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WOMEN afFected

OF SPAIN AND THEIR TRADITIONS

iii

produced enthusiastic students rather Women of a new type seemed born, unable

this fire.

by

than philosophers. to satisfy their eager

It

lives

with

simple

food, searching

with

new truths and finding nothing but old, and drawn, out with the struggle, towards the cloister, "le worn though lieu etrange d'ou Ton aper^oit, comme d'une haunte montagne, avidity for as

nous sommes, de I'autre I'abime oil nous This seemed the end of every effort, of the active and

d'un c6t6 I'abtme serons."

oil

exemplary life, of the ambitions of youth, of the adventurous and most thoughtless sinner. Immorality itself seemed exalted

by the violence with which it was swayed, wavering with strange yearnings between the temptations of the Devil and the passionate voice of Religion. Often both seemed to go hand in hand, both sworn foes yet inseparable, both torn with human and Men and women alike were living volcanoes, spiritual emotions.

and even to-day, from end to end of Spain, those volcanoes are around us, only seemingly extinct beneath a lava of indiffer-

still

ence, of freethought and modernity. The emotional life was bound to go hand in hand with this It marked the barrier between the old religious fervour. days of rude and simple chivalry and the new life of passionate ecstasy which, after inspiring the er;tire Spanish nation, gradually paralysed both sexes, till the words of a poet of the day sang

—

to the gulf that now lay between them " Where are the brilliant knights and the :

many

fantastic in-

of their day ? The jousts, the tournaments, the trappings of the horses, the embroideries, what are they now What are they but as a vision of green pastures but illusions? ventions

in mid-air

?

" Where are you,

brilliant

women, with your

head-dresses,

your bewildering perfumes.'' Where are your those flames you once lit in the hearts of your followers All the songs of the troubadours and the tunes that echoed the exquisite robes,

.''

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