Quick Quotes 9. The following is taken from Charles Marriott’s A Spanish Holiday (1908):
In our anxiety to see the pictures in the Prado Museum we disregarded the friendly counsel of the gentleman from the Embassy and foolishly set out directly after lunch. The heat of the sun was terrible; we walked slowly, even to speak or to turn the head seemed an immense effort, and when we emerged from the deserted Carrera de San Jerdnimo we hesitated before the wide open space of the Plaza de las Cortes as if it had been the fire zone of a battle-field. We crossed over to the Paseo in a series of zig-zags, taking “cover” in the thin, circular shade of every acacia tree, and when we reached the Museum we found it closed. Why, I don’t know; it certainly wasn’t raining, and allowing for that possibility, Baedeker says the Museum is open daily from ten to four, except on Sundays and festivals, when it closes at one. This was a Saturday. Assuming that it was a festival, it was perhaps as well that we did not know the name of the saint. We did not trust ourselves to speak, but turned instinctively to plunge into the thick shade of the Botanical Garden. It was closed until four o’clock.
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