28 June 2013

Robert Jordan's guapa

I just finished rereading Hemingway's story of the mountain resistance fighters in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). This time, I looked up the word guapa, a Spanish term of endearment, roughly translating as "My lovely". Once that Sicilian thunderbolt hits Roberto, rabbit and guapa are his only ways of addressing his crop-headed beauty Maria. 

I'm glad I looked it up.

1 comment:

Patti said...

Looking up words we don't know how to pronounce or that we don't know the meaning of is an essential part of growing! From what I've observed through the years, however, the majority of people don't bother to do it. They just skip over the word and figure it doesn't make much difference.

Kudos to you for enriching your word power!!