The following is a folk story that was told to us one Sunday afternoon in Spain when we had a power failure and we were sitting around by candlelight swapping stories. This originates from the Argentine where our storyteller comes from and it is one of the tales that she grew up with as a child.
We have translated it into English, but it is also in Spanish as it was told that afternoon.









Before the world existed, Man and Woman found Virtue and Passion to be boring,
So, "Imagination" said "Why don't we play hide and seek?"
"Fool" replied "Oh yes, lets" and started to count: "80, 40, 4, 3.."

All went off and hid, except for "Love",
because.... of love's indesiveness,

"Fool" started to count again "80, 60, 35, and 100!"
and "Love" jumped up and went and hid by a bush.

When "Fool" opened his eyes, the first person he found was "Lazy",
who was just crouching on his feet, because....he was lazy.

The second person he found was "Imagination" hiding behind a cloud
because..... she was imagination

Next, was "Innocence" who was hiding behind her hands
because..... this was innocence.

"Liar" was found over here, and not over there, where he said he would be,
because..... this was liar.

One by one all the Virtues and Passions were found except for "Love"
who was afraid of exposing herself.

"Envy", who was always preoccupied with others and not with herself,
told "Fool" that "Love" was hiding in the bushes.

"Fool" called out to "Love" to come out, but "Love" didn't come.
So all the virtues and the passions called out "Love, come out",
But again nothing happened.

This really made "Fool" angry, and he started shaking the bushes.
Just then he found a stick, and he picked it up and started poking it into
the bushes with all his might.

All at once there was a scream "Ay," and "Love" came out of the bush
holding her hands up to her eyes that had blood streaming from them.

Virtue and Passion were very, very sad, and they asked each other
what was going to happen to "Love".
But "Fool" said,
"Don't worry about "Love," I will look after her and be her eyes"

And from that day to this, that is why it is said that

"Love is blind, and only sees things through a fool's eyes!"

 


Antes de que existiera el mundo, el hombre y la mujer, virtudes y pasiones se encontraban aburridas.

La Imaginación dijo: ¿por qué no jugamos al escondite?

La Locura dijo "vale" y empezó a contar: 80, 40, 4, 3..

Todos se escondían menos el Amor,
por eso de... la indecisión del amor..

La Locura seguía contando:80, 60, 35 y 100!
En ese mismo momento el Amor dio un salto y se escondió en una zarza.

Cuando la Locura abrió los ojos a la primera que encontró fue a la Pereza tumbada a sus pies,
por eso de ...la pereza.

A la segunda que vio fue a la Imaginación detrás de una nube,
por eso de ..la imaginación.

La siguiente fue la Inocencia, escondida detrás de sus manos,
por eso de... la inocencia.

A la Mentira la encontró aquí y no allí donde dijo que estarí
a, por eso de...la mentira.

Y así fue encontrando una a una a las virtudes y pasiones, menos al Amor,
por eso del miedo que tiene el Amor a salir a la superficie...

La Envidia, que siempre se ocupa de los demás y no de ella,
le dijo a la Locura que el Amor estaba escondido en los zarzales.

Entonces la Locura le dijo:"Amor, sal!" Pero el Amor no salía.
Las virtudes y las pasiones le gritaban: "Amor sal!" Pero nada.

Entonces la Locura cada vez más enfadada zarandeó la zarza,
buscó un palo y lo metió adentro con todas sus fuerzas.

De repente se oyó un grito:"Ay!" y el Amor salió
de la zarza con los ojos ensan-grentados.

Virtudes y Pasiones quedaron muy tristes
y se preguntaban qué harían con el Amor así.
La Locura les dijo:
"No os preocupeis. Yo le daré mis ojos"

Y desde ese diá

"El Amor es ciego y la locura, sus ojos!"




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