We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR
title

The Illusions of Doctor Faustino

a novel

Juan Valera

Publication Year: 2011

Translated from the Spanish by Robert M. Fedorchek with an introduction by Agnes Moncy

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF (75.6 KB)
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (34.8 KB)
pp. vii-viii

read more

Translator’s Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF (36.9 KB)
pp. ix-x

Juan Valera y Alcalá-Galiano (1824–1905) met with resounding success when his Pepita Jiménez, an epistolary novel about a seminarian’s false vocation, came out in 1874. Over the course of the next twenty-two years he went on to publish another four highly regarded novels: The Illusions of Doctor Faustino (1875); Commander Mendoza (1877), which deals with religious ...

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF (69.3 KB)
pp. xi-xxi

If we define an idyll as a series of pastoral scenes or interludes, The Illusions of Doctor Faustino (1875) almost becomes one a number of times. The reader feels the tension, hopes it can happen, but knows it cannot. After several such scenes or instances it becomes clear that this tale differs from Valera’s usually spirited Andalusian novels, which show how passion and ...

read more

Author’s Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF (31.0 KB)
pp. 1-2

I DEDICATE THIS NOVEL to you as the matador dedicates his performance before killing the bull. Neither he nor I knows whether what we dedicate will turn out well or ill. The public and you must decide and pass judgment, when the novel is printed in its entirety, as soon as it is written.1 At all events, even though the ...

read more

Introduction. Which Deals with Villabermeja, Don Juan Fresco, and Illusions in General

pdf iconDownload PDF (112.4 KB)
pp. 3-24

MY EXCELLENT and old friend Don Miguel de los Santos Álvarez,1 an optimistic thinker, serene observer of things, and reasonable philosopher, wittily maintains that in old age you gain on the one hand what you lose on the other, that there is no reason or cause to be distressed, and that the person who becomes ...

read more

1. The Illustrious House of López de Mendoza

pdf iconDownload PDF (56.6 KB)
pp. 25-32

... Still standing there is the castle or fortress that belonged to the duke, the town’s most prominent citizen. The massive black walls of rough stones, the towering battlements, the cylindrical turrets—they’re all still in one piece. An arch, through whose span runs a passage, connects the castle with the church. ...

read more

2. What Is He Good For?

pdf iconDownload PDF (80.4 KB)
pp. 33-47

... Well do I appreciate that in all the resplendent and complex machinery in the world there is nothing that isn’t good for something: everything has a purpose, everything accords with perfect order and complete harmony. So as to believe and affirm this premise, it is just as important to say that we see because we ...

read more

3. Doña Ana’s Plan

pdf iconDownload PDF (61.5 KB)
pp. 48-56

... He had been planning to go to Madrid for a year and had not gone for lack of money. And for a year—almost daily, with variations and amplifications, but with the same substance—he had been repeating the dialogues and monologues that we have just recorded in the previous chapter. ...

read more

4. Doña Costanza de Bobadilla

pdf iconDownload PDF (59.9 KB)
pp. 57-64

... The caravan, or hymeneal pageant, stopped that night at a country inn twenty-seven miles from Villabermeja. There they dined on chicken with rice and peppers, which seemed exquisite after such a tiring day’s journey, and on freshly caught sardines sold to them by a muleteer coming from Málaga who, by chance, ...

read more

5. First Impression

pdf iconDownload PDF (62.9 KB)
pp. 65-74

... In the center of the patio rose a fountain with limpid water that spilled into a marble basin where goldfish swam. All around you could see flower beds, and their perfumes and the placid murmur of the fountain delighted the senses of smell and hearing at the same time. ...

read more

6. A Letter from the Doctor to His Mother

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.6 KB)
pp. 75-80

TWO DAYS after the doctor’s arrival at Doña Araceli’s house, it seemed necessary for the servant who had come with the mules to return to Villabermeja with them, not only to spare expenses and inconveniences for the splendid hostess, but also because the mules did not belong to the doctor. They had been loaned to ...

read more

7. Preliminaries of Love

pdf iconDownload PDF (63.3 KB)
pp. 81-90

THERE ARE a thousand reasons in my mind that prompt me not to proceed with the telling of this story. Only the obligation that I contracted when I began its publication induces me to go on with it.1 ...

read more

8. At the Window Grille

pdf iconDownload PDF (52.2 KB)
pp. 91-97

... He saw his cousin on the public walk and at the tertulia. He spoke to her in front of the friends of both sexes who surrounded her, but did not notice any sign that she welcomed having received his letter. Quite the contrary: it seemed to him that Costancita was more serious with him than usual. ...

