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vuelva, pres. subj. of volver.
vuelvas, pres. subj. of volver.
vuelve, pres. of volver.
vuelve, imperat. of volver.
vuelvo, pres. of volver.
vuestr-o, -a, your.
vulgar, vulgar, common.
ya, now, already, indeed, presently, finally; — ... —, whether
... or; ¡—, —! yes, yes; of course.
yert-o, -a, stiff, rigid.
Yuste, prop. noun.
zarandear, to cradle, rock (in the arms).
zócalo, m. , socle, pedestal, base.
zumbido, m. , hum, buzz.
 The name el Mágico prodigioso, is purposely given toMáximo by the author, in order to show that in Spain science is stillconsidered, by many, as a sort of sorcery; hence, that Spain is notabreast with modern thought.
 The complete expression would be: ¡Dichosos los ojos quele ven a V.!
 Hendaya, French Hendaye, lies on the right bank of theBidassoa. It is the last French station before crossing the river intoSpain.
 Ursulinas: an order of nuns founded by St. Angela Merici,at Brescia, in Italy, about the year 1537, and so called from St.Ursula, under whose protection it was placed. The members are devotedentirely to education.
 Bayona: Bayonne, a city in southwestern France, near theSpanish frontier. The population is largely Spanish and Basque.
 Electra: the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.
: Agamenón: Agamemnon, in Greek legendary history, themost powerful ruler in Greece. He led the Greek expedition against Troy,and on his return was slain, according to Aeschylus, by his wifeClytemnestra.
 San José de la Penitencia: the fictitious name of aconvent; suggested, perhaps, by the Franciscan nunnery of San Juan de laPenitencia at Toledo, built with the partial incorporation of thesemi-Moorish palace of the Pantojas.
 Amortizable: the name of some stock, probably imaginary
 los: refers to the accounts of the Yuste family.
 Don Juan Tenorio, who lived in the fourteenth century,was the son of an illustrious family of Seville. Don Juan is the type ofskeptical libertinism, and, as such, has been made the subject
of thedrama "El burlador de Sevilla," by Molina; of Molière's comedy, "DonJuan ou le festin de Pierre"; of Mozart's opera
"Don Giovanni"; ofByron's poem "Don Juan"; and of works by several other authors.
 Satanás: because Satan would be sorry to lose so good aworker.
 Bilbao: capital of the province of Vizcaya, Spain.
 Barcelona: capital of the province of Barcelona, Spain.Said to have been founded or rebuilt by Hamilcar Barca, and named forhim. It is the second city in Spain and one of the principal commercialplaces in the peninsula.
 Año Cristiano: "Lives of the Saints." There are severalpublications with this title, being either year-books giving the Saints'days, or an account of the lives of the saints.
 Patrocinio: an imaginary religious association.
 Valencia: the chief town of the province of Valencia. Itis the third city in Spain, and the seat of a university.
 Cádiz: the capital of the province of Cádiz; animportant commercial city.
 a prima: see prima. A privilege secured by the paymentof a certain premium, either (1) of calling for the delivery, or (2) ofmaking delivery, of a certain specified amount of some particular stock,at a specified price, and within specified limits of time.
 Las Esclavas: an imaginary religious association
 Andalucía: Andalusia, a province in Southern Spain.
Fromthe fertility of its soil it has been called the "garden" and
thatschoolchildren make by folding a square piece of paper in certain ways.
 Bach: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). One of thegreatest composers of church music.
Beethoven: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).
Acelebrated Austrian composer, of Dutch descent.
 Sonata Patética: Sonata Pathétique, opus 13, pub.
1799;dedicated to Prince Lichnowski.
 Clair de Lune: opus 27, No. 2 (Moonlight). Composed 1801(?); dedicated to Countess Guicciardi.
 Socorro: probably an ambulance station ( casa desocorro), of which there are a number in Madrid.
Fomento: Ministry of public works ( Ministerio deFomento).