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 Colón: Christopher Columbus (1446(?)-1506).
 Burdeos: Bordeaux, situated on the Garonne river, is thefourth city and third port of France. It has a large trade in wine andbrandy.
 Jerez de la Frontera: a city in the Province of Cadiz,Spain, celebrated for the production and export of sherry wine.
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811-1899). A
notedGerman chemist, and the inventor of the "Bunsen burner,"
 Santa Clara: a fictitious name.
 Cónclave: the assembly of the cardinals of the RomanCatholic church for the election of a pope; hence, any private meetingor close assembly.
 Júpiter: in Roman mythology, the supreme deity. He wasregarded as the special protector of Rome.
 Olimpo: Olympus. The name of a mountain on the bordersof Macedonia and Thessaly, regarded as the especial home of the gods.
 Guardia civil: a select body of fine, trustworthySpanish police, armed and disciplined like soldiers. These guards, inpairs, patrol the roads.
 No tengo...mejillas: refers to the teaching of Christ'ssermon on the Mount (Matt. 5, 39).
 Virgen de los Dolores: the Virgin Mary.
 la novela...capítulos: refers to the interest andauthority shown by Cuesta and Pantoja.
Spanishname of the Basque Provinces. These include the provinces of Vizcaya,Guipuzcoa, and Alava, in Spain. The Basque district in France comprisesthe arrondissements of Bayonne and Mauléon, in the department ofBasses-Pyrénées.
 68...: in 1868, Isabella II., Queen of Spain, was deposedand banished by a revolution which broke out at Cadiz.
She abdicated infavor of her eldest son, Alphonso XII., in 1870.
Congregación: (1) a religious community bound togetherby a common vow, but not by the solemn and irrevocable vows whichcharacterize the monastic orders; (2) in some religious orders, theunion of a number of monasteries of the same order under the directionof a Superior.
 Magdalena: Mary Magdalene. A woman mentioned in theGospels from whom seven devils had been cast out (Mark 26, 9; Luke 8,2). She has been identified, erroneously, with the woman mentioned inLuke 7, 37-50.
 camposanto: Campo Santo (sacred field) is the Italianname for a cemetery, but more especially for an enclosed place ofinterment. The most notable Campo Santo is that of Pisa, founded byArchbishop Ubaldo in the 12th century. The archbishop, being driven outof Palestine, brought back his vessels loaded with earth from MountCalvary. This he deposited on the spot which was then called the "sacredfield," and which gave its name as a generic term to the burying-groundsof Italy.