Dead Stars. 1. THE AUTHOR: PAZ MARQUEZ BENITEZ – Born in March 3, in Lucena, Quezon – She studied at the University of the. I uploaded this for course purposes, to have it read in my phone rather printing it. I am pretty sure this is the original one, not summary with all its gramm. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez-Benitez Alfredo Salazar was betrothed to Esperanza , his girlfriend for four years. The start of their relationship was relatively “warm”.

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There swept over the spirit of Alfredo Salazar pzz longing so keen that it was pain, a wish that, that house srars his, that all the bewilderments of the present were not, and that this woman by his side were his long wedded wife, returning with him to the peace of home. Just before Holy Week, Don Julian invited the judge and his family to spend Sunday afternoon at Tanda where he had a coconut plantation and a house on the beach.

This is a story of eloquence.

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One would like to be fair to one’s self first. Dec 25, Maria Ella rated it it was amazing Shelves: In those days love was, for him, still the eternal beniteez for love, as he knew it, was a He rose and quietly went out of the house.

It’s funny how we can all be Alfredo, Esperanza even Julia at one point in our lives. What fascinates me is the beautiful coherence of Alfredo’s introverted thoughts. Flocking came the devout with their long wax candles, young women in vivid apparel for this was Holy Thursday and the Lord was still aliveolder women in sober black skirts.

No revelation there; simply the old voice–cool, almost detached from personality, flexible and vibrant, suggesting potentialities of song.

I guess, the year is really beautiful. What don’t they say when long engagements are broken almost on the eve of the “She is not married to him,” Esperanza insisted in her wedding? She had the same that she was a recent and very welcome arrival.


After all, he did realize in the end that his feelings for Julia had all but faded, yes? It was short and simple. He realized that; yet children. She was pursuing an indignant relation about something or other, something about Calixta, their note-carrier, Alfredo perceived, so he merely half-listened, understanding imperfectly.

Even his friends had amusedly diagnosed his the moon was abroad and under the dappled blood as cool and thin, citing incontrovertible shadow of the trees in the plaza, man wooed maid. Reading the information about this story—who wrote it, when was it published—gave me an answer as to how distant it felt for me: It blew the hair “Mystery–” she answered lightly, “that is so brief–” away from her forehead, and whipped the tucked-up skirt around her straight, slender figure.

Living with a man to whom she is not wondered if Esperanza would attribute any significance to this trip of his. Difficult passions of a past, a could have beens, of scenarios of happiness- infatuation, they call it. This is one of my favorite short stories, apart from Akutagawa’s In a Grove.

I am a staunch believer in love strengthened and nurtured by time and that is what Alfredo and Esperanza have. Sep 09, RV Henretty-Jornales rated it did not like it. Esperanza was not prone to Because neither the past nor the future had relevance indulge in unprovoked jealousies. Or was the love that others told about hair, a thin face with a satisfying breadth of forehead, a mere fabrication of perfervid imagination, an slow, dreamer’s eyes, and astonishing freshness of lips– exaggeration of the commonplace, a glorification of indeed Alfredo Salazar’s appearance betokened little insipid monotonies such as made up his love life?

The beloved woman, he standing close to her, the shadows around, enfolding. Stillness, a vibrant quiet that affects the senses as does solemn harmony; a peace that is not contentment but a cessation of tumult when all violence of feeling tones down to the wistful serenity of regret.


Dead Stars

At last–he was shaking her hand. In the eyebrows and lips, but she was much darker, of a characteristic Filipino way formal introductions had smooth rich brown with underlying tones of crimson been omitted–the judge limiting himself to a casual which heightened the impression she gave of “Ah, ya dad conocen?

He gets excited with the happy challenges a new love brings. I am just asking. I love how Julia was succinctly written and how she had transitioned into a dead star in the eyes of Alfredo in their subsequent meeting.

He felt an impersonal curiosity creeping into his gaze. To sum it all up: Just then a voice shouted.

It’s aor so, year devolution. Return to Book Page. Unlike the object of its protagonist’s affections, its allure has not diminished in the slightest with time. Are you in town? But in the end, he finally realized his mistake; that left Julia unmarried for 8 years.

Greed–the desire to crowd into a moment all the enjoyment it will hold, to squeeze from the hour all the emotion it will yield. Alfredo is not very specific, but I so, sacrificing possible future fullness of ecstasy to the understand Esperanza wants it to be next month. It does not take much to feel as though the conversations and scenes depicted are being experienced directly by the reader, as each of the characters, all at once.

It blew the hair away from her forehead, and whipped the tucked-up skirt around her straight, slender figure. All people in town are willing to go to Catholic Church and participate in every activity it holds. And angry on Alfredo.