Farándula / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

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The drama begins with the altercation between an impetuous young man and a courtesan of withered age. The controversy is transferred to the presence of the king and falls under his arbitrage.
     The progenitor of the irascible young man has perished, years earlier, in a nocturnal ambush. He was leaving a splendid dance and challenging his enemies leaving behind him and at a great distance the entourage of his horseback pages and torch carriers. He was rushing ahead to the encounter with death, when his minions were composing a nuptial theory for him, in accordance with Hellenic usage.
     The people’s rumor accused the most cautious and ambitious courtier, the rancor of the orphan recrudesced and enabled him for the martial arrest.
     The king discharges the dissidents and sends them off to disparate kingdoms, prohibiting them from reconciliation before a marked lapse.
     The young gentleman has struck up a casual conversation with the politician’s daughter and dedicates himself to following her steps and to pleasing her caprices and thoughts. In this manner the veto of the monarch is frustrated and the convention occurs in the City of Master Singers.
     The young man and the destitute minister confer on the successive perfidies of the king and clarify the homicide of the arrogant magnate, madly in advance of his men the night of the celebrated festival.
     The two return triumphantly from exile when the sudden death of the king occurs. The people’s voice insists that he was suffocated by his stewards.
     The wedding of the impetuous young man with the daughter of the ancient relative of the sovereign is verified in the hall of the deplored dance.

Las formas del fuego (1929)

{ José Antonio Ramos Sucre, Obra completa, Caracas: Biblioteca Ayacucho, 1989 }

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