By Gabriel García Márquez

El 26 de octubre de 1949 el reportero Gabriel García Márquez fue enviado al antiguo convento de Santa Clara, que iba a ser demolido para edificar sobre él un inn de cinco estrellas, a presenciar el vaciado de las criptas funerarias y a cubrir l. a. noticia.

Se exhumaron los restos de un virrey del Perú y su amante secreta, un obispo, varias abadesas, un bachiller de artes y una marquesa. Pero l. a. sorpresa saltó al destapar l. a. tercera hornacina del altar mayor: se desparramó una cabellera de colour cobre, de veintidós metros y as soon as centímetros de largo, perteneciente a una niña. En l. a. lápida apenas se leía el nombre: Sierva María de Todos los Ángeles.

Cuenta el propio García Márquez: "Mi abuela me contaba de niño los angeles leyenda de una marquesita de doce años cuya cabellera le arrastraba como una cola de novia, que había muerto del mal de rabia por el mordisco de un perro, y period venerada en los pueblos del Caribe por sus muchos milagros. los angeles concept de que esa tumba pudiera ser l. a. suya fue mi noticia de aquel día, y el origen de este libro".

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The police are over you, it's true; but they're just as much over Mr. Suklinov. PAVEL : Mother, I guess you think the police won't do anything against a peaceful demonstration? THE MOTHER : Yes, that is what I think . Since there's no violence in it. Never could we agree on anything violent, Pavel. I believe, as you know, in a God in Heaven. I 'll have nothing to do with violence.

We had to stop him no matter what! Well-following a four hour struggle, we got what we wanted. We stopped him. Those twenty-four thousand rubles are not going into the pocket of Mr. Suklinov. KARPov : ANTON : Did you get the kopek back, then? We have always insisted, brothers, that the plant's sanitary conditions are intolerable. KARPOV : PAVE L : Did you get that kopek? Just before our factory's east gate lie swamps which are a profound evil. KARPOV : The Mother ANTON : I 55 S o that's i t ! H e plans t o use i t on the swamp.

I am hardly a young woman and a fighter. If I can manage to scrape togethe r my three kopeks, I'm happy. There is fight enough for me. THE MOTHER : I am no t ANDRE : You don't know what the leaflets say, Mrs. Vlas­ sova? THE MOTHER : No. I'm not able to read. 3 SUKLINOV THE WORK S : FA CTORY YARD THE MOTHER hands out leaflets during the noon hour at the Suklinov Works. THE MOTHER ( with a big basket, at the factory gate ) : It all depends upon what kind of a man this gatekeeper is. Whether he's a lazy or a careful one.

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