Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

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encanto que allí residía, empujó el cuerpo de la fiera lejos de su
paso y avanzó valerosamente sobre el plateado pavimento del
castillo hasta el lugar donde estaba el escudo pendiente del muro;
el cual no aguardó, en verdad, que el héroe hubiese llegado, sino
que cayó espontáneamente a sus pies sobre el pavimento de plata con
inmenso estruendo y horrísono sonido retumbante.

No habían terminado mis labios de proferir estas palabras cuando,
semejando en realidad un escudo de bronce que cayera pesadamente en
aquel mismo instante sobre un pavimento de plata, pude oír distintamente
una metálica, hueca y estridente aunque ahogada repercusión.
Completamente trastornado, me levanté de un salto; pero el mesurado
balanceo de Úsher continuó sin interrupción. Me abalancé hacia el
asiento que ocupaba. Sus ojos estaban fijos y en toda su figura
triunfaba una rigidez de piedra. Mas tan pronto como coloqué una de mis
manos en su hombro, sentí un fuerte estremecimiento en todo su cuerpo;
una sonrisa marchita tembló sobre sus labios; y vi que hablaba en un
murmullo bajo, precipitado e ininteligible, como inconsciente de mi
presencia. Inclinándome muy cerca sobre él, pude al fin beber la
horrenda importancia de sus palabras.

--¿No lo oís?... Sí; yo lo oigo y _lo había_ oído. Muchos, muchos,
muchos, largos minutos... muchas horas, muchos días lo he oído... pero
no me atrevía... ¡oh, misericordia! ¡miserable de mí!... no me
atrevía... ¡no _me atrevía_ a hablar! _¡La hemos enterrado viva!_ ¿No
decía yo que mis sentidos son muy agudos? _Ahora_ os digo que percibí
sus primeros y débiles movimientos en el hueco ataúd. Los oí... hace
muchos, muchos días... pero no me atrevía... _¡No tenía valor de
hablar!_ Y ahora... esta noche... Éthelred... ¡ha! ¡ha!... ¡el
quebrantamiento de la puerta del ermitaño, el clamor de muerte del
dragón y el estrépito del escudo!... ¡Digamos mejor, el hendimiento del
ataúd, el chirrido de las puertas de hierro de su prisión, y su lucha
en el pasillo revestido de cobre de la bóveda! ¡Oh! ¿dónde escapar? ¿Por
ventura no estará ella aquí dentro de poco? ¿No se apresurará a
vituperarme por mi precipitación? ¿No he oído, acaso, sus pasos en la
escalera? ¿No he escuchado el pesado y horrible latir de su corazón?
¡INSENSATO! Aquí se puso en pie furiosamente y gritó sílaba por sílaba,
con tal fuerza que parecía iba a rendir el ánima: ¡INSENSATO! OS DIGO
QUE ELLA SE ENCUENTRA EN ESTE INSTANTE DELANTE DE LA PUERTA!

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