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Bayardo San Román He seemed more serious to me than his antics would have led one to believe, and with a hidden tension that was barely concealed by his excessive good manners. But above all he seemed like a very sad man to me. (27) My mother gave him a final blessing in a letter in October: “People like him a lot,” she told me, “because he is honest and has a good heart, and last Sunday he received communion on his knees and helped with mass in Latin.” (26) His golden eyes had caused a shudder of fear in her. “He reminded me of the devil” she told me. (27) He liked noisy and long-enduring festivities, but he was a good toper, a mediator of fights, and an enemy of cardsharps. (26) [ toper = excessive drinking. Cardsharp = winning at cards by cheating] She confessed to me that he’d managed to impress her, but for reasons opposite those of love. “I detested conceited men, and I’d never seen one so stuck-up,” she told me, recalling that day. (29)
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  • Spring '18
  • Jane Smith
  • perfect man, Bayardo San Roman, excessive good manners

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