Madrid; Sketches of the Metropolis of Spain and Its Inhabitants, and of Society and Manners in the Peninsula Volume 1

Madrid; Sketches of the Metropolis of Spain and Its Inhabitants, and of Society and Manners in the Peninsula Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...wall bounding the Retiro, is infested with a motley and loathsome collection of beggars, gipsies, and profligates of both sexes, who come here to bask all day long in the sun, patch their rags, and get rid of their vermin, until night affords them an opportunity of stealing the means of passing another idle morrow. This class is the most independent in the state. They only observe the laws as it suits their convenience, and are in nowise molested by our admirable police. 1-See Chapter on the Retire. Santander, with shewy handkerchiefs tied about their heads, tight cloth jackets, and gorgeous laced petticoats, infest this place with their squalling charges; not to mention the juvenile gambols of a crowd of minos, of little angels of both sexes, overlooked by their bomzes, who generally get some smart young fellow to help them in their charge. The women from the green hills of Santander and its district, the Pasiegas, as they are called, have the enviable monopoly, or nearly so, of " child-suckling " throughout the But the saloon "of the Prado," is the spot. greater part of Spain. Parents are, no doubt, attracted by their stout forms, fine clear skins and rosy complexions. In these respects, they may call any Englishwoman "cousin." The nurses from the mountains of Burgos have the privilege of suckling the princes and princesses of the royal family." Their dress is very picturesque, exhibiting a mixture of the Turkish and Spanish costume; it consists of an embroidered close-fitting cloth jacket, and a very full cloth petticoat of red, yellow, or some other striking colour, bordered with from two to four rows of broad gold lace, according to the means of their employers. Vhen in full dress, theywear...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236835174
  • 9781236835178