At Alfredo’s house Esperanza was waiting--- *Sitting on the couch*
: *DISTRACTED AND THINKS ABOUT JULIA INSTEAD* *THOUGHTS IN HIS HEAD* (Was that the last time we will be speaking with each other? Why does this bother me? It shouldn’t. I am already engaged to this lovely woman) Well, what of it? : You are very positive about her badness : Of what? : No. All I say is that it is not necessarily wicked
: Oh you are home, have you heard the news about Calixta? : She is not married to him, besides, she should have thought of us. Nanay practically brought her up. We never thought she would turn out bad. : But do you approve? : What she did. Well? : Why shouldn’t it be? You talk like an – immoral man. I did not know that your ideas were like that.
: My ideas? The only test I wish to apply to conduct is the test of fairness. Am I injuring anybody? No? Then I am justified in my conscience. I am right. Living with a man to whom she is not married – is that it? It may be wrong, and again it may no. : The trouble with you, Esperanza, is that you are . : Yes, one tries to be fair – according to his lights – but it is hard. One would like to be fair to one’s self first. But that is too easy, one does not dare.
: She has injured us. She was ungrateful : Why do you get angry? I do not understand you at all! I think I know why you have been indifferently to me lately. I am not blind, or deaf; I see and hear what perhaps some are trying to keep from me *PAUSE* : Why don’t you speak out frankly before it is too late? You need not think of me and of what people will say : What do you mean? Whatever my shortcomings, and no doubt they are many in your eyes, I have never gone out of my way, of my place, to find a man
Esperanza – you – suppose I –
If you mean you want to take back your word, if you are tired of – why don’t you tell me you are tired of me
ESPERANZA AND ALFREDO’S WEDDING
8 YEARS LATER *ON A BOAT RIDE TO JULIA’S HOMETOWN* Alfredo tells esperanza about julia is a dead star.
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