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Exercises Level 3: Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1893-1921)

  La cruz del diablo (Devil's Cross)




 page 18

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  Como era natural, los pueblos se resistieron a pagar tributos que a tanta costa habían redimido; pero el señor puso fuego a sus heredades, a sus alquerías y a sus mieses.
Entonces apelaron a la justicia del rey; pero el señor se burló de las cartas-leyes de los condes soberanos; las clavó en el postigo de sus torres, y colgó a los farautes de una encina.
Exasperados y no encontrando otra vía de salvación, por último, se pusieron de acuerdo entre sí, se encomendaron a la Divina Providencia y tomaron las armas: pero el señor llamó a sus secuaces, llamó en su ayuda al diablo, se encaramó a su roca y se preparó a la lucha.
 
Since it was natural, the peoples refused to pay taxes that to so many coast they had redeemed; but the gentleman put fire to his estates, to his farmhouses and to his grains.
Then they appealed to the justice of the king; but the gentleman made fun of the letters - laws of the sovereign counts; it fixed them in the shutter of his towers, and hung the farautes of a holm oak.
Exasperated and not finding another route of salvation, for last, they agreed between yes, entrusted to themselves to the Divine Providence and took the weapon: but the gentleman called his followers, called in his help the devil, climbed up to his rock and prepared itself to the struggle.

vocabulary  
 
resistirse
redimir
poner fuego
sus alquerías
el mies
apelar a la justicia
el postigo
exasperado
encomendar
el secuaz, los secuaces
encaramar
 
= to resist
= to redeem
= to start a fire
= his farmyards
= grain, crop
= to plead in a court
= back door
= rancorous
= to trust
= myrmidon
= to climb

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