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Our Lady of the Pillar

Eça de Queirós

Book Overview: 

A ghost story and love story all at once, set in medieval portugal. Don Ruy is in love with Dona Leonor, but her husband has guessed his feelings and hatches a plan. Don Ruy rides right into a trap, but on the way, a dead man joins him and saves his life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d wider open{4} than those of an owl, and by two powerful lackeys, who guarded her on either side like towers. So jealous was Don Alonso, that he only permitted this fugitive visit because his confessor had strictly enjoined it on him, and for fear of offending Our Lady his neighbour, and he greedily noted their every step and their loitering from between the iron bars of a latticed window.

Donna Leonor spent the whole of the lingering days of the lingering week secluded in the grated mansion of black granite; and all she had for recreation and air, even in the summer heats, were the depths of a dark green garden surrounded by such lofty walls that nothing could be seen emerging from them save here and there the top of some melancholy cypress. But this short visit of hers to Our Lady of the Pillar sufficed for Don Ruy to fall{5} madly in love with her on the May morning when he saw her kneeling before the altar in a radiance of sunlight, haloed by her golden hai. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ironia e grande abilità nel descrivere le passioni che muovono l’essere umano, caratterizzano questo breve racconto che sconfina nel soprannaturale. La storia di un amore proibito, atmosfere che fanno pensare alla baronessa di Carini, una trappola ideata da una mente malata prendono vita grazie a...more

O Defunto é um pequeno conto que marca a incursão de Eça de Queirós pela literatura gótica e fantástica com apontamentos da religiosidade do universo nacional.
A narrativa constrói-se a partir do tema do amor impossível e da atmosfera gótica.
A escrita de Eça de Queirós é um bálsamo para os olhos....more

Apesar de o início apontar para uma narrativa habitual em Queirós, com um amor proibido e uma narração trágica, o conto surpreendeu-me pela positiva. Não só manteve o meu interesse ao longo das páginas, também me deixou curioso em relação ao personagem joker que dá título ao conto. No fim, a hist...more

Excelente!!

Numa prosa encantada, o autor relata de uma forma única a aventura romântica e fantastica de uma cavalheiro.

A fé e o amor representados são o elo que dá sentido a vida.