“Mendicant Melody” by Edmondo De Amicis. More of a meditation on the human condition than a short story, this tells of poor people who earn their living by singing. Beautifully translated. Recommended.
“Lulu’s Triumph” by Matilde Serao. A clever little romantic story about a young woman who has wisdom and insight beyond her years. Recommended.
“The Hero” by Gabriele D’Annunzio. A horrifying but powerful story of religious fervor. Recommended.
“Two Miracles” by Grazia Deledda. A touching tale of two very different miracles. Recommended.
Here end the French stories and the Spanish begin.
“The Son and His Friends” by Juan Manuel. Originally from Count Lucanor. About a “true” test of friendship. Rather distasteful, but well written.