By Fernando de Rojas
The racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that's thought of the 1st eu novel-in a lively new translation
A Spanish Romeo and Juliet, Celestina used to be released in 1499 and have become Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers overjoyed to the salty personality of Celestina and her international of prostitutes and black magic while they mourned the destiny of Calisto and Melibea, the younger fans she unites utilizing her wiles as a vendor of perfumes and potions. Fernando de Rojas's exhilarating mixture of highway wit, obscenity, and cultured rhetoric mark Celestina as a masterpiece: an unique, explosive, genre-defying paintings that prepared the ground for the picaresque novel and for Cervantes.
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Cease arguing the toss with me or attempting to pull the wool over our eyes. supply us two-thirds of what Calisto gave you, or we’ll inform him what you’re fairly like. store your methods for other folks, outdated Celly! ’ ‘Let’s examine the proof for a second, Sempronio. Did you store me from a lifetime of whoring? you simply close up and don’t mock my gray hair, simply because I’m an outdated girl as God made me, and never the worst by means of a protracted chalk. I reside by means of my exchange as the other lady and truthfully at that. I don’t pass after an individual who doesn’t come trying to find me. humans name at my position to work out me; ask my assist in my condominium. God is witness as to whether I reside a very good or evil existence. And don’t even dream of mistreating me out of anger, simply because justice is everyone’s correct and treats every body alike. I’ll get pretty much as good a listening to, although I’m an outdated lady, as you’ll get along with your good-looking locks. allow me leisure in my very own domestic with my success. And, Pármeno, don’t imagine you could carry me to ransom since you understand all my secrets and techniques and earlier lifestyles, and what occurred among me and your hapless mom. Your mom used to be simply a similar, while God used to be in that sort of temper. ’ ‘Don’t do my head in harping on concerning the earlier, or I’ll ship you and the undesirable information to the place she is, after which you could moan for your heart’s content material! ’ ‘Elicia, Elicia, get up and doing! Get me my cloak! I’m off to discover the legislations. via all God’s saints, those are bellowing like lunatics. what is going to do you subsequent? Will you threaten me in my very own apartment? Will your frenzied fingers assault a tame sheep, a tethered chicken, a sixty-year-old girl? Get going, vent your rage on sword-wielding males like yourselves, now not in this rickety spindle! merely gigantic cowards assault the younger and the vulnerable. Mingy flies chew skinny bony oxen, barking doggies bark the worst on the poorest pilgrims. If the girl dozing in that mattress had listened to me, there’d continually be a guy during this condominium at evening and we wouldn’t sleep on my own subsequent to this depressing fireplace. yet we stick via you, are trustworthy and undergo this solitude. And if you see a girl via herself, you increase your voices and insist an excessive amount of. You wouldn’t if a guy lived within the resort, as they are saying, “Sharks quickly calm uneven waters”. ’ ‘You grasping previous biddy, you’re dead-set on all that cash! Why can’t you be at liberty with a 3rd of the loot? ’ ‘What 3rd? Get out of my condominium, you and Pármeno, and don’t wake the neighbours! Don’t get me riled! Don’t strength me to inform every body on the market approximately Calisto and approximately your affairs. ’ ‘You can shout up to you're keen on, yet you’ll honour your can provide or meet your Maker right here and now! ’ ‘For God’s sake, positioned your sword away! seize him, Pármeno, seize him! Don’t enable that madman kill her! ’ cried Elicia. ‘Justice, justice! Neighbours! Justice! those brigands are murdering me in my very own condo! ’ ‘Brigands and what else? You, Señora Magic, wait whereas i am getting the papers to ship you to hell. ’ ‘Ay, he’s killed me! Ay! Confession, confession! ’ ‘Another thrust, Sempronio, end off what you all started, or humans will pay attention her. Die, die! preserve the enemy at bay!