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Miguel de Cervantes

Pedro Moreno2015/2015

Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

Acción Cultural Española, AC/E
Madrid, Spain

In the preface to his Exemplary Novels, Cervantes states that it might have been written under Don Juan de Jáuregui’s portrait of him.

“The person whom you see here, with an oval visage, chestnut hair, smooth open forehead, lively eyes, a hooked but well-proportioned nose, and silvery beard that twenty years ago was golden, large moustaches, a small mouth, teeth not much to speak of, for he has but six, in bad condition and worse placed, no two of them corresponding to each other, a figure midway between the two extremes, neither tall nor short, a vivid complexion, rather fair than dark, somewhat stooped in the shoulders, and not very light-footed.”
Nor does he forget that he “was for many years a soldier, and for five years and a half in captivity, where he learned to have patience in adversity. He lost his left hand by a musket-shot in the battle of Lepanto.”

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