1: Lately, I have been spending my days in the theaters. Seeing shows and listeing to the classics brings me hope I may stumble upon love.
2: Every Sunday, I write for El Diario de La Paz. I dreamed of becoming a renound reporter..but I settled down after teaching Latin grammar and being cable editor. I settled for this life and in all honestly, I do not have the talent to be a jusifiable writer, other then for writings of love.
3: On the left side of the desk I always keep five sheets of office-size rag paper for the Sunday column. Through my lackluster years, I have come to the conclusion I prefer the classic sand to dry my ink as well as my romantic handwriting, rather then the modern ways, possibly from my exposure to the inspiring plays and writings of my past. | Every morning I arange the table at which I write, weather I plan to write that day, or not. Close at hand I always keep those comforting books that include my mother's language and my native language, Latin.
4: "Angels surround the bed of Delgadina. Delgadina, Delgadina, you willbe my darling love. Arise, Arise, Delgadina, and put on your skirt of silk."
5: "Do whatever you want, but don't lose that child." | What I remeber most clearly during my search for love with Delgadina was the search for her and her bicycle. I remember watching for her on her way to work, sewing buttons. Every girl seemed to be her, or caused my mind to wander to thoughts of her. She was everywhere.
6: As I approach my last years, I find my constant pattern of a life more conforting then looking for spontinuity. I find myself spending most of my days in Rosa's shop, which is now partly mine. | "That poor creatures head over heels in love with you."
7: "In the end it is impossible not to become what others think you are." -Julius Cesear | "For the ugly Papa"
8: "Dear girl we are all alone in the world." "The tiger does not eat far away."
9: KEY 1.) Pictures of Theater's- These pictures represent where the bachelor (who remains nameless throughout the story) is looking for a new touch to his life. He constantly visits the theater's when he is not writing for the newspaper. He loves classics and is set in old ways rather then conforming to mondernism. 2.) Newspaper Clips- These clips represent how the bachelor wrote for El Diario de Le Paz. He had worked as a copy editor for 40 years. He seems to be content with his life , but throughout the story you sense disappointment in his tone. 3.) Primer diccionario ilustrado of the Royal Academy dated 1903, Tesoro de la lengua castellana o espanola by Don Sebastian de Convarrubias, Diccionario ideaologico by Don Julio Casares, and the Vocabolario della lingua- These books represent the bachelor's mother. He refers to her throughout the book. She seemed to be an important influence on his life . His taste of art , music, and theater was all influenced by his mother. For example, at one point in the story he brings a painting to decorate Delgadina and his room. It had belonged to his mother. 4.) A love letter and a photo of a bed- These artifacts represent Delgadina. This page is fully dedicated to their love. The strage part of their love is that she sleeps through it. He claims to be madly in love, but underneath it I believe he does not want to die alone. His Sunday columns transform from essays to love letters. He begins to discretely write to her through them. The song in which he gets her name is displayed on this page, as well. 5.) A photo of a bicycle- This is the bicycle that Delgadina rides to work each day. When he does not hear from Rosa Cabarcas in awhile he looks for Delgadina. Everyone and everything reminds him of her. Later in the book he reunites with a friend and tells her the entire story of his love. She says, "Do whatever you want, but don't lose that child." 6.) Photo's of a cat and Rosa's store- This cat is the cat that the main character is given midway throught the book. It represents him in a way and is only mentioned for a short time. It represents how he is old and lonely. The cat is almost put to sleep, but at the end of the story as he is walking to his writing story it is mentioned that the cat accompianed him. It shows his effort and his will to continue living. A quote that Rosa says is at the top of the page. this quote is saying Delgadina loves the bachelor. I am not sure if this is true, but I think Rosa is really saying that the bachelor loves Delgadina. 7.) A teddy bear- This teddy bear is from Delgadina to "the ugly papa," on New Years. In the scarpbook this is written in her handwriting. It is a small token, but affects the main character greatly. A quote stated at the end of the book represents the main character's life all together. 8.) The last page is a picture of a mirror- This mirror is in the room that Delgadina and the main character spend most of their time together in. Through the night she woke up and wrote, "the tiger does not eat far away." This is their way of communicating. Later in the story he speaks to her by writing on the mirror. Overall, I thought this was an incredible story, with a lot of hidden meaning.