A Corner of Spain

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1898 - Spain - 195 pages
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Page 194 - But it was such hard work, — such swimming against the current of fate, of feeling, of years ! It was misplaced valor, a magnificent charge against the inevitable. It was a storming of the fortress of Pleasure, which never has been and never can be carried. Dear lady, if the gates open to you of themselves, go in and thank the gods. " I only know 't is fair and sweet, 'T is wandering on enchanted ground With dizzy brow and tottering feet.
Page 112 - Muller's farm, and dreamed with pain Of the day he wandered down the lane. And, looking down that dreary track, He half regretted that he came back. For, had he waited, he might have wed Some maiden fair and thoroughbred ; For there be women fair as she, Whose verbs and nouns do more agree. Alas for maiden ! alas for judge ! And the sentimental, — that's one-half " fudge ; " For Maud soon thought the judge a bore, With all his learning and all his lore.
Page 142 - Eternal God, let your people enjoy constant health in mind and body. Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary free us from the sorrows of this life and lead us to happiness in the life to come. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Page 187 - ... be untold trouble. Contractors put up the booths, and take them down at the, end of the fair and store them till the next year, but the furniture seems to be brought by the family who lease or own the booth. We drove through the grounds the day before the fair opened, and saw men and maid servants superintending the unloading of carts, and an occasional head of a family casting anxious looks around, and evidently not enjoying that part of it. All the booths are numbered ; one walks along block...
Page 184 - Seville is flat and hot, — they call it the frying-pan of Europe ; but the fair occurs in April, when the fire may be said scarcely to have begun to crackle. I have no objection to Seville in fair-time, but to Seville's fair as a fair I have a great objection. It is nothing that prices are doubled during the time, for trams and cabs and hotels ; if all this made people happy, one would not mind for once. Sixty francs a day for two people in one small room at the Hotel de Madrid would be well spent...
Page 195 - a-wishin' and a-waitin' for a young man," I longed to whisper to them to go home and sit in the chimney-corner,— or whatever answers to the chimney-corner in Andalusian homes, — and to assure them that it was down in the book of Fate he would surely come to them there. I have never been more depressed by the mistaken efforts of my kind to be happy than I was that damp, warm night at Seville...
Page 115 - It is a pity that such intelligence should be slaughtered in the shambles or sacrificed in the ring ; for I suppose tame bulls and wild ones are recruited from the same ranks and are capable of the same education. Once in the toril, they must be incarcerated in their several cells, and this I should think would be the least easy part of the programme. There are eight cells, perfectly dark but for a small latticed 115 trap at the top.
Page 179 - We ought to know such a simple thing as that, and to understand it thoroughly, thoroughly, before \ve believe it. Of the skill of the matadors one cannot say too much in praise. The hero on this occasion was Espartero. The two others, quite as skillful, perhaps, were Guerrita and Bombita. All three were the foremost men in their profession. Their nerve and their skill were as perfect as their dress, their bearing, and their grace. Guerrita was rather my favorite. He is a slender, well-made, perfectly-proportione...
Page 118 - ... scene to see this preparation for the possible. But there was one provision that touched me very much : it was the chapel. A chapel in a bull-ring, — what could be more incongruous ? And yet when one comes to think of it, what could be more humane, more Christian, if you will ? The Church of Rome does all it can to suppress the bull-ring; it has a distinct quarrel with it. Any priest in Spain attending a bull-fight does it under penalty of excommunication. He is willfully committing a deadly...
Page 190 - Too often the girls wore cheap and gaudy hats and jackets that might have been bought in Third Avenue or the Bowery : in the length and breadth of the place, not a white cap, not a bodice, not a sabot. Two or three black Canton crape shawls, embroidered richly in old rose or yellow, worn with an air of inheritance by bare-headed peasant women, were the only suggestions of a costume 190 that I saw.

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