read more

9. Mysterious Meeting

pdf iconDownload PDF (59.2 KB)
pp. 98-106

... As long as he was at her side he felt himself under the power of a spell. He submitted to everything. He was credulous like a child and submissive like a slave. He found no reason to object to the long rejoinders with which she would hold him off, and he considered himself fortunate indeed and more than ...

read more

10. Niña Araceli

pdf iconDownload PDF (60.4 KB)
pp. 107-115

IT WAS NOT UNTIL after the mysterious meeting with his immortal friend that the doctor realized how much he was truly in love with Doña Costanza. In his immortal friend, as he remembered her, he had seen nothing of an aerial ghost, nothing diabolical or unstable; on the contrary, he had seen a strong, resolute, ...

read more

11. Diplomatic Activity

pdf iconDownload PDF (59.8 KB)
pp. 116-124

AFTER THE conversation with her nephew, Doña Araceli realized that it was important to move forward without hesitation or to desist without further ado. She thought things over and concluded that such a state of affairs could not continue, so she resolved to issue an ultimatum to her niece and to her brother Don Alonso. ...

read more

12. The Marquis of Guadalbarbo

pdf iconDownload PDF (47.2 KB)
pp. 125-129

... On the fertile and vast Guadalbarbo estate there was a feudal castle, from which, as the marquis told it, his heroic ancestors fought against the Moors for six or seven centuries. The detractors claimed that the marquis’s grandfather had been a summons server who, having prospered during the reign of Carlos III,1 had ...

read more

13. Examination of Conscience

pdf iconDownload PDF (77.5 KB)
pp. 130-144

His mother, to whom he related what he had not told her in letters about his courtship of Doña Costanza, and about the disillusioned end of it, berated her niece severely and did not treat any more kindly our friend Don Alonso de Bobadilla. ...

read more

14. Penance for the Devil

pdf iconDownload PDF (60.7 KB)
pp. 145-153

THE NEW appearance, further confirming Don Faustino López de Mendoza in the belief that his immortal friend was a real person, and persuading him that she was in Villabermeja, incited him to look for her in earnest. No doubt it was astonishing that she could hide so well in such a small town, but the doctor lost hope of ...

read more

15. The Tertulia of the Three Duos

pdf iconDownload PDF (57.2 KB)
pp. 154-161

... A spinster who was more than twenty-eight years old, Rosita had never found a man in the town on whom to impose her will. Holding despotic sway over her home, a thousand times more free and mistress of her wishes and actions than an unconstitutional queen, she did not get bored because her activity and her ...

read more

16. The Earthly Paradise

pdf iconDownload PDF (60.7 KB)
pp. 162-170

... The doctor thought so too, especially when he was not under Rosita’s influence. When he was talking to her, the doctor was hopelessly lost. From the clear, serene peak of sublime contemplations, he hurled himself and sank into a tenebrous abyss. ...

read more

17. Jealousy Is More Powerful Than Love

pdf iconDownload PDF (60.9 KB)
pp. 171-179

BACK HOME, the doctor went to see his mother and that night gave her the pleasure of chatting with her and having supper with her, something she was most anxious to do in light of his now constant presence at the Civils’ tertulia. ...

read more

18. Love Pact

pdf iconDownload PDF (42.1 KB)
pp. 180-182

THE FIRST RAYS of dawn began to streak through the numerous cracks in the wood shutters of the windows in that room. The cheerful singing with which small birds were celebrating daybreak reached the ears of Don Faustino and his lover. ...

read more

19. The Miracles of Contempt

pdf iconDownload PDF (44.0 KB)
pp. 183-186

DON FAUSTINO no longer vacillated or doubted. His joy was great. He felt real love. He believed that the vital impetus hitherto absent in his soul had been set in motion, and he considered himself capable of undertaking any venture and making his way to face any danger and meet any difficulty. ...

read more

20. The Miracles Continue

pdf iconDownload PDF (49.3 KB)
pp. 187-192

IT WAS eleven o’clock at night when the doctor came down from his mother’s room and went into the salon with the portraits. Since he had told Respetilla that he did not need to be there to undress him, the doctor believed he was still at the Civils’ tertulia, which ended at twelve. ...

read more

21. Because of Following a Woman

pdf iconDownload PDF (64.2 KB)
pp. 193-203

ALTHOUGH the doctor groped around and managed to pick up the candlestick, with the light extinguished it was of no use to him, just a hindrance. In vain did he go along in search of an exit by feeling the walls. In that dark place there was neither a window nor a gap through which the moonlight could enter, a ...

