La Serie de Lenguaje Moderno del Librero Heath--Historias Cortas
Heath's Modern Language Series
S P A N I S H
S H O R T S T O R I E S
EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION, NOTES, AND
ELIJAH CLARENCE HILLS, PH.D. LITT.D.
PROFESSOR OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES IN COLORADO COLLEGE
LOUISE REINHARDT, A.M.
INSTRUCTOR OF MODERN LANGUAGES IN THE COLORADO SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS
BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO
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These Spanish Short Stories are, for the most part, realistic picturesof the manners
and customs of modern Spain, written by masters ofSpanish prose. All were written in
the second half of the nineteenthcentury or in the first decade of the twentieth,—
except the story byLarra, which was written about seventy-five years ago. And all
describerecent conditions,—except the tale, partly historical and partlylegendary, by
Bécquer, which goes back to the invasion of Spain by theFrench under Napoleon in
the early years of the nineteenth century; thestory by Larra, which, however, is nearly
as true of Castile to-day asit was when written; and Trueba's story, which is partly
legendary,partly symbolic, and partly realistic. The stories by Bécquer and
PérezGaldós contain incidents that are supernatural, and those by FernánCaballero
and Alarcón have romantic settings that are highly improbable;but all the stories are,
in the main, true to the every-day life ofcontemporary Spain.
The Spanish stories in this collection have been arranged, so far aspossible, in the
order of difficulty; but some instructors willdoubtless prefer to read them in
chronological order, or, better still,in an order determined by the "school", or literary
affiliations, ofeach author. This latter arrangement is difficult to make, and it mustbe,
at the best, somewhat arbitrary. But to those who wish to study inthese stories the