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The Earthquake In Chile Essay

864 words - 4 pages

The story starts off in Santiago, Chile in 1647 with the main character Jeronim Rugera where he is preparing to hang himself while he is in prison. Jeronimo was a tutor at the Don Asteron household in till it was discovered that Jeronimo was having an illicit relationship with Josephe, the daughter of Don Henrico Asteron, by her brother. Josephe was then promptly sent to the convent of Our Lady of the Mountain but she was still able to keep up the illicit relationship with Jeronimo in till Josephe gave birth on the steps of the cathedral during the feast of Corpus Christi. She was then taken straight to prison but was then taken to stand trial by order of the Bishop. She was sentenced to death for her actions and instead of being burnt alive she was sent to be decapitated and Jeronimo was thrown in prison. During the procession march towards the execution site for Josephe, Jeronimo prepares to hang himself in his cell. At that very moment a strong earthquake hit the city and destroyed most of it which also allowed Jeronimo to escape from his cell. Despite the fear that Josephe had been killed already, he began to search for her in the rubble of the destroyed city and after accepting the fact that he might never see her again he was later reunited with Josephe and their son, Philipp. On Josephe way to her execution the earthquake hit and was able to get away to go and rescue her son from the convent where she had entrusted her son with an abbess. When she arrived the convent was crumbling around her and the abbess was dead and so where most of the nuns. She then spent most of the day looking for Jeronimo and fearing that he was dead and that he would never see his son. Once they were reunited they made plans to travel to Concepcion, Chile where Josephe has family and then would travel to Spain.
The next morning, the couple is approached by Don Fernando who request for Josephe to breast feed his son, Juan, due to his wife, Donna Elvira, having been injured due to the earthquake. Josephe agrees to breast feed Don Fernando son and in return he offers for the new family to join his family in their travels. The young family is greeted as friends by Don Fernado’s family, and they exchange stories and rumors of what is happening in Santiago due to the earthquake. After hearing about what was going on they decided to go to Concepcion and...

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