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As soon as I am a little stronger I shall see my Spain again; and that will make me young again!
The adventures of his rogue of a hero, who began life as the servant and accomplice of a blind beggar, and then adventured on through a most diverting career of knavery, brought back the atmosphere of Don Quixote, and all the landscape of that dear wonder- world of Spain, where I had lived so much, and I followed him with all the old delight.
This gallant fight of the little Revenge against the huge navy of Spain is one of the great things in the story of the sea; that is why I have chosen it out of all that Sir Walter wrote to give you as a specimen of English prose in Queen Elizabeth's time.
And the whole sea plunged and fell on the shot-shatter'd navy of Spain. And the little Revenge herself went down by the island crags To be lost evermore in the main."
"Nor would it be well that you should understand him," said the curate, "and on that score we might have excused the Captain if he had not brought him into Spain and turned him into Castilian.
"These three books," said the curate, "are the best that have been written in Castilian in heroic verse, and they may compare with the most famous of Italy; let them be preserved as the richest treasures of poetry that Spain possesses."
A day or two will be spent at each place, and leaving Parma in the evening, Valencia in Spain will be reached the next morning.
Then we shall see, I guarantee upon my honor, that in a month there will be war between France and Spain on the subject of this son of Louis XIII., who is an Infante likewise, and whom France detains inhumanly.
"Spain must resist this coalition; but she was almost entirely unprovided with either soldiers or sailors.
"Are you going to show us the stuff you've brought back from Spain?" asked Philip.
"I had thought that you were in Spain with the valiant Henry of Trastamare."
Would he on any occasion either have demanded or have received the like humiliation from Spain, or Britain, or any other POWERFUL nation?