Summary (Masterplots: Revised Category Edition, European Fiction Series)
Among the ragged youngsters being taught the catechism by Padre Apolinar was a tough ten-year-old called Muergo, or Clam. He lived with Mechelin, a fisherman crippled after years of exposure to the sea. Muergo had for his playmate a barefoot orphan girl named Silda, Mocejon’s ward. One day after school the children and the old fisherman went to the waterfront to await the coming of the steamship Montanesa, arriving from Cuba under Captain Bitadura. The captain’s young son Andres was also there, along with Cleto, Mocejon’s son, and Colo, who was studying for the priesthood.
Silda was badly treated by Mocejon and Carpia, his nineteen-year-old daughter; at Andres’ request Padre Apolinar transferred her to Mechelin’s tenement apartment. There she learned to keep herself neat, even washing her face once a week, until her admiring foster father said she was as dainty as the leader on his fishing line and because of the likeness nicknamed her Sotileza.
Andres wanted to study navigation, but his mother, fearing that the sea would destroy him as it had so many others, apprenticed him to Venancio Liencres, to learn bookkeeping. Luisa, Liencres’ daughter, embarrassed Andres by her admiration for the young man.
Sotileza was not beautiful, but as she grew older she became exciting to men. Although she treated her admirers coldly, she kept a warm affection for ugly Muergo and tried to make him save his money for clothes instead of...
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