The Yellow Wallpaper with English-Spanish Dictionary by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (online free books)

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The Yellow Wallpaper Text

wallpaper - papel pintado, papel tapiz, decomural, empapelado

Charlotte - Carlota

A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity"but that would be asking too much of fate!

Colonial - colonial

mansion - mansión, casoplón

hereditary - heredado, hereditario

estate - patrimonio; propiedad, inmueble, bien, estamento, finca

haunted house - Casa embrujada

romantic - romántico, romántico, romántica

Felicity - felicidad

fate - destino, azar

Still I will proudly declare that there is something queer about it.

proudly - orgulloso; fieramente, orgullosamente

declare - explicar, aclarar, declarar

queer - raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón

Else, why should it be let so cheaply? And why have stood so long untenanted?

untenanted - Inquilino

John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.

laughs at - se ríe de

marriage - matrimonio, boda, casamiento, unión

John is practical in the extreme. He has no patience with faith, an intense horror of superstition, and he scoffs openly at any talk of things not to be felt and seen and put down in figures.

practical - práctico

patience - paciencia, solitario

Faith - fe, confianza

intense - intenso

horror - horror

superstition - superstición

scoffs - se burla; mofarse, burlarse

openly - abiertamente, sin tapujos, con luz y taquígrafos

John is a physician, and perhaps"(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)"perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster.

physician - médico, médica, facultativo

soul - alma, espíritu

relief - alivio

You see, he does not believe I am sick!

And what can one do?

If a physician of high standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression"a slight hysterical tendency"what is one to do?

assures - asegurar

relatives - familiares; relativo, familiar, pariente, parienta, parentela

temporary - temporal, provisional

depression - depresión, área de baja presión

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

tendency - tendencia

My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing.

So I take phosphates or phosphites"whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to "work" until I am well again.

phosphates - fosfatos; fosfato

phosphites - Fosfito

whichever - cualquier, cualquiera que, el que sea

tonics - tónicos; tónica

absolutely - totalmente, absolutamente

forbidden - prohibido; prohibir, vedar, vetar, negar

Personally, I disagree with their ideas.

personally - personalmente

Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.

excitement - emoción; entusiasmo

But what is one to do?

I did write for a while in spite of them; but it does exhaust me a good deal"having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.

spite - rencor

exhaust - agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape

sly - astuto, pillo, listo, habilidoso

opposition - oposición

I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus"but John says the very worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad.

fancy - te apetece; capricho, antojo

stimulus - estímulo

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

So I will let it alone and talk about the house.

The most beautiful place! It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village. It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are hedges and walls and gates that lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people.

hedges - etos; seto

gardeners - jardineros; jardinero, jardinera

There is a delicious garden! I never saw such a garden"large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them.

shady - sombra; umbroso, umbrío, turbio, sórdido

bordered - bordeado; frontera, borde, cenefa, orla, parterre

paths - caminos; camino, sendero

grape - uva

arbors - Enramada

There were greenhouses, too, but they are all broken now.

greenhouses - invernaderos; invernadero

There was some legal trouble, I believe, something about the heirs and co-heirs; anyhow, the place has been empty for years.

legal - jurídico, legal

heirs - herederos; heredero, sucesor, checkheredera

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

That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid; but I don't care"there is something strange about the house"I can feel it.

spoils - otín; expoliar, despojar, danar, arruinar, echar a perder

ghostliness - Fantasmagoría

I even said so to John one moonlight evening, but he said what I felt was a draught, and shut the window.

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

draught - de barril; dama

I get unreasonably angry with John sometimes. I'm sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition.

sensitive - sensible, sensitivo, susceptible

due - debido; salir de cuentas, mérito

But John says if I feel so I shall neglect proper self-control; so I take pains to control myself,"before him, at least,"and that makes me very tired.

neglect - descuido; descuidar, negligir, desoír, hacer caso omiso

proper - bien; adecuado, conveniente, preciso, propio

self-control - (self-control) autocontrol

I don't like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs that opened on the piazza and had roses all over the window, and such pretty old-fashioned chintz hangings! but John would not hear of it.

roses - rosas; Rosa

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) anticuado

hangings - Colgando

He said there was only one window and not room for two beds, and no near room for him if he took another.

