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IN

6

THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

Perfect form, happy quotations from the classics, academic jewels of rhetoric, combine to give a polished solemnity to the debate, but of any connection between the speech and the question before the House there is none.

discussion.

and

the

all

Irrelevancy

Andalusian

is

in

one of the intellectual aspects of the race, the particular, and inability to see the obvious, an

indisposition to grasp the matter in hand. After the terrible struggle of the

Cross with the

still

Crescent, and the underlying duel between the solid life, the monogamy and strength of family blood ties

brilliant

home

polygamy and Oriental languor, it is curious to note in spirit the success and splendour, the victorious glory in which Spain then revelled, was interpreted. Unlike the Moors of Moorish greatness, the Spaniards showed no capacity for against

what

enjoying the fairer side of their success, the happy sunshine of culture which had so distinguished their African masters. On the contrary, a latent jealousy underlay their letters and art, impart-

The Spaniards of ing to them an otherwise unexplainable satire. the North continued to carry on half unconsciously the eternal " Moors" of the Castilians the and the enchantstruggle against ment of Andalusia with the almost racial jealousy of the North for the South,

come.

This

of

which

from which

total lack

all

Castilian learning

of the joyfulness of

life,

and culture had this racial

gloom

underlies the Spanish character and imparts itself to the most casual observer, has made of Spanish story spirit

still

since the fifteenth century a picture at once too magnificent and too terrible to attract the The sympathies of the nineteenth. gloom of history is ingrained in the people still, and from their

great past they have brought none of the softness of Italian poetry, or the calm of philosophy, which veiled the corruption of the Renaissance and still casts such a halo over the land of

Dante, countries

Indeed, the contrast between these two wonderful is so remarkable that it must lie not only in the

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