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IMPRESSIONS OF SPAIN up country of some thirty years

is

5

insufficient to

change the

languid characteristics of so tired a race, and to cure ills that the dust of ages still hides. coup-d'ceil of Spain remains in all and as the character of this justice what it was fifty years ago,

A

from that of the lands to the east of him, the Spaniard himself seems cut off from certain traits broadly common to the rest of Europe. The vast tracts of his sunburnt land sparsely populated and stretching with wild savagery from arid peninsula diiFers

the fastnesses of the Pyrenees seems to have divided his nature from the social warmth of intercourse such as in other countries

of Europe palpably

transforms a land as

the

years

pass,

so

Germany, or Italy of to-day would be scarcely reto the eyes of a century ago. But since in the cognisable seventeenth century the Moriscos were finally expelled and the fertile land so long kept turned began to harden once more, that France,

the Spaniard has remained self-centred and unprogressive. There are many who firmly believe that Spain is but dormant and its energies still warm ; that it is still the land of possibilities and

people full of promise ; but this wave of latent life is only found in the North where the strong breezes of another country Nothing can be imagined more self-centred within penetrate. its

the

gloom of pride and narrow

interest than the Andalusians

and

even the Castilians of certain parts of Castile. They exhibit, of Northern Africa, of the in fact, all the characteristics " " of Islam. life of the Moors, without the blessing stagnating

There seems to be

in the southern Spaniard a hopeless tendency " " thief of has set his seal time to procrastination, and this exhausted by fruitless colonial enterprises and fatally on Spain,

—

even of that indisposed to learn lessons of any schoolmaster War. Manana is responsible for a curious greatest teacher of all

—

inattention to matters in hand, and even in the Spanish Cortes a cultivated and gifted orator will often entertain the House at

length

upon some

subject singularly remote

from the

bill

under

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