El sigilado / José Antonio Ramos Sucre

The Secret One

     The student hands over to the magnate the ballads where he refers to passionate tribulations. He has deserted the classrooms in order to get ahead in the art of the guitar and celebrate the garments of his beloved in the modesty of night, without protecting himself from the concern and curiosity of the neighbors.

     The teachers, with revered capes and perspicacious eyeglasses, reprimand and repress the young man.

     The lyrical compositions discover the accent and apathy of hopelessness, the desire for an inaccessible happiness. The author compares himself to an oxherd with a humble and clandestine life, jostled and made desperate by fate.

     The magnate takes charge of the ideas spouted against the young man’s fame and censures him, in terms animated by sympathy, for wasting time. He reserves his writings in a sheep-skin folder and courteously says goodbye to him, following him with his glance, in secret from the beggars.

     The pious magnate, warned by the caretakers of the religion, stops sponsoring the student, when he watches him go away arm in arm with an equivocal and strolling character, dressed in a scarlet jacket with steel buttons.

Las formas del fuego (1929)

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

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