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BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

NO. CCCLXVII. MAY, 1846. VOL. LIX

CONTENTS.

THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA. PART THE LAST, 513

SHAKESPEARE AND THE DRAMA, 534

BIRBONIANA; OR, ITALIAN ANTIQUARIES AND ANTICHITÀ, 543

THE AMERICANS AND THE ABORIGINES. PART I., 554

STATE OF IRELAND ITS CONDITION THE LIFE AND PROPERTY BILL THE DEBATE, AND THE FAMINE, 572

THE MODERN PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, 604

THE ILIAD OF HOMER BOOK THE FIRST. (IN ENGLISH HEXAMETERS,) 610

PROSPECTUS, 621

TRUTH AND BEAUTY, 624

THE CAMPAIGN OF THE SUTLEJ, 625

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EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

NO. CCCLXVII. MAY, 1846. Vol. LIX.

THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA.

PART THE LAST.

There was a crowd and a clamour in the principal coffee house of Pampeluna at nine o'clock on a July evening, that of the first day after Don Baltasar's escape from the town. The numerous tables were surrounded by officers of Cordova's army, still flushed with their recent victory, and eager to enjoy to the utmost a period of relaxation, which, for aught they knew, the next day might bring to a close. Great was the clattering of glasses and the consumption of ices and refrescos , rendered especially grateful by the extreme heat of the weather; long and loud were the peals of laughter that echoed through the apartments, and dense the clouds of tobacco smoke, which, in spite of open doors and windows, floated above the heads of the jovial assembly. In one room a party of monté players, grouped round a baize covered table, on which were displayed piles of gold and silver coin, and packs of Spanish cards, with their queer devices of horses, suns, and vases, notwithstanding the numerous general orders prohibiting gambling in the army, were busy in increasing or getting rid of a small and recently made issue of pay. Here comparative stillness reigned, only broken by the monotonous voices of the bankers, or by an occasional angry ejaculation from some unlucky subaltern who saw his last dollar drawn into the vortex, without any means occurring to him whereby to replenish his empty pockets. The other apartments were thronged to suffocation; even the balconies were filled with idlers, leaning over the balustrade, puffing their cigars and listening to a band of amateur musicians, who performed a serenade, in honour of his late victory, under the windows of the commander in chief.

In a corner of the coffee house two persons were seated, both of remarkable appearance, although in very different styles. One was a young man of about six and twenty years, low in stature and slightly built; his features regular, without beard, and of an expression of countenance rather pleasing than otherwise. His dress was a short braided jacket, unbuttoned on account of the sultriness of the evening, and disclosing a shirt of fine texture, and a coloured silk handkerchief tied loosely about his throat, which was round and moulded as that of a woman. His cavalry overalls were strapped and topped with leather, and had rows of large bright buttons down the sides; double rowelled spurs were fixed to his boots, and on a chair beside him lay a foraging cap and a light sabre. Although his features were small and delicately chiselled, there was great daring and decision in the thin compressed lips, slightly expanded nostril, and keen grey eye; and when he smiled, which was but rarely, certain lines around his mouth gave a cruel, almost a savage expression to his otherwise agreeable physiognomy... Continue reading book >>


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