He is very careful and loving, and hardly lets me stir without special direction.

hardly - apenas, a duras penas

stir - remover, revolver

I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day; he takes all care from me, and so I feel basely ungrateful not to value it more.

prescription - recetas; receta, remedios recetados, medicinas, prescripción

basely - Básicamente

ungrateful - desagradecido, ingrato, malagradecido

value - valor, importancia, valorar, cifrar, apreciar

He said we came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get. "Your exercise depends on your strength, my dear," said he, "and your food somewhat on your appetite; but air you can absorb all the time." So we took the nursery, at the top of the house.

solely - únicamente, solamente, exclusivamente

account - cuenta

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

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

appetite - apetito, deseo, ganas

absorb - absorber

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

It is a big, airy room, the whole floor nearly, with windows that look all ways, and air and sunshine galore. It was nursery first and then playground and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children, and there are rings and things in the walls.

airy - aireado; airoso

sunshine - sol, luz del sol

galore - en abundancia; a porrillo, a tutiplén

playground - parque infantil, espacio de recreación, zona de juegos

gymnasium - gimnasio, instituto

judge - juez; juzgar

rings - anillos; anillo

The paint and paper look as if a boys'school had used it. It is stripped off"the paper"in great patches all around the head of my bed, about as far as I can reach, and in a great place on the other side of the room low down. I never saw a worse paper in my life.

stripped off - despojado, desnudo

patches - parches; remiendo, parche

One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.

sprawling - en expansión; despatarrar, desparramo

flamboyant - flamante; extravagante, exuberante, vistoso, ostentoso

committing - comprometiéndose; encomendar, cometer

artistic - artístico

sin - pecado

It is dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate, and provoke study, and when you follow the lame, uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide"plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard-of contradictions.

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

confuse - confundir, confundirse, mezclar

constantly - constantemente

irritate - irritar, enviscar

provoke - provocar

lame - cojo

uncertain - incierto

curves - curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

commit - comprometerse; encomendar, cometer

suicide - suicidio, autolisis, suicida

plunge - saltar; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

angles - ángulos; anglo

unheard - No se oye

contradictions - ontradicciones; contradicción, contrasentido

The color is repellant, almost revolting; a smouldering, unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight.

repellant - Repelente

revolting - alzarse en protesta, rebelión, revuelta

smouldering - Ardiendo; (smoulder) Ardiendo

strangely - extranamente; extranamente

faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

sunlight - la luz del sol; luz del sol

It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.

lurid - escabroso; espantoso, chocante, pálido, lívido

sickly - enfermo; enfermizo, enclenque, calamitoso, enteco

sulphur - sulfuro; azufre

tint - tinte, matiz

No wonder the children hated it! I should hate it myself if I had to live in this room long.

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

There comes John, and I must put this away,"he hates to have me write a word.

We have been here two weeks, and I haven't felt like writing before, since that first day.

I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.

atrocious - atroz, malvado, ofensivo

hinder - retrasar; impedir; dificultar

lack - falta; carecer de

John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious.

I am glad my case is not serious!

Glad - feliz, alegre, contento

But these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing.

depressing - deprimente; deprimir

John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.

suffer - sufrir, penar, empeorar

satisfies - satisfacer

Of course it is only nervousness. It does weigh on me so not to do my duty in any way!

nervousness - nerviosidad, nerviosismo, intranquilidad

weigh - pesar, levar, desancorar

Duty - deber, obligación, cometido, menester, arancel

I meant to be such a help to John, such a real rest and comfort, and here I am a comparative burden already!

comfort - comodidad, consuelo, confortar

comparative - comparativa; comparativo, comparativo

burden - carga

Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able"to dress and entertain, and order things.

effort - esfuerzo

entertain - entretenerse

It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby. Such a dear baby!

fortunate - afortunado, propicio, favorable, afortunada

Mary - María

And yet I cannot be with him, it makes me so nervous.

I suppose John never was nervous in his life. He laughs at me so about this wallpaper!

At first he meant to repaper the room, but afterwards he said that I was letting it get the better of me, and that nothing was worse for a nervous patient than to give way to such fancies.

repaper - repapelar

afterwards - después

give way - Ceder el paso

fancies - ganas; capricho, antojo

He said that after the wallpaper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on.

bedstead - cama (sin#Spanish

"You know the place is doing you good," he said, "and really, dear, I don't care to renovate the house just for a three months'rental."

renovate - renovar, remozar

"Then do let us go downstairs," I said, "there are such pretty rooms there."

go downstairs - bajar las escaleras

Then he took me in his arms and called me a blessed little goose, and said he would go down cellar if I wished, and have it whitewashed into the bargain.

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

goose - ganso

cellar - sótano, bodega

whitewashed - panish: t-needed

bargain - trato, ganga, bicoca, chollo, regatear

But he is right enough about the beds and windows and things.

It is as airy and comfortable a room as any one need wish, and, of course, I would not be so silly as to make him uncomfortable just for a whim.

