W.F. GIESE, A.M.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES
IN THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
GINN AND COMPANY
The following stories from Alarcón are offered to the student of Spanishin the belief that the
easy style, the interest of the narrative, andthe incidental sidelights that they throw on Spanish
life and historywill make the book a welcome one in the earlier stages of study.
The stories have been very fully annotated, and nothing that seemed tooffer any real difficulty
has been passed over. All proper names havebeen explained, with the exception of a few too
well known or tooinsignificant to justify comment. The notes are further reënforced by
anIdiomatic Commentary, to be studied in connection with the text. Byfrequent reviews and by
oral drill in translating the idioms from eitherlanguage to the other, with changes of person,
tense, etc., whereverpossible, the Commentary should enable the student to attain to a
realmastery of the idioms that are here tabulated.
Easy exercises for translation into Spanish are added. They are based onvery short passages from
the text, and are so graded and arranged as toafford a systematic review of the elements of
grammar, a drill whichbeginners always need.
The vocabulary, while registering all the words in the text, except suchas are nearly or quite
identical, does not aim at giving, without anylabor of adaptation on the part of the student, the
The stories are complete, except for a few trifling omissions dictatedby class-room proprieties.
Acknowledgment is gratefully made for a number of welcome suggestionsdue to my esteemed
colleague Mr. A.R. Seymour.