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Exercises Level 3: Vicente  Blasco Ibañez: (1867-1927)

  Guapeza valenciana




 page 18

Texto  español     English text
 

Pero las razones eran inútiles. Estaban frente a frente los dos enemigos a la puerta de la alquería, bajo aquella hermosa parra, por entre cuyos pámpanos se filtraban los rayos del sol dorando las telarañas que envolvían las uvas.
El pequeño, extendiendo la diestra armada de ancha faca y cubriéndose el pecho con el brazo izquierdo, saltaba como una mona, haciendo gala de la esgrima presidiario aprendida en los corralones de la calle Cuarte. Todos callaban. Oíase el zumbido de los moscardones en aquella tibia atmósfera de primavera, el susurrar de la vecina acequia, el murmullo del trigo agitando sus verdes espigas y el chirriar lejano de algún carro, junto con los gritos de los labradores que trabajaban en sus campos.

 

But the reasons were useless. Two enemies were opposite to front at the edge of the farmhouse, under that beautiful climbing vine, for between whose vine shoots were leaking the beams of the sun gilding the webs that were wrapping the grapes.
The small one, extending the right hand armed with wide large curved knife and the breast being covered with the left arm, was jumping as a monkey, making a show of the fencing convict learned in the corralones of the street Cuarte. They all were quiet. The buzz of the warble flies was heard in that lukewarm spring ambience, to whisper of the nearby ditch, the murmur of the wheat waving his green ears and creaking distantly of some car, together with the screams of the farmers who were employed at his fields.


vocabulary  
  la parra = cirrus of vine
  el pámpano = green cirrus of vine
  la telaraña = spider web
  la diestra armada = the armed right hand
  la ancha faca = awry knife
  hacer gala = to show off
  la esgrima presidiario = penable art of fencing
  el corralón = stabling
  el moscadón = blowfly
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