In a Buenos Aires sanatorium last week things began to look up for darkly pretty, tuberculous, 22-year-old María Beatriz ("Mariquita") del Valle-Inclán. Many newspaper-reading Argentines were happy for her. It seemed at last that she might be saved both from tuberculosis and from the vengeance of Spain's Francisco Franco —which extends even to sick young girls.

Mariquita is a daughter of the late great Spanish poet and novelist, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, who died five years ago at the age of 67, a stoical man who once smoked a cigaret while his right arm was amputated. Separated years ago from Mariquita's...

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