National Geographic : 1965 Mar
"Spaniards are always the same. Yet there is great variety here. The people of the Medi terranean coast are very much lovers of art, especially music. For example, in Valencia during the festival of Las Fallas, remember that the country people supplied sixty bands for music. Imagine: sixty! "In the north of Spain, there is greater sobriety and austerity. The people are harder because the life is harder. Perhaps for this reason the people in the north have a better spirit for work." The Generalissimo briefly strayed into politics, then returned with this observation: "Spaniards today are proud because they have discovered themselves. Only now are we achieving the aspirations of a century. "Many people say that the Spaniard is prideful. The statement is partly true, partly not. Often dignity and pride are confused. When a famous lady visited Toledo, a group of children applauded her. She offered a bank note to one boy, but he refused it. 'Thank you, madam,' he said, 'but I don't need this. In stead, I should like to kiss your hand.' That was dignity, not pride. "It is the same when a farmer brings his ox to pull a stranger's automobile from a ditch; he refuses the tip and explains, 'It is our obligation as men to help you. I need no reward.' "Each Spaniard is a gentleman, an hidalgo. An expression-widely used-is to say, 'It is my real gana,' my royal will. Spain is truly a land of thirty million kings." So it has seemed to us. THE END 339 KODACHROMESBY ED DREWS,PHOTO RESEARCHERS,INC. (OPPOSITE) AND ALBERT MOLDVAY N.G .S .