The Hollow of the Three Hills


Opening: The story begins with two persons meeting together at a certain time and place: at the hollow of the three hills during the sunset. One was an old woman who apparented to be mean and ill, she was a witch. The other woman was a graceful lady that looked pale and troubled. The opening also describes the place where they met, which was isolated, and the time of the year, which was October. The opening is really effective because it describes the place where the two women met in detail, and the reader can see, imagine and understand it. The quote, ¨dwarf pines were numerous upon the hills¨ describes the three hills so you can imagine the place where they met. Another quote, ¨one of these masses of decaying wood, formerly a majestic oak, rested clos beside a pool of green and sluggish water at the bottom of the basin¨, this quote describes the place that was filled with tree-trunks that had fallen with time and that there was a little lake at the bottom of the hills. Moreover, it describes the time of the day: sunset, which is the moment of revelation. Yes, I think that the story begins mid-drama because the woman escaped her home and was very troubled, she felt very guilty. The story is in 1st person limited, and it is in present tense, but the lady felt guilty and had a conflict with her past.


  • Time: it was during the 1800s. It was October and during a twilight. The following quote, ¨there was nothing but the brown grass of October¨, it tells us that the time of the year was October, so it was autumn. We can also tell that it was autumn because it says ¨the chill beauty of an autumnal sunset¨, it describes nature at that time of the year.
  • Place: The hollow of the three hills, a desolate place, ¨no mortal could observe them¨, this quote points out that no one was there, that that place was completely isolated.

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  • The young lady: she was graceful, though pale and troubled. With the word pale we can understand that she is sick, ill or about to die; and the word troubled makes us think that she has mental health problems.
  • The old woman: she was poorly dressed and was very ugly. She was very old so she looked shrunken and seemed to be ill. She was a witch who helped the young lady that was looking for a closure, however, she ends up taking her life.

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  • death
  • regret
  • guilt and remorse
  • the supernatural
  • anxiety and curiosity
  • dishonor
  • deceit


  • depressing
  • melancholic
  • sad/sorrowful
  • dark/obscure/deadly
  • suspensive



  • The number 3: the author uses the number three in relation to the Bible, since it contains symbols like the holy trinity. Examples based on the story are the three hills and the three visions of the young lady.


    • October: it is known as the month of death. At the beginning of the story, the woman has her first vision of her daughters funeral. And in order to obtain the witches help, she needs to give up her own life.


  • Autumn: it symbolises death since it’s the time of the year when natures dies or is about to die. Some quotes that help us understand this are, ¨a tree fell¨, which represents death, and ¨no green¨, which means there is no life.

Gothic Elemnts:

The Hollow of the Three Hills is a gothic story. We can say this because of the gothic elements found in the sotry. The following are the gothic elements:


  • set in old and rundown strictures (ex: castles)
  • the building usually features hidden passages, trap doors and dangerous or secret rooms
  • has suffered a decline from it’s former greatness



  • dark forests
  • imposing mountains
  • stormy weather
  • far from civilization



  • mistery
  • horror
  • dread
  • hidden secrets which threaten the protagonist



  • isolated or alone
  • physical or emotional
  • self-imposed or circumstances



  • passionate and strong-willed
  • women: curious and have a tendency to swoon
  • men: storm and rage in reflection of unseen inner torments


Damsels in distress:

  • threatened by tyrannical men or circumstances
  • appear frightened
  • may suffer from some sort of ailment



  • unlucky omens
  • ancient curses
  • dark forces


The supernatural:

  • ghosts
  • unexplained manifestations


Decay: (decline)

  • a formerly great family, community, country or individual who has peaked and now begins a slow process of decline
  • crumbling buildings
  • characters



  • murders
  • kidnapping
  • people going crazy
  • tragic illness

The gothic elements that are present in the story are:

  • An atmosphere of mistery and unknown
  • Omens, portents, visions
  • ENvironment – far from civilazation, dark and isolated
  • The supernatural – unexplained manifestations
  • High emotion- Characters often overcome with anger, sorrow, surprise and especially terror, raw nerves and a feeling of impending doom, breathing heavily and crying
  • Women in distress – lonely, terrified, fainting, sobbing
  • Romance – unreturned love
  • Claustrophobia – the women’s urge to flee




Nervous system: neurones and synapse (in process)

All mammals have a CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM and a PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. The CNS is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is made up of nerves and receptores.

The NEURONES are special cells which coordinate the messages travelling through the nervous system.

