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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 secrecy. His ardour for air of secrecy and his sluggish discovery of the genuine dating among the younger lady and her aunt propel the tale to its remarkable end.

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You eat mechanically, without notic ing at first your own hypnotized attitude, but later you glimpse a reason for your oppressive sleep, your nightmare, and finally identify your sleep-walking movements with those of Aura and the old lady. You're suddenly disgusted by that horrible little doll, in which you begin to suspect a secret illness, a contagion. You let it fall to the floor. You wipe your lips with the napkin, look at your watch, and remember that Aura is waiting for you in her room. You go cautiously up to Senora Consuelo's door, but there isn't a sound from within.

In answer you hear the dull rhythm of her bell in the corridor telling you breakfast is ready. You walk to the door without your shirt on. When you open it you find Aura there: it must be Aura because you see the green taffeta she always wears, though her face is covered with a green veil. You take her by the wrist, that slender wrist which trembles at your touch . . "Breakfast is ready," she says, in the faintest voice you've ever heard. " "Tell me if Senora Consuelo keeps you from leaving, from living your own life.

It's you. You stare and stare at the photographs, then hold them up to the skylight. You cover General Llorente's beard with your finger, and imagine him with black hair, and you only discover yourself: blurred, lost, forgotten, but you, you, you. Your head is spinning, overcome by the rhythms of that distant waltz, by the odor of damp, fragrant plants: you fall exhausted on the bed, touching your cheeks, your eyes, your nose, as if you were afraid that some invisible hand had ripped off the mask you've been wearing for twentyseven years, the cardboard features that hid your true face, your real appearance, the appearance you once had but then forgot.

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