The house in which they lived influenced her chills and shuddering to no small degree. Edgar Allan Poe and Horacio Quiroga: my two true passions on Hallowen. This was the last day Alicia was well enough to be up. In the same year his stepfather committed suicide by shooting himself; Quiroga witnessed the death. He also tirelessly read technical texts, manuals on mechanics, and books on arts and physics. Proyecto: La biblioteca de Benito.
She is unable to move or walk and begins having hallucinations throughout the night. These parasites of feathered creatures, diminutive in their habitual environment, reach enormous proportions under certain conditions. Desde el tercer día este hundimiento no la abandonó más. She loved him very much, nonetheless, although sometimes she gave a light shudder when, as they returned home through the streets together at night, she cast a furtive glance at the impressive stature of her Jordan, who had been silent for an hour. And he staggered blindly against the table.
Hours would pass without the slightest sound. It is not strange that she grew thin. The doctors returned, but to no avail. Monsters: There was a degree of letup during the day but at night the hallucinations became even more ferocious — Alicia felt as if her entire frail body was being squashed by a million-pound weight and she began to see monsters crawling on her bedspread. They are described as tormented persons that have to face the idea of disappearing from this world. His Ten Rules for the Perfect Storyteller, dedicated to young writers, provides certain contradictions with his own work. Dentro, el brillo glacial del estuco, sin el más leve rasguño en las altas paredes, afirmaba aquella sensación de desapacible frío.
Her eyes excessively wide, she stared continuously at the carpet on either side of the head of her bed. Quiroga's father accidentally shot himself before he was three months old. Studying each of these questions in detail makes it possible to get a better grasp of the meaning behind the story as a whole. In five days and five nights, it had emptied Alicia. I taught Comparative and American Literature for five years at the University of Costa Rica before deciding to come to Scotland and specialize in what has always been my passion--Gothic literature.
Hours would pass without the slightest sound. Él, por su parte, la amaba profundamente, sin darlo a conocer. It was so swollen one could barely make out its mouth. There are many mentions of Alicia feeling cold and chills. This led him to dabble in various forms and styles of poetic expression himself: , and. Quiroga is said to have had a large influence on the South American short story.
She was barely able to move her head. She did not want her bed to be touched, not even to have her bedcovers arranged. She gets weaker and paler every day. Parecía que únicamente de noche se le fuera la vida en nuevas olas de sangre. Jordán lifted the pillow; it was astonishingly heavy.
When she awakened the following day, Alicia was worse. But their house is so white — bare white walls, white panels, white columns, white statues — giving the impression of a winter palace. Advanced Spanish Taught through the Short Stories of Quiroga. The puncture was scarcely perceptible. Only at night did life seem to leave her in new waves of blood. Finally one day she managed to make it to the garden supported against the arm of her husband.
As one crossed from one room to another, the echo of his steps reverberated throughout the house, as if long abandonment had sensitized its resonance. Alicia passed the autumn in this strange love nest. The second element that characterizes this story as Gothic is the portrayal of the setting as a place full of death. The whiteness of the silent patio—friezes, columns, and marble statues—produced the wintry impression of an enchanted palace. The doctor is summoned and prescribes calm and absolute rest. But Quiroga's wife was not happy: although she had become well adapted to life in the jungle the relationship between her and her husband was fraught with discord. During the Carnival of 1898 the young poet met his first love, a girl named Mary Esther Jurkovski, who would inspire two of his most important works: Las sacrificadas 1920; The Slaughtered and Una estación de amor 1912; A Season of Love.
Finally one afternoon she was able to go into the garden, supported on her husband's arm. This was the last day Alicia was well enough to be up. The carpet swallowed his steps. Tenía siempre al despertar la sensación de estar desplomada en la cama con un millón de kilos encima. Starting to have hallucinations, which is a key element of the fantastic-uncanny, the woman grows weaker and weaker. The background of the story is said to revolve around Quiroga's own experience with women, many who died on him.
I have included a link at the bottom so you can read for yourself. Suddenly Alicia began to have hallucinations, vague images, at first seeming to float in the air, then descending to floor level. Quiroga was baptized three months later in the parish church of his native town. Among her most persistent hallucinations was that of an anthropoid poised on his fingertips on the carpet, staring at her. Inside, the shining glacier of stucco, the tall walls without the slightest feature affirmed the sensation of bleak coldness. It seemed only at night that her life drained out of her in new waves of blood.