  1. ANATOMY OF A NEURONE: Watch THIS video!
  • Act: State how the structure of a neurone is related to the function.

2. TYPES OF NEURONES: Read “overiew of neurone structure and function   from HERE  .

  • Act: Make a labelled drawing of each of the three types of neurones, motor, sensory and relay, and state their functions.


  • Act: Post a short video explaining synapse.
  • Act: Describe in your own words how nerve impulses are transmitted from neurone to neurone.

Endocrine System: adrenaline ADH

  1. Study the effects of adrenaline and ADH after reading this link.

A. Use bullet points to summarise the effects of adrenaline.

B. Describe 3 situations in which adrenaline is secreted. Post a picture to show the examples.

2. Draw a flowchart to show the effects of ADH:

– when there is TOO LITTLE WATER in the body.

– when there is MUCH WATER in the body.

3- Solve the quiz from this webpage. Take a screenshot and post it.


  1.  A.
  • Raises blood sugar levels by stimulating the liver to change glycogen into glucose
  • Causes fatty tissue to release fat into the blood
  • Increases the heart rate
  • Increases blood flow to the muscles
  • Reduces blood flow to the skin and the intestines
  • Widens the bronchioles
  • Dilates the pupils

B.   Adrenaline is secreted in low amounts all the time to help keep the body running normally. Whenever a person is under stress adrenaline secretion increases. Stress can be with physical involvement or simply mental, for example: when someone is studying for an exam, having a conflict with someone, or being threatened.

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Ensayo: “El lenguaje es el arma más poderosa”

Ensayo: “El lenguaje es el arma más poderosa”

El lenguaje es la capacidad propia del ser humano para expresar sentimientos y pensamientos a partir del uso de la palabra, de los gestos y la escritura. El lenguaje se puede usar de distintas formas, pero debemos saber cómo darle un buen uso. ¿Porque se describe al lenguaje como el arma más poderosa?

La palabra arma hace que miremos al lenguaje de una manera negativ. A veces el hombre utiliza el lenguaje de forma incorrecta ya sea para atacar o herir los sentimientos de los demás. También, el lenguaje a veces lo utilizamos para conseguir un fin determinado, ya sea para engañar, amenazar, mentir, y más. En algunas ocasiones, las palabras hacen más daño que un simple arma, es decir, lo que escuchamos puede generarnos un gran dolor ya que a veces escuchamos cosas que no queremos y que nos lastiman, especialmente de las personas que más amamos. La herida que nos provoca una bala con el tiempo logra sanar. En cambio, la herida que nos provocan las palabras perdura en el tiempo, a veces es difícil olvidar o superar algo que te hirió mucho.

Por otro lado, el lenguaje puede utilizarse para defenderse y opinar. El lenguaje es muy importante puesto que nos permite comunicarnos, transmitir información e intercambiar o compartir ideas, lo que nos enriquece a nosotros como personas. Incluso, el lenguaje es muy importante a la hora de trabajar ya que es indispensable a la hora de llevar adelante el trabajo en equipo. Además, la comunicación es importante entre padres e hijos para enriquecer sus relaciones. Las armas existen gracias al lenguaje y a la comunicación entre personas, sin el lenguaje, estas nunca hubieran existido. A partir de esto podemos ver la importancia y lo poderosos que son el lenguaje y la comunicación.

El lenguaje es el arma más poderosa ya que fue creada por el hombre, una de las especies más importantes debido a la capacidad y habilidad de razonar, lo que nos diferencia del resto de las especies. El lenguaje puede llevar a la muerte de una persona, al igual que un arma.

A partir de los distintos puntos que analice pude explorar la importancia y el poder del lenguaje tanto en el aspecto positivo como negativo. Si bien es un tema muy abarcativo pude llegar a la conclusión que el lenguaje es en sí un arma que se puede utilizar de diversas formas dependiendo de la función que uno le quiera dar a ello. El lenguaje comunica, enseña, corrige, informa y nos permite vivir en sociedad y consecuentemente existir.



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Biology virtual period: endocrine system: hormones and their effect

1) Definition of Hormone: chemical substance secreted by glands and carried in the blood, that help to regulate processes in the body.

2) Where are the endocrine glands? Read the descriptions of the glands and the hormones they produced here.

3) Effects of insulin in the human body.

Insulin is very important for the control of glucose in blood since it converts glucose into glycogen, reducing the number of glucose in blood when there is an excess. The pancreas secretes the hormone and is transported to the liver in the blood.

This photo shows the two cases, when there is high concentration of glucose and when there is low. When there is high condensation of glucose, the insulin changes it into glycogen; on the other side, when there is few concentration of glucose the glucagon (another hormone secreted by the pancreas) broke the glycogen into glucose so the concentration increases.