Galdós and Mass Psychology

27. Carroll B. Johnson refers to Lázaro's «characteristic preoccupation with sound... which imply speech», and to «the intimate relationship which exists between Lázaro and sound, especially speech». Op. cit., 116.

Galdós' fear of having to speak in public is well-known, e. g., at a banquet in his honor, Galdós asked José Castro y Serrano to read his speech for him. See: H. Chonon Berkowitz, Pérez Galdós: Spanish Liberal Crusader (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1948), p. 171.

Cf., «Without the gift of oratory... » Ibid., p. 210.

Federico Carlos Sainz de Robles indicates a dislike in Galdós even for general conversation: «De estos amigos, con ninguno le ligó mayor simpatía que con Mariano, el campanero sordo de la Catedral. Tal vez porque, teniendo tal defecto, se liberaba el gran silencioso que era Galdós de darle conversación.» Introducción to Obras completas, tomo I, p. 55.

It should be noted, however, that a more recent study states: «Don Benito, contrary to the myth, was really an entertaining and delightful conversationalist with his intimates.» Walter T. Pattison, Benito Pérez Galdós (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1975), p. 15.

ZLOTCHEW, Clark M.

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