Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

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el caótico mundo de las
investigaciones metafísicas en que me ocupaba con gran interés durante
los primeros años de nuestro matrimonio. ¡Con qué inmenso triunfo, con
qué vívido deleite, con cuánto de todo aquello que es etéreo en la
esperanza, sentía, al inclinarse ella sobre mí en los estudios, sin
buscarla ni comprenderla, aquella deliciosa mirada dilatándose por
grados ante mis ojos; y a través de cuyo largo, radiante y virgen
sendero podría al fin alcanzar la meta de una sabiduría demasiado
adorablemente preciosa para no estar vedada a los mortales!

¡Imaginad ahora cuán agudo sería el pesar con que contemplé años más
tarde cómo brotaron alas a mis justas esperanzas, y volaron con ella a
la inmensidad! Sin Ligeia, yo era como un niño extraviado tentando en la
obscuridad. Su presencia, las lecturas que ella acometía sola,
iluminaban vívidamente los innumerables misterios de la ciencia del
trascendentalismo en que me hallaba sumergido. Faltándome la lumbre
radiante de sus ojos, los caracteres antes brillantes y dorados
volvíanse más opacos que el plomo saturnino. Y aquellos ojos brillaban
cada vez menos y con menor frecuencia sobre las páginas que yo leía.
Ligeia estaba enferma. Los extraños ojos refulgían con resplandor
demasiado glorioso; los pálidos dedos adquirían los tonos de
transparente cera de la tumba; y las azules venas de su elevada frente
hinchábanse y bajaban impetuosamente a impulsos de la más ligera
emoción. Veía que la muerte se acercaba, y luché desesperadamente con el
inflexible Azrael. Y, con gran estupor de mi parte, noté que la lucha de
mi apasionada esposa era aun más enérgica que la mía. Muchos rasgos de
su altivo carácter me habían dejado la impresión de que la muerte no
aportaría para ella sus habituales terrores; pero no era así. Las
palabras son impotentes para dar idea exacta de la fortaleza y tesón con
que contendió a brazo partido con las Sombras. Yo gemía de angustia al
contemplar este espectáculo. Hubiera querido suavizar su fin, hubiera
querido razonar; pero, en la intensidad de su ardiente anhelo de vivir,
vivir, _solamente_ vivir, ensayar cualquier solaz o razonamiento habría
sido la locura más estupenda. Sin embargo, sólo en el último momento,
entre las congojas convulsivas de su elevado espíritu, se conmovió la
placidez exterior de su continente. Su voz hízose más y más débil, más y
más velada; pero no quisiera recordar el extraño significado de aquellas
palabras tan quedamente pronunciadas. Mi cerebro se extraviaba mientras
escuchaba extasiado una melodía sobrenatural, hipótesis y aspiraciones
que jamás conoció antes la humanidad.

No podía dudar de que Ligeia me amaba; y era fácil comprender que en un
corazón como el suyo

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