18th century Madrid:
“You have a noble countenance, my son,” the Bishop said, finally.
“My father is a lawyer, Your Reverence,” Matias said.
“You have a noble countenance! You were born in Murcia? Who was your father?” the Bishop said, gesturing to his nose.
“My father is a merchant. He was born in Murcia but his parents are Basque. From Pamplona. My mother’s family, on the other hand — they have been rooted in the province for hundreds of years.”
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