What Is “Two Words” by Isabel Allende?

“Two Words” is a short story by the Chilean author Isabel Allende that was published in 1989. The story revolves around a young woman, Belisa Crepusculario, whose family has fallen on very hard times.

In the story, Belisa’s family is so poor that they cannot afford food, and soon all of Belisa’s brothers and sisters die of starvation. Belisa realizes she must do something or she will not survive. She eventually discovers that she has a way with words and begins writing to make a living. Belisa’s writing becomes so renowned that a Colonel has Belisa kidnapped and demands that she write speeches for him so that he can win over the hearts and minds of the people and be elected President. Belisa does so, ultimately capturing the heart of the Colonel with her words. They live happily ever after.