“You mean the Spaniards will retire?”
“They will remove to Mexico
, where they may hope to keep their own.”
's lands have slipped from him by many avenues of escape.
His daughter chose an English mate; his sister chose an English mate.
Much of his land is fenced and planted for the benefit of children with such English names as Frisby
, who in the coming years will smile in their solid prosperity at the empty show and pretentious poverty of their Mexican
“You will attend our ball to-night?”
asks Don Mariano
“Ball! What ball?”
“Our cascarone ball.”
“What is a cascarone ball?”
“Ah, yes; you are non-Catholic, and have another legend in your Church.
A cascarone ball is an eggshell ball — cascaron, eggshell, you see. It is a festival of our people, kept by all good Catholics
shows me a printed notice of this festival; a grand affair, to be given in a noble hall, with a fine orchestra, and a splendid supper.
We accept his invitation to the egg-shell dance.