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El capitán Alatriste
Capítulo 3: Una pequeña dama

En España, hoy es martes el 25 de julio de 2017.
«No era el hombre más honesto ni el más piadoso, pero era un hombre valiente.»

Meninas

Capítulo Tres: pp. 49-66

In this chapter the author opens with a description of la Taberna del Turco and some details of life in Madrid at the time. In the second section we see some significant character development. We learn more of the circumstances of Francisco de Quevedo, the great Golden Age author, and of some more of some of the other contertulios of Alatriste: El Dómine Pérez, a local priest prone to Latin quotations; Juan Vicuña, a fellow soldier who now lives on his pension for having lost his hand in Nieuport; and El Tuerto Fadrique, a local apothecary.

In the third section of the chapter, we learn some more of the situation in Madrid with respect to corruption, finances, the monarchy and the nobility, and then, we finally are introduced to Angélica de Alquézar, the young menina who will be the love of Íñigo’s life, though simultaneously the source of great suffering.


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Antes de leer

  1. Review the section in Daily Life in Spain in the Golden Age with respect to the use of carriages. Who would have had a carriage? What are the only circumstances you can imagine in which a 10-11 year old girl would have one?
  2. Review the Velázquez painting Las Meninas. Angélica Alquézar is alleged to be one of the meninas in this painting. Which girl do you think was the inspiration for the character?
  3. What would have been a good way to reliably spread news during the Golden Age? Would the oral tradition be subject to subversion? How?
  4. Have you ever fallen in love? Íñigo’s describes Angélica de Alquézar on p. 63. As you read it, think about any description you may have written of your first love?

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SecciónAudio
La primera parte (pp. 49-53)
La segunda parte (pp. 53-61)
La tercera parte (pp. 61-66)

Recursos

Después de leer

  1. How did Íñigo’s description of Angélica match your own experience with a first love?
  2. Now that you have read the chapter and completed the reading guides for each section, please write 2-3 sentences in Spanish which summarizes the chapter. Try to avoid the temptation to refer back to the text while you write so that your description is entirely your own words.

Comprensión

  1. Describe La taberna del Turco.
  2. ¿Cuáles son las circunstancias de Francisco de Quevedo? ¿Por qué está de tan mal humor en este capítulo?
  3. En una conversación entre Quevedo y sus contertulios, se nota una gran diferencia entre la versión de la historia en la novela y en la película. No es muy importante, pero es una diferencia interesante. ¿Cuál es?
  4. Describe brevemente las características de Juan Vicuña, el Tuerto Fadrique, y el Dómine Pérez.
  5. ¿Cómo describe Íñigo a Angélica Alquézar?

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