Explanation and Acknowledgment The charming and popular story of El CapitÞn Veneno, the fire-eater, has been well edited several times, but, after using the text in classes many times, the present editor believes that there is still room for personal preferences as to what should be emphasized. The logical text to follow was the 10th Rivadeneyra edition of 1913. But the edition was very faulty, many passages apparently having never been proofread at all. So I have corrected manifest errors by earlier editions. These changes are pointed out in the notes. The text is given entire. The vocabulary does not try to be more delicate and dainty than the author"s own words; and several words have been given literally enough to show the real basis for their use, e.g. muleta, mocosilla, resoplido, ramillete de dulces. The students always have to ask about such words in class anyway. There are exercises for Spanish, in Spanish and in English, based on the text, and not meant to be very much easier than the text. There are many questions in the exercises that can be answered by Sê and No. In these the student should, in his answer, involve the words of the question, or repeat the question rapidly. Speed is useful and encourages the learner with confidence and satisfaction, for he can see his own improvement and measure it by the ease he acquires in utterance. A sentence that comes hard for the tongue is just the one to practice on for speed. It is gymnastics for the tongue and for the mind
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