Короли и капуста

Preface

andhow,beingapprehendedbymembersoftheopposingpoliticalpartyinCoralio,heshothimselfthroughtheheadratherthangiveupthefunds,and,inconsequence,theSeñoritaGuilbert.TheywillrelatefurtherthatDoñaIsabel,heradventurousbarkoffortuneshoaledbythesimultaneouslossofherdistinguishedadmirerandthesouvenirhundredthousand,droppedanchoronthisstagnantcoast,awaitingarisingtide.

Theysay,inCoralio,thatshefoundapromptandprosperoustideintheformofFrankGoodwin,anAmericanresidentofthetown,aninvestorwhohadgrownwealthybydealingintheproductsofthecountryabananaking,arubberprince,asarsaparilla,indigo,andmahoganybaron.TheSeñoritaGuilbert,youwillbetold,marriedSeñorGoodwinonemonthafterthepresident’sdeath,thus,intheverymomentwhenFortunehadceasedtosmile,wrestingfromheragiftgreaterthantheprizewithdrawn.

OftheAmerican,DonFrankGoodwin,andofhiswifethenativeshavenothingbutgoodtosay.DonFrankhaslivedamongthemforyears,andhascompelledtheirrespect.Hisladyiseasilyqueenofwhatsociallifethesobercoastaffords.Thewifeofthegovernorofthedistrict,herself,whowasoftheproudCastilianfamilyofMonteleonyDolorosadelosSantosyMendez,feelshonouredtounfoldhernapkinwitholive-hued,ringedhandsatthetableofSeñoraGoodwin.Wereyoutorefer(withyournorthernprejudices)tothevivaciouspastofMrs.Goodwinwhenheraudaciousandgleefulabandoninlightoperacapturedthematurepresident’sfancy,ortohershareinthatstatesman’sdownfallandmalfeasance,theLatinshrugoftheshoulderwouldbeyouronlyanswerandrebuttal.

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