read more

22. Rosita’s Revenge

pdf iconDownload PDF (45.4 KB)
pp. 204-207

AFTER THE EVENTS related in the previous chapter, a week had already passed and nothing was known in Villabermeja of Don Faustino’s whereabouts. His mother, torment-ridden, attempted to no avail to find out where her beloved son was. ...

read more

23. Joselito’s Confidences

pdf iconDownload PDF (46.3 KB)
pp. 208-211

... Shortly after being waylaid, the doctor realized that Joselito was going in search of his daughter, with the intention of abducting her from Father Piñón’s house, where, from spies and friends that he had in Villabermeja, he had learned that she was hiding. Father Piñón and María had prepared for this surprise in ...

read more

24. Sunt lacrimae rerum

pdf iconDownload PDF (59.1 KB)
pp. 212-220

... “You’re not answering me, Señor don Faustino, because you believe that my daughter does the right thing by fleeing from me, by loathing me, by despising me perhaps, but I look at myself, judge myself, and find myself neither despicable nor loathsome. I will concede that there was a moment in my life in which I was ...

read more

25. Mourning

pdf iconDownload PDF (56.7 KB)
pp. 221-228

... Doña Ana—resigned to living in Villabermeja, with a lofty, cultured spirit—had had no one to whom to relate. Her husband, a crude, rustic, unsociable man, was incapable of appreciating her. Not even out of gratitude, from seeing himself so looked after and respected, had he shown love and consideration for Doña ...

read more

26. Lost Illusions

pdf iconDownload PDF (54.5 KB)
pp. 229-235

ALL, NEARLY ALL the poetry, comic and tragic, that there was in the doctor’s person and in the atmosphere surrounding him, vanished when he departed from Villabermeja. The equestrian and lancer’s uniforms stayed behind, together with his university cap and his university cape, his flashy outfits, his horse, his hound Faón, and his faithful page, Respetilla. ...

read more

27. Loose Ends

pdf iconDownload PDF (65.3 KB)
pp. 236-246

THERE WILL BE some who find it implausible that Don Faustino López de Mendoza had virtually no career to speak of in Madrid. Either Don Faustino was foolish or he was not, they will say. If he was foolish, the author of this story should have described him as such, but since he has described him as discreet, although extravagant, it is hard ...

read more

28. The Crisis

pdf iconDownload PDF (59.2 KB)
pp. 247-255

... Tired of living in Paris and London, the affluent marquis of Gualdalbarbo once again took up residence in the town of the bear and the madrone tree.1 His former home, which could well be characterized as a palace, had been restored and refurbished with the greatest elegance and luxury. The most exquisite pieces ...

read more

29. Secret Vengeance for a Secret Insult

pdf iconDownload PDF (96.7 KB)
pp. 256-277

... The haughtiness and arrogance that most distinguished personages of Madrid exhibited, or that he fancied they exhibited, seemed so unwarranted to him that he could scarcely tolerate them. An admirer of the good order, greatness, and prosperity of Great Britain and other European states, the marquis lamented ...

read more

30. A Sad Marriage

pdf iconDownload PDF (67.5 KB)
pp. 278-289

SINCE THE DOCTOR was not a political figure, nor a famous, popular poet, inasmuch as his grand epic was yet to be written, nor a renowned philosopher, because his system was always being formulated, few people in Madrid knew him; in fine, he was not a man about town. The incident, moreover, had taken place ...

read more

Conclusion

pdf iconDownload PDF (70.3 KB)
pp. 290-302

FATE DECREED, or rather heaven, with its inscrutable designs, decreed, in opposition to all the prognoses of science, that the life of Don Faustino should be saved. Once the mortal crisis of the inflammation of the pleura was overcome, a grave danger that had also affected the lungs, the wound healed rapidly, the damaged tissues knitting together by the body’s design. ...

read more

Afterword to the 1879 Edition

pdf iconDownload PDF (45.9 KB)
pp. 303-306

I HAVE BEEN undecided between writing something or saying nothing about the present edition. It is obvious that I do so because the first one has sold out, in spite of the efforts of profound critics to demonstrate that the book is bad, that it is not a novel, and that I am not nor can I be a novelist. I am not about to try to ...

Selected Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF (42.0 KB)
pp. 307-309


E-ISBN-13: 9780813218335
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813215389

Page Count: 335
Publication Year: 2011

Recommend

UPCC logo
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access