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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845.   By:

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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: Spellings are sometimes erratic. A few obvious misprints have been corrected, but in general the original spelling and typesetting conventions (e.g. ellipses as ) have been retained. Accents in foreign language phrases are inconsistent, and have not been standardised.

BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

NO. CCCLXI. NOVEMBER, 1845. VOL. LVIII.

CONTENTS.

THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA. PART I., 521

HUMBOLDT, 541

HAKEM THE SLAVE, 560

THE LAY OF STARKÀTHER, 570

MOZART, 572

ACCOUNT OF A VISIT TO THE VOLCANO OF KIRAUEA, 591

THE DAYS OF THE FRONDE, 596

THE GRAND GENERAL JUNCTION AND INDEFINITE EXTENSION RAILWAY RHAPSODY, 614

SKETCHES OF ITALY LUCCA, 617

THE RAILWAYS, 633

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BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No. CCCLXI. NOVEMBER, 1845. VOL. LVIII.

THE STUDENT OF SALAMANCA.

PART I.

"España de la guerra Tremola la pendon." Cancion Patriotica.

It wanted about an hour of sunset on the last day of September 1833, when two young men, whose respective ages did not much exceed twenty years, emerged from a country lane upon the high road from Tarazona to Tudela, in that small district of Navarre which lies south of the river Ebro.

The equipments of the travellers for such the dusty state of their apparel, and the knapsacks upon their shoulders, indicated them to be were exactly similar, and well calculated for a pedestrian journey across the steep sierras and neglected roads of Spain. They consisted, with little variation, of the national Spanish dress short jackets of dark cloth, somewhat braided and embroidered, knee breeches of the same material, and broad brimmed hats, surrounded by velvet bands. Only, instead of the tight fitting stockings and neat pumps, which should have completed the costume, long leathern gamashes extended from knee to ankle, and were met below the latter by stout high quartered shoes. Each of the young men carried a stick in his hand, rather, as it appeared, from habit, or for purposes of defence, than as a support, and each of them had a cloak of coarse black serge folded and strapped upon his otter skin knapsack. With their costume, however, the similarity in their appearance ceased; nothing could be more widely different than their style of person and countenance. The taller of the two, who was also apparently the elder, was of a slender, active figure, with well moulded limbs, and a handsome, intelligent countenance, in which energy and decision of character were strongly marked. His complexion was dark olive; his eyes and short curling hair were of a coal black; what little beard he had was closely shaven, excepting upon the upper lip, which was fringed by a well defined mustache, as gracefully curved and delicately penciled as any that Vandyke ever painted. At this time, however, there was a shade over his countenance other than that cast by the broad leaf of his sombrero; it was the look of mingled hope, anxiety, and suspense, sometimes worn by persons who are drawing near to a goal, their attainment of which is still doubtful, and at which, even when attained, it is not quite certain whether pleasure or pain awaits them.

No such thoughts or anxieties were to be read upon the joyous, careless countenance of the second traveller a stout, square built young man, whose ruddy complexion and light brown hair contrasted as strongly with the dark locks and olive skin of his companion as they differed from the generally received notions of Spanish physiognomy... Continue reading book >>


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