Cosas de Espana; Illustrative of Spain and the Spaniards as They Are

Cosas de Espana; Illustrative of Spain and the Spaniards as They Are

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...lasting till no tongue can tell Their names who reared it j but huge houses fit ill--And huge tombs worse--mankind since Adam fell: Methinks the story of the tower of Babel Might teach them this, much better than I'm able." Don Juan. "Mors ultimo rerum est.' Hoeace. HAVING-explored the objects of interest in this famous old city, we availed ourselves of the night-train onward, in order to make our next halt at Escorial. Railway locomotion is not yet brought to perfection, nor even to accuracy, here, for we were nearly two hours longer on this journey than the time prescribed. However, we reflected within ourselves that similar occurrences some 124 FIRST IMPRESSIONS. times happen on other roads besides those between Valladolid and Escorial, and quite as near London as Madrid. The consequence of this delay was, that we reached our destination just as the morning was breaking, and had no reason to regret the mistake. What a beautiful--nay, almost inspiring sight it was! We forgot all our fatigue. A fine moonlight had contributed greatly to compensate for the discomforts of the night travelling, and had discovered to us one of the wildest and most untamed tracts of country the Peninsula has to offer; and this was exactly the circumstance under which to make acquaintance with it. Tor many miles we passed through masses of granite, and between vast undulating plains, scattered with huge blocks of unhewn stone, menacingly poised like logans, others grouped in inexplicable combinations, as if from time immemorial these vast rock-strewn plains had been the young giants' playgrounds. We passed few habitations of any kind, and those were huts--or, more correctly speaking, wigwams--distant from the road, and halfway up the slope of some far-off mountain, --a...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677684
  • 9781236677686