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

uncomfortable - incómodo, a disgusto, cohibido

whim - capricho

I'm really getting quite fond of the big room, all but that horrid paper.

fond - carinoso, afectuoso

horrid - horrible; hórrido, horrendo

Out of one window I can see the garden, those mysterious deep-shaded arbors, the riotous old-fashioned flowers, and bushes and gnarly trees.

mysterious - misterioso

shaded - sombreado; alosa, sábalo

riotous - Disturbios

bushes - arbustos; arbusto

Out of another I get a lovely view of the bay and a little private wharf belonging to the estate. There is a beautiful shaded lane that runs down there from the house. I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least.

bay - bahía

private - privado, privado

wharf - embarcadero, muelle

shaded - sombreado; sombra, persiana, umbral, tono, matiz, sombrear

lane - camino, carril

runs down - agotarse; reducir; menospreciar

numerous - numerosos; numeroso

cautioned - advertido; advertencia, precaución, cuidado, cautela, fianza

He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency. So I try.

imaginative power - poder imaginativo

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

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

I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.

relieve - aliviar, relevar

press - prensa; apretar, presionar

But I find I get pretty tired when I try.

It is so discouraging not to have any advice and companionship about my work. When I get really well John says we will ask Cousin Henry and Julia down for a long visit; but he says he would as soon put fire-works in my pillow-case as to let me have those stimulating people about now.

discouraging - desalentador; descorazonar, acobardar, desalentar, persuadir

pillow-case - (pillow-case) Funda de almohada

stimulating - estimulante; estimular

I wish I could get well faster.

But I must not think about that. This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had!

vicious - panish: t-needed

influence - influencia, influir, influenciar

There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside-down.

recurrent - recurrente

spot - unto; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

lolls - lolls; recostarse, arrellanarse, repanchingarse, repanchigarse

broken neck - Cuello roto

bulbous - bulboso

stare - mirar fijamente

upside - al alza; lado bueno, lado positivo, lado favorable

I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness. Up and down and sideways they crawl, and those absurd, unblinking eyes are everywhere. There is one place where two breadths didn't match, and the eyes go all up and down the line, one a little higher than the other.

positively - ositivamente; inequívocamente, terminantemente, de todas maneras

everlastingness - perennidad

sideways - de lado

crawl - gatear; avanzar lentamente

absurd - absurdo, absurdo

unblinking - Sin pestanear

I never saw so much expression in an inanimate thing before, and we all know how much expression they have! I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy-store.

inanimate - inanimado

awake - despierto; despertar(se)

entertainment - entretenimiento, espectáculo

terror - terror

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

I remember what a kindly wink the knobs of our big old bureau used to have, and there was one chair that always seemed like a strong friend.

wink - guino; guinar el ojo

knobs - pomos; perilla, asa

bureau - oficina, escritorio, cómoda

I used to feel that if any of the other things looked too fierce I could always hop into that chair and be safe.

fierce - fiero, feroz, enconado

hop - saltar a la pata coja

The furniture in this room is no worse than inharmonious, however, for we had to bring it all from downstairs. I suppose when this was used as a playroom they had to take the nursery things out, and no wonder! I never saw such ravages as the children have made here.

inharmonious - Inarmónico

playroom - Sala de juegos

ravages - los estragos; estragar, estrago

The wallpaper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother"they must have had perseverance as well as hatred.

torn off - desprendido, arrancado

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

sticketh - Pegarse

perseverance - perseverancia

hatred - odio

Then the floor is scratched and gouged and splintered, the plaster itself is dug out here and there, and this great heavy bed, which is all we found in the room, looks as if it had been through the wars.

scratched - rayado; rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo

gouged - gubiado; gubia, ranura, harina

splintered - Esquirla

plaster - esparadrapo; ungüento, yeso, escayola, enlucido, revoque

dug out - desenterrado, sacado

But I don't mind it a bit"only the paper.

I don't mind - No me importa.

There comes John's sister. Such a dear girl as she is, and so careful of me! I must not let her find me writing.

She is a perfect, and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession. I verily believe she thinks it is the writing which made me sick!

enthusiastic - entusiasmado, entusiástico

housekeeper - ama de llaves, ama de casa

profession - profesión, gremio, profesión de fe

verily - verdaderamente, de verdad, de veras, realmente

But I can write when she is out, and see her a long way off from these windows.

There is one that commands the road, a lovely, shaded, winding road, and one that just looks off over the country. A lovely country, too, full of great elms and velvet meadows.

commands - mandos; orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

winding - Devanado; (wind) Devanado

elms - olmos; olmo

velvet - terciopelo

meadows - praderas; prado, vega

This wallpaper has a kind of sub-pattern in a different shade, a particularly irritating one, for you can only see it in certain lights, and not clearly then.

