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The King of Spain says farewell

Tuesday, 3 June, 2014

The news of the abdication of King Juan Carlos sparked a memory of royalty in motion as described by by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms:

“There were small gray motor-cars that passed going very fast; usually there was an officer on the seat with the driver and more officers in the back seat. They splashed more mud than the camions even and if one of the officers in the back was very small and sitting between two generals, he himself so small that you could not see his face but only the top of his cap and his narrow back, and if the car went especially fast it was probably the King. He lived in Udine and came out in this way nearly every day to see how things were going, and things went very badly.”

Hemingway is unbeatable.


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