lunes, mayo 31, 2010

Cómo ser una niña (si eres niño)

You do a girl tolerable poor, but you might fool men, maybe.  Bless you, child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way.  And when you throw at a rat or anything, hitch yourself up a tiptoe and fetch your hand up over your head as awkward as you can, and miss your rat about six or seven foot. Throw stiff-armed from the shoulder, like there was a pivot there for it to turn on, like a girl; not from the wrist and elbow, with your arm out to one side, like a boy.  And, mind you, when a girl tries to catch anything in her lap she throws her knees apart; she don't clap them together, the way you did when you catched the lump of lead.  Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.
- Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Un poco de contexto para este pasaje: el protagonista, Huckleberry, se vistió como niña y trató de engañar a una mujer para solicitarle información acerca de él (que supuestamente se había muerto) y del esclavo fugitivo Jim.

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