le Cardinal, on the contrary, has brought about the marriage of his majesty with the Infanta Maria Theresa."
The queen-mother desires to marry her son to the Infanta; would you wish him to disobey his mother?
Look here, fool and dolt (for so I may call you, when you don't understand my words, and run away from good fortune), if I had said that my daughter was to throw herself down from a tower, or go roaming the world, as the Infanta
Dona Urraca wanted to do, you would be right in not giving way to my will; but if in an instant, in less than the twinkling of an eye, I put the 'Don' and 'my lady' on her back, and take her out of the stubble, and place her under a canopy, on a dais, and on a couch, with more velvet cushions than all the Almohades of Morocco ever had in their family, why won't you consent and fall in with my wishes?"
"Buckingham had left England the day before, sent as ambassador to Spain, to demand the hand of the Infanta
for King Charles I, who was then only Prince of Wales.
I have checked this," said the lawyer, "and it seems literally true; the picture was a portrait of the Infanta Maria Teresa, said to be one of the artist's greatest works, second only to another portrait of one of the Popes in Rome--so they told me at the National Gallery, where they had its history by heart.
I told him a man wanted to sell me a copy of the celebrated Infanta Maria Teresa of Velasquez, that I'd been down to the supposed owner of the picture, only to find that he had just sold it to him.
As for Spain, for instance, if you know how to throw in Don Carlos and the Infanta
, and Don Pedro and Seville and Granada, from time to time in the right proportions -- they may have changed the names a little since I saw the papers -- and serve up a bull-fight when other entertainments fail, it will be true to the letter, and give us as good an idea of the exact state or ruin of things in Spain as the most succinct and lucid reports under this head in the newspapers: and as for England, almost the last significant scrap of news from that quarter was the revolution of 1649; and if you have learned the history of her crops for an average year, you never need attend to that thing again, unless your speculations are of a merely pecuniary character.
In Self-Portrait as Infantas
Holding Court Heffernan is shown in the guise of a nude child (though with the same curiously adult head with which Velazquez often provided his Infantas
, as if their worldly station made childhood not credible) standing in the foreground of a landscape holding a baby.