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Mérimée, Prosper

THE

PLAY S

OF

C L A R A GA Z U L,

A A ,

А

SPANISH COMEDIAN;

WITH

MEMOIRS OF HER LIFE.

Pensaran vuesas mercedes ahora que es poco trabajo hinchar un
perro.

Miguel de Cervantes.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR GEO. B. WHITTAKER,

AVE-MARIA LANE.

1825.

DMR

P 256Ə
A 25

1825

LONDON: PRINTED 6Y COX AND BAYLIS, GREAT QUEEN STREET,

MEMOIRS

OF

CL A RA G A Z U L.

It was at Gibraltar, where I was in garrison with the Swiss regiment of Watteville, that I first saw Clara Gazul; she was then fourteen years of age (1813). Her uncle, the licentiate Gil Vargas de Castaneda, captain of an Andalusian guerilla, had just been hung by the French, leaving Donna Clara to the guardianship of Father Fray Roque Medrano, her relation, and an inquisitor of the tribunal of Grenada, This venerable

personage had forbidden his ward to read any books but her missal ; and, to secure the observance of the prohibition, he had committed to the flames the few volumes left by the poor licentiate Gil Vargas to his niece. Thence, I believe, the hatred of the author, for the members of a religious order which the King

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