Memoirs of a Bachelor

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Memoirs of a Bachelor (Memorias de un solterón) is the continuation and culmination of Doña Milagros. In the novel we find, therefore, elements that characterize the main novelesque trends of the second half of the nineteenth century, among which it is worth highlighting the portrait of bourgeois society, the didactic vocation of the novel and the centrality of the literary character.
The characters are the family that starred in the first work of the cycle, Don Benicio Neira and his daughters. Neira is a ruined gentleman, who insists on living with the same rules of the upper class (daughters who do not work, search for a good husband …) although the family fortune has already pushed them towards the middle class.
To add insult to injury, their marriage was very fertile and Neira has many married daughters (and an only son and heir) with whom she does not know very well what to do. One of those daughters is Fe, whom her sisters call with very bad intent Feíta. Feíta Neira is considered by all Marineda the most extravagant of the nobleman’s daughters, because she has read everything she could and is determined to earn a living by giving lessons. The story is told by Mauro Pareja, the bachelor whose memoirs the title refers to, who decides to visit the Neira house, determined that it will serve as medicine to cure him of any possible inclination to marriage. However, his visits do not go as he expected.
In Memoirs of a Bachelor, two plot plots intersect:

  • on the one hand, the story of Mauro Pareja, a convinced bachelor, who tries to persuade the reader of the benefits of a life away from marriage, as well as to relate his life to deny what Marineda thinks of him;
  • on the other hand, the story of Don Benicio, a widowed father who tries to move his family forward, narrated in the eyes of Mauro.

I have been nicknamed the Abbot. In this Marineda they have good shade for nicknames, but in mine there is no doubt that they were misguided. What are they trying to mean by that Abbot? That I am regalón, friend of my comforts, a little epicurean? Well, I don’t think these hobbies have been demonstrated by abbots alone. In addition, I suspect that the nickname involves a censorship, wanting to express that I live a slave to the less spiritual joys and attending only to my body. To vindicate myself before posterity, I will refer, without removing semicolons, what I am and how I live, and I will give at the same time the key to my peculiar philosophy and my ideas.
I am at thirty-five, the age at which, if illusions have not been entirely lost, at least the bones begin to get hard, and we see with disconsolate clarity the true physiognomy of things. —Physically I am tall, membrudo, personado, of fair complexion and matte color, with brown beard always trimmed in point, good eyes, and pressing announcements of baldness that make my forehead wide and majestic. In short, my type is more French than Spanish, which justifies a few drops of Gallic blood that come from the maternal side. I have formed a habit of dressing with care and according to the decrees of fashion; but that does not mean that I am one of those who are hunting the last form of lapel, or make red frac if they see in a newspaper that the gummy of London use it. However, my clothing usually attracts attention in Marineda, and there was a lot of talk about my white booties. I attribute it to the fact that in people of ample proportions and who are seen from afar, any novelty is more apparent. My white ankle boots were the dimensions of a napkin.

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