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

particularly - en particular; particularmente

irritating - irritante; irritar, enviscar

But in the places where it isn't faded, and where the sun is just so, I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to sulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.

faded - desvanecido; moda, moda pasajera

provoking - provocando; provocar

formless - sin forma

sulk - enfurrunarse; poner cara larga, poner morros, estar enfurrunado

conspicuous - conspicuo, llamativo, ilustre, notorio

There's sister on the stairs!

Well, the Fourth of July is over! The people are gone and I am tired out. John thought it might do me good to see a little company, so we just had mother and Nellie and the children down for a week.

tired out - agotado

Of course I didn't do a thing. Jennie sees to everything now.

But it tired me all the same.

John says if I don't pick up faster he shall send me to Weir Mitchell in the fall.

weir - compuerta, vertedero, aliviadero, corral de pesca

But I don't want to go there at all. I had a friend who was in his hands once, and she says he is just like John and my brother, only more so!

Besides, it is such an undertaking to go so far.

besides - además; al lado de, cabe

undertaking - emprender; funeraria, emprendimiento; (undertake); emprender

I don't feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I'm getting dreadfully fretful and querulous.

worth - vale la pena; valor

fretful - inquieta; irritable, grunón

querulous - quejoso, quejicoso, quejumbroso

I cry at nothing, and cry most of the time.

Of course I don't when John is here, or anybody else, but when I am alone.

And I am alone a good deal just now. John is kept in town very often by serious cases, and Jennie is good and lets me alone when I want her to.

So I walk a little in the garden or down that lovely lane, sit on the porch under the roses, and lie down up here a good deal.

porch - pórtico, porche

I'm getting really fond of the room in spite of the wallpaper. Perhaps because of the wallpaper.

It dwells in my mind so!

dwells - habitar, morar

I lie here on this great immovable bed"it is nailed down, I believe"and follow that pattern about by the hour. It is as good as gymnastics, I assure you. I start, we'll say, at the bottom, down in the corner over there where it has not been touched, and I determine for the thousandth time that I will follow that pointless pattern to some sort of a conclusion.

immovable - inmovible, inamovible

nailed - clavado; una

gymnastics - gimnasia; gimnástico

assure - asegurar

determine - determinar

thousandth - milésimo, milésimo, milésima

pointless - romo, chato, irrelevante, fútil, inútil, vano

conclusion - conclusión

I know a little of the principle of design, and I know this thing was not arranged on any laws of radiation, or alternation, or repetition, or symmetry, or anything else that I ever heard of.

principle - principio

radiation - radiación

alternation - alternancia, rotación

repetition - repetición

symmetry - simetría

It is repeated, of course, by the breadths, but not otherwise.

otherwise - o no; de otro

Looked at in one way each breadth stands alone, the bloated curves and flourishes"a kind of "debased Romanesque" with delirium tremens"go waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity.

bloated - inflado; hinchar, inflar

flourishes - florecer, prosperar, ademanes, floritura, floreo, ornamento

debased - degradado; envilecer, degradar

Romanesque - Románico

delirium - delirio

tremens - Temblens

waddling - caminando de un lado a otro; tambalearse, dar traspiés, anadear

isolated - aislado; aislar, aislante

fatuity - Fatuidad

But, on the other hand, they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great slanting waves of optic horror, like a lot of wallowing seaweeds in full chase.

diagonally - en diagonal; diagonalmente

outlines - contornos; contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

slanting - inclinado; inclinación

optic - óptica; óptico

wallowing - Revolcándose; (wallow) Revolcándose

seaweeds - algas marinas; algas

chase - persecución; perseguir

The whole thing goes horizontally, too, at least it seems so, and I exhaust myself in trying to distinguish the order of its going in that direction.

horizontally - horizontalmente

distinguish - distinguir

They have used a horizontal breadth for a frieze, and that adds wonderfully to the confusion.

horizontal - horizontal

frieze - friso

wonderfully - maravillosamente, a las mil maravillas

confusion - confusión

There is one end of the room where it is almost intact, and there, when the cross-lights fade and the low sun shines directly upon it, I can almost fancy radiation after all,"the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.

intact - intacto

fade - desvanecerse; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

shines - brillar

directly - directamente, en derechura

upon - sobre, en, tras

interminable - interminable

grotesques - grotescos; grotesco

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

headlong - de cabeza

plunges - se sumerge; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

Equal - igual, igualar, equivaler

Distraction - distracción, locura

It makes me tired to follow it. I will take a nap, I guess.

nap - siesta

I don't know why I should write this.

