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THE POINT OF HONOUR

She gave it an indifferent glance.
" Yes, it is pretty."
I felt suddenly embarrassed. I did not expect her to show me any cordiality, and I could not blame her if she thought my intrusion merely a nuisance. There was something about her that I could not quite make out. It was not an active hostility. Absurd as it seemed, since she was a young woman and beautiful, I felt that there was something dead in her.
" Are you going to sit here?" she asked her husband.
" With your permission. Only for a few minutes."
" I won't disturb you."
She gathered her silks and the canvas on which she had been working and rose to her feet. When she stood up I saw that she was taller than Spanish women generally are. She gave me an unsmiling bow. She carried herself with a sort of royal composure and her gait was stately. I was flippant in those days, and I remember saying to myself that she was not the sort of girl you could very well think of being silly with. We sat down on the multi-coloured bench and I gave my host a cigarette. I held a match to it. He still had my volume of Calderon in his hands, and now he idly turned the pages.
" Which of the plays have you been reading?"
" El Medico de su Honra."
He gave me a look, and I thought I discerned in his large eyes a sardonic glint.
" And what do you think of it?"
" I think it's revolting. The fact is, of course, that the idea is so foreign to our modern notions."
" What idea?"
" The point of honour and all that sort of thing."
I should explain that the point of honour is the mainspring of much of the Spanish drama. It is the nobleman's code that impels a man to kill his wife, in cold blood, not only if she has been unfaithful to him, but even if, however little she was to blame, her conduct has given rise to scandal. In this particular play there is an example of this more deliberate than

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