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By Gabriel García Márquez

On her 12th birthday, Sierva Maria – the single baby of a decaying noble kin in an eighteenth-century South American seaport – is bitten via a rabid puppy. Believed to be possessed, she is delivered to a convent for statement. And into her mobilephone stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed a few woman with hair trailing after her like a bridal teach. As he has a tendency to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels anything surprising start to take place. He has fallen in love – and it isn't lengthy until eventually Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered distress. Unsettling and indelible, of affection and different Demons is an evocative, majestic story of the main common reviews identified to lady and guy.

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It is horrible," said the Bishop. " The phrase surprised the Marquis, for he had responded with the same thought at four o'clock. It seemed a natural coincidence to the Bishop. "Ideas do not belong to anyone," he said. " A nun in his domestic service brought in a decanter of thick, strong wine with chopped fruit, and a basin of steaming water that filled the air with a medicinal odor. The Bishop closed his eyes and inhaled the vapor, and when he emerged from his ecstasy he was another man: the absolute master of his authority.

He ate little, but with a circumspection that could prolong the ritual for three hours. Sitting across from him, Father Cayetano Delaura was reading aloud in a measured voice and somewhat theatrical style. Both qualities suited the books that he chose according to his own taste and judgment. The old palace was too large for the Bishop, for whom the reception room and bedroom, and the open terrace where he took his siestas and meals until the rains began, were sufficient. In the opposite wing was the official library, founded, enriched, and sustained with a master hand by Cayetano Delaura, and in its time considered one of the best in the Indies.

It is pledged to the Blessed Virgin until the day she marries," said the Marquis. The gatekeeper accepted his reasoning. She took the girl by the hand, without giving her time to say good-bye, and passed her through the turnstile. Since her ankle hurt when she walked, the girl took off her left slipper. The Marquis watched her move away, favoring her bare foot and holding the slipper in her hand. He hoped in vain that in a rare moment of compassion she would turn to look at him. The last memory he had of Sierva María was her crossing the gallery in the garden, dragging her painful foot, and disappearing into the pavilion of those interred in life.

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