"Gypsies spent their lives tricking others"
Santiago’s suspicion of Gypsies
is the result of a long-standing prejudice against the race, which began with their official persecution in 1492. Laws intended to eliminate gypsy communities in Spain were enacted. Gypsies were required to marry non-gypsies, and were forbidden to practice their traditional rituals or use their own language. No gypsy was allowed to hold public office.