From Latin tear, a tear is a gout secreted by the lacrimal gland. This liquid allows to clean and lubricate the eye, promoting a healthy functioning of the eyeball. The action of cry, on the other hand, involves shedding tears in reaction to a state of emotion, without causing irritation of the ocular structures.
For instance: “Seeing the sun after so long, my eyes filled with tears”, “A tear ran down his cheek when he heard the news”, “The specialist recommended that I use a few drops since my tears are not enough to combat the dryness of the cornea”.
The lacrimal glands are found in the upper outer part of the eye socket, in a space known as lacrimal fossa. A nerve is responsible for stimulating this gland to produce tears, which are composed of water, sodium chloride, glucose and proteins.
The tear fulfills lubricating functions (so that the cornea does not dry out), metabolic (distributes oxygen), photo-absorbent (absorbs a percentage of the sun’s ultraviolet rays) and others. On the other hand, it helps to combat bacteria by the presence of gamma globulin and lysozyme.
The drop shaped objects They can also receive the name of tear: “Juana has in her living room a beautiful lamp with crystal tears “, “My husband gave me a pendant with silver tears”.
In colloquial language, finally, it is known as a tear something painful, heavy, or annoying: “That movie is a tear, I recommend you not see it”.
In the opera «The elixir of love«, By Gaetano Donizetti, is one of the most famous arias for tenor of the history, entitled «A furtive tear«. In his verses, Nemorino expresses his joy after having noticed the jealousy of his beloved Adina when he saw him surrounded by women interested in him.
Tears in the rain
Tears in the rain is the title of the last novel by Rosa Montero when we have the information. In it, the Madrid-born author presents us with the story of Bruna Husky, a private detective who is hired to solve a world-wide case.
The story begins in the year 2109 with the disappearance and sudden death of various replicants (individuals developed in the laboratory from stem cells with objectives governments and that at that time are living in harmony with human society). The strange thing is not that these androids die (it should be noted that they have a much lower life expectancy than humans) but that the causes of their deaths appear to be the consequence of planned damage.
At the moment of perishing, they manifest extreme anger, as if suddenly something had made them go mad and completely change their attitude, which seems premeditated to make the whole society doubt the “mental stability” of these individuals. Husky, who is also a replicant, begins to investigate these deaths and tries by all means to discover who is responsible for all of them.
However, on this path she will have to face her greatest fears and meet several people who will help her find herself and try to make her see her worth as a sentient being. Among them are Pablo Nopal, Maio and Paul Lizard, three individuals who will force her to rethink her memories, to reconnect with tenderness and who will be essential for Bruna to regain her heart. desire to live and enjoy every moment.
With extraordinary mastery, Rosa Montero presents us with a reality where xenophobia and speciesism threaten the normal balance of the life in society. Tears in the rain is a work that forces us to rethink our daily attitudes towards other sentient beings and that can help us find true enjoyment in what surrounds us.