EDGAR ALLAN POE
IGNACIO LILLO TORRELLA
THE GOLD BUG
William Legrand, the main character, becomes obsessed with searching for treasure after being bitten bya scarab-like bug thought to be made of pure gold. He notifies his closest friend,who is the narrator, telling him to immediately come visit him at his home on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina. Upon his friendarrival, william tells him that they are embarking in a search for lost treasure along with his African-American servant, Jupiter. His friend, the narrator, has intense doubt and questions if William,who has recently lost his fortune, had gone insane.
William captured the bug but let someone else borrow it; he draws a picture of the bug instead. The narrator says that the image looks like askull. Legrand is insulted and inspects his own drawing before stuffing it into a drawer which he locks, to the narrator's confusion. Uncomfortable, the narrator leaves Legrand and returns home toCharleston.
A month later, Jupiter visits the narrator and asks him to return to Sullivan's Island on behalf of his master. Legrand, he says, has been acting strangely. When he arrives, Legrand tells thenarrator they must go on an expedition along with the gold-bug tied to a string. Deep in the wilderness of the island, they find a tree, which Legrand orders Jupiter to climb with the gold-bug in tow.There, he finds a skull and Legrand tells him to drop the bug through one of the eye sockets. From where it falls, he determines the spot where they dig. They find treasure buried by theinfamous pirate "Captain Kidd", estimated by the narrator to be worth a million and a half dollars. Once the treasure is safely secured, the man goes into an elaborate explanation of how he knew about the treasure'slocation, based on a set of occurrences that happened after the discovery of the gold bug.
The story’s misterious cryptography message is: A good glass in the bishop's hostel in the devil's seat...