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They want to tell Juanito about the boy but his friend is there talking about ruined Spanish castles. Everything about Spain seems in ruins but nobody wants to see it. This boy is like a last effort of that class to carry on the line but he’s dirty and wicked and probably not even related. He’s a last gasp of a dying empire.