Thursday, March 5, 2015

¿Qué tal la noche?

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This is from a legendary old Assimil language course  -- maybe 60 or more years old, and the teacher sounds kind, cautious, slow, and very very competent.

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The drawings are brilliant.

This policeman belongs to the Spanish Rural Police. They earned a sinister reputation during the Spanish civil war and later, when they helped Franco  put an end to the war that he had started.

There were endless local feuds being settled. (There are some still.)
Did Gring know about it?
Did he try to soothe it?

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The policeman is asking: Have you had a good night's rest?
And there is a model deference in his attitude, --  hands clasped behind his back, the distance he keeps from the drunken man.
And to confirm the general impression, the bird on the bench is just so happy to see him.
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The artist's name is Robert Gring, but he is no longer active and even on Google not mentioned anymore, except in a forum at http://www.lingq.com/forum/1/15834/?page=2#post-112535.

I have many of those old Assimil editions, but I did not know that they had become a collector's item and were no longer commercially available. I got them from ABE books.

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