Chapter XIV JAMAICA LETTER

IN Jamaica, Bolívar has touched bottom. He is at the lowest point of his whole career. Fever and hunger and the hardships of nearly six years of constant struggle have reduced his slight body to skin and bones. His broad forehead is furrowed with deep lines, his long face is the face of a living corpse; but his sunken eyes are burning still. The Duke of Manchester, governor of the island, entertains him at dinner and says of him afterwards, "The flame has consumed the oil."

He is in a strange land, penniless, without even a change of clothes. He finds an English friend, Maxwell Hyslop, there, and writes him short notes, begging for loans--notes couched in words of ironic humor. "I haven't a single peso," he writes. "My laundress, patient soul, refuses to wash my only shirt." The loans are forthcoming--one hundred dollars one time, two hundred another.

He lives in a small hut with a floor of bare earth and a hammock for a bed. Night after night, sleepless with his streaming thoughts, he paces back and forth like a caged animal. By day he lies in his hammock, one foot dangling, swinging the hammock rapidly, rapidly. His eyes, fixed upon the eaves of the thatched ceiling, do not see the tiny lizards that scurry there. They still see only those great visions of glory.

There are other Venezuelan patriots in Kingston, too-- Santiago Mariño, the Carabaño brothers, Briceño Méndez. The Liberator talks with them constantly--endless discussions, futile scheming. He joins them occasionally in games

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • I: Guapo 1
  • Chapter I Polvorín 3
  • Chapter III an Oath in Rome 19
  • Chapter IV the Powder Keg Explodes 35
  • Chapter V the Precursor 45
  • Chapter VI the Red Cap 51
  • Chapter VII "Even Nature Opposes" 58
  • Ii: Paladin 67
  • Chapter VIII "BlessÉ Au CŒur" 69
  • Chapter IX Glory is Born 81
  • Chapter X War to the Death 92
  • Chapter XI a Gilded Chariot 106
  • Interlude a Contradiction--Liberator and Dictator 109
  • Iii: Prophet in His Own Land 117
  • Chapter XII the Infernal Legion 119
  • Chapter XIII Hussars from Spain 134
  • Chapter XIV Jamaica Letter 144
  • Interlude Hombría 152
  • Iv: Path of Glory 163
  • Chapter XV the Centaur 165
  • Chapter XVI Red Coats in Guayana 180
  • Chapter XVII the BolÍvar Constitution 195
  • Chapter XVIII "Even to Cape Horn" 208
  • Chapter XIX BoyacÁ-New Granada Liberated 219
  • Chapter XX the Colombian Union 228
  • Chapter XXI Carabobo -- Venezuela Liberated 237
  • Chapter XXII the Path Leads Southward 249
  • Chapter XXIII Pichincha -- Quito Liberated 258
  • Chapter XXIV the Land of the Incas 274
  • Chapter XXV Ayacucho--PerÚ Liberated 287
  • Interlude an Amazon and Jeweled Wreaths 296
  • V: Laurels, Not a Crown 307
  • Chapter XXVI the Pinnacle 309
  • Chapter XXVII "Everything for Glory" 320
  • Chapter XXVIII the Path Leads Downward 332
  • Postlude the Path Ends 346
  • Chapter XXIX "The Great Gentleman of Colombia" 353
  • Author's Note 361
  • Acknowledgments 367
  • Bibliography 369
  • Index 379
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