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CHAPTER

II

<iAndalusia "C'est une Afrique."

— Maurice Barres.

More

than any living writer has Barres interpreted the psychoAs though penetrated with the atmosphere logy of Andalusia. of Southern Spain, past and present, he writes from within rather than as a spectator. There is an opinion that sympathy shown gipsy race, indicates something of gipsy blood within one's own veins, as was the case, it is insinuated,

"with, for instance, the

with Bunyan, or Borrow, or Sir Richard Burton. The same might almost be said of the Spanish race, which is one of the hardest in the world to understand, and it is therefore doubly interesting that this writer should have struck so justly not only the familiar Romanesque sentiment of the South, but the very

Ah if vibrating chords of Andalusian consciousness as well. a while be a Spaniard in the streets of Seville, look!

one could for

— not

— but

on just those streets from under the shade of the sombrero, from over the folds of the mantle if one could feel for even a moment the blood of the

ing out

on the world

;

people which

is

skin, analyse

all

as their language,

from within.

and

then,'

back

in

But the contrasts of

one's

own

race

come

surging up, the slow pulses of our progressive civilisation throb coldly against the passionate conservatism of Spanish humanism. there beyond its sympathies, at moments stirred and at others frozen, the North and the South seem to

Here

within touch of

it,

Listen to the guitar and the rebec, see those floating shawls that pass, meet those eyes that seem to

meet only to turn away.

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