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“... a local train ... moved gently off up the line with a very singular motion indeed, in which the leap of a frog, the bounce of a pogo-stick, and the canter of a very short fat pony all were brought to mind.”
“The owner of it wished to get the tenant out, but was prevented by one of the fussy new laws that constitute such a threat to Spanish freedom: he had determined, therefore, simply to allow the whole thing to fall in over the tenant's head. When nothing but a pile of stones remained, it was true, he would have lost a valuable property: but he would have made his point, and in our sordid times it is refreshing to come on such fire and feeling, and such tenacity of principle.”
“Cadiz is a city of magic, like Cracow or Dublin, to set the mind on fire at a turn of a corner. ... The eye is continually fed, the imagination stirred, by a train of spectacles as charming as if they had been contrived.”
“In rural Spain, at least, it is far better to arrive than to travel, however hopefully.”
“The people at the inn had all the reluctance of their kind to lay their cards on the table. They agreed doubtfully that it was an inn and, on being pressed, that it would be possible to have some food there. But they said, brightening wonderfully, it would not be ready for ages ...”
“[To her English publishers, enclosing a copy of the much-handsomer U.S. edition of her book:] As the cock said to the hens when he showed them an ostrich egg, 'I am not disparaging; I am not criticizing. I merely bring to your attention what is being done elsewhere.'”
Honor Tracy, English writer
(1913 - 1989)
Real name: Lilbush Wingfield.