The conscience Essay

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the conscience

She could not take it anymore. She was convinced that she could no longer endure the
presence of that hateful vagabond. She was determined to end it, end everything, no matter
how bad it might be, rather than bear his tyranny.

It had nearly been fifteen days with that struggle. What she didn't understand was the
tolerance that Antonio had with that vagabond. No, truthfully, it was strange.

The vagabond begged for hospitality for one night: the night of Ash Wednesday exactly,
when the wind dragged along a blackish dust, whirling, and whipped the glass windows with
a dry crackle. Afterwards, the wind ceased, and there befell a strange calm to the earth,
and she pondered, while closing and adjusting the window blinds.

--I don't like this calm--
She hadn't even locked the back door when that man arrived. She heard his call ringing
from behind the door in the kitchen:

--Kind lady...--
Mariana felt sudden fear. The man, old and raggedy, was there; a hat in one hand, with a begging manner.
--Shall God protect you...--he started to say. But the vagabond's eyes looked upon her in
a strange way. A way that robbed her of words.

Many men like him begged for the grace of heaven on winter nights. But something about
that man frightened her without motive.

The vagabond began to recite his ballad: For one night, if they would kindly let him sleep
in a stable; a piece of bread and a stable; he doesn't ask for more.

The storm announced its coming...
Outside, Mariana heard the drumming of the rain against the door. A deaf rain, thick, a
warning of the approaching storm.

I'm alone--she said dryly--. I mean...when my husband is away, I do not want unknown
people in my house. Go, and may God protect you.

But the vagabond remained still, looking at her. Slowly, he put his hat on and said: --I'm
a poor man, kind lady. I never did any wrong to anyone. I ask very little: a piece of
bread...

In that moment, two maids, Marcelina and Salome, came running in. They came from the
vegetable garden, with their aprons over their heads, screaming and laughing. Mariana felt
a strange relief after seeing them.

Well--she said--. Fine... but only for this night. For tomorrow when I awake, I do not find you here....
The old man knelt, smiling, and said a strange poem of thanks.
Mariana ascended the stairs and went to go to bed. During the night, the storm shook the
windows in the bedroom and she could not sleep.

The next morning, the clock struck eight. Upon entering the kitchen did Mariana feel
surprised and irritated. Sitting at the table, quiet and relaxed, the vagabond ate
wonderfully: eggs, a loaf of bread, wine... Mariana felt such a blow of anger, probably
mixed with fear, she confronted Salome who calmly hurried in the kitchen:

--Salome!--she said, and her voice sounded bitter, hard-- Who ordered you to give this
man...how is it that he has not left at dawn?

Her words would stop, get tangled from the rage that was dominating her. Salome remained
shocked, with a spoon in hand, which was dripping foam onto the floor.

But I...she said. He told me...
The vagabond had gotten up from his seat and slowly cleaned his lips with his sleeve.
--Lady --he said,-- lady, don't you remember?...You said last night: "That they give the
porr old man a bed to sleep in, and that they give him to eat when he asks". Didn't you
say that last night kind lady? I heard it very clearly... Or do you regret it now?

Mariana wanted to say something but her voice became like ice. The old man looked at her
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