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Aura: Bilingual Edition (English and Spanish Edition) by Carlos Fuentes

By Carlos Fuentes

Felipe Montero is hired in the home of an elderly widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There Felipe meets her appealing green-eyed niece, air of mystery. His ardour for charisma and his sluggish discovery of the real dating among the younger girl and her aunt propel the tale to its amazing end.

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You have to die before you can be reborn . . No, you don't understand. Forget about it, Felipe. " "Just have faith in me. " "She's going out? But she never . " "Yes, sometimes she does. She makes a great effort and goes out. She's going out today. For all day. You and I could . " "Well . . perhaps not yet. I'm under contract. But as soon as I can finish the work, then . " "Ah, yes. But she's going to be out all day. " "I'll wait for you this evening in my aunt's bedroom. " You put on your shirt and coat and follow the sound of the bell calling you to the dining room.

She goes away, stepping across the carpets with her tiny feet, which are like those of an antique doll, and supporting herself with her cane, spitting and sneezing as if she wanted to clear something from her congested lungs. It's only by an effort of the will that you keep yourself from following her with your eyes, despite the curiosity you feel at seeing the yellowed bridal gown she's taken from the bottom of that old trunk in her bedroom. You scarcely touch the cold coffee that's waiting for you in the dining room.

Yes. " "Love her? She loves me. " "But she's an old woman, almost a corpse. You can't . " "She has more life than I do. Yes, she's old and repulsive . . Felipe, I don't want to become ... to be like her . . another . " "She's trying to bury you alive. " "You have to die before you can be reborn . . No, you don't understand. Forget about it, Felipe. " "Just have faith in me. " "She's going out? But she never . " "Yes, sometimes she does. She makes a great effort and goes out. She's going out today.

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