Mark Twain/castles in Spain

Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 09:56 am
Any ideas what Mark Twain means when he says "Some few castles in Spain going up"?

He wrote this to Mary Fairbanks in this letter: http://www.marktwainproject.org/xtf/view?docId=letters/UCCL02761.xml;style=letter;brand=mtp

Thanks in advance
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Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 10:56 am
Probably something to do with this.

The First Carlist War was a civil war in Spain from 1833 to 1839, fought between factions over the succession to the throne and the nature of the Spanish monarchy. It was fought between supporters of the regent, Maria Christina, acting for Isabella II of Spain, and those of the late king's brother, Carlos de Borbón (or Carlos V). The Carlists supported return to an absolute monarchy.

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Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 10:57 am
"Castles in Spain" means unattainable goals, and is often used to suggest the person is daydreaming. I'm not going to read Clemens' letter to determine precisely how he is using it in context. Certainly you can do that part for yourself.
Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 10:59 am
Over here we use the phrase "Castles in the air". Never heard that one before, I assumed he was being literal
Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 11:09 am
Castles in Spain and castles in the air mean the same thing.
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