Thursday, October 30, 2008
Doña Bárbara - Wed., Oct. 29: Marisela looks for help at the shrine of the Virgin of the Tree Bark; Meanwhile everyone looks for Marisela
DB tells Eustaquia that she is determined to use Marisela to regain Santos. Eustaquia is disgusted and says that DB is crazy.
When Juan Primito tells DB that Marisela left crying, DB realizes that Marisela overheard what she said to Eustaquia.
The Altamira vaqueros go to see Antonio and try to cheer him up with the news that Santos and Cecilia have gone to Pilar to try and help his case. But when Federica shows up, they all beat a hasty retreat.
DB wonders what she should do when Marisela reveals what she said to Santos. She tells Eustaquia that her only hope is to marry Quitadolores. Eustaquia thinks that is a crazy idea and that Santos won't lift a finger to stop it.
Lorenzo returns to Altamira and tells everyone that Marisela ran away from El Miedo and might be in danger. Everyone agrees to go looking for her.
Meanwhile while riding furiously, Marisela has flashbacks to various evil things her mother did to her. She decides to go to the Virgen de la Corteza [Virgin of the Tree Bark] to ask for help for her and for Santos.
Santos goes to El Miedo to demand that DB tells him what she did to make Marisela run away. DB says that she didn't do anything. Santos says: "If anything happens to Marisela because of some harm you did to her, I swear you will regret it. I will hate you with the hatred that only a Luzardo knows how to do. You think you know my bad side[fiera, literally "wild beast]? You haven't seen anything."
Marisela runs into Don Incarnación. She convinces him that everyone at Altamira knows where she is and has no problem with her being so far from home near nightfall. He puts her on the right road to the Virgen de la Corteza and as she rides off, he says that the Altamira folks are not taking very good care of this girl.
A rattlesnake spooks Marisela's horse and she is thrown off landing face to face with the snake. She manages to grab it before it strikes and throws it away. Even though she has hurt her foot in the fall, she decides to continue to the Virgen. Then it starts to thunder and rain.
Don Encarnación comes to Altamira to tell Santos about his encounter with Marisela. The search moves to the site of the Virgen de la Corteza.
Juan Primito brings the news to El Miedo. He causes some confusion by initially reporting that Marisela is with the Virgin, which sounds like she is dead, but then he clarifies that he means she has gone to the Virgen de la Corteza.
Marisela finally finds the shrine where miraculously some candles are burning even though it's pouring rain. She kneels and prays. She says that she is asking for many things: first to help her father, let him laugh again and not go back to drinking. Then she prays that Santos doesn't fall into the hands of that viper [víbora], DB. "Don't let her do the same thing to Santos that she did to my father," she says, "Save him, Virgencita, because that woman is very bad and he is good and.. it's true, you know I love him so much and I don't want anything bad to happen to him. Protect him. Protect my Santitos."
In Chapter 7 of the book a topic is introduced that may have some relationship to the Virgin of the Tree Bark. It again deals with the long conversation of the vaqueros in their hammocks at night. They describe someone as being so bad (Balbino Paiba) that he'd rob from El Ánima de Ajirelito. It's a small tree where the llaneros leave money and light candles. From time to time a local priest comes and takes the money left there to aid the poor. The legend is that some horseman stopped by and prayed for help there, was helped, and others came to believe lighting a candle there and leaving some coins brought safety from danger and good fortune.
That's very interesting about the shrine in the novel. I would guess that it would be simpler for a visual medium such at televison to just have it be a shrine to an imange of the Virgin that appeared on a tree than to have to explain the whole stranded traveler thing.
Balbino Paiba was mean enough to knock Lorenzo down when he was looking for Marisela.
Wow, that Virgin of the Tree Bark and the miraculous eternal flames are impressive in expediting requests. I liked that Marisela asked for help for her father and Santos before she asked for herself. Even then, she didn't ask the Virgin to 'give' her Santos, but for the Virgin to stay with her...
with Tina or other transmitors? T.YOU if you can help Jean.