Sunday, February 13, 2011

El Filibusterismo CHAPTER III: LEGENDS (cont....3)

El Filibusterismo CHAPTER III: LEGENDS (cont....3)

"Look over there," he said in a scarcely audible voice, after making sure that no strangers were near. "According to the officer who conducted the pursuit, Ibarra, upon finding himself surrounded, jumped
out of his banka there near the Kinabutasan [11] and, swimming under water, covered all that distance of more than two miles, saluted by bullets every time that he raised his head to breathe. Over yonder is where they lost track of him, and a little farther on near the shore they discovered something like the color of blood. And now I think of it, it's just thirteen years, day for day, since this happened."
"So that his corpse--" began Ben-Zayb.
"Went to join his father's," replied Padre Sibyla. "Wasn't he also another filibuster, Padre Salvi?"
"That's what might be called cheap funerals, Padre Camorra, eh?" remarked Ben-Zayb.
"I've always said that those who won't pay for expensive funerals are filibusters," rejoined the person addressed, with a merry laugh.
"But what's the matter with you, Señor Simoun?" inquired Ben-Zayb, seeing that the jeweler was motionless and thoughtful. "Are you seasick--an old traveler like you? On such a drop of water as this!"
"I want to tell you," broke in the captain, who had come to hold all those places in great affection, "that you can't call this a drop of water. It's larger than any lake in Switzerland and all those in Spain put together. I've seen old sailors who got seasick here."

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