The Kiss

19 Feb

006There is a Guanajuato legend about a girl named Dona Carmen. Dona Carmen loved Don Luis. She fell in love in church where Don Luis offered her holy water with his hand. Dona Carmen’s father did not approve, threatened to send her to a convent and finally betrothed her to a rich old noble in Spain.

Dona Carmen sent a message to Don Luis with the heart breaking news. Don Luis wept then came up with a plan. Now it so happened that a window in Doña Carmen’s casa faced an alley so narrow that it was possible, leaning out the window to touch the wall of the facing house in which there was a balcony. If Don Luis could gain access to the balcony, he could plot with his beloved and overcome her tyrannical father’s evil plan. Don Luis approached the owner who set the price at an astronomical sum. Don Luis paid. And soon the lovers were plotting to liberate Dona Carmen from her father’s control.

But a few moments after the lovers began to talk, a shouting was heard at the door of Dona Carmen’s room. It was her father who with dagger in hand, rushed forward and plunged the knife into Dona Carmen’s heart. She died, her hand in her lover’s.  And in his grief Don Luis kissed Dona Carmen’s lifeless hand goodbye.

That kiss is honored in Guanajuato at the site of the tragedy in a place called the Callejon del Beso…the Alley of the Kiss. Es verdad!

 

2 Responses to “The Kiss”

  1. Ursula February 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    So sad, I had hoped the story would end having Carmen escape with him by climbing through the window.

    • Jill February 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

      But that it is why it is a legend.

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