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1 Mr. Ticknor sketches in many pages the growth, ceremonies, and mode of carrying on the bull-fights,—a long and minute description, which he afterwards arranged as an article for the ‘North American Review,’ July, 1825, Vol. XXI. p. 62.
2 Talking about bull-fights with the Duke de Laval, he spoke of the women's love of them, and said that, at the last, one of the royal princesses had driven the pica into the bull's neck,—the nail to which are attached the colors of the province from which the bull came. Mr. Ticknor said that he could scarcely believe that of any woman, but that she was a Portuguese, and might be pretty coarse. ‘Well,’ said the Ambassador, ‘you are going to court, of course,’ naming the day; ‘come and stand by me when the royal family pass, and I will make her boast of it.’ When the time came, Mr. Ticknor took his place by the Duke; the ladies of course stopped to speak with the Ambassador of France. When the Portuguese princess came, the Duke said to her that he heard they had a fine bull-fight on Monday. ‘O yes,’ she said; ‘and I did something towards its success, for I drove in the pica’
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