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Life in Mexico

Life in Mexico

Copyright Date: 1982
Pages: 550
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    Life in Mexico
    Book Description:

    Originally published in 1843, Fanny Calderon de la Barca, gives her spirited account of living in Mexico–from her travels with her husband through Mexico as the Spanish diplomat to the daily struggles with finding good help–Fanny gives the reader an enlivened picture of the life and times of a country still struggling with independence.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-90701-0
    Subjects: Anthropology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[vi])
    (pp. [vii]-[viii])
    (pp. 1-4)
    (pp. 5-12)
    Woodrow Borah

    Life in Mexico,by Fanny Calderón de la Barca, belongs to the accounts of travel and residence by foreigners which have furnished our most informative and perceptive reports on periods and countries. At their best, written by keen observers, endowed with incisive style and humor, they bring the objectivity and comparative point of view—at times the prejudices—of people bred and educated in another country. The foibles and oddities, the peculiarities of the country observed relative to others, stand out clearly as they could not in the observations of a native unless he were truly unusual. InLife in...

  6. Letters 1—8: October to December, 1839
    (pp. 13-78)

    This morning, at ten o’clock, we stepped on board the steamboat Hercules, destined to convey us to our packet with its musical name. The day was foggy and gloomy, as if refusing to be comforted, even by an occasional smile from the sun.

    All prognosticated that the Norma would not sail to-day, but “where there's a will,” etc. Several of our friends accompanied us to the wharf; the Russian Minister, the Minister of Buenos Ayres, Mr. ––, who tried hard to look sentimental, and even brought tears into his eyes by some curious process; Judge ––, Mr. ––, and others,...

  7. Letters 8—23: January to June, 1840
    (pp. 79-228)

    A great ball is to be given on the 8th of January, in the theatre, for the benefit of the poor, which is to be under the patronage of the most distinguished ladies of Mexico. After much deliberation amongst the patronesses, it is decided that it shall be abal costumé,and I have some thoughts of going in the Poblana dress, which I before described to you. As I am told that the Senora G—— a wore it at a ball in London, when her husband was minister there, I have sent my maid to learn the particulars from...

  8. Letters 23—30: July to December, 1840
    (pp. 229-302)

    Yesterday morning we had a visit from the president, with two of his officers. He was riding one of the handsomest black horses I ever saw. On going out we stopped to look at a wax figure of Yturbide on horseback, which he considers a good resemblance, and which was sent me as a present some time ago. He ought to be a good judge, as he was a most devoted friend of the unfortunate Agustin I., who, whatever were his faults, seems to have inspired his friends with the most devoted and enthusiastic attachment. In the prime of life,...

  9. Letters 30—41: January to June, 1841
    (pp. 303-384)

    Christmas-day! One year this evening since we made our entry into Mexico. What a different aspect everything has assumed to us in one year! Then every object was new, every face that of a stranger. Now we are surrounded by familiar sights and sounds, and above all by friendly faces. But though novelty, which has its charms and itsdésagrémens,has gone, nothing in Mexico even appears commonplace. Everything is on so large a scale, and everything so picturesque. Then there is so much interest attached to its old buildings, so much to see, even though there are no sights...

  10. Letters 41—51: July to December, 1841
    (pp. 385-526)

    One year since I last wrote of San Agustin! An entire year has fled swiftly away on rushing pinions, to add its unit to the rolling century. And again, on a bright morning in June, we set off for the hospitable San Antonio, where we were invited to breakfast and to pass the night on the second day of the fête. We found a very brilliant party assembled; the family with all its branches, the Ex-Minister Cuevas, with his handsome sister-in-law, La Güera Rodriguez, with one of her beautiful granddaughters (daughter of the Marquis of G——e), now making...

  11. Letters 52—54: January to April, 1842
    (pp. 527-548)

    Having concluded our arrangements for leaving Mexico on the 2nd of January, we determined, as the diligence started long before daybreak, not to attempt taking any rest that night. We went out early, and took leave of the Dowager Marquesa de Vivanco, who was confined to the house by illness, and whose kindness to us has been unremitting ever since our arrival. It is a sad thing to take leave of a person of her age, and in her delicate state of health, whom there is scarcely a possibility of our ever seeing again. Some days before we parted also...