Stories in this volume: Rosaura: A Tale of Madrid, Adventure in the North-West Territory, Harry Bolton's Curacy, The Florida Pirate, The Pandour and his Princess and The Beauty Draught.
barred the way. Ciudad Real and the royal courts would soon be forgotten."
"Perhaps," replied Federico. "But you tantalise me with impossibilities."
Don Geronimo put on his hat, took his young friend's hand, and said, with great gravity, "Nothing is impossible. And as regards love, nought in this world can withstand it--no bolt, or lock, or bar, or rank, or power. Bear that in mind, and be of good courage, if you again fall in with her of the rose-coloured robe. I should not wonder if you saw her this very night. Be happy whilst you may, whilst youth and beauty last. They quickly pass, and never return; and in love be adventurous and bold, like a true Spaniard and gallant gentleman. Daring wins the day."
He departed. Federico remained alone. With a smile at his friend's advice, the young man sat down to study. But he soon started up, and gazed like one in a dream at the massive volumes encumbering his table. He knew not how it happened, but the well-known letters of the alphabet seemed c