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Lazarillo de Tormes

(1553). A comic romance, something in the Gil Blas style, the object being to satirise all classes of society. Lazarillo, a light, jovial, audacious man-servant, sees his masters in their undress, and exposes their foibles. This work was written by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, general and statesman of Spain, author of War against the Moors.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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