Who is Louise Theo that Manuel Najera refers to in his poem "La duquesa Job"?

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Among his poetic works, the elegant frivolity of The Duquesa Job (The Duchess Job) stands out. Its four quintets and fourteen sextets consist of a charming description of a walk all along Plateros and San Francisco Streets (today Madero Street), the most frequented by Mexico City society at that time.

Gutiérrez Nájera had various pseudonyms, but his favorite was “Duque Job” ( Duke Job). Consequently La Duquesa Job (1884) was the name he gave to a young woman he was in love with. This woman was often seen in Plateros and San Francisco Streets. This enabled him to sprinkle his poem with the places and daily events in the lives of the people seen in these streets.


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