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That he, Don Victor, is older does not much matter to either of them. In the end, however, the thirty-some-year age difference between Ana and the judge, with all of its attendant implications differences in tastes, habits, and sexual and other needs , dooms them. In the realm of literature, two great movements stand out, Romanticism and realism Although the action in La Regenta takes place in the late s during the early stages of the Restoration Period , the work spans the larger part of the nineteenth century. Its 30 chapters are divided into two halves.

Part 1, published in , contains the initial 15 chapters and lasts three days, beginning in the early afternoon of October 2, , and ending well into the evening of October 4. Part 2, published in , spans a three-year period, its chronology based on the liturgical calendar whose dates correspond to well-known holy days in Catholic Spain. The setting is a small provincial city that is located in the northern region of Asturias and functions as the religious center of an equally unimportant diocese in this remote area.

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The cathedral, a mixture of gothic architecture and later additions, constitutes the symbolic, spiritual, and physical center of the daily lives of its inhabitants. Thus, appropriately, the novel begins and ends in this edifice. Two days before the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, as the townspeople sleep off the effects of a typically heavy midday meal, we are introduced to the most formidable character of the novel as he plies his trade from his center of operations. Because only three days transpire in the first part of La Regenta , the narrative tempo is slow—not time but space, through abundant but rather static descriptions, fills the pages.

The narrator dwells on the lives of the protagonists and the places where they thrive. From the confessional, he controls wives and through them their husbands and lovers, and he also learns those secrets that no one else can know since he alone can connect all of the dots. Information gives him power. He begins to court Ana, ironically when he takes over as her confessor and spiritual advisor.

Always careful not to let his passion show, Fermin tries to seduce her by means of dazzling religious challenges designed to prove to the other Vetustenses his sway over the most admired woman in the city. One day, however, she realizes that his constant demands and intimate presence exceeds the realm of the spiritual and constitutes nothing less than the possessiveness of a jealous lover.

Significant in the love triangle of Ana, Fermin, and Alvaro, is the absence of her own husband Victor another narrative irony from this traditional structure. In La Regenta , it turns out, the wronged man is not the husband but instead the spiritual figure of Fermin. The thirty-some-year age difference between Ana and Victor, combined with separate bedrooms and a childless marriage, the lack of common interests, and a provincial existence in which males dominate every facet of life, mean that the spiritual, intellectual, and physical longings of this beautiful, sensitive, and intelligent young woman cannot be fulfilled.

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Also Ana writes poetry and a diary, and goes for walks in the country with a traitorous maid. While the husband avoids any and all sorts of domestic contact, the wife hungers for spiritual stimulus and intellectual gratification to sublimate the emptiness and isolation to which she feels condemned. Her own confessor was compromising her? How disgusting! A love affair with a priest! The heroine harbors a chaste love for Don Juan, is abandoned by him, and dies. He realizes that the time is ripe for him to make a daring move. Though outwardly normal, the dining-room scene unfolds on several levels: Victor worries that the maid Petra may betray his innocent flirting with her; Ana is upset with Petra because of her arrogant behavior of late; Petra conceals her duplicitous allegiance to Fermin, who has decided to hire her as a maid if she helps him wreak vengeance on the Judge for his unconcerned cuckoldry and his wife for her infidelity to both ; and Alvaro realizes that his age precludes the sexual prowess necessary to keep the maid silent with his attentions while also satisfying Ana as a lover.

Many illustrious ladies … were known to be deceiving, or to have deceived, or to be about to deceive their respective husbands—but without any shooting! The social order of this regimented society has been transgressed and no one is willing to forgive, least of all the two principal bastions of convention—the aristocracy and the Church.

Chapter 16, which centers on Don Juan Tenorio , falls exactly in the middle of the novel. It is also the first chapter of the second volume of the work. Both factors indicate its primary importance in La Regenta. There, the protagonist had been made to pay for his sins by eternal damnation.

And if on some mornings she awoke not to happy thoughts but to doleful ones … she soon cured herself with the new system of naturalistic metaphysics which she had at last unwittingly created for herself so as to satisfy her invincible desire to carry all events of her life into the regions of abstraction and generality.

Spanish literature of the second half of the century is dominated by the narrative, whether the short story or the novel. The ironic perspective of its narrative and the daring nature of its main argument—the love triangle involving a married woman and a priest—undoubtedly add to its enduring appeal, as does the cloud cast upon the dominant role of the Catholic Church in nineteenth-century Spain. Among other writers, the reaction was both cautious and largely reserved.

I believe that my novel is moral, because it is a satire of bad habits without alluding to anyone directly. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, was neither muted nor cautious in its reaction to La Regenta. No paperback popular version of the work existed until , and not until one decade later was a reliable critical edition available.

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