Letters from Spain

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Henry Colburn and Company, 1822 - 483 oldal
 

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435. oldal - As far as the eye could reach, nothing was to be seen but reeds which rose five or six feet above the waters in which they bathed their roots.
112. oldal - Madrid un système de liberté sur la vente des productions, qui s'étend même à celles de la presse ; et que, pourvu que je ne parle en mes écrits, ni de l'autorité, ni du culte, ni de la politique, ni de la morale, ni des gens en place, ni des corps en crédit, ni de l'Opéra, ni des autres spectacles, ni de personne qui tienne à quelque chose, je puis tout imprimer librement, sous l'inspection de deux ou trois censeurs.
126. oldal - Yet, among my numerous acquaintance in the Spanish clergy, I have never met with any one, possessed of bold talents, who has not, sooner or later, changed from the most sincere piety to a state of unbelief...
55. oldal - Andalusian woman might as well want her tongue as her fan. The fan, besides. has this advantage over the natural organ of speech— that it conveys thought to a greater distance. A dear friend at the farthest end of the public walk, is greeted and cheered up by a quick, tremulous motion of the fan, accompanied with several significant nods. An object of indifference is dismissed with a slow, formal inclination of the fan, which makes his blood run cold. • The fan, now, screens the titter and whisper...
86. oldal - It is well known that the most accurate division of labour was observed in the allotment of their various employments. Their candidates, who, by a refinement of ecclesiastical policy, after an unusually long probation, were bound by vows which, depriving them of liberty, yet left a discretionary power of ejection in the Order, were incessantly watched by the penetrating eye of the master of novices; a minute description of their character and peculiar turn was forwarded to the superiors, and at the...
359. oldal - Majesty, being in high gossipping humour, entered into a somewhat gay conversation on the fair sex. He descanted, at some length, on fickleness and caprice, and laughed at the dangers of husbands in these southern climates. Having had his fill of merriment on the topic of jealousy, he concluded with an air of triumph — "We, crowned heads...
76. oldal - But though they had succeeded in raising my fear of hell, this was, on the other hand, too feeble ,to overcome a childish bashfulness, which made the disclosure of a harmless trifle an effort above my strength." " The appointed day came at last when I was to wait on the confessor. Now wavering, now determined not to be guilty of sacrilege, I knelt before the priest, leaving, however, in my list of sins, the last place to the hideous offence — I believe it was a petty larceny committed on a young...
474. oldal - Does this answer to the popular notion of a Jesuit? Will Exeter Hall be content with the testimony of one who does not speak from hereditary prejudice, but from actual knowledge? Certainly not; and in consequence it ignores all statements of the kind; they are to be uttered...
250. oldal - ... move her. She parted as if ready to be conveyed to the scaffold, and the next day she took the veil. The real kindness of her aunt, and the treacherous smiles of the other nuns, supported the pining novice through the year of probation. The scene I beheld when she was bound with the perpetual vows of monastic life, is one which I cannot recollect without an actual sense of suffocation. A solemn mass, performed with all the splendour which that ceremony admits, preceded the awful oaths of the...
161. oldal - ... family connexions. The badness of the roads, in that direction, induced us to make the whole journey on horseback. We were provided with the coarse dress which country gentlemen wear on similar occasions — a short loose jacket and small-clothes of brown serge; thick leather gaiters ; a cloak tied up in a roll on the pommel of the saddle ; and a stout spencer, ornamented with a kind of patch-work lace, made of pieces of various colours, which is a favourite ridingdress of our Andalusian beaux....

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