I don't want to.

I don't feel able.

And I know John would think it absurd. But I must say what I feel and think in some way"it is such a relief!

But the effort is getting to be greater than the relief.

Half the time now I am awfully lazy, and lie down ever so much.

awfully - muy mal; asombroso

John says I musn't lose my strength, and has me take cod-liver oil and lots of tonics and things, to say nothing of ale and wine and rare meat.

cod - bacalao

ale - cerveza inglesa, ale, cerveza ale

rare - raro, poco común

Dear John! He loves me very dearly, and hates to have me sick. I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day, and tell him how I wish he would let me go and make a visit to Cousin Henry and Julia.

Dearly - Querido

reasonable - razonable, módico

But he said I wasn't able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there; and I did not make out a very good case for myself, for I was crying before I had finished.

wasn - Era

It is getting to be a great effort for me to think straight. Just this nervous weakness, I suppose.

And dear John gathered me up in his arms, and just carried me upstairs and laid me on the bed, and sat by me and read to me till it tired my head.

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

laid - tirado; poner, colocar

He said I was his darling and his comfort and all he had, and that I must take care of myself for his sake, and keep well.

darling - carino; querido, querida, amado, amada

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

He says no one but myself can help me out of it, that I must use my will and self-control and not let any silly fancies run away with me.

self - yo; uno mismo

There's one comfort, the baby is well and happy, and does not have to occupy this nursery with the horrid wallpaper.

occupy - ocupar

If we had not used it that blessed child would have! What a fortunate escape! Why, I wouldn't have a child of mine, an impressionable little thing, live in such a room for worlds.

escape - escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

impressionable - impresionable

I never thought of it before, but it is lucky that John kept me here after all. I can stand it so much easier than a baby, you see.

Of course I never mention it to them any more,"I am too wise,"but I keep watch of it all the same.

wise - sabio

There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.

Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day.

dim - débil, ténue

It is always the same shape, only very numerous.

And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don't like it a bit. I wonder"I begin to think"I wish John would take me away from here!

stooping - inclinarse, agacharse

creeping - reptando; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so.

But I tried it last night.

It was moonlight. The moon shines in all around, just as the sun does.

I hate to see it sometimes, it creeps so slowly, and always comes in by one window or another.

creeps - asquerosos; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

John was asleep and I hated to waken him, so I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wallpaper till I felt creepy.

waken - Despertar

undulating - ondulante; ondear, ondular, ondulado

creepy - espeluznante, temible, perturbador, inquietante

The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out.

faint - desmayarse; débil, tenue

I got up softly and went to feel and see if the paper did move, and when I came back John was awake.

softly - suavemente, inaudiblemente, silenciosamente

"What is it, little girl?" he said. "Don't go walking about like that"you'll get cold."

I thought it was a good time to talk, so I told him that I really was not gaining here, and that I wished he would take me away.

gaining - Ganando; (gain) Ganando

"Why darling!" said he, "our lease will be up in three weeks, and I can't see how to leave before.

lease - contrato de arrendamiento

"The repairs are not done at home, and I cannot possibly leave town just now. Of course if you were in any danger I could and would, but you really are better, dear, whether you can see it or not. I am a doctor, dear, and I know. You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better. I feel really much easier about you."

Possibly - es posible; posiblemente

whether - si, si , o, ya sea

flesh - carne, pellejo, descarnar

"I don't weigh a bit more," said I, "nor as much; and my appetite may be better in the evening, when you are here, but it is worse in the morning when you are away."

"Bless her little heart!" said he with a big hug; "she shall be as sick as she pleases! But now let's improve the shining hours by going to sleep, and talk about it in the morning!"

bless - bendecir

hug - abrazo, abrazar

shining - brillante; brillar

"And you won't go away?" I asked gloomily.

"Why, how can I, dear? It is only three weeks more and then we will take a nice little trip of a few days while Jennie is getting the house ready. Really, dear, you are better!"

