Without the help of La Malinche we would not have understood the language of New Spain and Mexico.
—Bernal Díaz del Castillo
Historia Verdadera de la Conquista de la Nueva España
On Higuera Street my house stands unmarked,
Stark steps of passersby are hastened
With fear locking their spine, with hatred,
While I stand Janus-like between two worlds.
You wrote me in the history a traitor
Chingada, lover of the foreign men,
Weeping Llorona, Spanish toy,
A ploy of treacherous ambition my survival.