What, you ask, can a novel set in 1866 tell us about legal and financial on-going adult education today? That question probably goes double if you do not live in Spain, or even one of her former colonies.
Yet I will insist that it can. After building considerable empathy for the lady/love interest, the author of El Maestro de Esgrima (The Fencing Master) does something terrible to her, which might not have happened had she been in another country, where her legal and financial rights could be defended by her and herself alone. Knowing those rights is crucial in any situation.
My notes thus far:
“No de arrepentía de haber vivido: había amado y había matado…”
Cómo Alonso en El Ministerio del Tiempo:
“No tengo quejas: he amado… he luchado por mi patria…”
I love this idea:
No regrets, after having loved, and fought with honor…”
“Daría cualquier cosa por enviarle …mis padrinos al hombre…””
“Sólo es esclavo quién espera algo de los demás-”
dicho por el maestro de esgrima…
Entiendo el contexto, pero…”
So, it turns out that I was wrong about the political talk being filler, as it becomes crucial later on in the story. More on my continuing striving with Castilian Spanish, which I really ought to find another show to watch so that I don’t forget the spoken rhythms, which differ markedly from Latin and Argentine Spanish. next week, friends:
Yassas, γεια σας! Salût ! Nos vemos! Görüşürüz! ! שָׁלוֹם
Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:
1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “fencing” into Spanish.
2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.
3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the sources you found, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,
4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Spanish word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?
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2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
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