"Better in body perhaps""I began, and stopped short, for he sat up straight and looked at me with such a stern, reproachful look that I could not say another word.

stern - severo, austero, serio

"My darling," said he, "I beg of you, for my sake and for our child's sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind! There is nothing so dangerous, so fascinating, to a temperament like yours. It is a false and foolish fancy. Can you not trust me as a physician when I tell you so?"

beg - pedir limosna; pedir

instant - instantáneo, inmediato

fascinating - fascinante; fascinar

temperament - temperamento

foolish - tonto, necio, imprudente

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

So of course I said no more on that score, and we went to sleep before long. He thought I was asleep first, but I wasn't,"I lay there for hours trying to decide whether that front pattern and the back pattern really did move together or separately.

lay - poner, colocar

move together - Moverse juntos

separately - por separado; separadamente

On a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is a constant irritant to a normal mind.

sequence - secuencia

defiance - desafío

constant - constante, perseverante, firme, constante

The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.

hideous - horrible, odioso, chocante, atemorizante

unreliable - poco fiable; no fidedigno

infuriating - exasperante; enfurecer

torturing - tortura; (torture); tortura, suplicio, torturar

You think you have mastered it, but just as you get well under way in following, it turns a back somersault and there you are. It slaps you in the face, knocks you down, and tramples upon you. It is like a bad dream.

mastered - ominado; senor, dueno; senora, duena

somersault - salto mortal; voltereta

slaps - bofetadas; bofetada, cachetada, abofetear, cachetear, golpear

tramples - pisotear, hollar, maltratar, humillar, ofender

The outside pattern is a florid arabesque, reminding one of a fungus. If you can imagine a toadstool in joints, an interminable string of toadstools, budding and sprouting in endless convolutions,"why, that is something like it.

florid - Florido

arabesque - arabesco

reminding - recordatorio; recordar

fungus - hongos; hongo

joints - juntas; en común, comunitario, en conjunto, articulación

string - cordel, mecate, usic, cadena, cuerda, enhebrar, encordar

toadstools - sapos; seta venenosa

sprouting - brotando; (sprout) brotando

endless - interminable, sin fin, infinito

That is, sometimes!

There is one marked peculiarity about this paper, a thing nobody seems to notice but myself, and that is that it changes as the light changes.

peculiarity - particularidad; peculiaridad

When the sun shoots in through the east window"I always watch for that first long, straight ray"it changes so quickly that I never can quite believe it.

shoots - disparos; disparar, lanzar

ray - rayo

That is why I watch it always.

By moonlight"the moon shines in all night when there is a moon"I wouldn't know it was the same paper.

At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be.

twilight - crepúsculo, penumbra

lamplight - Lámpara

I didn't realize for a long time what the thing was that showed behind,"that dim sub-pattern,"but now I am quite sure it is a woman.

By daylight she is subdued, quiet. I fancy it is the pattern that keeps her so still. It is so puzzling. It keeps me quiet by the hour.

subdued - sumiso; someter, doblegar, domenar, debelar

I lie down ever so much now. John says it is good for me, and to sleep all I can.

Indeed, he started the habit by making me lie down for an hour after each meal.

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

It is a very bad habit, I am convinced, for, you see, I don't sleep.

bad habit - mal hábito

Convinced - convencido; convencer

And that cultivates deceit, for I don't tell them I'm awake,"oh, no!

cultivates - cultivar

deceit - engano; bellaquería, fraude, engano, embeleco

The fact is, I am getting a little afraid of John.

He seems very queer sometimes, and even Jennie has an inexplicable look.

inexplicable - inexplicable

It strikes me occasionally, just as a scientific hypothesis, that perhaps it is the paper!

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

Occasionally - ocasionalmente, de vez en cuando, a veces

scientific - científica; científico

hypothesis - hipótesis

I have watched John when he did not know I was looking, and come into the room suddenly on the most innocent excuses, and I've caught him several times looking at the paper! And Jennie too. I caught Jennie with her hand on it once.

ve - e

most innocent - el más inocente

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

She didn't know I was in the room, and when I asked her in a quiet, a very quiet voice, with the most restrained manner possible, what she was doing with the paper she turned around as if she had been caught stealing, and looked quite angry"asked me why I should frighten her so!

restrained - retenido; refrenar(se), contenerse

frighten - asustar; atemorizar

Then she said that the paper stained everything it touched, that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes and John's, and she wished we would be more careful!

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

smooches - Un besito

Did not that sound innocent? But I know she was studying that pattern, and I am determined that nobody shall find it out but myself!

innocent - inocente

determined - determinado; determinar

Life is very much more exciting now than it used to be. You see I have something more to expect, to look forward to, to watch. I really do eat better, and am more quiet than I was.

more exciting - más emocionante

more quiet - más tranquilo

John is so pleased to see me improve! He laughed a little the other day, and said I seemed to be flourishing in spite of my wallpaper.

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

I turned it off with a laugh. I had no intention of telling him it was because of the wallpaper"he would make fun of me. He might even want to take me away.

intention - intención

I don't want to leave now until I have found it out. There is a week more, and I think that will be enough.

