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«The Canterville Ghost» in Spanish

Book The Canterville Ghost in Spanish

El Fantasma de Canterville

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✒ Author
📖 Pages43
⏰ Reading time 2 hours
💡 Originally published1887
🌏 Original language English
📌 Types Stories , Novels , Fairy tale
📌 Genres Adventure, Prose, Psychological, Satire, irony, Fantastic Fiction, Philosophical, Humor, Parable
📌 Sections Adventure novel , Psychological novel , Philosophical novel , Humor novel

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I

Chapter I

Cuando el señor Hiram B. Otis, el ministro de Estados Unidos, compró Canterville -Chase, todo el mundo le dijo que cometía una gran necedad, porque la finca estaba embrujada.
When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted.
Hasta el mismo lord Canterville, como hombre de la más escrupulosa honradez, se creyó en el deber de participárselo al señor Otis cuando llegaron a discutir las condiciones.
Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it his duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.
-Nosotros mismos -dijo lord Canterville - nos hemos resistido en absoluto a vivir en ese sitio desde la época en que mi tía abuela, la duquesa de Bolton, tuvo un desmayo, del que nunca se repuso por completo, motivado por el espanto que experimentó al sentir que dos manos de esqueleto se posaban sobre sus hombros, mientras se vestía para cenar. Me creo en el deber de decirle, señor Otis, que el fantasma ha sido visto por varios miembros de mi familia, que viven actualmente, así como por el rector de la parroquia, el reverendo Augusto Dampier, agregado de la Universidad de Oxford.
"We have not cared to live in the place ourselves," said Lord Canterville, "since my grandaunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was frightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skeleton hands being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner, and I feel bound to tell you, Mr. Otis, that the ghost has been seen by several living members of my family, as well as by the rector of the parish, the Rev. Augustus Dampier, who is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
Después del trágico accidente ocurrido a la duquesa, ninguna de las doncellas quiso quedarse en casa, y lady Canterville no pudo ya conciliar el sueño, a causa de los ruidos misteriosos que llegaban del corredor y de la biblioteca.
After the unfortunate accident to the Duchess, none of our younger servants would stay with us, and Lady Canterville often got very little sleep at night, in consequence of the mysterious noises that came from the corridor and the library."
-Señor -respondió el ministro -, adquiriré el inmueble y el fantasma, bajo inventario.
"My Lord," answered the Minister, "I will take the furniture and the ghost at a valuation.
Llego de un país moderno, en el que podemos tener todo cuanto el dinero es capaz de proporcionar, y esos mozos nuestros, jóvenes y avispados, que recorren de parte a parte el viejo continente, que se llevan los mejores actores de ustedes, y sus mejores prima donnas, estoy seguro de que si queda todavía un verdadero fantasma en Europa vendrán a buscarlo enseguida para colocarlo en uno de nuestros museos públicos o para pasearlo por los caminos como un fenómeno.
I have come from a modern country, where we have everything that money can buy; and with all our spry young fellows painting the Old World red, and carrying off your best actors and prima-donnas, I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we'd have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums, or on the road as a show."
-El fantasma existe, me lo temo -dijo lord Canterville, sonriendo -, aunque quizá se resiste a las ofertas de los intrépidos empresarios de ustedes.
"I fear that the ghost exists," said Lord Canterville, smiling, "though it may have resisted the overtures of your enterprising impresarios.
Hace más de tres siglos que se le conoce. Data, con precisión, de mil quinientos setenta y cuatro, y no deja de mostrarse nunca cuando está a punto de ocurrir alguna defunción en la familia.
It has been well known for three centuries, since 1584 in fact, and always makes its appearance before the death of any member of our family."
-¡Bah! Los médicos de cabecera hacen lo mismo, lord Canterville.
"Well, so does the family doctor for that matter, Lord Canterville.
Amigo mío, un fantasma no puede existir, y no creo que las leyes de la Naturaleza admitan excepciones en favor de la aristocracia inglesa.
But there is no such thing, sir, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of Nature are not going to be suspended for the British aristocracy."
-Realmente son ustedes muy naturales en Estados Unidos -dijo lord Canterville, que no acababa de comprender la última observación del señor Otis -. Ahora bien: si le gusta a usted tener un fantasma en casa, mejor que mejor.
"You are certainly very natural in America," answered Lord Canterville, who did not quite understand Mr. Otis's last observation, "and if you don't mind a ghost in the house, it is all right.
Acuérdese únicamente de que yo lo previne.
Only you must remember I warned you."
Algunas semanas después se cerró el trato, y a fines de estación el ministro y su familia emprendieron el viaje a Canterville.
A few weeks after this, the purchase was concluded, and at the close of the season the Minister and his family went down to Canterville Chase.
La señora Otis, que con el nombre de señorita Lucrecia R. Tappan, de la calle Oeste, 52, había sido una ilustre “beldad” de Nueva York, era todavía una mujer guapísima, de edad regular, con unos ojos hermosos y un perfil soberbio.
Mrs. Otis, who, as Miss Lucretia R. Tappan, of West 53d Street, had been a celebrated New York belle, was now a very handsome, middle-aged woman, with fine eyes, and a superb profile.
Muchas damas norteamericanas, cuando abandonan su país natal, adoptan aires de persona atacada de una enfermedad crónica, y se figuran que eso es uno de los sellos de distinción de Europa; pero la señora Otis no cayó nunca en ese error.
Many American ladies on leaving their native land adopt an appearance of chronic ill-health, under the impression that it is a form of European refinement, but Mrs. Otis had never fallen into this error.
Tenía una naturaleza magnífica y una abundancia extraordinaria de vitalidad.
She had a magnificent constitution, and a really wonderful amount of animal spirits.
A decir verdad, era completamente inglesa bajo muchos aspectos, y hubiese podido citársele en buena lid para sostener la tesis de que lo tenemos todo en común con Estados Unidos hoy en día, excepto la lengua, como es de suponer.
Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
Su hijo mayor, bautizado con el nombre de Washington por sus padres, en un momento de patriotismo que él no cesaba de lamentar, era un muchacho rubio, de bastante buena figura, que se había erigido en candidato a la diplomacia, dirigiendo un cotillón en el casino de Newport durante tres temporadas seguidas, y aun en Londres pasaba por ser bailarín excepcional.
Her eldest son, christened Washington by his parents in a moment of patriotism, which he never ceased to regret, was a fair-haired, rather good-looking young man, who had qualified himself for American diplomacy by leading the German at the Newport Casino for three successive seasons, and even in London was well known as an excellent dancer.
Sus únicas debilidades eran las gardenias y la patria; aparte de esto, era perfectamente sensato.
Gardenias and the peerage were his only weaknesses. Otherwise he was extremely sensible.
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