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ADSactly Literature: The Invisible Fires by adsactly

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ADSactly Literature: The Invisible Fires
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# <div class="phishy"><center>The Invisible Fires</center></div>

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Hello, @adsactly readers

<div class="text-justify">It's human that we have negative feelings about a person or situation. It is also normal and necessary for us to express those feelings at a given time, and until we think about doing and do things we might never have thought we would do. What is not normal and healthy is for us to accumulate these harmful feelings in our hearts for a long time. Human beings must learn to let go of these heavy burdens if they need to move forward and go on living. 

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With this in mind, I was reading the story **_Los invisibles fuegos (The Invisible Fires)_** by **Adriano González León**, a Venezuelan writer who is the author of one of the most important novels in our literature: **_País Portátil (Portable Country)_**. The story Los fuegos invisibles is about a woman, Dorila Márquez, who, after having lived a traumatic and unpleasant experience, holds a grudge against all the people who live around her and lets these feelings consume her little by little. The description that the narrator offers us of the village environment where Dorila lives reinforces the idea of alienation of Dorila and of amalgamation between woman and space. 

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<center>[Source](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm8joUBjMBs)</center>

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At the beginning of the story we can observe the aridity of the land, the thirst of animals and people, since it has not rained:

>And the clumsy glances of the animals, their intemperate and thirsty cries, covered the hill with desolate visions. At noon everything seemed to swell and burst, crunching over the few leafless trees. And it was as if a powerful light broke the eyes slowly... The men who brought sweat down to the tip of their fingers, gave great voices to the tails of the animals and thick whips crossed the air with a sinister noise.

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<center>[Source](https://www.lasprovincias.es/sucesos/miles-palmeras-arden-20190630000240-ntvo.html)</center>

As we can perceive, the dryness of the environment not only refers us to heat, but also to a certain hopelessness, loneliness, and even sterility. This climate is going to be fundamental for the development of the weft, since, as I mentioned earlier, there is a certain analogy between the landscape and Dorila, who is also described as a dry woman, who has lost her best years and who has been left alone. With regard to her loneliness, the narrator tells us the story behind Dorila's helplessness and resentment: a man has abandoned her and the people are guilty:

>That's when the candle started. Because he left without ever having felt his body near her. That is why during these twenty years she dragged a virginity that weighed heavily on her and drowned her like ashes. Nobody from the village, after the shooting, tried to approach her. Then the loneliness increased the wrinkles, broke the face, sank the eyes.
 With this fragment we feel several things: one of them is that the fire that consumes Dorila, to a great extent, is sexual. 

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<center>[Source](https://www.salud180.com/salud-dia-dia/12-motivos-por-los-que-te-arde-la-boca)</center>


The man who pretended it, has gone and left it abandoned. Notice the mention of virginity and the little physical contact she had with the suitor, which makes us believe that it is the heat of repressed passion, desire,  that consumes her. Likewise, we realize that this fire also comes from anger towards people, towards other men who never approached it and did not extinguish the flame that consumed it.

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As we advance in the reading, we read that the lack of rain, makes the fire begin to spread throughout the village, which leads to the trees burn and the animals come out terrified before the huge fire. Faced with this situation, all the people seek to save themselves and protect the little they have, except Dorila, who begins to laugh out loud and scream like crazy all over the house. I quote a fundamental fragment in the story:

>Only in the last few days, since the earth began to split, had Dorila's eyes seen an unknown glow. Her gaze now wandered with a rare and joyful brio and a rejoicing born of a bitter grudge ran through her body... The end, she thought, would be complete. The whole earth would be consumed in one great flame. Neither animals nor old junk could be saved. And it did not matter that she fell into the rubble. For a long time the fire had been spilled inside and had burned her blood, had made ashes in her bones. 

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<center>[Source](https://www.abc.es/sociedad/festividades/fiestas-de-san-juan/)</center>

With this passage we corroborate what we said before: Dorila is happy with the tragedy of the people. She hopes that the fire she has carried within her for a long time will be real and consume her entire environment. To see that just as the fire has destroyed her, it does so with everything that surrounds her. A kind of revenge: let the fire destroy everything. In the end, we see that a rain begins that airs the air, that wets the earth like holy water. Before this, Dorila comes out terrified, because she does not want the people to be saved: her resentment or rage consumes her, destroys her.

