The Works of Theophile Gautier; Travels in Spain Volume 4

The Works of Theophile Gautier; Travels in Spain Volume 4

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...the crickets sing with greater vivacity than ever, and the little air which is wafted around seems to issue from the brazen mouth of a furnace. The shops are closed, and for all the money in the world you could not induce a tradesman to sell you anything. Dogs and Frenchmen, as the vulgar saying expresses it, are alone to be met with in the streets. The guides, even if you were to present them with Havana cigars or a ticket to the bull-fight, --two things which are particularly attractive to a Spanish guide, --would refuse to take you to TRAVELS IN SPAIN the meanest of monuments. The only thing you can do is to sleep like other people, and you very soon make up your mind to it; for what are you going to do if you are the only waking person in the midst of a sleeping nation? Our rooms, which were whitewashed, were perfectly clean, the insects which had been described to us as swarming everywhere, had not yet put in an appearance, and our sleep was untroubled by any many-footed nightmare. At five in the afternoon we rose to take a turn before supper. Ocafia is not very rich in monuments, and its chief title to fame is a desperate attack by Spanish troops on a French redoubt. The redoubt was taken, but most of the battalion perished upon the field. The heroes were buried each where he had fallen. Their ranks had been so well kept, in spite of the storm of shot, that they may be traced by the regularity of the graves. Diamante wrote a play entitled " The Hercules of Ocafia," no doubt composed for some athlete of prodigious strength. It came to our mind as we passed through Ocana. The harvest was ending at the time when grain with us is just beginning to turn yellow, and the sheaves GRANADA were being carried to great threshing-floors of beaten earth; a...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664388
  • 9781236664389