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Tormento by Benito Pérez Galdós is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into themes of love, jealousy, and class struggle. Set in Madrid during the late 19th century, the story follows the tumultuous relationship between the wealthy and aloof Landázar family and the humble and hardworking people of the neighborhood.

The characters in Tormento are vividly drawn and complex, each struggling with their own inner demons and desires. The protagonist, Amparo, is a young woman torn between her love for the charming and manipulative Raimundo Landázar and her duty to her family. As their relationship becomes more intense, jealousy, betrayal, and tragedy ensue, leading to a heartbreaking and ultimately tragic end.

Galdós' writing is lyrical and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the societal tensions and moral dilemmas of the time. The novel's exploration of social class and the power dynamics between the wealthy and the working class is particularly resonant, reminding readers of the timeless struggle for compassion and understanding in a world divided by privilege and poverty.

Overall, Tormento is a gripping and emotionally resonant novel that will leave readers pondering the complexities of love, loyalty, and sacrifice long after they have finished reading. Galdós' masterful storytelling and keen insight into human nature make this a timeless classic that is sure to touch the hearts of readers for generations to come.

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Amparo es una muchacha sencilla, noble y trabajadora. Vive con su hermana, Refugio, que no se le parece en nada. Amparo, trabaja como sirvienta en casa de Francisco de Bringas y su esposa Rosalía Pipaón. Un día aparece por la casa un familiar, Agustín Caballero, hombre venido de las Indias donde se procuró una extensa fortuna. Éste empieza a sentir vivo interés por Amparo, cosa que no sienta nada bien a Rosalía, ya que pensaba que si algún día faltara su marido, ella se casaría con el indiano; o bien si el indiano esperaba un poco hasta con su hija se podría casar.

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