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It must be said that resentment is a feeling that accumulates until it finally becomes a desire for revenge. A desire that one feeds oneself and causes it to grow to the point that it begins to be unbearable. The person who keeps this kind of negative sensations can get sick and even die, as happened to Dorila. The idea is not only to pull these harmful feelings out of the ground like a tree, but also not to let them grow in us. Remember **Carrie Fisher's** quote: **_"Resentment is like taking poison waiting for the other person to die"_**. Keeping our wound open only hurts ourselves.

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@hlezama · (edited)
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I like that analogy, taking poison and wait for the other one to die.
Great post. Another important contribution to the dissemination of Venezuelan Literature.
The motif of the delayed rain, the arid land, and the land consuming people is ubiquitous in many Venezuelan novels and short stories from early 20th century.
I guess it was associated with the state of rurality that predominated and later on with the state of abandonment after civil wars and migrations motivated by urban centers becoming more attractive than the country.
It is easy to grow resentment in a society of selffishness and unaccountability. In the past people "killed the snake from the head", went to the source of their grudges and took matters in their own hands.
Now frustrations in the face of injustice consumes those who cannot do anything about it.
Not a good thing, no doubt about it.
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Everything you say is true, @hlezama. Rain is a constant element in Venezuelan literature of the last century, and that rain can generally take the symbolism of purification, but also of death. As for accumulating insane feelings today, suddenly it is for that reason that there is more cancer now and more stressed people. Taking it easy may be a good idea. Greetings
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@ladyrebecca ·
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I was just reading about negative energies and how to protect yourself from them, so your post fits in perfectly with things that have been on my mind. Very insightful story and a great topic choice, @nancybriti!
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So we're in sync, @ladyrebecca. In particular I believe that life gives us back what we give, so we don't have to worry about what we receive but what comes out of us. Life is a mirror! Nice day for you. ;)
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Very well said.... Obviously we only get the result of what we do. .. no matter its bad or good... This idea makes a human lead his life on right track. . doing good things... May be by the morals ... A being becomes human being !!!! Nice comment by the way
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@josemalavem ·
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A post of great interest, @nancybriti, both for disseminating one of the main Venezuelan narrators of the XX century, and for the subject matter you address from the commented story. 
The symbol of full fire in literature from antiquity to the present day.  And as you say, it can have the meaning of destruction but also of regeneration, as well as being a symbol of passion (which, by the way, also has a bivalent meaning). Adriano González seems to have held this archetypal element in special esteem, since the title of his book of short stories is no coincidence: *The highest bonfires*.
Resentment, hatred, discord, intolerance and other forms of this blinding fire poison the soul, dry it out, until it becomes an arid, wasted earth.
Grateful for your article, @nancybriti. Greetings.
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Excellent comment, @josemalavem. The sexual symbolism of fire is very well posed in this story. Dorila is a woman who has had to repress her sexuality, so the fire inside threatens to destroy her. The arrival of rain relieves the fire, is the balsam before the flame. Thank you for your words and greetings!
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@honeydue ·
Wow, I hadn't heard of this story, but it sounds fascinating :) And very accurate - the more time we spend worrying about others and hating and blaming them, the sicker we become. And we end up consuming our whole lives with something that shouldn't even have mattered.

> Resentment is like taking poison waiting for the other person to die".

I love this quote :)
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@nancybriti ·
Good to see your comment, @honeydue! This story is great; you could say it's even magical. In it we see a woman eaten by hatred, which does not let her live. Here we can see that hatred does more harm to the one who feels it, than to the one who provokes it. Greetings and thanks. ;)
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@lenaspiritual ·
I think feelings of strong resentment and rage is a natural reaction from Dorila considering what she been through and also on top of that we have what society imposes on both man and women to stir up such emotions and specially on women to repress their emotions and sexuality in many cultures all through time. This anger is the result of all the people who were actively participated in this and agreed to this so it goes back to burn them because we live as a collective and we influence each other's destiny. The fact that she couldnt get revenge consumed both her and her people. at the end of the day, no one cares untill the fire reaches to them.  in my humble opinion and i dont expect anyone to agree with me, i think sometimes you should get your revenge to kind of just blow off your steam or the fire that has been created by the injustice you gone through. it might not end well for you but at least you heart becomes a little lighter of all the pressure someone has put you through. maybe Dorila just transferred this resentment back to its originator: society. when there is a death ,there is a rebirth too.
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