I'm feeling ever so much better! I don't sleep much at night, for it is so interesting to watch developments; but I sleep a good deal in the daytime.

developments - desarrollos; desarrollo, desenvolvimiento

daytime - durante el día; día

In the daytime it is tiresome and perplexing.

tiresome - cansino; fatigoso, cansador, agotador

perplexing - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

There are always new shoots on the fungus, and new shades of yellow all over it. I cannot keep count of them, though I have tried conscientiously.

shades - sombras; alosa, sábalo

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

conscientiously - a conciencia

It is the strangest yellow, that wallpaper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw"not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.

buttercups - mariposas; ranúnculo

foul - falta; asqueroso, fétido

But there is something else about that paper"the smell! I noticed it the moment we came into the room, but with so much air and sun it was not bad. Now we have had a week of fog and rain, and whether the windows are open or not, the smell is here.

Fog - niebla

It creeps all over the house.

I find it hovering in the dining-room, skulking in the parlor, hiding in the hall, lying in wait for me on the stairs.

hovering - revoloteando; cerner, dudar, hesitar, vacilar

dining - cenar; jaleo

skulking - Escapando; (skulk); merodear

parlor - salón; sala, sala de estar

It gets into my hair.

Even when I go to ride, if I turn my head suddenly and surprise it"there is that smell!

Such a peculiar odor, too! I have spent hours in trying to analyze it, to find what it smelled like.

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

odor - olor

analyze - analizar

It is not bad"at first, and very gentle, but quite the subtlest, most enduring odor I ever met.

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

subtlest - más sutil; sutil

enduring - perdurable; aguantar, perdurar, tolerar, consentir, condescender

In this damp weather it is awful. I wake up in the night and find it hanging over me.

damp - húmedo, humedad, amortiguar

hanging over - colgar sobre

It used to disturb me at first. I thought seriously of burning the house"to reach the smell.

disturb - perturbar, molestar

seriously - en serio, seriamente

But now I am used to it. The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell.

There is a very funny mark on this wall, low down, near the mopboard. A streak that runs round the room. It goes behind every piece of furniture, except the bed, a long, straight, even smooch, as if it had been rubbed over and over.

streak - raya, trazo, sarta, racha, ristra

smooch - Un besito

rubbed - frotado; frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

I wonder how it was done and who did it, and what they did it for. Round and round and round"round and round and round"it makes me dizzy!

dizzy - mareado

I really have discovered something at last.

Through watching so much at night, when it changes so, I have finally found out.

The front pattern does move"and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!

Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.

crawls - se arrastra; avanzar lentamente

crawling - Arrastrándose; (crawl) Arrastrándose

Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.

And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern"it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads.

strangles - estrangular

They get through, and then the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside-down, and makes their eyes white!

If those heads were covered or taken off it would not be half so bad.

I think that woman gets out in the daytime!

And I'll tell you why"privately"I've seen her!

privately - en privado; privadamente

I can see her out of every one of my windows!

It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight.

creep - se arrastran; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

I see her on that long shaded lane, creeping up and down. I see her in those dark grape arbors, creeping all around the garden.

I see her on that long road under the trees, creeping along, and when a carriage comes she hides under the blackberry vines.

carriage - coche, carruaje

blackberry - zarza, zarzamora

vines - enredaderas; vid, trepadora, enredadera

I don't blame her a bit. It must be very humiliating to be caught creeping by daylight!

blame - culpar, responsabilizar, echar la culpa

humiliating - humillante; humillar

I always lock the door when I creep by daylight. I can't do it at night, for I know John would suspect something at once.

I can't do it - No puedo hacerlo

suspect - barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

And John is so queer now, that I don't want to irritate him. I wish he would take another room! Besides, I don't want anybody to get that woman out at night but myself.

I often wonder if I could see her out of all the windows at once.

But, turn as fast as I can, I can only see out of one at one time.

And though I always see her she may be able to creep faster than I can turn!

I have watched her sometimes away off in the open country, creeping as fast as a cloud shadow in a high wind.

shadow - sombra

wind - viento, aire

If only that top pattern could be gotten off from the under one! I mean to try it, little by little.

gotten - Conseguido

I have found out another funny thing, but I shan't tell it this time! It does not do to trust people too much.

There are only two more days to get this paper off, and I believe John is beginning to notice. I don't like the look in his eyes.

And I heard him ask Jennie a lot of professional questions about me. She had a very good report to give.

She said I slept a good deal in the daytime.

John knows I don't sleep very well at night, for all I'm so quiet!

He asked me all sorts of questions, too, and pretended to be very loving and kind.

pretended - fingido; fingir, de mentirijillas

As if I couldn't see through him!

Still, I don't wonder he acts so, sleeping under this paper for three months.

