Travels Through Spain and Part of Portugal: With Commercial, Statistical, and Geographical Details, Volume 1

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White, Burditt, 1808 - Portugal - 261 pages
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Page 129 - In opposition to them, water carriers, with their porous, earthen vases and goblets vend the cool water of the neighbouring fountains ; and the various cries of fire, fire, and fresh water, water, are heard above the buzz of the mingled crowd.
Page i - half a word fixed, upon, or near the spot, is worth a cartload of recollection.
Page 130 - ... own country. There is one custom which pleased me much, and which no where produces so striking an effect as on the Prado. Exactly at sunset the bells of the churches and convents give the signal for repeating the evening prayer to the Virgin. In an instant the busy multitude is hushed and arrested, as if by magic. The carriages stop, the women veil their faces with their fans ; the men take off their hats, and all breathe out, or are supposed to breathe, a short prayer to the protecting power...
Page 130 - Their simple and elegant dress, their veilSj which serve any purpose but that .of concealing their faces, the freedom of their walk, and their looks attractive', but not immodest, tend to make an Englishman forget for a moment that they are greatly inferior in point of real beauty to the women of his own country. There is one custom which pleased me much, and which no where produces so striking an effect as on the Prado. Exactly at sunset the bells of the churches and convents give the signal for...
Page 129 - ... with the best company, and on Sundays, the king, queen, and royal family, ride up and down the carriage road, and salute the people constantly as they pass. It is on the Prado that the stranger may study with advantage the dress, the air, and the gait of the Spaniards ; for then all pass in review before him, from the prince to the beggar. The nobleman alights from his carriage, and saunters among the throng, seemingly careless about his fine dress, and the ornaments at his button-hole, although...
Page 128 - ... the face was extremely handsome. The Calle Major and Alcala are the principal streets of the town ; the latter is wide and spacious, lined by large buildings, leading direct into the Prado, which is much admired for its broad walks divided into avenues by rows of trees, and runs the whole length of one side of the town, being terminated at each end by gates leading from it. On the north side stands the Bueno Retiro, encompassed by temporary works, (which had been thrown up by the French,) gardens,...
Page 196 - Hence the moment the life of rich Spaniard is pronounced to be in danger, two or three battalions of monks quit their cells, and march immediately to keep guard round his bed. Nothing now is to be heard, but the terrible founds of hell, re, brimfline, eternal ferment!, purgatory, &c.
Page 122 - ... non-descript animal which was discovered some years ago, buried about forty feet in a mountain near Buenos Ayres. The length from its rump to its nose is about thirteen feet, its height a little more than six. The breadth and size of its body are very astonishing ; and the collar and blade-bone are not unlike those of the human species. The legs are uncommonly stout, particularly those behind, which are of such prodigious and wonderful strength, that they must have been designed to support upon...
Page 232 - Always fond of the extravagant, and mistaken hyperbolism for grandeur, quaintness for wit, and the obscure for the sublime, the Spaniards readily fell in with the fashion of the day ; and the satire of Cervantes proved powerless here. The decline of the empire quickly succeeded, and Lope de Vega lived to witness the defeat of that Armada, which, with more extravagance and less genius than he usually displayed, he had commanded "to go forth and burn the world.
Page 191 - Virgin's image ; incredible the number of hands which are constantly employed from morning till night in dressing her caps, turning her petticoats, and embroidering her ruffles. Every Spaniard regards the Virgin in the light of his friend, his confidante, his mistress, whose whole attention is directed to himself, and who is perpetually watching over his happiness. Hence the name of Mary hangs incessantly upon his lips, mixes in all his compliments, and forms a part of all his wishes.

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