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e many valuable things that the key of knowledge will unlock in that language.
Still he continued to play with the key for a long time until, out of a list of subjects for a book, he made his choice.
What new and interesting topics may be admitted—not forced into— the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella?
he noted in 1825.
In 1847 he endorsed the entry, A fortunate choice.
The whole sweep of events taking place on the Peninsula seems to have flashed before his vision: the constitutions of Castile and of Aragon, of the Moorish dynasties, the causes of their decay and dissolution, the Inquisition, the conquest of Granada, the discoveries in the unknown West, monarchical power versus aristocracy; and he saw their relation to the whole world.
Prescott had assimilated literary expression in its best forms in order to fit himself to express something in his turn; when that something had crystallized into definite form, it was as a narrator that he entered on his task of giving it a prope