The Censors

The Censors
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  • Poor Juan! One day they caught him with his guard down before he could even realize that what he had taken as a stroke of luck was really one of fate’s dirty tricks. 
  • This was Juan’s sound plan when he, like many others, applied for a censor’s job—not because he had a calling or needed a job: no, he applied simply to intercept his own letter, a consoling albeit unoriginal idea. 
  • Little by little, Juan was absorbed by his job, and he felt at peace since he was doing everything he could to get his letter for Mariana. 
  • After work, one of them tried to organize a strike to demand higher wages for unhealthy work, but Juan didn’t join in; after thinking it over, he reported the man to his superiors and thus got promoted.
  • He was about to congratulate himself for having finally discovered his true mission, when his letter to Mariana reached his hands. Naturally, he censored it without regret.
  • And just as naturally, he couldn’t stop them from executing him the following morning, another victim of his devotion to his work.
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