this fashion:

seek - buscar

palliate - paliar, mitigar, remediar, atenuar

"Jan. 7.-I have prevailed on my cousin Allen to give me a few days, and he is to occupy the chamber next to mine.

prevailed - revaleció; prevalecer, vencer

occupy - ocupar

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

"Jan. 8.-A still night. Allen slept well, but complained of the wind. My own experiences were as before: still whispering and whispering: what is it that he wants to say?

wind - viento, aire

"Jan. 9.-Allen thinks this is a very noisy house. He thinks, too, that my cat is an unusually large and fine specimen, but very wild.

specimen - espécimen, ejemplar

"Jan. 10.-Allen and I in the library until 11. He left me twice to see what the maids were doing in the hall: returning the second time he told me he had seen one of them passing through the door at the end of the passage, and said if his wife were here she would soon get them into better order. I asked him what coloured dress the maid wore; he said grey or white. I supposed it would be so.

maids - sirvientas; doncella, senorita, doméstica, empleada doméstica

"Jan. 11.-Allen left me today. I must be firm."

firm - firma; firme, sólido

These words, I must be firm, occur again and again on subsequent days; sometimes they are the only entry. In these cases they are in an unusually large hand, and dug into the paper in a way which must have broken the pen that wrote them.

subsequent - subsiguiente, posterior

Apparently the archdeacon's friends did not remark any change in his behaviour, and this gives me a high idea of his courage and determination. The diary tells us nothing more than I have indicated of the last days of his life. The end of it all must be told in the polished language of the obituary notice:

apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente

remark - observación, comentario

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

determination - determinación, decisión, resolución, ahínco

polished - pulido; polaco, polonés, polaco

"The morning of the 26th of February was cold and tempestuous. At an early hour the servants had occasion to go into the front hall of the residence occupied by the lamented subject of these lines. What was their horror upon observing the form of their beloved and respected master lying upon the landing of the principal staircase in an attitude which inspired the gravest fears. Assistance was procured, and an universal consternation was experienced upon the discovery that he had been the object of a brutal and a murderous attack. The vertebral column was fractured in more than one place. This might have been the result of a fall: it appeared that the stair-carpet was loosened at one point.

tempestuous - tempestuoso, proceloso

lamented - lamentó; lamento, lamentación, lamentar

observing - observando; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

beloved - querida; amado, querido, bienamado

principal - principal, capital, director, directora, principal de escuela

inspired - inspirado; inspirar, infundir

gravest - más grave; tumba

assistance - asistencia

universal - universal

consternation - consternación, abatimiento, postración

brutal - brutal

murderous - asesino, homicida

vertebral - vertebral

fractured - fractura, fracturar

loosened - aflojado; aflojar, soltar

But, in addition to this, there were injuries inflicted upon the eyes, nose and mouth, as if by the agency of some savage animal, which, dreadful to relate, rendered those features unrecognizable. The vital spark was, it is needless to add, completely extinct, and had been so, upon the testimony of respectable medical authorities, for several hours. The author or authors of this mysterious outrage are alike buried in mystery, and the most active conjecture has hitherto failed to suggest a solution of the melancholy problem afforded by this appalling occurrence."

inflicted - nfligido; infligir

agency - albedrío, agencia, oficina

savage - salvaje

dreadful - terrible; espantoso, espantosa

rendered - rendido; dejar, volver

unrecognizable - irreconocible

vital - vital

spark - chispa

needless - innecesario; inútil

extinct - extinguido; extinto

mysterious - misterioso

outrage - atrocidad, ultraje, desafuero, atropello, indignación, rabia

conjecture - conjeturas; conjetura, suposición, especulación, teoría

melancholy - melancolía

Occurrence - acontecimiento, ocurrencia, suceso

The writer goes on to reflect upon the probability that the writings of Mr. Shelley, Lord Byron, and M. Voltaire may have been instrumental in bringing about the disaster, and concludes by hoping, somewhat vaguely, that this event may "operate as an example to the rising generation"; but this portion of his remarks need not be quoted in full.

probability - probabilidad

writings - escritos; (writing) escritos

Lord - senor; castellano, senor

instrumental - instrumental

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

vaguely - vagamente

operate - operar, obrar, trabajar, influir; controlar

remarks - observaciones; observación, comentario

I had already formed the conclusion that Dr. Haynes was responsible for the death of Dr. Pulteney. But the incident connected with the carved figure of death upon the archdeacon's stall was a very perplexing feature. The conjecture that it had been cut out of the wood of the Hanging Oak was not difficult, but seemed impossible to substantiate. However, I paid a visit to Barchester, partly with the view of finding out whether there were any relics of the woodwork to be heard of. I was introduced by one of the canons to the curator of the local museum, who was, my friend said, more likely to be able to give me information on the point than any one else. I told this gentleman of the description of certain carved figures and arms formerly on the stalls, and asked whether any had survived. He was able to show me the arms of Dean West and some other fragments. These, he said, had been got from an old resident, who had also once owned a figure-perhaps one of those which I was inquiring for.

incident - incidente

perplexing - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

partly - en parte, en cierto modo

relics - reliquias; reliquia, vestigio

canons - cánones; canon

curator - curador, curadora, comisario, conservador

local museum - Museo local

Formerly - anteriormente, otrora, antes, antano

fragments - fragmentos; fragmento, fragmentar

resident - residente, habitante, munícipe

inquiring - preguntando; investigar, informarse

There was a very odd thing about that figure, he said. "The old man who had it told me that he picked it up in a wood-yard, whence he had obtained the still extant pieces, and had taken it home for his children. On the way home he was fiddling about with it and it came in two in his hands, and a bit of paper dropped out. This he picked up and, just noticing that there was writing on it, put it into his pocket, and subsequently into a vase on his mantelpiece. I was at his house not very long ago, and happened to pick up the vase and turn it over to see whether there were any marks on it, and the paper fell into my hand. The old man, on my handing it to him, told me the story I have told you, and said I might keep the paper. It was crumpled and rather torn, so I have mounted it on a card, which I have here. If you can tell me what it means I shall be very glad, and also, I may say, a good deal surprised."

odd thing - cosa extrana

whence - de dónde; de donde, desde donde, de ahí

obtained - obtenido; obtener, coger

extant - existente, extante, actual

vase - un jarrón; jarrón, florero, vasija

mantelpiece - mantel; repisa

crumpled - arrugado; arrugar, colapsar

mounted - montado; montar

He gave me the card. The paper was quite legibly inscribed in an old hand, and this is what was on it:

"When I grew in the Wood

I was water'd wth Blood

wth - Qué

Now in the Church I stand

Who that touches me with his Hand

If a Bloody hand he bear

bloody - Sangriento

I councell him to be ware

councell - consejo

Lest he be fetcht away

Whether by night or day,

But chiefly when the wind blows high

chiefly - principalmente, sobre todo, particularmente, especialmente

In a night of February."

"This I dreampt, 26 Febr. Ao 1699. John Austin."

"I suppose it is a charm or a spell: wouldn't you call it something of that kind?" said the curator.

charm - encanto

"Yes," I said, "I suppose one might. What became of the figure in which it was concealed?"

"Oh, I forgot," said he. "The old man told me it was so ugly and frightened his children so much that he burnt it."

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