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CHAPTER

VII

Women of Spain and their "

'Traditions

. and there Well, to be sure, madam, you was born to be a saint in You will end a convent one's vocation. at last." resisting .

— The

There

,

no

is

Castle of Otranto.

no denying that however familiar Spain and the life thereof has now become to the world in general, one feature at least remains elusive and shrouded in a comparative mystery is

—

the psychology and influence of Spanish women, past and present. Whatever divergencies, social or otherwise, separate the Spain of

to-day from that of yesterday, in one thing history unites them, in the obscure rSle women have played in their country's intellectual

and

political story,

and the immense influence exercised

Mediasval or by religious communities on their own lives. in Barcelona, Alcala, Renaissant, the convent is on every side all or are haunted with mystic Seville, Avila, Toledo, Agreda names. But convent life in Spain .no longer displays its old the cloistered nun has sunk to the level of a type, and activity " is exhausted. ete la dit le her erewhile ;

;

J'ai

inspiration

parfum, Je vous

aimes, dit le cadavre.

ai

Je vous

rose,

ai civilises,

A

cela une seule r^ponse ; Jadis.'" And it is to that long ago that those who would analyse the Spanish woman to-day must turn, since in spite of every change and every new ambition, in spite of the curious vitality that underlies the super-

dit le couvent.

ficial life still

and literature of the country, the patriotism of the past its thrall over hearts and minds alike.

holds

Spanish

women

travel but little, intermarry but rarely with '

o

Les Miserables.

105

Victor Hugo.

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