In the anatomy lab, students are gawping their mouths at a body that no longer resembles a human. Full of formalin, dry and of a strange color, dissected and with the stomach in sight, seems rather a dummy, but the pungent smell of formalin and a little rotten reminds them that it is human. The teacher explains them, some take notes, others listen to him carefully, but most look on hypnotized. Eliza fainted over the body, and the golden heart around her neck fell directly into the dissected stomach. Class is dismissed.
(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)
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