from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Spanish noblewoman. See hidalgo.
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She was utter Indian, but there was a cool, almost damn-you air that didn't sort with the busty little figure and savage finery, an impersonal poise in the way she looked me up and down that would have suited a hacienda better than a wickiup-if I'd known that her mother was pure Spanish hidalga with a name three feet long, I might have understood.
But that's the way to learn a language, if you like, in between the sighs and squeals, and if it didn't happen in this case the reason is that my buxom savage was not only a great chiefs daughter but Mexican hidalga on her mother's side, and inclined to put on airs something peculiar, such as speaking only Spanish in preference to the tribal dialect of the common herd.
Don Juan, I implore you de tu hidalga compasión: in your noble heart, of pity,