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Chap. V. Progress of Chivalry in Spain

SPANISH chivalry awakens the most splendid and romantic associations of the mind. Europe, with her active courage, - her jealousy of honour, - her superior religion; - Asia, with her proud and lofty deportment, - her fervid and sublimated imagination, and the magnificent ceremonial of her pomp, - formed the knight of Spain; and, in consequence of this influence of Orientalism on his character, he represents the stateliness of chivalry as perfectly as the English cavalier its adventurousness, and the }i'rench its gaiety.