The Magic Lantern: Having a Ball and Christmas Eve

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VI

Julia was what is called a fashionable beauty. She had the medium height of the meridional race, and her movements were suffused by that voluptuous languor belonging to the woman who lives only to please others. Ever since she broke with social conventions, she became completely devoted to her own self-worship. It is not necessary to name the dramas in which she had played the leading role; but these dramas left behind, much against her will, traces of a profound, concentrated sadness, above which her sparkling laughter flashed like lightning over a putrid swamp.

Her most extravagant flights of fancy arose from the depths of this sadness. One evening, on December fifteenth to be exact, she waited for the General to arrive at his habitual time.

"What do you want?" the General asked, before Julia even had a chance to pronounce her wish.

"Posadas," she answered dryly.

"Posadas. And we're going to pray to the Holy Pilgrims?"

"Why not? And sing the litany. I'm longing to hear your voice."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Editors'' General Introduction vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Notes xxxiii
  • Prologue 3
  • Having a Ball 5
  • I- Preparations for the Ball 7
  • II- How Couples Were Recruited and Guests Invited 15
  • III- About the Machuca Sisters and Others like Them 25
  • IV- In Which, among Other Things, the Girls Who Frequent the Pane Baths Prepare Themselves for the Colonel''s Ball 34
  • V- Concerning What Happened to the Virtue of a Lady Invited to Saldaña''s Ball 45
  • VI- How the Appearances Maintained by These Upstarts Tend to Compromise Any Serious Result 69
  • VII- The Ball Begins 79
  • VII- How the Heat from Candles, Combined with a Santa Barbara Cognac and Other Evils, Can Create Pandemonium at a Ball 100
  • IX- Conclusion 115
  • Christmas Eve - Negatives Exposed from December 24 To December 25, 1882 119
  • I 121
  • II 123
  • III 126
  • IV 129
  • V 133
  • VI 136
  • VII 140
  • VIII 142
  • IX 146
  • XI 156
  • XII 162
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