Woman as Witness: Essays on Testimonial Literature by Latin American Women

By Linda S. Maier; Isabel Dulfano | Go to book overview

Infortunios de la matrona
santiagueæa Agustina Palacio
de Libarona la Hero'na
del Bracho (1840'42)

AGUSTINA PALACIO DE LIBARONA

Los soldados enviados en busca de mi marido vinieron hacia casa tirando tiros contra nuestras puertas y ventanas. Mi marido estaba en el campo. Las detonaciones de los fusiles, el estrépito de las puertas hechas pedazos, los gritos de los soldados cuya feroz brutalidad nos era demasiado conocida, me espantaron, y fuera de mí corrí a esconderme en una cisterna donde estuve más de media hora. Temblaba no sólo por mí, sino también por mis dos niñas. Confieso que no había tenido la fuerza de ánimo para llevarme conmigo a Elisa y a Lucinda; oía sus ayes en un cuarto contiguo, y no me atrevía a volver por ellas.

Poco a poco todo ruido cesó, y entonces salí con precaución de mi refugio. Los soldados se habían marchado; un amigo nuestro vino a decirnos que uno de mis hermanos había sido preso, atado como un criminal y llevado fuera de la población al campamento de Ibarra. Apenas comenzamos a deplorar la triste nueva cuando se oyeron gritos y amenazas, y otros soldados invadieron nuestro domicilio. Yo tomé en mis brazos a Lucinda que mamaba aún, corrí a una azotea interior, y confiándola un instante a una criada salté a una pared contigua de vara y media desde donde me encontraba a más de cinco varas de la tierra; traté de bajar agarrándome a las asperezas de la pared, pero trémula y sin fuerzas, caí sobre un montón de madera. Me levanté magullada, y loca grité a la sirvienta que me arrojara mi niña, lo que era exponer su vida, pero, ya digo que tenía el juicio trastornado. Gracias a Dios la recibí sana y salva en mis brazos y eché a correr con ella por las calles.

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