Thursday, May 31, 2012


by Edd Doerr

Ramon Sender was one of the very best of Spain's 20th century writers. His 1982 book Epilog to Nancy contains this little gem.  My translation  ----


When I was visiting the village of Ecija last summer I saw a little girl of eleven or twelve walking down the main street behind a cow. The parish priest, who was at his window reading his breviary, said to her, "Hi, Maria, where are you going so early in the morning?"

"To take the cow to the bull, sir."

The priest put on an expression of disgust and said, "And your dad? Where is your dad? Can't he do this?"

"No, Father," she replied, "it has to be the bull".

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