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Page 744 - A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Page 511 - I saw him late in the evening of that great day, when the advancing flashes of cannon and musketry, stretching as far as the eye could command, showed in the darkness how well the field was won ; he was alone, the flush of victory was on his brow, and his eyes were eager and watchful, but his voice was calm, and even gentle.
Page 594 - I hope the people of England will be satisfied!" "I hope my country will do me justice!
Page 497 - ... reflected in the ink-black tank below, twinkled like diamonds. How often had Charles looked out on a stilly eve on this self-same unchanged scene, where he alone was now wanting ! When supper was done...
Page 483 - In the battle of Talavera, in which the Spanish army with very trifling exceptions was not engaged, whole corps threw away their arms and ran off in my presence when they were neither attacked nor threatened with an attack, but frightened I believe by their own fire.
Page 469 - British officers could not give them ; and, notwithstanding that the Portuguese are now the fighting cocks of the army, I believe we owe their merits more to the care we have taken of their pockets and bellies than to the instruction we have given them.
Page 497 - ... ruled again in his last home; but no Charles disturbed the deep slumber of a weary insignificant stranger; long ere daybreak next morning I was awakened by a pale monk, and summoned to the early mass, which the prior in his forethought had ordered. The chapel was imperfectly lighted, and the small congregation consisted of the monk, my sunburnt muleteer, and a stray beggar, who, like myself, had been sheltered in the convent; when the service was concluded, all bowed a...
Page 487 - ... himself was responsible for introducing Montanches hams as well as Amontillado sherry into England. After describing the delicious Montanches hams he goes on to give a geographical explanation of the consumption of so much dried food in Spain. "The fat of Montanches hams," he writes, "when they are boiled, looks like melted topazes, and the flavour defies language, although we have dined on one this very day, in order to secure accuracy and inspiration. . . . The nomad habits of Spaniards require...
Page 535 - The whole tribe assembles twice a year at Astorga, at the feasts of Corpus and the Ascension, when they dance El Canizo, beginning at two o'clock in the afternoon, and ending precisely at three. If any one not a Maragato joins, they all leave off immediately.