By Matthew Basso
In around the nice Divide, a few of our best historians glance to either the heritage of masculinity within the West and to the ways in which this event has been represented in video clips, well known tune, dimestore novels, and folklore.
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Lujan responded to the charges against him, saying: That I violated the said Juana Rodriguez with a promise of marriage is false. I did not lie to her nor will I deny that as . . a man I wooed her, she consented to my pleasure, and she could easily have asked me for a "Tell Me with Whom You Walk and I Will Tell You Who You Are" 37 prenda as a sign of any promise. When I had the act with her I found that she no longer had the flower of her body. And the testimony by the witness on Juana's behalf that she saw us copulate and later found Juana crying and cleaning herself could have been done to solace her evil.
For this reason it is indisputable that she is a virgin and the slander which has been voiced is false. When the justice in Durango, Don Antonio Lavendera, reviewed the case, he was furious at the notary's participation in the exam. "This notary has shown himself dishonest, of depraved habits and poor upbringing," Lavendera wrote. " For this nefarious certification Lavendera ordered Hurtado placed in the pillory for one hour. Mariano Baca's punishment was left to Governor Pedro Fermin de Mendinueta, who ordered him tied to the gibbet, given one hundred lashes, and sentenced to one year in jail.
Marfa pleaded passionately before the ecclesiastical judge, for her parents were dead, that in justice Mariano should fulfill his promise of marriage. She recounted how one of Mariano's brothers had also seduced, impregnated, and under parental counsel abandoned a woman. 19 When the social distance between a man and his pregnant lover was too great, the maintenance of family honor-status was deemed of more importance than restoring the honor-virtue of the woman through marriage. The mar riage of an aristocrat and a peasant woman could only bring dishonor upon his family, for marriage was a sign of equality.
Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West by Matthew Basso