It only interests me, but I feel sure John and Jennie are secretly affected by it.

secretly - secretamente, en secreto

Hurrah! This is the last day, but it is enough. John is to stay in town over night, and won't be out until this evening.

Jennie wanted to sleep with me"the sly thing! but I told her I should undoubtedly rest better for a night all alone.

Undoubtedly - sin duda

That was clever, for really I wasn't alone a bit! As soon as it was moonlight, and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her.

I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.

peeled off - se ha despegado

A strip about as high as my head and half around the room.

strip - tira; quitar, desprender; arrancar; despojar

And then when the sun came and that awful pattern began to laugh at me I declared I would finish it to-day!

declared - declarado; explicar, aclarar, declarar

We go away to-morrow, and they are moving all my furniture down again to leave things as they were before.

morrow - manana; manana

Jennie looked at the wall in amazement, but I told her merrily that I did it out of pure spite at the vicious thing.

amazement - asombro, sorpresa

pure - pura; puro

She laughed and said she wouldn't mind doing it herself, but I must not get tired.

How she betrayed herself that time!

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

But I am here, and no person touches this paper but me"not alive!

She tried to get me out of the room"it was too patent! But I said it was so quiet and empty and clean now that I believed I would lie down again and sleep all I could; and not to wake me even for dinner"I would call when I woke.

patent - patente

So now she is gone, and the servants are gone, and the things are gone, and there is nothing left but that great bedstead nailed down, with the canvas mattress we found on it.

servants - sirvientes; sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

canvas - lienzo; lona

mattress - colchón

We shall sleep downstairs to-night, and take the boat home to-morrow.

I quite enjoy the room, now it is bare again.

bare - desnudo, descubierto

How those children did tear about here!

tear - desgarro; lágrima

This bedstead is fairly gnawed!

fairly - justamente; francamente, abiertamente, bastante

gnawed - roído; roer

But I must get to work.

I have locked the door and thrown the key down into the front path.

path - camino, sendero

I don't want to go out, and I don't want to have anybody come in, till John comes.

I want to astonish him.

astonish - asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

I've got a rope up here that even Jennie did not find. If that woman does get out, and tries to get away, I can tie her!

rope up - encordarse

But I forgot I could not reach far without anything to stand on!

This bed will not move!

I tried to lift and push it until I was lame, and then I got so angry I bit off a little piece at one corner"but it hurt my teeth.

Then I peeled off all the paper I could reach standing on the floor. It sticks horribly and the pattern just enjoys it! All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision!

peeled - pelado; pelar

sticks - bastones; clavar

horribly - horriblemente

strangled - estrangulado; estrangular

growths - crecimientos; crecimiento

shriek - gritar; alarido, chillido, chillar

Derision - burla; irrisión

I am getting angry enough to do something desperate. To jump out of the window would be admirable exercise, but the bars are too strong even to try.

desperate - desesperado

admirable - admirable, loable

Besides I wouldn't do it. Of course not. I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued.

misconstrued - malinterpretado; malinterpretar

I don't like to look out of the windows even"there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast.

I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did?

But I am securely fastened now by my well-hidden rope"you don't get me out in the road there!

fastened - sujetado; atar, abrochar

rope - cuerda

I suppose I shall have to get back behind the pattern when it comes night, and that is hard!

It is so pleasant to be out in this great room and creep around as I please!

pleasant - agradable, placentero

I don't want to go outside. I won't, even if Jennie asks me to.

For outside you have to creep on the ground, and everything is green instead of yellow.

But here I can creep smoothly on the floor, and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way.

smoothly - sin problemas; suavemente

Why, there's John at the door!

It is no use, young man, you can't open it!

How he does call and pound!

Now he's crying for an axe.

axe - hacha

It would be a shame to break down that beautiful door!

shame - vergüenza, pena

"John dear!" said I in the gentlest voice, "the key is down by the front steps, under a plantain leaf!"

gentlest - más suave; tierno, suave, tranquilo, medido, gradual, amable

plantain - Plátano

leaf - hoja, tablero

That silenced him for a few moments.

silenced - silenciado; silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

Then he said"very quietly indeed, "Open the door, my darling!"

"I can't," said I. "The key is down by the front door under a plantain leaf!"

And then I said it again, several times, very gently and slowly, and said it so often that he had to go and see, and he got it, of course, and came in. He stopped short by the door.

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

"What is the matter?" he cried. "For God's sake, what are you doing!"

For God's sake - Por el amor de Dios

I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder.

"I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane! And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!"

Jane - Juana

Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!

fainted - desmayado; débil, tenue

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