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ANDALUSIA of genius no

than

35

men

with weary souls end their lives between convent walls. But less

—were tempted to how

difFerent are

the penances men seek out for the sickness or sinfulness of their own consciousness Where one will turn to the message of !

Heaven, another

will seek

out the tortures of Hell as his cure.

peace of Heaven which Miguel Manara, Don Juan's flesh-and-blood ghost, seemed to express with his changed existence, here, under the influence of Leal's appalling picture, other solutions of his inner mind seem In

spite

of the

apparent desire

for

the

Don Juan

sought neither the promise of Heaven nor the warning of Hell to cure himself of his ills ; but with an indescribable horror of himself and the incorruptible soul of man, to enter ours.

sickened by

memory of sorrow and

sought a last

what was corruptible. as the very essence of

ment was

suffering that does not die, he in preserving before his eyes only In such a man, to exaggeration was

and horrible joy

and

whom

life,

only a refinement of

abnormal senti-

found his ease at what could not outlive the soul, the contemplating only body that haunted him with its vice till he loathed it and gloated So was Valdes Leal commissioned to open over its ultimate fate. possible,

this frenzied sensualist

last in

the charnel-house and seek his model.

Ah, how

the characters of Spanish story, whether of purely Spanish blood or no, stand out in relief by right of some astoundall

ing characteristic, some violent contrast of mental physiognomy Not caught, it would seem, in the very atmosphere of the land.

one seems normal, whether painter, writer, soldier or lover each seems to have been a prey to the volcanic forces that seized upon the mentality of Spain, as elsewhere upon the earth's surfaces. ;

great men can go down to posterity under one or One is a poet, but a poet, or whatever it be. painter, Another is a national hero, a soldier, a fanatic, a monk, as well.

Hardly one of

name

—

its

King Arthur, but the embodiment of cruelty and treachery Another is a disciple of profane love, but far more than that

;

also.

this

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