Mother Nature (1887) is the sequel to Emilia Pardo Bazan's most famous vel, The House of Ulloa, written one year earlier. It continues where the earlier work left off, when the priest, Julian, who had vainly struggled to protect the life and interests of the doomed mother of Manuela, sees the girl cavorting through the meadow with Perucho, who will turn out to be her half-brother. The reader will follow the course of the ill-starred relationship between the two, which turns from childish affection to romantic love.
Emilia Pardo Bazan (1851-1921) was a Galician author and scholar, best known for her novels including The House of Ulloa and also her journalism and criticism. Walter Borenstein is Professor Emeritus of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages at the State University College at New Paltz, NY.