On the Trail of Don Quixote: Being a Record of Rambles in the Ancient Province of La Mancha

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C. Scribner's sons, 1896 - Mancha (Spain) - 239 pages
 

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Page 191 - In the time of this celebrated Spaniard," says Cervantes, recalling the gay season of his youth, ** "the whole apparatus of a manager was contained in a large sack, and consisted of four white shepherd's jackets, turned up with leather, gilt and stamped; four beards and false sets of hanging locks; and four shepherd's crooks, more or less. The plays were colloquies, like eclogues, between two or three shepherds and a shepherdess...
Page 191 - The whole stock of a manager was contained in a large sack, and consisted of four white shepherd's jackets, turned up with leather, gilt or stamped; four beards and false sets of hanging locks, and four shepherd's crooks, more or less. The plays were colloquies like eclogues between two or three shepherds and a shepherdess, fitted up and extended with two or three interludes, whose personages were sometimes a...
Page 147 - Being fortuimtelv removed from the railroad, it remains, in spite of its prosperity, an old-time community. Having variety in its picturesqueness and dignity in many of its buildings, it is good to find it Manchegan to the core, in nowise different from the poorest villages of this land of enchantment where the old costumes, habits, and the old houses have remained unchanged, for ages. The Campo is dozing when we pick our way at high noon through its precipitous street toward the Posada. Quevedo...
Page 192 - The theatre was composed of four benches, arranged in a square, with five or six boards laid across them, that were thus raised about four palms from the ground. The furniture of the theatre was an old blanket drawn aside by two cords, making what they call a tiring-room, behind which were the musicians, who sang old ballads without a guitar.
Page v - ON THE TRAIL OF DON QUIXOTE: Being a record of rambles in the Ancient Province of La Mancha.
Page 163 - ... the inhabitants were asleep, — reposing " at full stretch," as they say. The night was tolerably clear, though Sancho wished it had been quite dark, so that in the darkness he might find an excuse for his knavery. No sound was heard throughout the village but the barking of dogs, which stunned Don Quixote's ears and troubled Sancho's heart. Now and then a jackass brayed, pigs grunted, and cats mewed, whose voices of various sound were heightened in the stillness of the night.
Page 49 - ... the decay of age, as when Cervantes was kept a prisoner in its cellar. There is little doubt that this is the very place where the design of the book, which was "engendered in a prison " (see prologue to the first part of Don Quixote) 144 was first moulded.
Page 24 - Manchegan) they dangled a variety of bait that should tempt me to disclose what manner of man I was and what I had come for. One imagines that if cats could, they would talk in just the way these people did — slowly, with the same imperturbable glare in their fixed, brilliant eyes.
Page 22 - (Of everything), " seņor " — elusive abbreviation for " of all that you bring," and I had brought nothing. The fates were kind, however, for with the help of three females, a boy, and an old dilapidated character, a necessary functionary of all posadas, whose duties are to run errands, amuse the household and be the butt of its jokes, a complicated tortilla was slowly manufactured. In a little dark room, the key of whose carefully locked door dangled at his belt, the amo went to fetch the ingredients...
Page 36 - ... Twas all work and no play with them unless, once in a while, they indulged in quiet games with cats and puppies when no one was looking. Upon this dull background of the posada life there defiled day and night all sorts of types of muleteers — fantastic fellows, wild-looking as the wild beasts, who strode in and out silently with hardly a glance at anyone. After taking care of their mules they would sit in a corner and eat the hard bread and bit of cheese they had brought with them, or lie...

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