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slow start as seminarian gets on a ship to sail to his patron's newly acquired
new world island. The seminarian is weak, sees evil, is disgusted with
greed and violence, vacillates at mutiny time. When he arrives at one island,
he witnesses the hard lot of islander mining a gold vein. Shipwrecked,
he and his horse survive and are befriended by a young girl. She has designs
on him but a dwarf from Seville has a plan. He prepares Escobar for the
role of the god Kukulcan. After a pageant entry with hundreds of wrenched
hearts fleeing in worship, Kukulcan emerges, leaving Escobar's spirit and
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