Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

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palabras entre sus dientes
apretados.--¡Infernal negro bellaco! ¡Habla, te digo! ¡respóndeme al
instante sin superchería! ¿Cuál, cuál es tu ojo izquierdo?

--¡Oh, misericordia, patrón! ¿No é éte mi ojo isquierdo?--aulló el
aterrorizado Júpiter, colocando la mano sobre su órgano visual _derecho_
y manteniéndola allí con pertinacia como si temiera que su amo intentara
arrancárselo.

--¡Así me lo figuraba! ¡Estaba seguro de ello! ¡hurra!--vociferó
Legrand, dejando escapar al negro y ejecutando una serie de saltos y
cabriolas con gran admiración del criado quien, levantándose de donde
había caído arrodillado, miraba enmudecido de su amo a mí y de mí a su
amo.

--¡Venid! Tenemos que regresar,--dijo éste último;--la partida no está
terminada aún.--

Y de nuevo nos condujo hasta el árbol de tulipán.

--¡Júpiter,--dijo cuando llegamos al pie,--ven acá! ¿Estaba clavado el
cráneo en el árbol con la cara hacia afuera o con la cara contra la
rama?

--La cara etaba pá juera, patrón; así que los gallinasos se pudieron
come los ojos con descanso.

--Bien; entonces, ¿soltaste el insecto por este ojo o por
éste?--preguntó Legrand tocando ambos ojos de Júpiter.

--Jué por ete ojo, patrón... el ojo isquierdo... el mimo que uté me
dijo;--y el negro señalaba su ojo derecho.

--Así puede arreglarse; tenemos que ensayar otra vez.

Entonces mi amigo, en cuya locura veía yo ahora o imaginaba ver ciertas
indicaciones de método, movió la estaca que marcaba el sitio donde cayó
el escarabajo tres pulgadas al oeste de su primera posición. Tomando
luego como antes la medida desde el punto más cercano del tronco hasta
la estaca, y siguiendo aquella dirección en línea recta hasta la
distancia de cincuenta pies, quedó indicado un sitio separado por
algunas yardas del lugar en donde habíamos verificado la excavación.

Describiendo ahora un círculo algo mayor que la primera vez alrededor
del punto así indicado, principiamos de nuevo a trabajar con las azadas.
Yo estaba horriblemente fatigado, pero, aun sin comprender bien lo que
provocaba tal cambio en mis ideas, no sentía ya gran aversión por la
tarea que se me imponía. Estaba indeciblemente interesado; más aún,
excitado. Había algo en medio de la extravagancia de maneras de Legrand,
cierto aire de previsión, de deliberación que me impresionaba. Ahondaba
con empeño, y de vez en cuando me sorprendí a mí mismo buscando, con
modo que se asemejaba mucho a la expectación, el fantástico tesoro cuya
visión había trastornado a mi infortunado compañero. En cierto momento
en que los vagares de mi imaginación se habían apoderado de mí por
completo, y cuando habríamos trabajado quizá hora y media, nos
interrumpieron otra vez violentos ladridos del perro. Su inquietud en el
primer caso había sido evidentemente tan sólo

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