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Paz Márquez-Benítez (–) was a Filipina short-story writer. Contents. 1 Biography; 2 Although she only had one more published short story after ” Dead Stars” entitled “A Night in the Hills,” she made her mark in Philippine literature. Dead Stars. 1. THE AUTHOR: PAZ MARQUEZ BENITEZ – Born in March 3, in Lucena, Quezon – She studied at the University of the. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez-Benitez Alfredo Salazar was betrothed to Esperanza , his girlfriend for four years. The start of their relationship was relatively “warm”.

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Dead Stars may have hints of Spanish influences but is written in the English Language.

Or was it just pixie dusts in the lenses of his telescope of eyes during the f Oh yes, nostalgia. There were no Indios, no Umalohokans, no Saguiguilids, only the old rich and the neo-cultivated minds of the Filipinos who has learned to read and write that thrives the country.

The story shows the time when girls are modest and give major importance in courtship. Just because she remained unmarried, it doesn’t mean she pined away for you and led a miserable life. The gaily decked rice-paper lanterns were again on display while from the windows of the older houses hung colored glass globes, heirlooms from a day when grasspith wicks floating in coconut oil were the chief lighting device. To view it, click here.

At his touch, the girl turned her face away, but he heard her voice say very low, “Good-bye. I also like how she made it by the perspective of a man. I am just asking. Yet a feeble flutter of hope trembled in his mind though set against that hope were three years of engagement, a very near wedding, perfect understanding between the parents, his own conscience, and Esperanza herself–Esperanza waiting, Esperanza no longer young, Esperanza the efficient, the literal-minded, the intensely acquisitive.


He sensed rather than saw her start of vivid surprise. I didn’t even understand why she had to put multiple chapters!

At last Our Lady of Sorrows entered the church, vead with her the priest and the choir, whose voices now echoed from the arched ceiling. Was love starrs combination of circumstances, or sheer native capacity of soul? What does he want, a reserve or back up? It looks like home to me, except that we do not have such a lovely beach.

From where he stood he could not distinguish faces, so he had no way of knowing whether the presidente was there to meet him or not. It’s never bad to have something marqez that every once in a while. Their wedding is supposedly the culmination of a very long engagement. And even though it might not be outright cheating, or unfaithfulness, on his part, I have every reason to believe that Esperanza knew about Julia, and for that, I feel sorry for her.

DEAD STARS by Paz Marquez Benitez

Esperanza must be tired waiting. This is one of my favorite short stories, apart from Akutagawa’s In a Grove.

She dropped the topic. Besides the fact that the title of the short story appears in this passage, which Benitsz think is really lovely the titleI think I can relate to this somehow. Paz Marquez-Benitez has a very big contribution in the formation of modern literature specifically short stories. Perhaps I was him first. Being one of the students who learned under American Education, Paz had this advantage among other writers who writes using the Filipino Language.

Dead Stars is also during the time when people highly value the church. Her face was not notably pretty; yet she had a tantalizing charm, all the more compelling because it was an inner quality, an achievement of the spirit. Suddenly, Alfredo’s slow blood began to beat violently, irregularly.

He is engaged to Esperanza but him still fleeting to Julia Salas. Six weeks ago that house meant nothing to him save that it was the Martinez house, rented and occupied by Judge del Valle and his family.


So the presidente had received his first letter? Was he being cheated by life?

Paz Márquez-Benítez

It was past eight, and Esperanza would be expecting him in a little while: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She was charming and gleeful. After the tenth time or so, the young man rose from his seat and said suddenly, ‘Pardon me, but my name is Manalang, Manalang. What had she lost? We never thought she would turn out bad. Stillness, a vibrant quiet that affects the senses as does solemn harmony; a peace that is not contentment but a cessation of tumult when all violence of feeling tones down to the wistful serenity of regret.

It was too early to sleep: The essential himself, the himself that had its being in the core of his thought, would, he reflected, always be free and alone. Benitez is a master poet. But Julia Salas had left the window, calling to her mother as she did so. Why would men so mismanage their lives? There was a young moon which grew slowly luminous as the coral tints in the sky yielded to the darker blues of evening.

Alfredo suddenly realized that for several Sundays now he had not waited for Esperanza to come out of the church as he had been wont to do. It was short and simple.

Paz Marquez-Benitez (Author of Dead Stars)

Greed–the desire to crowd into a moment all the enjoyment it will hold, to squeeze from the hour all the emotion it will yield. A longing for something or someone he cannot have. Apr 19, bea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 31, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: