The teacher was mumbling under his breath. "It’s like the tide, you see? He said, beside himself. "The savagery, I mean. It goes away, and you feel safe, but it allways returns, it always returns…and it chokes us. I see it every day at school. My God…Apes, that’s what we get in the classrooms. Darwin was a dreamer, I can assure you. No evolution or anything of the sort. For every one who can reason, I have to battle with nine orangutans." (p. 129)
These are the war years with Franco in power. A homosexual has been rounded up by the "police" and thrown into jail on trumped-up charges. There, of course, he was severely raped and beaten.