Spain in 1830, Volume 1

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Whittaker, Treacher and Company, 1831 - Spain

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Page 193 - covered with wounds and blood, lacerated by darts, and yet brave and resolute to the end. The spectacle continued two hours and a half; and during that time, there were seven bulls killed, and six horses. When the last bull was dispatched, the people immediately rushed into the arena, and the carcass was dragged out amid the most deafening shouts.
Page 190 - sword in the animal's neck ; at least so he ought to do, but the service is a dangerous one, and the matador is frequently killed. Sometimes it is impossible for the matador to engage upon equal terms a very wary bull, which is not much exhausted. This was the case with the sixth bull which
Page 264 - to publish a book, even although it contained no allusion to politics : and " the better the book," said he, " the more difficult it is to obtain a license, and the more dangerous to publish ; because Government does not wish to encourage writing, or even thinking, upon any subject : and the publication of a good book sets men a-thinking.
Page 332 - silver, and precious stones ; and the splendid effect of the whole is not lessened by a nearer inspection ; there is no deception, no glitter,— all is real. The whole of the altar-piece in the Capilla Mayor, upwards of
Page 264 - A priest, with whom I was acquainted in Madrid, telling me one day, that he had thoughts of going to London or Paris, to print an English and Spanish Grammar, and a German and Spanish Grammar, which he had written ; I asked him why he did not print them in Madrid, since they were intended for the use of his own
Page 182 - The spectacle was most imposing. The whole amphitheatre, said to contain 17,000 persons, was filled in every part, round and round, and from the ground to the ceiling ; carrying the imagination back to antiquity, and to "the butcheries of a Roman holiday.
Page 187 - the bull, disregarding for a moment the fallen picador, pursued the horse, and pushing at him, broke the girths and disengaged the animal, which finding itself at liberty, galloped round the arena—a dreadful spectacle, covered with gore, and its entrails trailing upon the ground.
Page 190 - saw turned out : it was an Andalusian bull, and was both wary and powerful. Many times the matador attempted to engage him, but without success ; he was constantly upon the watch, always disregarding the cloak, and turning
Page 181 - The bull-fight is the national game of Spain ; and the love of the Spaniards for this spectacle, is almost beyond belief. Monday, in Madrid, is always, during the season of the bull-fights, a kind of holiday ; every body looks forward to the
Page 187 - are understood to come ; he paused only for a moment after entering the arena, and then instantly rushed upon the nearest picador, who wounded him in the neck ; but the bull disregarding this, thrust his head under the horse's belly, and threw both him and his rider upon the ground : the horse ran a little way; but encumbered with trappings, he

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