Don Francisco de Quevedo - Drama en Cuatro Actos
character, Quevedo, he is ina large measure the embodiment of
the whole literary spirit of the firsthalf of the seventeenth
century and at the same time the champion ofpolitical reform.
The play is written in Castilian of such simplicitythat it presents
almost no syntactical difficulties, and at the sametime embodies
a useful vocabulary. The development of the plot, thestruggle
between Olivares and Quevedo, is thoroughly logical and
isaided by scenes so intensely dramatic that they hold the
interest of thereader at all times. Some of these scenes, so
characteristic of even thebest plays of the Romantic School, to-
day seem to verge on themelodramatic. For this reason the
student should be reminded that theheroic thunder of this kind of
play was most acceptable to thetheater-goers of the middle of
the last century. A sense of humor, then,should temper any
critical attitude on the part of those who may beinclined to take
our play's shortcomings or exaggerations too seriously.
The fact that Florentino Sanz is comparatively unknown will
justify thedetailed Biographical Sketch.
The text is a careful reproduction of that of the first edition,
Madrid,1848, except, of course, for frequent corrections in
punctuation. Onlythe important stage directions have been
retained; others that in greatprofusion specify the facial
expression and tone of voice of the actorshave been rejected in
many places as more cumbersome than useful.