El Paraíso de las Damas by Émile Zola

By Émile Zola

A los veinte años, huérfana y con dos hermanos a cuestas, Denise llega a París dispuesta a trabajar en los angeles pañería de su tío Baudu. Pero corren tiempos difíciles, el pequeño comercio está en challenge y el nuevo gigante de los grandes almacenes amenaza con acabar con él. Así las cosas, Denise tiene que emplearse en El Paraíso de las Damas -«¡una tienda de novedades con diecinueve departamentos y cuatrocientos tres empleados!»-, propiedad de Octave Mouret. Y mientras Mouret rige los destinos de «un pueblo de coquetas» y los pequeños comerciantes resisten heroicamente, nace una historia de amor desafiante, turbadora y ardiente entre el patrón y los angeles empleada.

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Proinde aut exeant aut quiescant aut, si et in urbe et in eadem mente permanent, ea quae merentur exspectent. [l21 At etiam sunt qui dicant, Quirites, a me eiectum esse Catilinam. Quod ego si verbo adsequi possem, istos ipsos eicerem qui haec loquuntur. Homo enim videlicet timidus aut etiam permodestus vocem consulis ferre non potuit; simul atque ire in exsilium iussus est, paruit. Quin hesterno die, cum domi meae paene interfectus essem, senatum in aedem Iovis Statoris convocavi, rem omnem ad patres conscriptos detuli.

27] Sed quoniam earum rerum quas ego gessi non eadem est fortuna atque condicio quae illorum qui externa bella gesserunt (quod mihi cum eis vivendum est quos vici ac subegi, illi hostis aut interfectos aut oppressos reliquerunt), vestrum est, Quirites, si ceteris facta sua recte prosunt, mihi mea ne quando obsint providere. Mentes enim hominum audacissimorum sceleratae ac nefariae ne vobis nocere possent ego providi, ne mihi noceant vestrum est providere. Quamquam, Quirites, mihi quidem ipsi nihil ab istis iarn noceri potest.

7-9 Quid, quid, ubi, quos, quid: each of these interrogatives introduces an indirect question, following the h e c t question, quem nostrum ignorare arbitraris (B300, G467). You can translate the sentence with the direct question first, or you can translate it as written, with the indirect questions first. The entire first paragraph of this speech is composed of . ... RHETORICAL QUESTIONS. , proxirna [nocte], November 7; ablative of time when (B230, G393). superiore nocte: on the night before last, November 6.

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