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through Egypt and Morocco or across the Pyrenees into Spain, brought with them this hypnotic extravagance, none can now all precise, but, to its detriment, parts of Andalusia seem to owe the qualities that attract the outsider, artist, poet, or idler, to this

unaspiring people. In what mysterious link between are

we

to trace the undeniable

man and

influence which

his

environments

some cities seem Is it some law of

upon the dweller within their gates? nature imperfectly understood as yet by science, which a French " writer of the day has discussed under the title of L'hypnotisme to exert

de

la

Foule

"

Is

?

it

a force impalpable, psychical

of the mass that

dominates the individual, opposing, moving and guiding with subtle, ever-constant force the native freedom of personality, forging, as

it

were, invisible chains that bind the

citizen as well as his

body

to

the avenues and

mind of the

mansions that

his daily life. For within the walls of many an ancient there are narrow streets and open piazzas for the soul also,

overshadow

town and the shadows of mediaeval churches and palaces are lurking places for strange spirits of the mind and the will, as well as for Or the bodily members when wearied with the noonday heat. the ever-pervading panoply of art, the perfection of expression of will, faith, ideals and aesthetic craving, that has

is

it

crystallised the

outward decking of an old town with such acute

force of

bygone energies that the receptive spirit falls unconsciously within its walls spell, and becomes to a certain extent the thrall of a past that is ever present, a p^st which tempers or impels the dynamic forces of modern life, and resolves the active under

its

free initiation of the Individual into the

dreamy

exterior of past

and imperious in their bond over all who may meet Athene Promachos dominating the roofs of their message. is the eternal Athens, symbol of the city of centuries. Cathedral ideals realised,

her shield and helmet, and the tortuous streets and by-ways are winding as the serpent at her side. spire

and vaulted

aisle are

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