The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes eBook

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After remaining a month in Toledo most of the party went to Burgos, namely, Don Diego de Carriazo, his wife, and his father; Costanza, and her husband, Don Tomas, and the corregidor’s son, who desired to visit his kinswoman and destined bride.  The host was enriched by the present of the thousand crowns, and by the many jewels which Costanza bestowed upon her senora, as she persisted in calling her who had brought her up.  The story of the illustrious scullery-maid afforded the poets of the golden Tagus a theme on which to exercise their pens in celebrating the incomparable beauty of Costanza, who still lives happily with her faithful hostler.  Carriazo has three sons, who, without inheriting their father’s tastes, or caring to know whether or not there are any such things as tunny fisheries in the world, are all pursuing their studies at Salamanca; whilst their father never sees a water-carrier’s ass but he thinks of the one he drove in Toledo, and is not without apprehension that, when he least expects it, his ears shall be saluted with some squib having for its burden, “Give us the tail, Asturiano!  Asturiano, give us the tail!”


Five leagues from the city of Seville there is a town called Castelblanco.  At one of the many inns belonging to that town there arrived at nightfall a traveller, mounted on a handsome nag of foreign breed.  He had no servant with him, and, without waiting for any one to hold his stirrup, he threw himself nimbly from the saddle.  The host, who was a thrifty, active man, quickly presented himself, but not until the traveller had already seated himself on a bench under the gateway, where the host found him hastily unbuttoning his breast, after which he let his arms drop and fainted.  The hostess, who was a good-natured soul, made haste to sprinkle his face with cold water, and presently he revived.  Evidently ashamed of having been seen in such a state, he buttoned himself up again, and asked for a room to which he might retire, and, if possible, be alone.  The hostess said they had only one in the house and that had two beds, in one of which she must accommodate any other guest that might arrive.  The traveller replied that he would pay for both beds, guest or no guest; and taking out a gold crown he gave it to the hostess, on condition that no one should have the vacant bed.  The hostess, well satisfied with such good payment, promised that she would do as he required, though the Dean of Seville himself should arrive that night at her house.  She then asked him if he would sup.  He declined, and only begged they would take great care of his nag.  Then, taking the key of the chamber, and carrying with him a large pair of leathern saddle-bags, he went in, locked the door, and even, as it afterwards appeared, barricaded it with two chairs.

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