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IMPRESSIONS OF SPAIN

15

to be trying, but the resignation with which the Toledans support them is not the least among their old-fashioned qualities.

"

said a Spaniard to me with a smile of resigned pride, after he had slapped his oiled head countless times, "those flies,

Ah,"

they cannot resist." It is in

Toledo

that the first impression of Spanish

underlying the

felt,

gloom

is

ap-

parently pleasant manner

of the people. too, that

is

It is here,

that

first felt

curiously slow and clinging stare with which the

heavy eyes of men and

women greet It is at

the stranger.

once repulsive and

brutish,

and utterly lack-

ing in the vivacious curiosity of the Italians or the

impertinent impudence of In a land other races. so saturated with pride of birth

and monarchical

in-

A

Shop, Toledo.

stitutions, socialistic ten-

dencies have developed almost entirely from religious fervour,

which unites

all

men and makes them

Even among

equal.

good-natured poor there is a kind of" implanted familiarity in their manner towards all the world which repels

the

far

more

than

it

But

attracts.

one

must

learn

as

best

one may to detect when the best intention prompts a gloomy aloofness or an unexpected ease, as for instance, when some old peasant will seat himself beside one on a wayside seat

and

accompany

labour - hardened

his

unsolicited

elbows.

A

conversation

Spartan

smile

with is

not

digs

of

lost

in

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