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Everybody had experiences of a picaresque nature, and in whatever form he wrote, sometime or other the story would be told. It was customary to have some personage of a book relate stories; if these storics happened to be an account of one's own life, they always became picaresque. A fine specimen of this class is met in the VIII. PASAGERO, OF SUAREZ DE FIGUEROA. Here we find four people who start out in summer from Madrid to Barcelona, in order to embark there for Italy. To relieve the tedium of the journey they converse on a great variety of subjects, and one, " el Doctor", who has traveled and read a great deal, is the most important talker.

Ter of Trapaza, cheats in manifold disguises with a skill that is hardly matched by Guzman himself. To the Teresa a continuation rs6 was promised, as also to the Garduna, both of which never appeared. The former would have been more interesting than the latter, since it was intended to deal with misers, a class of people that, though frequently met in our picaresque works, is never treated exhaustively enough to satisfy us, except in the celebrated letters of the Caballero de la Tenaza by Quevedo.

TERESA, I48 TRAPAZA, I49 AND THE GARDUNA, BY CASTILLO SoLoRZANO. rso rsr These three, the last of which is a continuation to the second, were written and published in rapid succession, and are novels that rank high in the appreciation of those who esteem a literary work in spite of the adverse judgment of the author's contemporaries. These works were imitated in 1 2 part 5 by a judicious reader like Lesage; one of them was continued in the best specimen of picaresque literature r53 that Portuguese authors have produced; and in spite of all this favor they were not popular with the public.

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