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El capitán Alatriste
Capítulo 7: La rúa del Prado

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.»

PlanoDeMadrid

Capítulo Siete: pp. 119-132

All Madrid is excited about the visit of the Prince of Wales and his interest in pursuing a relationship with the infanta, and many Madrileños turn out to try to catch a glimpse of the British royal.

Ignoring the advice from Guadalmedina, Alatriste has elected to stay in Madrid, while taking precautions to protect both himself and Íñigo from his new enemies. But rather than a surprise, clandestine, night attack, Alatriste is openly arrested by his old friend Martín Saldaña, who grants Alatriste a few secret privileges.

Íñigo ignores Alatriste’s plans that he stay with Caridad la Lebrijana, and instead, arms himself and follows the carriage carrying Alatriste and Saldaña to an abandoned inn.


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Antes de leer

  1. Have you ever ignored a warning? What are the consequences when one does? Think about not just the consequences to the individual who ignores a warning. What are the consequences for the person who delivers the warning in their desire to help you avoid a potential problem.
  2. Celebrity is a nearly human universal. Having the Prince of Wales visiting Madrid was quite the celebrity event at the time (and remember that this aspect of the novel is entirely true to the history). Who are the celebrities of today who inspire such a reaction from the population?
  3. There are frequent references to the traditional Spanish concept of “honor” and “pride” throughout the novel. Try to make note of them as you read. In particular, watch for how Íñigo reacts to events in the context of observing this honor. Even today, the behavior of many Spaniards reflect the concept of “hidalgo” in their actions.

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Después de leer

  1. ¿Cómo reacciona el pueblo a la visita del Príncipe de Gales?
  2. Con el plano de Madrid, trata de encontrar la ruta descrita en la página 119.
  3. ¿Existe hoy un pasatiempo parecido a “hacer la rúa” como el descrito in la p. 119 en tu pueblo?
  4. ¿Cuántos años tenía Íñigo cuando vino a vivir con el Capitán?
  5. ¿Cuál es el acontecimiento que usa Íñigo para describir el talante de Alatriste?
  6. ¿Qué hace Íñigo cuando llevan al Capitán?

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