I, Juan de Pareja Setting & Symbolism

Elizabeth B. de Trevino
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Seville

Juan is born in Seville, where his mother lives. He lives there until he is about nine or ten years old. When Juan's mistress is killed by the plague, he is inherited by her nephew, the painter Diego Velbzquez, who lives in Madrid.

Madrid

Juan is escorted to Madrid by the cruel muleteer Carmelo. He continues to live in Madrid for many years, a member of the famous painter's household.

Italy

To Juan, the cities of Italy seem dirtier than those in Spain, and the people seem less friendly. There are pickpockets on every street, and Juan finds it hard to like the people. Still, there is art everywhere in Italy. The entire country seems devoted to art, which excuses many failings in Juan's eyes.

Toto

Toto is a spaniel, a tiny lap dog. Along with Juan, he is deserted by the servants during the plague. Brother...

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