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harvest festivals as were the vintages of the ancients, alive with the songs to Bacchus, Sitting over the fire in the mill-kitchen,

on rugged wooden benches, the workmen collect to tell their stories,

audiences of the

and even to

men and

act

their wives.

in the

days of vintage

them, before admiring

Garbed

in

impromptu

costumes, with roughly-painted faces, they make capital actors, with the strong lights and shadows of the oil-lamps playing about them grotesquely. The burning olive wood, the flame of the virgin's lamp that consumes the first oil crushed from the mill, are said to combine their lights in strange fashion, filling the

corners of the great kitchens with wide patches of shadow. Rembrandt must have seen these lights combined, for many of

groups reveal this mysterious illumination, vivid in more The than one point, and in more than a hundred insufficient.' and blue shirts brown faces, black and brilliant eyes, bright his

melon-coloured handkerchiefs stand out in the determined focus, or are lost in the strange shadows. And against this background these men, as wild as are the shepherds of the celebrate their feast of the mills, a feast

Flamanco nor purely Andalusian, nor Rather does

in

Roman Campagna, which

is

neither

any way Moorish.

echo the Dionysian of the Greeks, and after a day of ceaseless labour, men and women will dance and sing till long it

past midnight, a dance at once more candid and more natural than the better known dances of Spain, since in these lonely mills men and women meet together wholly for healthy pleasure.

The

impression of Seville

garden of oranges, a sparse orange grove. piazzas, courts, Alcazar gardens, all are honey-coloured with the fruit which the Spanish proverb asserts is "Gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead at first

is

as of a

The

"Civil as an orange, and something of that jealous complexion," wrote Shakespeare in a playful wording of Seville's pretty name. night."

'

Mas y

Prat.

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