Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

Page 83

y deliberado paso,
se aproximó al que hablaba. Pero, debido al desconocido pavor que la
insensata arrogancia del enmascarado había inspirado a toda la
concurrencia, ninguno se atrevió a poner la mano sobre él; de modo que
pudo acercarse sin obstáculos hasta una yarda de distancia de la persona
del príncipe; y, mientras la vasta asamblea, movida como por un solo
impulso, se recogía desde el centro hasta los muros de la habitación,
dirigióse el enmascarado libremente, con el mismo paso solemne y
mesurado que le distinguió desde el primer momento, del salón azul al
púrpura; del púrpura al verde; del verde al anaranjado; de aquí al
blanco; y siguió todavía al violado, sin que se hubiera hecho movimiento
alguno para detenerle. Entonces el príncipe Próspero, enloquecido por la
rabia y la vergüenza de su momentánea cobardía, atravesó
precipitadamente las seis cámaras sin que nadie le siguiera, a
consecuencia del terror mortal que les había sobrecogido. Llevaba en
alto una daga desenvainada, y habíase acercado impetuosamente hasta tres
o cuatro pies de la figura que huía, cuando al llegar ésta al extremo de
la cámara de terciopelo, volvióse repentinamente e hizo frente a su
perseguidor. Oyóse un agudo grito; el puñal resbaló centelleando sobre
la negra alfombra en la cual, un instante después, caía postrado de
muerte el príncipe Próspero. Entonces algunos de los asistentes a la
fiesta, reuniendo el salvaje valor de la desesperación, precipitáronse a
la cámara negra, y cogiendo al enmascarado, cuya alta figura continuaba
erguida e inmóvil en la sombra del reloj de ébano, sintiéronse poseídos
de indecible horror al encontrar que los ornamentos de la tumba y la
máscara de cadáver que sacudían con violenta rudeza, no estaban
sostenidos por forma tangible alguna.

Y entonces se reconoció la presencia de la Muerte Roja. Había entrado de
noche como un ladrón. Y uno a uno se desplomaron en los salones regados
de sangre los disipados cortesanos, muriendo todos en la postura
desesperada de su caída. Y la vida del reloj de ébano terminó con la del
último de la alegre partida. Y el fuego de los trípodes se extinguió. Y
la Obscuridad y la Ruina y la Muerte Roja conservaron dominio ilimitado
sobre todo el reino.




EL CRIMEN DE LA RUE MORGUE

El canto de las sirenas, o el nombre que asumió Aquiles para
ocultarse entre las mujeres, son cuestiones difíciles de dilucidar,
en verdad, pero que no se encuentran fuera de toda conjetura.

--Sir Thomas Browne: _Urn-burial_.


LAS facultades mentales llamadas analíticas son poco susceptibles de
análisis en sí mismas.

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