At a glance:
- Author: Juan Valera
- First Published: 1874
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Setting: Andalusia, Spain
- Characters: Luis de Vargas, Don Pedro de Vargas, Pepita Jiménez, Antoñona, Count de Genazahar
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Parents and children, Love or romance, Gambling, Nineteenth century, Fathers, Letter writing, Widows or widowers, Duels or dueling, Priests, Spain or Spanish people
- Locales: Europe, Spain, Andalusia, Spain
On March 22, four days after returning to his home in Andalusia, Luis de Vargas writes the first of his letters to his uncle and favorite professor at the seminary. He reports that his father intends to fatten him up during his vacation, to have him ready to return in the fall to finish his training for the priesthood. He mentions in passing that his father is courting a twenty-year-old, attractive widow, Pepita Jiménez; his father is fifty-five years old. Pepita had been married for only a short time to an eighty-year-old moneylender named Gumersindo. Luis is not...
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