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Glories of Spain   By: (1850-)

Glories of Spain by Charles W. (William) Wood

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GLORIES OF SPAIN

[Illustration: INTERIOR OF ZARAGOZA CATHEDRAL.]

GLORIES OF SPAIN

BY

CHARLES W. WOOD, F.R.G.S.,

AUTHOR OF

"LETTERS FROM MAJORCA," "IN THE VALLEY OF THE RHONE," ETC., ETC.

[Illustration]

WITH EIGHTY FIVE ILLUSTRATIONS.

London

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED

NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1901

LONDON:

PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED.

STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

AT THE GARE D'ORLÉANS.

On Calais quay At the Custom house A lady of the past Ungallant examiner Better to reign than serve Paris Vanity Fair Sowing and reaping Laughing through life At the Hôtel Chatham A pleasant picture In maiden meditation M. Pascal is wise in his generation The secrets of the Seine Notre Dame Ile St. Louis A mediæval atmosphere Victor Hugo Ghosts of the Hôtel Lambert H. C. again His little comedy M. the Inspector Outraged ladies "En voiture, messieurs!" Mystery not cleared The Orléanais La Vendée Garden of France A dilemma Polite Chef de Gare Crossing the Garonne Land of corn and wine 1

CHAPTER II.

A NARBONNE HOSTESS.

Carcassonne In feudal times Simon de Montfort Canal du Midi L'âge d'or et le Grand Monarque A modern Golden Fleece One of earth's fair scenes Choice of evils M. le Chef yields Narbonne A woman of parts The course of true love runs smooth Diner de contrat Honey versus the lune de miel Madame's philosophy L'Allée des Soupirs An unfinished cathedral At the gloaming hour Mystery and devotion The Hôtel de Ville A domestic drama High festival and champagne The next morning H. C. repentant Madame at her post Ambrosial breakfast "Il faut payer pour ses plaisirs" Dramatic exit Perpignan Home of the kings of Majorca Elne "Adieu, ma chère France!" Over the frontier Gerona Crowded platform What H. C. thought Unpoetical incident From the sublime to the ridiculous 12

CHAPTER III.

BLACK COFFEE AND A CONFESSION.

Continued uproar H. C. disillusioned A dark night Not like another Cæsar More crowds A demon scene Fair time Glorious days of the past In marble halls and labyrinthine passages Our excellent host His substantial partner Contented minds Picturesque court Songless nightingales Conscription H. C.'s modesty Our host appreciative but personal Bears the torch of genius A mistake Below the salt Host's fair daughters Catalonian women The Silent Enigma Remarkable priest Good intentions Lecture on black coffee Confessions Benjamin's portions A gifted nature 27

CHAPTER IV.

A NIGHT VISION.

Wrong turnings H. C.'s gifts and graces Out at night The arcades of Gerona At the fair Ancient outlines Demons at work In the dry bed of the river Roasting chestnuts Mediæval outlines In the vortex Clairvoyantes and lion tamers Clown's despair Deserted streets Vision of the night Haunted staircase Dark and dangerous A small grievance The reeds by the river Cry of the watchmen Hare and hounds Fair Rosamund Jacob's ladder New rendering to old proverbs Cathedral by night H. C. oblivious Scent fails Return to earth Romantic story Last of a long line El Sereno! The witching hour H. C. unserenaded Next morning Grey skies A false prophet Magic picture Cathedral by day Mediæval dreams 41

CHAPTER V.

GERONA THE BEAUTIFUL.

A Gerona señora Grace and charm Lord of creation Morning greeting Arcades and ancient houses Conscription Gerona a discovery Streets of steps Ancient eaves and rare ironwork Old world corner Desecrated church Gothic cloisters Ghosts of the past Visions of to day Soldiers interested "Happy as kings" Lingerings Colonel seeks explanation No lover of antiquity More conscription Dramatic scene Pedro to the rescue Mother and son Sad story Strong and merciful Pedro grateful Restricted interests Colonel becomes impenetrable again 58

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