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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

IN

io6 foreigners

know no longer the restless ambitions which at various

;

their sisters so deeply if often so vainly. periods in the past stirred liberal ideas that find a practice in their country, no interest in politics, no woman's movement worthy of the name,

There are few

encouragement of such an example as Madame Emilia Pardo Bazan, and a large number of nineteenth-century writers on social and educational problems, among whom Doiia Conception Arenal stands out as a veritable beacon of beneficent

in spite of the

work

i860 attracted unusual The reform of prisons, the raising of the moral attention. standard among criminals, were the objects to which she devoted

light.

Born

in

1

8 20,

her

first

in

and many of her works thereon have been " Such translated into various languages. women," says her

an arduous

life,

" are rare all the world over, but in biographer, Pedro Dorado, Spain they have been so rare, easy is it to count them upon the

Modesty, too, claimed itself as one of her virtues, and when informed that a statue was to be raised to her name, " are *' Statues," was her answer, only raised to savants, martyrs fingers."

—

or heroes, and

I

But though

am none

of these."

popular social reformer achieved a practical success in her writings, the world of literature that natural this

—

—

mirror of the progress of events in feminine ideas is practiNo matter what value a work may cally paralysed in Spain. possess, the public greets

it

with an absolute indifference.

No

other than passing comments in secondrate journals. Last, and not least, nothing is earned by the man or woman. The famous novelist, Valera, has calwriter,

criticism

is

vouchsafed

it

culated that his most celebrated

work of fiction, Pepita Jimenez, has brought him in less than would purchase a ball-dress for his Madame Pardo Bazan herself, the most popular feminine -wife. " writer of the day, earns " de quoi vivre through her immense journalistic labour rather than through her important works, while those works themselves often only cover their expenses by

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